Painting Robot to Coat Luxury High-Rise in Dubai
Emirati multinational real estate development company Emaar Properties announced last month that it awarded all painting work for a luxury high-rise residential project to Singapore-based MYRO International, a mobile intelligent paint robot.
Located in Downtown Dubai, the coatings work for the dual-tower complex, dubbed “Forte,” is currently being carried out in a stage 1 trial.
According to reports, the idea for the multi-building residential complex was first revealed in May 2015, with construction breaking ground the following year. Designed by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei, Emaar Properties noted that the pair of buildings reflect the Japanese firm’s values of community, credibility, selective design and collective independence.
For the project, AECOM was hired on as an architectural consultant and Target Engineering Construction Company served at the general contractor.
In July 2020, the project was reported to be in the late stages of development with roughly 25% of the structure’s façade completed. By January 2021, the buildings topped out, while the façade was reported to be nearly completed.
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Inside, the structure features one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments ranging from 650 to 1800 square feet in size. The complex also features a gym, children’s playground, resident’s lounge and swimming pool.
Utilities and interior work on the project are still underway, with MYRO International currently trialing its painting robots on the property.
In February, Emaar Properties awarded all coatings work at its Forte luxury high-rise residential project to MYRO International. The company, which claims to have created the world’s first intelligent wall painting robot, notes that the technology is specifically designed for construction, painting and related coatings sectors.
On its website, MYRO adds that painting robot is accountable, fast—up to 10 times faster than manual painters—safe, precise and consistent, among other features. The smart robot can operate for up to 24 hours at a time, can be pre-programmed to create floor plans in less than an hour and is able to accurately configure non-paintable areas on walls as well.
“Understanding that productivity is an important aspect in the construction industry, we developed MYRO in close collaboration with the industry leaders to accelerate the process,” said Srikar Reddy, Chief Product Officer at Mojay Global Holding Limited. “We are excited to work with Emaar Properties and look forward to helping the construction industry become more automated.”
According to Arabia Business, MYRO International has previously completed over 300,000 square feet of onsite painting work for several construction firms in India. In another, more recent project, MYRO was deployed on a trial basis for a luxury villa compound at Dubai Hills Estate, where its performance was carefully evaluated.
Compiled data from these projects revealed that the productivity of the MYRO robots accumulated to nearly 1,000 square feet of coated surfaces per hour. Typically, in a single apartment unit, it takes up to four days of manual painting. MYRO, however, can auto-paint the same area within just four hours.
After hearing about the robot’s success, Emaar Properties decided to bring MYRO on its Forte project, saying that the decision aligned with its strategy to constantly seek new construction technologies that shape the industry and provide the best quality finishes across its portfolio.
At Forte, Emaar and MYRO International plan to jointly investigate the number of units and engagement model for future collaboration. The stage 1 trial is currently underway, although no estimated completion date has been reported.
Apart from this project, MYRO International reports that it has plans to complete other projects in Brazil and the United States in the first quarter of 2022.