Publications / 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland

Automated Block-Laying, Using the Master Mason

Amadi Chibuzor Ogbonnah
Pages 665-670 (2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, ISBN 978-90-6814-574-8, ISSN 2413-5844)

Over the years, the art of block laying has been an important factor in building construction. Different cultures and construction experts have developed various styles, giving values to block laying.

The major problem in block laying has been traced to the poor productivity of the masons. This has really hindered the construction time of most buildings. This project is an investigation into the use of automatic block laying machine or Robot known as “The Master Mason”. Each “Master Mason” is a triple-axis drive system with productivity of 100 (one hundred) blocks per hour and could be powered with a generator (solar or conventional) or direct electricity and has a rather low energy consumption and high serviceability of spare parts/components. It is easily affordable, considering the cost of each unit. One interesting aspect of this “Master Mason” is its ability to communicate with the Building or Project supervisor, using remote sensing and decoding techniques. The “Master Mason” is equipped with block haulage, placement, alignment and chucking tools. It is an essential equipment for the construction industry in the new millennium.

Keywords: Axis; Chucking; Console; Drive; Sensing; Stroke