A Procedure Model for the Development of Construction Robots

Thomas Linner, Rongbo Hu, Kepa Iturralde, Thomas Bock

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Abstract

Due to a constantly growing interest in construction robots, guidance on the design and management for its development process is needed to employ the best practice know-how and accelerate efficient development and marketisation. The development of construction robots usually involves stakeholders from the construction sector, non-construction sectors, and investors. A systematic design management method can help to integrate the needs and aims of different stakeholders and team members during the development process. Therefore, a procedure model for the development of construction robots is proposed as an integrative guidance on how to systematically conceptualise engineer requirements and to design, develop, implement, evaluate, manage, and mature the designs of construction robots. Several recent projects have been used by the authors to test and verify parts of the proposed cyclic method. In addition, the authors explain how the proposed model has been composed of an adapted set of proven principles and methodologies from the systems engineering and management field and highlight the specific concepts for developing and testing the construction robots. The application of the procedure model revealed that the concept and method are feasible and, in principle, can provide a comprehensive and practical guide on the steps forward. A unique characteristic of the proposed procedure model is the core principle which allows the evolvement over time with each cycle of use. In addition, interchangeable elements can be inserted into the procedure model depending on the region, type of robot, and technical readiness level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in Construction
Subtitle of host publicationa Practical Guide to Transforming the Construction Industry
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages321-352
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9783030957988
ISBN (Print)9783030957971
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Affordable robots
  • Construction automation
  • Construction robotics
  • Modular robotics
  • Modular/multitask construction robots
  • Procedure model
  • Systems engineering
  • Technology management

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