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The Weekly Show, April 8, 2021: SPOT the autonomous robot, and Woods Bagot's in-house 'futurist'

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The Weekly Show, April 8, 2021: SPOT the autonomous robot, and Woods Bagot's in-house 'futurist'

The April 8 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand. 

By BD+C Staff | April 8, 2021
The Weekly Show, Apr 8, 2021: SPOT the autonomous robot, and Woods Bagot's in-house 'futurist'
The Weekly Show, Apr 8, 2021: SPOT the autonomous robot, and Woods Bagot's in-house 'futurist'

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders from Procon Consulting, Virginia Tech, and Woods Bagot about:  
• SPOT, the autonomous robot for construction progress monitoring applications
• How Woods Bagot's new "futurist" is promoting innovation at the international design firm.


Thanks to our episode sponsor





BD+C's Group Director Tony Mancini runs down the highlights from this week's show.





Meet SPOT: The autonomous robot for construction progress monitoring
BD+C's David Barista talks with AEC tech experts from Virginia Tech and Procon Consulting about their collaborative research project on jobsite applications for SPOT, the four-legged autonomous robot developed by Boston Dynamics. Walid Thabet and Keresh Afasari from Virginia Tech, and Stephen DeVito and John Serdakowski from Procon Consulting outline the applications, advantages, and obstacles with using SPOT on construction jobsites. The first application the team is studying: using SPOT to capture construction progress photos and video at several jobsites on VT's campus, a task that typically would require a project manager/superintendent to walk the site several times daily.





Gazing into the future, with Francesca Birks of Woods Bagot
BD+C Senior Editor John Caulfield interviews Francesca Birks, Woods Bagot's new Global Insights Leader, who discusses her role as a futurist and facilitator for ideas generated by the firm, its clients, and other thought leaders.





“The Weekly” is a presentation of Horizon TV, the online broadcast arm of SGC Horizon LLC, publishers of Building Design+Construction, Multifamily Design+Construction, Professional Builder, ProRemodeler, and Construction Equipment.


The Weekly premieres May 18 on Horizon TV


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