Gilbane Building Company and Nextera Robotics Partner to Automate Construction Management with Autonomous Robots | New



BOSTON, October 4, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Gilbane Building Company and Nextera Robotics have entered into a joint venture partnership to develop a transformational artificial intelligence platform that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to track construction progress and provide oversight of construction. safety on construction sites.

The new robotic platform dubbed “Didge” provides 24/7 autonomous “eyes on site” by obtaining detailed visual data on construction sites, creating a bridge to the field between design models, digital twins and plans, while strengthening transparency, security oversight and accelerating progress monitoring. The platform is designed to be customizable and multifunctional to include features like 360-degree video capture and daily laser scanning to automate a field-to-BIM connection. The platform will also be able to monitor environmental conditions and improve safety monitoring at project sites.

“Our robotic platform is designed to provide an automated and cost-effective way to make construction sites safer and more efficient,” said Michael mckelvy, President and CEO of Gilbane Building Company. “We are always looking for ways to deliver greater value to our customers and our partnership with Nextera Robotics aims to achieve this. Throughout our 150 year history, Gilbane has focused on developing innovations that help us build smarter with the highest levels of safety. “

“We are convinced that an intelligent and progressive involvement of robotics and AI at all levels of construction, in all processes, can improve productivity, increase safety and promote sustainable operations and a better environmental footprint. for the whole industry, ”said Lana graf, CEO and Founder of Nextera Robotics. “Nextera Robotics is all about efficiency and sustainability – and our extremely powerful AI and deep learning software and products are designed to bring about a long-awaited change in construction. As a robotics company, we are proud to be recognized by an industry leader such as Gilbane and together we will bring innovative and practical robotic products to the industry. “

Didge – A New AI Platform Powered by Fully Autonomous Robots

The Gilbane-Nextera robotic platform, Didge, is designed to maximize reliability and safety, while minimizing operating costs. Didge robots are fully autonomous and the fleet does not require human supervision. Each robot can drive for up to 6 hours, then park at the nearest base station to recharge. To achieve precise location and navigation in the complex environment of the construction site, robots use an approach similar to autonomous vehicles. Nextera’s autonomous navigation software uses Deep Learning to process data from advanced depth sensors, cameras, lidars, inertial sensors integrated into the robot body and make decisions in real time. Neural networks for location, navigation and mapping are formed on data collected from thousands of kilometers traveled inside active construction sites.

The Didge robot fleet currently includes wheeled and tread versions, capable of climbing stairs or using human-operated hoists. Regardless of the type of robot, all share the same “brains” and “eyes”: high-performance state-of-the-art computers and advanced navigation software, and all are connected to a fleet management cloud.

The data collected through the robotic platform offers a multitude of uses ranging from security and progress tracking to post-completion data for building owners via 360 images delivered on a 3D map. The platform provides a visual archive giving a ‘behind the wall’ view of a building’s infrastructure once the project is completed.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full range of construction and facilities related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contractors, design-build and construction management services. installations – for customers in various markets. Founded in 1870 and still a private family business, Gilbane has more than 45 offices around the world. For more information visit

About Nextera Robotics

Created by a team of MIT alumni, Nextera Robotics builds revolutionary robotic solutions for construction – aimed at eliminating productivity gaps, controlling quality, increasing construction speed and reducing waste.

Nextera Robotics offers cutting-edge software and robotics developed by AI engineers passionate about creating a new automation paradigm for the construction industry.

At the heart of every Nextera Robotics solution is Nextera OS – an operating system for industrial robots. It combines AI and the most advanced robot control techniques with advanced sensors and real-time data processing. Nextera’s software-centric approach to robotics enables Nextera to deliver solutions quickly, be hardware independent and focus on efficiency, cost improvement and high value-added solutions.

Media contact

Lynn rasic, Gilbane Building Company, 212-822-0319, [email protected]

SOURCE Gilbane Building Company


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