Feb 8, 2021

HoloSite keeps PM Group data center project sharply in focus

Ar
projectsavings
DigitalTransformation
Dominic Ellis
3 min
PM Group uses XYZ's HoloSite to avoid costly mistakes during construction process of one of Europe’s largest hyperscale data centers in Denmark
PM Group uses XYZ's HoloSite to avoid costly mistakes during construction of one of Europe’s largest hyperscale data centers in Denmark...

International project delivery company, PM Group, is deploying XYZ Reality's AR product Holosite during the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest hyperscale data centers in Denmark. 

PM Group claims using the world’s first engineering grade AR product is helping it achieve "significant time and labour savings". 

Retrospectively identifying out of tolerance construction can lead to project delays and escalating costs, and this is particularly evident in phases involving complex mechanical and electrical engineering works. 

HoloSite custom-integrates engineering grade AR into a safety-compliant, hard hat and visor. The technology enables users to view full, BIM models on site and for the first time, construction teams are able to proactively prevent and identify early-stage construction inaccuracies.

Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Construction Director, PM Group, said it has been using HoloSite since the beginning of the Danish project, and it is unlocking significant productivity advancements on-site. 

"It has allowed us to move away from a reactive approach to tackling errors, to a more proactive way of working, solving problems before they actualise as a cost," he said. "It is great to work with innovators like XYZ Reality who really understand our needs. This technology is ground breaking and adds significantly to the AR and other digital technology we are using on our projects across the world."

Coral Butler, BIM Manager, PM Group, said HoloSite is facilitating a high level of build accuracy which is removing the need for constant laser surveying and helping it track and trend issues and make adjustments to keep the project on schedule.

“Health and safety is always our key focus. HoloSite is enabling us to live stream the site, either on walk downs or for factory witness tests, reducing the number of people needed on site – which is particularly beneficial in light of the Covid crisis,” Butler added.

David Mitchell, CEO and founder of XYZ Reality, said AR challenges many long-standing construction practices and shifts the industry to a more forward-thinking, proactive approach to building. 

“Having worked as a Digital Construction Manager on some of Europe’s largest construction projects, I have witnessed first-hand how damaging it could be to take a reactive approach to tackling construction errors, but the technology wasn’t available to do it differently - I knew there had to be a better way.

“My goal was to develop technology that supports a proactive way of working, and this is what we’ve been able to achieve with HoloSite - a product that enables construction teams to build it right first time.”

PM Group plans to deploy additional HoloSite units on site in Denmark as the build advances into more complex M&E construction phases. The company is also looking to use the technology on other construction projects in 2021.

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Jun 21, 2021

Hyundai buys controlling stake in Boston Dynamics

Robotics
Technology
Investment
Autonmoustrucks
Dominic Ellis
3 min
News of Hyundai's controlling stake in Boston Dynamics follows Bridgestone Americas' investment in Kodiak Robotics

Hyundai Motor Group has bought a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank following regulatory approvals.

Post-closing, the Group holds an 80 percent stake in Boston Dynamics and SoftBank, through one of its affiliates, retains the remaining 20 percent stake. The deal valued the mobile robot firm at $1.1 billion. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

Boston Dynamics is a leader in developing agile, mobile robots that have been successfully integrated into business operations of many of the world's leading industrial firms. Together, both companies aim to create a robotics value chain, from robot component manufacturing to smart logistics solutions. Additionally, the Group will support Boston Dynamics' continued expansion of its product line and global sales and service footprint. 

By acquiring Boston Dynamics and securing a leading presence in the field of robotics, the Group takes another major step toward its strategic transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. To propel this transformation, the Group has invested substantially in the development of future technologies, including autonomous driving, AI, Urban Air Mobility (UAM), smart factories and robots.

In the field of robotics, the Group aims to develop advanced technologies that enhance people's lives and promote safety, thereby realizing the progress for humanity. The deal is also expected to allow the Group and Boston Dynamics to leverage each other's respective strengths in manufacturing, logistics, construction and automation.

Boston Dynamics launched sales of its first commercial robot, Spot in June 2020 and now has hundreds of robots operating in a variety of industries, including power utilities, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and mining. The company also recently unveiled Stretch, its first commercial robot specifically designed for warehouse facilities and distribution centers.    

Last week RobotLAB and SoftBank Robotics America announced that the humanoid robots Pepper and NAO are now exclusively available through RobotLAB in North America. The partnership also expands Pepper's previous industry and STREAM education focus areas to a broader range of applications, and marks RobotLAB's debut as one of SBRA's Whiz Partners.

Bridgestone buys stake in Kodiak Robotics

Bridgestone Americas has made a minority investment in Kodiak Robotics, a leading U.S.-based self-driving trucking company. The partnership will allow Bridgestone to integrate its smart-sensing tire technologies and fleet solutions into Kodiak's level 4 autonomous trucks. The companies will also pilot future autonomous and smart tire technologies to further enhance vehicle intelligence and advance toward a safer, more efficient, and more sustainable mobility future. 

"Automated vehicles offer a number of benefits to commercial fleet customers and society, including safer roads with fewer unexpected incidents, and upwards of 20 percent savings in fuel and efficiency," said Paolo Ferrari, Global Chief Solutions Officer, Bridgestone Corporation, and President & CEO, Bridgestone Americas.

"Advancements in tire-centric technologies are critical to unlocking greater innovation in mobility, while also delivering significant sustainability benefits. This investment will enable Bridgestone and Kodiak to work together to co-develop advanced mobility solutions with speed and precision that will revolutionise commercial trucking."


McKinsey highlights three primary opportunities for automation in construction. The first is automation of what are considered traditional physical tasks on-site, for instance, robots laying bricks and machines paving roads.

The second comes from the automation of modular construction, or rather production, in factories, including 3D printing of components such as facades, and the third centers on digitization and the subsequent automation of design, planning, and management procedures, as well as the vast efficiencies those can create on-site.

"For example, BIM, which essentially brings together the designs of planners and general contractors to identify issues before they move to the site, makes the planning process more efficient. But more importantly, it makes the on-site execution more efficient, allowing project teams to eliminate mistakes and better coordinate the workforce." it states.

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