Robot-based construction automation: An application to steel beam assembly (Part II)

Kyoungmo Jung, Baeksuk Chu, Daehie Hong

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The construction industry involves many dangerous and messy environmental factors which cause poor working conditions for construction laborers. Replacing human laborers with robotic systems has many advantages such as increased quality, productivity and safety. The current trends in construction with high-rise buildings have accelerated attempts to employ robotic technologies in the construction industry. Recently in South Korea, a robot-based construction automation system for high-rise buildings was finished with successful field application results. This project is composed of a few subprojects involving construction and robot technologies. Among several parts of the project, this paper deals with the development of a robotic transport mechanism administrated by the robot research group of the project. This system consists of a cross-wired lift and a rail sliding mechanism. Each system performs a vertical and horizontal transfer of a robotic beam assembly (RBA) system which is discussed in a companion paper, 'Robot-Based Construction Automation: An Application to Steel Beam Assembly (Part I).' This paper accounts for the designs, functions, specifications and structural analyses of each system and presents an RBA control system, including a human-machine interface to operate the integrated system. The real prototype of the proposed system was manufactured and intensive tests were conducted in a test bed. In addition, a field application test was added for evaluating the feasibility in real construction sites. We showed the possibility of replacing human laborers with the robotic system in high-rise building construction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-79
Number of pages18
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work presented in this paper was funded by BMRC (Building-Façade Maintenance Robot Research Center), supported by Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning (KICTEP) under the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs(MLTM) , the Human Resources Development program (no. 20124010203250 ) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning(KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy , and this research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2012-0000792 ).


  • Construction factory
  • Construction robot
  • Human machine interface
  • Robotic transport mechanism
  • Steel beam assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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