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Title:Designing for construction automation: Advanced automation technologies for computer integrated construction
Author(s):Gatton, Thomas Michael
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Boyer, LeRoy T.
Department / Program:Civil and Environmental Engineering
Discipline:Civil Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Engineering, Civil
Engineering, Industrial
Engineering, Mechanical
Abstract:One of the primary technical barriers to construction automation is the inability of advanced manufacturing production technologies to perform many construction activities. Current construction methods have evolved based on the physical, sensory, and decision making abilities of human beings. Machine sensor and adaptive capabilities are not nearly as sophisticated as those of humans and, therefore, automated machinery cannot accomplish many construction operations as they are presently performed with manual techniques. To automate many construction activities, operations must be designed that are within the capabilities of the machinery. A quantitative method is needed to evaluate and measure the amenability that construction tasks have to automation. The amenability of a construction task to automation is defined as "automated constructibility". A method to measure automated constructibility is needed to "Design for Construction Automation".
This research addresses the issue of automated constructibility. A quantitative method to evaluate automated constructibility of construction tasks is developed. This method analyzes design characteristics through a process of reverse construction and converts them into construction requirements. The construction requirements contain motion, accuracy, stability, and environmental characteristics of the construction task. These characteristics are converted into a "task manifold chart" and a "task performance environment chart", which comprise the automated constructibility criteria. Certain patterns of automated constructibility criteria indicate automated constructibility and technical feasibility for automation in the performance of that task.
Issue Date:1991
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/21573
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Gatton, Thomas Michael
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210811
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210811


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