Consultancy and Construction Company Mace and Heathrow Airport have employed Dave, a robotic dog, in a bid to improve efficiency and safety on major construction projects. The team are trialling ‘Spot the Dog’, a robot developed by Boston Dynamics, equipped with a Trimble X7 scanner to provide 3D laser scans during the ongoing refurbishment of a 1960’s cargo tunnel at Heathrow Airport. The robot dog allows the project team to safely retrieve data from the building site which is then used alongside 3D models and augmented reality to track accuracy and progress on the construction work. The robot is increasing safety by reducing trips, slips and accidents - particularly in hazardous, dark, or slippery locations. It is also improving efficiency on site as the scans taken by the robot are quick and accurate. Mace is leading on the refurbishment and updating of aging mechanical and electrical services, bringing them into compliance with new regulations, within the tunnel, which is used to transport luggage and cargo across the airport. Mace is one of the first construction firms to adopt this technology in the UK and, if the trial is deemed to be a success, the company will look to extend the technology across other major construction projects around the UK – driving improvements in safety and productivity across the industry.