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Building automation: from construction to operation

Brick-laying robot along with house 3D printing is changing the construction landscape. Image credit: Construction Automation

Building construction is on an automation path: we have seen 3D printed houses, IoTs disseminated in new constructions (and retrofitted to existing ones) to support remote monitoring and operation and a growing number of constructions associated to Digital Twins from the design phase up to operations (watch the clip).

Now I saw the news the the NHBC – National House Building Council in UK- after working with Construction Automation over the last 12 months have certified their brick laying robots for building construction. The certification means that building constructed with that robot satisfy all the requirements of NHBC in terms of safety, robustness and durability.

The robot (ABLR: Automated Brick Laying Robot) operates on tracks deployed along the perimeter of the future building and lays bricks, blocks and mortar as required directed by a computer that executed the digitised design.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.