Automation and robotic technologies in the construction context: research experiences in prefabricated façade modules

Kepa Iturralde, Wen Pan, Thomas Linner, Thomas Bock

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increase in robots that perform activities in the built environment. In this chapter, projects were featured as case studies to demonstrate the potential of using automation and robotic technologies to facilitate building façade installation tasks. The Building Energy Renovation Through Timber-Prefabricated Modules (BERTIM) and the Highly automatEd PHysical Achievements and performancES using cable roboTs Unique Systems (HEPHAESTUS) research projects consist of researching, developing and prototyping different automated solutions for the handling of building envelopes in various processes of the installation sequence. The BERTIM research project focuses on building envelope upgrading, automated building façade manufacturing, while the HEPHAESTUS research project is focused on the cable-driven parallel robot for the installation of curtain wall modules. Both projects have proved the potential use of new technologies for the installation of prefabricated envelopes and reduced working time and costs during installation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Building Skins
Subtitle of host publicationTransformative Technologies and Research Trajectories
PublisherElsevier
Pages475-493
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128224779
ISBN (Print)9780128224915
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Robot
  • automation
  • end-effector
  • installation
  • prefabrication
  • time-reduction

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