The construction industry has great potential for robotic automation as a result of the current challenges it faces:
The stronger integration of design and process software requires new interfaces, standards and particularly user concepts. The center can accelerate these developments with demonstrators, prototypes and a reference construction site for testing. The same applies to the transformation of construction machinery and production facilities. The research infrastructure of the RWTH offers our members world class facilities and know-how for the development and validation of their products.
The research construction and construction sites scheduled for the RWTH Aachen Campus will enable our consortium to develop automation-compatible construction systems and test them under realistic conditions. These facilities are also available for training and further education. In addition, the members are provided with office space on and near the reference construction site so that the developments can be integrated into the members’ own activities in rapid coordination cycles.
In order to advance digitalization in the construction industry and the automation of construction sites, we develop flexible automation solutions for construction processes. The following aspects play an key role at our center towards strengthening the value chain of the construction industry:
Technology transfer from highly automated industries to the construction industry
Effective procurement of data for the individual processes of construction stakeholders from the common BIM data source
Systems for the design of tailor-made tools to safeguard know-how
Interfaces for the use of automation solutions in the construction industry
The center aims to automate construction from two directions: in a bottom-up process, starting from pre-fabrication, as well as from advances in on-site production. This combination allows for the identification of higher-level issues and process-based strategies. Detached from individual products or data silos, common working methods can be created along the value chain.
Technologies can be developed in a user-centered manner and immediately evaluated by both manufacturers and users. New products and processes are thus created along the value chain of the construction industry, making the members leaders in the field of construction robotics.
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Chair for Individualized Production
Institute for Steel Construction
Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
We measure our success by the success of our members. Less than a year has passed since we were founded, but we can already look back on the first fruits of interdisciplinary cooperation with our members and research partners. The challenges of digitalization and our built environment can only be solved together.
The first Construction Robotics Center project was published in January 2019 and is a study on “Industry 4.0 in the cement industry – status quo and prospects” for the German cement industry. The study was commissioned by the Social Policy Working Group of the German Cement Industry, (Sozialpolitische Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Zementindustrie (SPADZ) gemeinsam mit der Industriegewerkschaft Bauen–Agrar–Umwelt (IG BAU), der Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) sowie dem Verein Deutscher Zementwerke (VDZ)).
The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of RWTH scientists from the Chair for Individualized Production for Architecture, the WZL Machine Tool Laboratory, represented by the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management and the Institute of Building Materials Research, represented by the Chair of Building Materials Science.
For details of the study, please refer to the press release under News or the VDZ homepage.