Famous UK architectural practice Foster + Partners is working with autonomous drone software developer Be Tomorrow UK to develop a way of detecting real-time errors on big construction projects.
The idea is to create cost-effective system that can compare what’s getting built to the design, eliminating expensive construction errors and delays, the practice said this week.
The research has been co-funded by a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
"Such a service will offer significant benefits to the construction industry, helping lower overall project costs and risk, while increasing quality and client confidence, for a relatively small investment," said Foster + Partners.
It said the biggest technical challenge was creating a suitable autonomous mapping solution that works in the complex environment of a live construction site.
The team plans to build a working prototype to demonstrate its potential on big projects.
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