WDBE UPDATES // WDBE Talks episode 9 released
Closing the Loop: Discussing Automation and Realtime Supersensing with Brian Ringley
In this episode of WDBE Talks, we sat down with Brian Ringley of Boston Dynamics to discuss the role robots can play on-site when it comes to scanning and data capture. Our conversation covered the challenges of operating autonomously in construction, the importance of digital twins, and the renewed need for remote site access in a post-covid world.
Guest of this episode:
Brian Ringley is the Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics, a US-based robotics and engineering company. He currently oversees construction tech implementations and integrations for the Spot platform and recently collaborated with Trimble Inc. to help automate the capture of sensor data on construction sites.
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“The ability to explore the ‘digital twin’ side of things was a real driving element of our strategic alliance with Trimble. We quickly realized that the real value wasn’t in just ‘doing it once and doing it right’, but in doing it frequently and automating the point cloud post-processing and analysis workflows on top of the scanning automation”, Brian explained in the interview. He noted that even if the model was updating every second, there was still need for human intelligence to answer questions – and to ask the right questions in the first place.
“You can leverage dynamic sensing to do work-in-place quantification. You can catch mistakes the moment they happen. You can plan, stage, and sequence better. You can build up large, well-structured data sets that you can start to use in a predictive rather in a purely reactionary way”, he continues.
Our discussion covered:
- The role dynamic sensing plays in pathfinding and adapting to challenging and changeable working environments.
- The often unrealized benefits of ‘closing the loop’ of sensor data capture.
- The potential role digital twins can play on-site.
- The disruption, insights, and innovation that spun out from Covid.
- The flexibility and practicality of modern, on-site automation.
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