20. July 2018
Robotics for the building industry
Liebherr, KUKA and Autodesk join with RWTH institutes in the Center Construction Robotics to research the automation of construction
The construction sector has great potential in terms of robot-based automation. Using the example of large scale and complex facade elements and their production, a previously non-existent continuous digital chain from planning to manufacture and subsequent installation will demonstrated. The declared objective of the Center Construction Robotics is to develop the construction site of the future by way of digitalization: from preproduction to a common value creation chain, all the way to a partially automated construction site. “We identify disruptive processes at the Center Construction Robotics and will then also develop new matching business models. Here we collaborate closely with market-leading platform and technology enablers”, explains Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Chair of Individualized Production in Architecture at RWTH Aachen.
Dominique Tasch, Managing Director for Technology & Development, Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH, comments about the involvement of his company in the newly founded center on RWTH Aachen Campus: “In Aachen and in the idea of the Center Construction Robotics we have found a very promising environment that allows all participants to take on a shaping role in the development of the digital construction site. Given the renowned collaborators Liebherr sees a good chance to make the vision of the construction site of the future a reality.”
KUKA and Autodesk share this enthusiastic view of the collaboration. “A new age is dawning. Increasing digitalization is changing the business world – also on construction sites. The past ten years have seen hardly any increase in productivity in the German construction sector. Completely new approaches in the construction and manufacture of buildings offer the unique possibility of introducing high-performance, flexible and digital fabrication methods directly to the construction site by way of robot-based automation”, says Alois Buchstab, Vice President Advanced Robotic Applications, KUKA. Ralf Moser, Leader BIM Transformation, AEC Digital Expert Group, Autodesk GmbH, adds: “We want to identify BIM use cases for construction robotics as part of our syndicated research at RWTH. With Autodesk FORGE, we offer a technology platform that allows the integration of BIM and robotics and which is also open to all companies in the construction sector that create digital value.”