Four-legged robot for remote progress monitoring

Legged robots are modern automation tools. Due to their flexibility and maneuverability, they are more suited for construction sites than other types of robots. This project evaluates the potential of using a four-legged robot for construction applications with a focus on progress monitoring and remote inspection.

PI: Kereshmeh Afsari

Co-PI: Walid Thabet

Machine Learning for Facility Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Our team has been working on forecasting facilities' life-cycle cost (LCC) by implementing machine learning on historical data. We have proposed a comprehensive and generalizable framework for developing facility LCC analysis machine learning models. This framework specifies the data requirements, methods, and expected results in each step of the model development process.

Internet of Things in the Built Environment

With the networks of sophisticated sensors and devices, building systems have the potential to serve as the infrastructure that provides essential data for the Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled Smart Built Environment paradigm. However, current building systems lack inter-system connectivity or exposure to the larger networks of IoT devices. Our team is working on an IoT-enabled data acquisition framework that utilizes low-cost computers, sensors modules, developed software agents, and the existing building Wi-Fi network to establish a central facility database.

Building Data Interoperability

The objective of this project is to develop a systems interoperability that supports a network-based data exchange for collaboration in smart and connected design and construction process. We contribute to developing industry standards, system frameworks, and new automated solutions for seamless network-based data exchange in the process of design and construction.

Automated Inspection and Monitoring

Our projects include drone-based inspections and robotic inspection of buildings and infrastructures during construction through the operations. Our team has introduced a novel approach to automated inspection of buildings and infrastructure through the use of a six-legged robot. The proposed method will facilitate automated inspections during construction and operation while improving safety in workspace.

Robotics in Construction Education

The construction industry has always been lagging behind others in adopting the latest technologies. Robotics is one of the latest technologies that can improve the performance of the construction industry. Construction teams have begun employing advanced robotics to simplify complex construction processes and improve human safety in construction sites.