Robots are equipped for field and object inspection. They use sensors and other technologies to identify problems and help keep the building information model up to date.
Fremont, CA: Building Information Modeling (BIM), a methodology in which digital, 3D building designs and construction plans are used to direct and track construction processes, has had a significant effect on the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, saving both time and money to professionals in these sectors. In addition to facilitating transparent visualization, BIM has contributed enormously to collaboration between various industries, often providing reliable, up-to-date information on the project.
Another exciting sector that will transform the face of the AEC industry is robotics. Surprisingly, robotics and BIM can be mutually beneficial. Robots can manage mundane or hazardous activities, enhancing safety and increasing efficiency at the construction site. The Building Information Model could be used as a kind of map for on-site robots.
Advantages of Using Robots in AEC
BIM Workflow and Robotics There are several ways robotization can change the building workflow. Obviously, robots will make certain human workers redundant. However, the advantages are much greater and may also involve the introduction of new career opportunities.
For instance, just like BIM itself, robots might
help make certain construction processes more efficient and cost-effective. BIM helps AEC companies save time and resources by alleviating the risks of miscommunication and costly setbacks.
Here are some ways in which robotization can help accelerate and improve the BIM workflow:
On-site monitoring – Robots are equipped for field and object inspection. They use sensors and other technologies to identify problems and help keep the building information model up to date.
Assisting with Mundane or Dangerous Tasks – Robots can help with heavy loads, digging, drilling, cutting, assembling of parts and other time-consuming yet inevitable tasks.
3D Printing Full Structures – Apart from robots that can print 3D building models, there are also robots that can print real metal structures in 3D.
Helping Achieve Sustainability – Some robots are built to save energy by continuously managing the building's temperature, lighting, air quality, and more.
3D Printing Complex Components – There are robots that can print a 3D portion of the building faster and more precisely than conventional manufacturing processes.