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Hands-on learning experiences in the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall

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A group of students from the OSU Institute of Technology

The Hilti JAIBOT robot, which will be used for the next three months. A group of students from the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, visited the New Frontiers site to watch the robot in action.

Oklahoma State University has used advanced technology in the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall to create hands-on learning experiences. 

Launched in January 2020, the New Frontiers campaign is building a new facility for OSU Agriculture. Construction on the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall is planned to finish in the fall of 2024. This campaign hopes to further OSU’s teaching, research and Extension.  

Nine students at the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee recently toured the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall to learn about the new technology, including the Hilti JAIBOT.

Danny Hancock, project manager of Platinum Mechanical and OSUIT graduate, said the Hilti JAIBOT is a semi-automated anchor/hanger point layout and drilling robot. He explained it is the first type of this robot model in use in Oklahoma. It is being used to build the new home of OSU Agriculture.

 The Hilti JAIBOT found its home in November at the New Frontiers construction site. It will be used on the site for about three months.  

 “This technology utilizes the project’s model created in Building Information Modeling, or BIM, to more accurately lay out the anchor points, which are areas where anchors will be located to hold piping or duct systems,” Hancock said

The Hilti JAIBOT uses digital plans to mark and drill holes. It helps to prevent overhead installation incidents. The robot is operated on the ground, away from drilling, which reduces risks such as exposure to concrete silicate for the workers.

Hancock said it is important for students to see this type of advanced technology in action.

 “It’s critical for students to connect actual installation with their classroom training, so they can see the byproduct of what they were taught,” Hancock said. “Physically seeing something done has a better chance of making an impression that they will likely never forget.”

 Zane Moneypenny, OSUIT construction management student, said seeing the new technology in person during the tour was a beneficial experience. 

 “It was a big eye-opener,” Moneypenny said. “Being able to take what we have learned in the classroom and see first-hand the technology used in the field is a huge benefit, especially on a project like this one.”

 The construction site tour is one of many examples of hands-on learning happening at New Frontiers Agricultural Hall. Another group of construction management students from OSU’s Stillwater campus plan to tour the site in January.