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Highly automatEd PHysical Achievements and PerformancES using cable roboTs Unique Systems

Objective

The proposal addresses novel concepts for introducing Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the Construction Sector where, at this moment, the presence is minor. Specifically, the Hephaestus project focuses on highly risked and critical construction tasks such as prefab wall installation. In that sense, the Hephaestus has been conceived as a solution for accomplishing multiple tasks on vertical or inclined planes of the built and outdoor environment. For that purpose, the Hephaestus is mainly based on a cable-driven robot and a modular end effector kit. This modular kit can host several tools and devices and therefore we can say it is multifunctional. Among the functionalities, the research project will achieve tasks such as 3D laser scanning of the building structure and the posterior installation of the prefab wall. But we can foresee some other performances such as the cleaning and maintenance of the curtain wall, repair of cracks and painting. The apparatus of the Hephaestus is lean, compatible with other handling systems, highly versatile and its reachability is very broad. Moreover, the controlling system would offer and easy and fast calibration. For achieving this goal, matrix based design methods will be used. It basically consists on decomposing a complex solution, such as the Hephaestus, into interdependent subsystems that can be feasible to solve. Certainly, the integration and adaptation of several technologies into the Hephaestus will be carried out with a systematic approach that will facilitate the election, adjustment and development of suitable tools. This proposal envisages continuous techno-economical assessment, which includes several tests in real conditions where prototypes of the cable-robot and the modular end-effector kit will be demonstrated. As an output of the research, the well balanced consortium and its interdisciplinary expertise will offer a realistic solution to cover primordial needs of the Built Environment and Construction sector.
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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

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Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700
48160 Derio Bizkaia

Spain

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 832 327,50

Participants (8)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 634 490

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 546 917,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 447 625

CEMVI CATENA ELEVACION MANUTENCION VICINAY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 285 845

NLINK AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 333 375

FOCCHI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 339 850

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 315 437,50

R2M SOLUTION LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 248 675

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 732513

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    30 June 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 669 960

  • EU contribution

    € 3 984 542,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain