Hilti's BIM-enabled construction jobsite robot helps contractors tackle labour shortage challenges
Hilti has introduced its first robot, Jaibot, for semi-autonomous mobile ceiling drilling. The Hilti Jaibot construction robot will help mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation contractors tackle productivity, safety and labor shortage challenges.
The Jaibot executes its tasks based on building information modeling (BIM) data. The robot is a completely cordless and easy-to-use system that doesn't require expert skills. It locates itself accurately indoors, drills dust-controlled holes and marks them according to the trade.
"The productivity of the construction industry has been lagging behind other sectors for years. Margin pressure and shortages of skilled labour are already facts of life in our industry and make it increasingly difficult to overcome productivity shortfalls. But leveraging the opportunities offered by digitization will compensate for it. We do this by intelligently linking processes, teams and data," said Jan Doongaji, a member of the executive board for Hilti Group. "With Jaibot, and in close collaboration with our customers, we are further stepping toward realizing the efficiency that digital transformation can and will bring to construction sites."
Time and budget overruns are common, especially for large construction projects. Significant productivity gains are possible with digitally planned construction projects and their realization with the help of robotic solutions. Hilti Jaibot is steered by a remote control run by an operator to move from one location to the next. Once in drilling area, the Jaibot drills all holes within reach automatically.
BIM-enabled robotic solutions also make the construction process more transparent with improved execution speed, constant performance and fewer errors. Daily progress can be reported from the field to the project office via cloud computing. Potential conflicts between the trades involved on a jobsite also can be detected at an early stage and then limited, resulting in more projects delivered on-time and within budget.
Helping workers with physically demanding tasks
Safety played an important role in the development of the Jaibot. It is designed to assist tradespeople in physically demanding, repetitive installation tasks such as drilling numerous holes overhead for many mechanical, electrical or plumbing installations. It is navigated by the worker via remote control and uses reference data from a robotic total station, the Hilti PLT 300. Holes within reach are drilled automatically.
"We looked at which routine work on the construction site is among the most stressful, and that is primarily overhead work," said Julia Zanona, product manager for robotics at Hilti. "From the beginning, it was important to us to develop a robotic solution that supports our customers where it is most needed. The Hilti Jaibot takes over the most strenuous and exhausting tasks, working alongside the installation team."