Operator-Assisted Mobile Road Robot for Heavy-Duty Civil-Engineering Applications


ROAD ROBOT - 6660

Keywords mobile robots, building industry


Start Date: 01-JUN-92 / Duration: 48 months

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Objectives

The objective of ROAD ROBOT is to create a generic control architecture and a set of flexible modules to control mobile platforms for heavy duty applications in the building industry.

The approach will assume that the whole process is controlled and surveyed by a manufacturing controller, who schedules operations and monitors progress, and can in some circumstances tele-operate mobile construction machines. Each mobile construction machine contains its own control unit, which incorporates general control functions, a navigation and environment sensing module, and functions specific to applications such as digging or road paving.

A first step of the project is the analysis of all requirements which are needed for the automation of a construction site. Based on this study, the generic architecture was developed and the design of the control modules started.

The generic control architecture is able to be applied to all similar construction sites. The planned demonstration at a real building site whith a road paver (manufactured by one of the partners) and an excavator could be exchanged or expanded by other machines or applications and will set an example for the first steps of automation of an entire construction site.


CONTACT POINT

Dr Ing Volker Beyse
JOSEPH VOGELE MANNHEIM
Neckarauerstr. 168 - 228
D - W-68148 Mannheim
tel: + 49/ 6218-105-210
fax: + 49/ 6218-105-464
telex: 0462153

Participants

JOSEPH VOGELE MANNHEIM - D - C
APS-MECHATRONIK - D - P
FACE BV - NL - P
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA - P - P
IKERLAN - E - P
ADVANCED ROBOTICS RESEARCH LTD - UK - P


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ROAD ROBOT - 6660, December 1993


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