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Characteristics of existing construction automation and robotics technologies
Automation in Construction 6 (2) (1997) pp. 109-120
As a first step in detailed assessment, this research analyzes selected attributes of 85 existing construction automation and robotics technologies to examine certain trends in the development of construction technologies and the attributes of the technologies which can influence their use by construction companies. In general, previously identified priorities for automation are close to being fulfilled, and correspond with opportunities for adoption. Most of the technologies concentrate on areas of identified benefits, and attempt to reduce the complexity associated with adoption through only minimal changes in tasks. In the same way, complementary changes required to use the technologies are kept at a minimum overall. This analysis is used to identify further opportunities for the development and implementation of construction automation and robotics technologies.