In early December 2021, we had the opportunity to test our robotic systems in one of ALEC's projects in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to Imad Itani, the Innovation Manager at ALEC, for making this possible.
Using our robots in real construction sites makes a big difference when testing and fine-tuning the navigation and localization algorithms. Researchers from the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group were able to identify some of the challenges when moving the robots from the lab to real construction sites. Ongoing work on the automation of data collection and progress monitoring during the construction phase is being conducted by Dr. Samuel Prieto, Eyob Mengiste, Xinghui Xu, Nas Gopee, and Prof. Borja Garcia de Soto. In addition, Dr. Nikolaos Giakoumidis, the Instrumentation Research Specialist from the Kinesis CTP at NYUAD, is collaborating on this project.