Optimizing the Assembly Process of Wood Frame Buildings by Construction Robotics Simulation

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With the goal of advancing the use of robotics in construction, researchers at Purdue University have developed a building information modeling (BIM) based simulation software that bridges the gap between design and construction of a building. This software integrates an open-source platform (Webots) and can be used to analyze how industrial robots would assemble a wood frame structure from a BIM input. The robotic assembly process was successfully simulated on three test cases. The approach was, on average, 39x faster than manually created robotic simulations and is expected to dramatically reduce errors from design to build. Purdue's approach to this challenge opens new doors for the analysis of robotic construction of building designs. It is also part of a suite of technologies developed at Purdue aimed at enabling seamless and universal BIM interoperability.

Technology Validation: This technology has been validated through 3 test cases consisting of varied frame layouts.

-Ability to integrate between building design and automated assembly
-Time reduction for construction planning
-Reduction of errors between design and build

-Robotic fabrication of buildings
-Wood frame construction
-Building information modeling
Mar 24, 2023
Provisional-Gov. Funding
United States
Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
The Convergence Center
101 Foundry Drive, Suite 2500
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: (765) 588-3475
Fax: (765) 463-3486
Email: otcip@prf.org