Building small robot swarms for large construction tasks.
17 Oct 2019
There is a lot of talk and speculation about the role of robots in the future of construction, but what will these robots actually look like and how will they change the way we work? Previous attempts to bring robots to construction sites have resulted in large, expensive and cumbersome bits of hardware. In contrast, Semblr are building swarms of small robots which climb over the structure as they build it. This requires modelling the construction environment as a complex system, requiring a higher level of computational understanding and control than ever before. For practical purposes, many standard site processes will become redundant, and others will need to be radically re-invented. The session will look at the development process behind Semblr’s technology and offer a first glimpse of their latest prototypes, demonstrations and use cases. Engaging with digital pioneers and practitioners aims to establish common thinking when it comes to the collective implementation of all the buzzwords (BIM, digital twin, data-driven design, digital fabrication) in relation to onsite robotics.