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Robots to Re-Construction

Objective

Despite the high degree of industrial automation, robotic solutions are not yet prevalent in construction and demolition industry due to the complex environment and demanding requirements. For hazardous tasks, like the removal of asbestos contamination from a flat (rehabilitation site), manual performance is very inefficient, due to the intense safety measures. This leads to the main objective of Bots2ReC: “Introducing, testing and validating an operational process for the automated removal of asbestos contamination at a real world rehabilitation site using a robotic system.”
After the necessary clearing from furniture and containment, the site is less complex and separated from human workers. In this environment safe automated robotic operations can be realized with current state of the art technology. The proposed robotic system will consist of multiple robotic units (lightweight robotic arms with abrasive tools and aspiration on a mobile platform) and a central process control system. Optical and radar sensors will allow environmental perception and navigation and local monitoring of the asbestos-removal, even in dusty conditions. The developed control system allows the user to specify and supervise automated tasks (e.g. disk grinding of contaminated paint from a wall), supported by a virtual representation of the site. The process and robotic system will be developed and enhanced in several iterations, supported by permanent testing on a test rehabilitation site benchmarked on a real life rehabilitation site at project end.
Bots2ReC will have strong impacts to the robotics industry and society in Europe: It provides a step change towards a system prototype demonstrated in the operational environment of the demolition and construction industry and will strengthen the European robotic industry by later commercialisation of the system. Avoiding exposure to highly dangerous asbestos fibres will sustainably help protect the health of humans in Europe and worldwide.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/physiotherapy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 961 250

Participants (6)

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION
France
EU contribution
€ 299 250
Address
Avenue Eugène Freyssinet 1
78280 Guyancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 530 250
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
DANIELI TELEROBOT LABS S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 602 875
Address
Via Buccari 9
16153 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 601 037,50
Address
Carrer De Barcelona, 3-A. P.i. Fuente Del Jarro
46988 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIGMA CLERMONT
France
EU contribution
€ 595 000
Address
Les Cezeaux Cs 20265
63178 Aubiere Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INDURAD GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 500
Address
Belvedereallee 5
52070 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)