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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Construction Robotics Solutions out of 420
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 420 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 construction startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 415 construction robotics solutions for heavy industries, get in touch.
Dusty Robotics enables Robotic Layouts
The construction industry has many repetitive field tasks like bricklaying, rebar-tying, layout marking, and others which usually consume a lot of manual effort. The efficiency of these tasks also depends on the tools used to accomplish them. Advanced tools help workers to perform the given tasks easily and quickly. On the other hand, robotic tools automate the tasks while eliminating the need for the worker to do it from start to end. Robotic tools in collaboration with humans improve productivity per person and help to attain the task accurately and safely. Startups develop collaborative robots that are specific to tasks performed in the field.
USA-based startup Dusty Robotics makes robot-powered tools for marking architectural and structural boundaries. FieldPrinter is an advanced robotic platform that uses technology to autonomously navigate the job site. Using precise control systems, it draws straight lines with 1/16″ accuracy. In addition, the company’s robotic printer system prints the full-size floor plans on the deck for workers. As a result, construction crews build directly off the plans, reducing the opportunity for manual error and accomplishing the task significantly faster.
Transforma Robotics provides Robotic Inspection
Improper inspection often leads to undetected defects and failures in constructed facilities which incur heavy costs and even personal injuries in some cases. The inspection process needs high precision as any minor defects potentially incur reconstruction. Manual inspection practices do not guarantee the required quality management standards and take too much time to precisely check the site elements. Hence, startups are developing robotic solutions to inspect construction sites efficiently and accurately. Inspection robots use artificial intelligence (AI), drones, and LiDAR-based technologies to identify building defects and report them automatically.
Singaporean startup Transforma Robotics develops inspection robots and provides robot management software services. The startup’s Quicabot robot uses cameras and laser technology to pick up cracks or uneven surfaces and further upload 3D reports to the cloud while notifying the human operator. The startup also develops other heavy construction robots — Pictobot and Xdbot — to automate wall painting and perform automatic disinfection on construction sites, respectively.
Civ Robotics develops Robotic Drones
Construction sites are usually huge and have borders far apart, hence it is inefficient and time-consuming to mark the boundaries manually. It is also difficult for authorities to view the right coordinates from the ground and mark the survey points for construction reference. Hence, companies use drones for aerial surveys and to navigate the site smoothly. Furthermore, startups automate the process by enabling drones to automatically identify coordinates and properly mark the layouts.
US-based startup Civ Robotics automates construction stakeout using drones in construction projects. The startup’s CivDrone drone robot allows users to upload the coordinate data or survey points and virtually select the area for layout. Following this, the drone automatically stakes out the coordinates in the field without human involvement. The robot is capable of performing 500 stakes per day.
Vertical Printing Technology develops 3D Construction Printers
Construction of multi-story buildings with traditional construction methods requires significant manual labor and time resources. Although 3D printing automates the construction process, it has limited abilities to print single floors and no multi-story buildings. However, novel vertical 3D printing technology allows companies to fabricate multiple floors and floor slabs on site. It reduces the overall construction budget in the long run and significantly reduces construction time.
Russian startup Vertical Printing Technology builds 3D printing robots that automate multi-story construction on site. The robotic printer simultaneously creates vertical columns and floor slabs and secures them horizontally. The startup uses additive layering technology to fabricate the components vertically using movable formwork. The product reduces construction costs by 50% approximately and prints buildings at a rate of 4 meters per day.
Scaled Robotics offers Construction Monitoring
It is critical for managers to track construction progress against the initial plan and timeline for timely project completion. With the current methods, it is difficult to understand the deviation on time and take further steps which consequently delays the project and creates many inefficiencies. As a solution, startups develop robotic products that are capable of tracking ongoing construction progress. The collected data is analyzed further using machine learning algorithms to derive meaningful insights and enable data-driven actions.
Spanish company Scaled Robotics leverages computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence to build tools that track, analyze and optimize the construction process. Among other tools, robotics are used to collect data on the construction site, thus provide the element overview and allow for the data to be uploaded to cloud-based software. The software uses artificial intelligence to analyze each element with building information modeling (BIM) inputs and automatically generate progress reports. The products mitigate future risks and help construction companies to create centralized data repositories.
Discover more Construction Startups
Construction startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on lean construction, connected construction sites, and offsite construction. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the construction industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more construction technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Construction Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.