ALEC joins Hilti to test first drilling robot in UAE

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Hilti Jaibot robot

UAE-based leading construction group ALEC has partnered with the Europe-based global construction manufacturing firm Hilti, to test Jaibot, the first-of-its-kind semi-autonomous robot in the UAE and GCC region.

The Hilti Jaibot is a robot that helps add more enhanced productivity to installation in projects. Also, it helps to increase the productivity of drilling jobs and make the work easier.

Since March 2019, ALEC has been working with Hilti to experiment with the robot’s efficiency on a variety of ALEC’s projects, including the flagship One Za’abeel.

This advanced construction robot takes over the execution of installations while enabling project managers to monitor project progress and status through data. Using the digital plans, the Jaibot marks and drills holes, allowing construction workers to avoid the hard work of overhead drilling and to focus on the construction robot’s work.

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“It is incredibly exciting to witness the transformation of the construction industry up close through our collaboration with Hilti. We are passionate about continually championing innovation and digital transformation in the industry, and via Jaibot, we can see how the future of construction is shaped, whilst unlocking new levels of efficiency in our processes.”

Nathan Hanns, General Manager of ALEMCO said, “We have witnessed great improvements in productivity, quality, and safety upon using Jaibot for One Za’abeel and our other sites. The accuracy and efficiency in the installation process have demonstrated the value of being 3D driven as an organization.”

“Our investment in world-class technology is a testament to our commitment to continually improving our processes so that we can deliver quality projects and go above and beyond for our clients,” he further added.

ALEC is the main contractor of One Za’abeel which will see retail, residential, hospitality, and offices come together as part of its mixed-use status, offering an unprecedented 360-degree view of the city to its visitors, residents, and tourists.