Design and simulation of an automated robotic solution for the installation of Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components in wood-framed walls
In this project, a key research project for the robotization of the timber building construction is proposed. By developing a full-scale solution for the installation of MEP components in mass timber walls and showcasing its benefits compared to current manual situations, in terms of safety, quality, productivity and so forth, we expect to support the introduction of robotic cells in offsite construction facilities. For this, we plan on researching two key areas: 1) how to transfer the necessary information from BIM models (most popular software platform for building design and development) to robotic programming environments; and 2) design the necessary robotic cells, tools, and support systems to create a fully operational production line in a simulated environment. With both outputs, this research will provide a clear understanding of the capacity of robotic systems for mass timber building construction, as well as showcasing the advantages of flexible robotic systems compared to current automated solutions.