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Automating Concrete Construction

17 Oct 2019
Construction Innovation Hub
Construction Innovation Hub

The session will present the initial work of the “Automating Concrete Construction” (ACORN) research project, funded by UKRI under their flagship ISCF Transforming Construction scheme. Our long-term vision is to dramatically improve whole life construction sector sustainability and productivity by creating a culture that takes a fresh, holistic approach to the manufacture, assembly, reuse, and deconstruction of concrete buildings, leading to a healthier, safer, built environment.

Each year we manufacture 4.2 trillion kg of cement globally, an activity that is responsible for close to 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Much of this cement ends up in concrete. Yet despite its contribution to climate change, concrete is very often used inefficiently. As much as half of the concrete in a building might be removed, if only we thought more carefully about its layout, the form of its components, and our design criteria.

This session will examine how off-site manufacture, digital design, and whole life considerations might be integrated to deliver on the Sector Deal for Construction targets to reduce cost, carbon, and time. “Automating Concrete Construction” (ACORN) is a research project with a long-term vision is to dramatically improve whole life construction sector sustainability and productivity by creating a culture that takes a fresh, holistic approach to the manufacture, assembly, reuse, and deconstruction of concrete buildings, leading to a healthier, safer, built environment.

 

Speakers
Paul Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Digital Architectonics - University of Bath

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