New Jersey Patent of the Month – February 2022

Laying out a building is not an easy task. It usually requires input from multiple staff as they reference blueprints, plans, and drawings to walk the construction site and mark points of reference. This requires modifying each reference material to scale it up correctly. Without laying out the building beforehand, it would be very unlikely that the final product would match the blueprints and will lead to many structural issues later. At the same time, there may be a need for modifications as they mark out the layout to adjust for discrepancies in the site. This takes a long time and can still be subjected to human error. Image Clone, LLC has developed a system capable of automatically laying out a building at any site.

The system can reference blueprints, drawings, or Autocad files and calibrate these plans into a single computer readable file. This file can then be loaded into a tool which adjusts, transfers, and prints the layout to the desired scale. It prints this out onto the building surface, removing the need for employees to carry around and transfer blueprints at a jobsite. 

The process requires first identifying several reference points (eg. building corner). A set of lasers are then placed at the reference points and communicate with the software to begin mapping out the layout. This allows the system to adjust for dimensional discrepancies between the plans and the site on the fly. Once finalized, a set of robotic printers can then be used to transfer this layout onto the site. The printer type can be changed depending on the site. For instance, lasers which leave marks may be used to create permanent lines on certain surfaces. Other methods might leave less permanent marks. This automated system reduces the time spent laying out a construction site and reduces the likelihood of scale errors.

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