Investigating the use of unmanned plant machinery on construction sites

Barlow, Chris and Prior, Stephen D. and Erbil, Mehmet Ali and Lewis, Darren and Brazinskas, Mantas and Mielniczek, Witold and Bell, Jonathon and Irps, Thomas and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2010) Investigating the use of unmanned plant machinery on construction sites. International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems, 2010 . pp. 270-275. ISSN 2152-1522

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The UK Construction Sector has been estimated to contribute 8% of the UK’s GDP [1]. The worldwide recession has forced construction companies to introduce and adopt cost saving measures to increase productivity. Several robotic building systems are in development for the Construction Sector such as the PERI’s Automatic Climbing System [2] and Brokk’s remote-controlled demolition machines [3], but there has been little implementation on live sites. Construction sites by their very nature are dynamically changing environments, so if human input was removed entirely, a robot would need a high level of awareness of the current state of the building project in order to navigate and carry out its tasks.

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International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems conference held at South Taiwan University on 16-20th Dec 2010.

Keywords (uncontrolled):Robots, Building Sites, Autonomy
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
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