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Civ Robotics announced that it closed a $5 million seed round for its autonomous surveying solution CivDot. The company plans to use the funding for sales and marketing and technology development. It also plans to grow its team in the U.S. and Tel Aviv, Isreal, where its R&D operations are based.
ff Venture Capital, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm with a strong focus on robotics, among other things, and Alley Robotics Ventures, an early-stage capital venture firm that invests in robotics and automation, led the round, which also included participation from Trimble Ventures.
Civ Robotics’ CivDot is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for civil engineering and infrastructure projects like solar farms, roadways, data centers and power plants. Users can upload their blueprint in standard CSV or DXF format to CivPlan, and CivDot will be ready to work.
The robot sprays paint coordinates with dots or dashed lines. If needed, users can follow behind CivDot with flags or nails with whiskers and CivPlan will tell them which color marker to install at each point. When CivDot is done with its mission, it sends a detailed report with the marked coordinates and ground elevation measurements.
“The construction industry faces worker shortage challenges, and CivDot is empowering efficiency and safety on the job, while driving projects forward from the start,” Tom Yeshurun, co-founder and CEO of Civ Robotics, said. “Already, Bechtel, a leader in the EPC industry, among a variety of others, has adopted CivDots for surveying. Today’s funding demonstrates the opportunity in front of us as a company to construct the world around us.”
CivDot comes with two sets of batteries that each have a five-hour battery life, and can connect to any base station and NTRIP network. It uses spray cans that you can find at any local hardware store, and can handle any terrain or slope with its 6-8″ ground clearance and tire options for mud and sand.