October 7, 2021 – Media outlets are invited to the Virginia Tech campus, Myers-Lawson School of Construction for a day-long event, focused on the conclusion of robotic dog research, sponsored by Procon, highlighting robotic inspection, remote inspection, and construction site safety.

The research project from this first phase found that Spot the robot dog could potentially improve accuracy and consistency of reality capture in construction process monitoring. The event takes place Friday, October 8, 2021.

In addition, Spot will be able to show off a few new tricks, including some dance moves and a focus on augmented reality.

Who: Researchers from Virginia Tech’s Myers-Lawson School of Construction, along with representatives from project sponsor, Procon Consulting, W.M. Jordan, and VT Capital Construction will be available for media interviews.

When: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.  The event lasts all day, but note the following:

- Robot demo (1:30-2:30 p.m.), focus on augmented reality

- Robotics Workshop for Students (3-4 p.m.)

- Robot testing and discussion (4-5 p.m.), the dance moves come out!

Where:  Bishop-Favrao Hall 1st floor, room 132, 1345 Perry Street, Blacksburg

On site contacts include:

-        Keresh Afsari, Assistant Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Construction

-        Steve DeVito, Procon Consulting, project sponsor

-        Meghan Marsh - Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities communications manager

-        Ashley Wills, Myers-Lawson School of Construction communications

Contact: Bill Foy| fwill55@vt.edu | 540-998-0288

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