Exyn and Trimble exploring fully autonomous surveying

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Companies working on proof of concept for construction-focused solution featuring Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot


Trimble and Exyn Technologies, a specialist in robotic autonomy for complex environments that can’t access GPS are exploring the use of autonomous construction surveying technology.

The solution will integrate Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot, the ExynPak portable, real-time 3D mapping solution powered by ExynAI and the Trimble X7 laser scanner.

The aim is to enable fully autonomous missions inside complex and dynamic construction environments, resulting in ‘consistent and precise’ reality capture for production and quality control workflows.

Autonomous robots powered by ExynAI, are designed to sense and avoid obstacles, dynamically adapting to the ever-changing complexity of construction environments.

The ExynPak mounts and integrates with a robot, supporting level 4 of autonomous exploration missions without requiring the robot to “learn” about its environment beforehand.

The surveyor simply defines a 3D volume for a mission and the integrated robotic solution then handles the complexities of self-navigation without needing a map, GPS or wireless infrastructure.

The Trimble X7 provides 3D laser scanning to capture the state of the environment. The captured data can be uploaded to the Trimble Connect collaboration platform and shared with project stakeholders for further analysis, including a comparison to BIM models and previous scans to monitor quality and progress.

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“Industry has been waiting for reliable and robust autonomous technology to transform difficult and dangerous activities. Exyn’s technology is helping to enable a new front in human-robot collaboration. By working with preeminent leaders such as Trimble, we aim to create adaptable, state-of-the-art systems to tackle the complexities across construction and industrial environments,” said Nader Elm, CEO of Exyn Technologies.

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