@BIMShowLive Scaled Robotics

Keynote by Stuart MaggsWe have not changed that much since 1930 construction methods at its core. 

Doing new things – vertical progress 

Copying things that work – horizontal progress. 

Spreading inneficieny through globalisation is obviously bad. 

Construction productive has flat lined. 

There have been huge advances in software. 

Reduce in structural materials by new analysis/design/manufacture skills and process. 

We design digitally but still construct manually. 

We are constrained by our tools. 

We now have greater complexity with tighter margins. 

Solution? Robotics? 3D printing? 

Problem – the printer needs to be bigger than the object being printed. Not scaleable. 

Swap out the big machine for smaller/agile machines. 

Manual – passive – active – interactive – proactive – intelligent. Stages of robotics and sensing with perception to be interactive. 

It is easier to fill a volume than to optimise it. Moulds/form work. 

Speed vs quality using additive manufacturing. Team based robots address this. 

Resolution – cost – flexibility – scaleability. 

Cheap hardware with sophisticated software. 

Phase 1 is being worked on. First prototype in the next 6 months on site. 

Onsite connection to the digital model. Finding errors in real time. 

Simulations currently to test algorithms 

Real time registration and understanding of the robot perceived environment. 

Cross reference model with robot data. 

Once data is captured then the robot can act upon the environment. 

“Acting on the world”

Marking out drywall 35-45m per hour. Robot could do 360m per hour. 

Easy to use. 

Collection platform. 

Onsite digital layer of infrastructure. 



About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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