Development of the Integrated Construction Automation Methodology
Current research In construction automation Is focusing on automating Individual processes Instead of approaching the problem from a hierarchical systems viewpoint; thus many systems being studied treat the construction site as a “hostile” environment and Incorporate many sensors to extract Information from the building. As a result, sensor and signal processing technology can be a limiting factor In the design of machines to automate building processes. However, If Integration and automation of the construction process are approached from a systems view, then existing technology can be used to design economical machines to automate many construction processes, and to coordinate and Integrate their use within the construction environment. A new design methodology, the Integrated Construction Automation Methodology (ICAM), Is presented here to assist in achieving high levels of integration and automation using existing technology.
KeywordsExpert System Construction Process Central Controller Building System Machine Design
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