By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Doing your dirty work for you

The idea of horde/cloud robots is not exactly new. I can remember positing the notion of doing building surveys by taking along a suitcase full of micro robots, letting a cloud of them loose in the building and plotting their search-n-hit data as a 3D model on your laptop. Land and site surveys too. Don't tell the client that it takes ten minutes and charge 'em a mint.


for less than 46p a day

Join thousands of professionals who already subscribe to the Architects' Journal.
You’ll get instant access to read this article -
and 53,000+ articles like it.

  • Trusted industry news & analysis, wherever you need itUnlimited online access and weekly magazine delivery – now also available on iPad/iPhone
  • Get ideas, get inside buildings and check precedentsBuildings Library – images, drawings and plans for exemplar projects in British architecture
  • Planning & regulation – what you need to know Protect your practice - the AJ keeps you up-to-date with changes to regulations and legislation
The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters