The construction industry relies heavily on manual labor, whilst also suffering a skill shortage. The workforce that is available experience difficult working conditions due to the strenuous tasks that make up many construction processes. The RoBetArme project is looking to address this issue by automizing the process of shotcrete application – a sprayed concrete process.
The process starts with scanning and then modeling the surface that is being worked on. Metal reinforcements are then put onto the structure. Lastly, the robot uses visual scanning as it sprays, offering real-time feedback to reduce production waste. This process is done through physical robot-human collaboration, resulting in a more efficient process whilst maintaining human-like finishing skills.
Digital Twin and advanced simulation tools will be used to make this process more efficient, and thus more sustainable.
RoBetArme is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon program and will have a duration of 42 months.
Find more information at https://www.robetarme-project.eu/.
Professor Christian Schlette
More than 15 European partners, working together in a consortium.