Autonomous Robots

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 1487–1499 | Cite as

A cable-driven robot for architectural constructions: a visual-guided approach for motion control and path-planning

  • Andry Maykol PintoEmail author
  • Eduardo Moreira
  • José Lima
  • José Pedro Sousa
  • Pedro Costa


Cable-driven robots have received some attention by the scientific community and, recently, by the industry because they can transport hazardous materials with a high level of safeness which is often required by construction sites. In this context, this research presents an extension of a cable-driven robot called SPIDERobot, that was developed for automated construction of architectural projects. The proposed robot is formed by a rotating claw and a set of four cables, enabling four degrees of freedom. In addition, this paper proposes a new Vision-Guided Path-Planning System (V-GPP) that provides a visual interpretation of the scene: the position of the robot, the target and obstacles location; and optimizes the trajectory of the robot. Moreover, it determines a collision-free trajectory in 3D that takes into account the obstacles and the interaction of the cables with the scene. A set of experiments make possible to validate the contribution of V-GPP to the SPIDERobot while operating in realistic working conditions, as well as, to evaluate the interaction between the V-GPP and the motion controlling system. The results demonstrated that the proposed robot is able to construct architectural structures and to avoid collisions with obstacles in their working environment. The V-GPP system localizes the robot with a precision of 0.006 m, detects the targets and successfully generates a path that takes into account the displacement of cables. Therefore, the results demonstrate that the SPIDERobot can be scaled up to real working conditions.


Cable-driven robot Vision-guided positioning Path-planning Scene interpretation 



This work is partly funded by the project PTDC/ATP-AQI/5124/2012 - Robotic Technologies for Non-Standard Design and Construction in Architecture. This work is also financed by the ERDF European Regional Development Fund through the COMPETE Programme (operational programme for competitiveness) and by National Funds through the FCT Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology within project “FCOMP - 01-0124-FEDER-022701”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INESC TEC and the Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TECPortoPortugal
  3. 3.INESC TEC and Polytechnic Institute of BragançaPortoPortugal
  4. 4.Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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