Robotics and Automation in ABC Projects: Exploratory Phase

The majority of bridge elements (such as full-depth deck panels, superstructure girders, bent caps, and columns) are prefabricated in a controlled environment, therefore, they are qualified to be constructed through automated process such as 3D-printing or contour crafting (CC) using mobile robots. In addition, in-suit construction activities associated with accelerated bridge construction (ABC) (such as connections between prefabricated elements, repairing damaged elements, and upgrading existing substructure elements) are candidates for automated construction through the use of mobile robots. The advances in robotics and automation in construction industry is not comparable to the advances in other sectors such as automobile, aircraft, electronics, etc. because, the current conventional construction and design approaches are not suitable for automation; lower ratio of production of final projects as compared to other industries; and limitation in materials that could be employed by automation. Since ABC projects utilize prefabricated elements and in-suit connections between prefabricated elements through nozzle injection and employed materials, Automation and Robotics are qualified for ABC. The use of automation and robotics in accelerated bridge construction (ABC) projects has numerous advantages including increased quality of prefabricated elements, and reducing the accident rate at construction sites. In order to facilitate the implementation of automation and robotics, a comprehensive literature review and feasibility studies will be carried out to identify suitable mobile robots, construction material, prefabricated elements, and in-situ connections.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747121

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174
  • Project Managers:

    Mantawy, Islam

    Azizinamini, Atorod

  • Performing Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mantawy, Islam

  • Start Date: 20190301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01700426
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747121
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2019 5:39PM