Construction Automation and Robotics for Concrete Construction: Case Studies on Research, Development, and Innovations

Rongbo Hu, Wen Pan, Kepa Iturralde, Thomas Linner, Thomas Bock

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Abstract

The construction industry, supported by the materials industry, is a major user of natural resources. Automation and robotics have the potential to play a key role in the development of circular construction by increasing productivity, reducing waste, increasing safety, and mitigating labor shortages. Starting with a brief synopsis of the history of construction robotics and the concept of robot-oriented design, this article presents exemplary case studies of research projects and entrepreneurial activities in which the authors have participated that have contributed to the advancement of concrete construction. The activities of the authors have systematically led to spin-offs and start-ups, especially in recent years (e.g., CREDO Robotics GmbH, ARE23 GmbH, KEWAZO GmbH, ExlenTec Robotics GmbH, etc.), which shows that the use of construction robots is becoming an important part of the construction industry. With the use of automation and robotics in the built environment especially for concrete construction, current challenges such as the housing shortage can be addressed using the leading machinery and robot technology in Germany and other parts of the world. The knowledge and know-hows gained in these endeavors will lay the groundwork for the next frontier of construction robotics beyond the construction sites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2023
EditorsBorja Garcia de Soto, Vicente Gonzalez, Ioannis Brilakis
PublisherInternational Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC)
Pages683-690
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780645832204
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event40th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2023 - Chennai, India
Duration: 5 Jul 20237 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction
ISSN (Electronic)2413-5844

Conference

Conference40th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2023
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityChennai
Period5/07/237/07/23

Keywords

  • Automated Construction Machinery
  • Concrete Construction
  • Construction Robots
  • Infrastructure
  • Robot-Oriented Design

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