Tech Startup Rugged Robotics Completes Full-scale Pilot Field Layout Project with Consigli Construction

Rugged Robotics' robotic field layout vehicle has completed its first full-scale pilot on a Consigli Construction jobsite.

Houston-based construction technology newcomer Rugged Robotics has completed its first full-scale pilot with Consigli Construction Co. Inc. Consigli is a leading construction manager in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, which services clients across all markets, including academic, health care, life sciences, institutional, energy, corporate, and federal. The collaboration between the two companies is in line with Consigli’s commitment to support and utilize cutting-edge technologies in an effort to advance efficiencies in the construction process. 

Founded by a registered P.E. and a NASA engineer, Rugged Robotics’ inaugural product is designed to tackle the challenge of field layout. Traditionally, field layout is performed using tape measures, chalklines and surveying equipment to manually mark the location of walls and mechanical systems. Rugged Robotics automates this process, marking fully coordinated designs directly onto concrete floors using small robotic vehicles.

Rugged Robotics 35 (1)Robert UmenoferUsing the rover, construction workers can print much more information than typically seen on a manual layout, reduce the time spent reviewing plans and, as a result, conduct faster, more accurate installations. It also helps eliminate potential oversights and errors in the manual layout, which can impact multiple trades and result in incorrect installation, delays and rework.

Recently, the rover was put to the test at Cambridge Crossing – Parcel H, where Consigli is building the new headquarters for Sanofi, one of Massachusett’s largest life science employers. At Parcel H, Rugged Robotics delivered a multi-trade layout on six floors covering more than 240,000 sq. ft. The automated layout resulted in improved coordination, reduced errors and significant time savings on the front end.

“Consigli truly believes in our solution,  and together we are working to improve the construction industry,” said Derrick Morse, co-founder and CEO of Rugged Robotics. “As someone who is passionate about the construction industry, it has been thrilling to be in the field and working alongside the Consigli team.”

Rugged Robotics 57Robert Umenofer“At Consigli, our leadership and technology teams are always looking for ways to make construction projects more accurate and efficient and maximize the allocation of resources on each site,” said Jack Moran, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP and Consigli’s director of VDC and Integrated Services. “We see technology as a way to support our workforce and to meet the construction demands of the future. Rugged Robotics proved its value with an automated tool that exceeded our expectations and worked in synergy with our team.”

Following the pilot, Rugged Robotics and Consigli continue to collaborate as Rugged Robotics refines, deploys and scales its solution. Future Consigli projects utilizing the robots are already in the works.