Influence of Automated Building Construction Systems on Vocational Education and Training

Christian K. Karl, Arnim J. Spengler, Tobias Bruckmann and C. William Ibbs
Pages 236-243 (2018 Proceedings of the 35th ISARC, Berlin, Germany)

Robotic systems are increasingly becoming a relevant factor for so-called "made to order" production, as is the case in the construction industry. The aim of this contribution is to provide a basis for a cross-disciplinary discussion on the topic of robotics in the construction industry, in which both technical issues regarding the technical challenges of robotics in the construction industry and how automated building construction can be practically addressed in education and training. Based on case studies and lab experiments, the authors investigated upcoming transformations in shell production by comparing the conventional construction process with proposed processes involving cable-driven parallel robots. The focus is on bricklaying and working methods for the installation of pre-fabricated elements. Based on the prospective changes in construction the impact on vocational education and training will be discussed and influences in current educational frameworks based on automation and robotics will be introduced.

Keywords: automated building construction, cable-driven parallel robot, bricklaying, site logistics, humanmachine interaction, social effect, technology dissemination, vocational education and training, VET