Automated Construction using Wire Robots


Automated Construction using Wire Robots

Given the great potential to improve the productivity, quality and safety of construction projects and also to reduce costs, automated technologies are still not widely spread in the construction sector. Recently, advances in the field of the so-called wire robot technology offer new prospects for the automation of large-scale processes.

This research project focuses on a simulation-based approach to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of wire robots for automated construction. Masonry buildings are considered as an appropriate application case due to repetitive construction procedures and high demands concerning quality as well as accuracy of construction. A simulation model representing the fundamental mechanics of a wire robot is created including process-relevant objects and interactions. Special focus lies on creating collision-free motion profiles which can be exported to the robot control system and may serve as a basis for path planning. Building information models are used to set-up the simulation model and to prepare the required input data. Following a modular structure, the model can be applied with different purposes in the exploration of the approach.

The research project is conducted in close cooperation with the Chair for Mechatronics and the Institute of Construction Management of University Duisburg-Essen.

Project Data

Title: Automated Construction using Wire Robots

Researcher: Hannah Exner, M.Sc.

Project Partners: 
Chair for Mechatronics, University of Duisburg-Essen;
Institute of Construction Management, University Duisburg-Essen

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