Acciona claims robot helps it build partition walls 6 times faster

The HP site robot at the new Alentejo Central Hospital in Portugal The HP site robot at the new Alentejo Central Hospital in Portugal (Image courtesy of Acciona)

A robot has helped Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona to build partition walls on a hospital project in Portugal six times faster than normal.

The company claimed to be the first to use the HP SitePrint robot in Portugal, at the Alentejo Central Hospital in Évora, as well as being the first Spanish infrastructure firm to “continuously” use the equipment.

The robot is designed to improve the efficiency of a site’s design layout by printing out lines and text on ground surfaces and helping project teams to visualise planning data on the ground.

The robot consists of a small mobile unit equipped with wheels and a print head specifically developed for this purpose.

Acciona said that the robot sped up the installation of the partition walls across a 140,000 square metre slab area by six times, demonstrating its usefulness on major projects.

The €149 million New Regional Hospital of Alentejo, located in Évora, includes the construction of a ten-storey building with capacity for 400 beds, as well as 127,000 square metres of green spaces and the construction of a heliport and large parking areas, among other works. It is scheduled for completion in 2025.

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