Pilot project for a research and education center for construction processes and construction machinery in the Rhine Revier

From left to right: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-techn. Brell-Cokcan (IP), Prof. Beate Wiemann (Bauindustrieverband NRW), Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz (ifas)

Joint research project succesfully started. Since the beginning of August 2020, the Chair of Individualized Production (IP) and the Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems (ifas) have been working together on the planning and installation of construction machine demonstrators and test areas for machine operation on the reference construction site Campus West. This creates a basis for the real testing of developments for a digitalized construction site of the future. In cooperation with the Bauindustrieverband NRW, a further education center will also be set up on the reference construction site, where courses on digital construction processes will be rolled out for construction companies in the region. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the federal model project “Unternehmen Revier”.

The German version of the press release can be found here.

Sep 15, 2020

Second World Wide Experiment with Cloud Remote Control

During the ECAADE 2020 digital conference, the Chair for Individualized Production held a KUKA|crc Cloud Remote Control workshop. This was the second successful test of a new software created by Robots in Architecture Research. This innovative process allows workshop participants to control robots from the comfort of their own international homes.

The Cloud Remote Control software empowers people from anywhere in the world to remotely engage in robotic fabrication. The automated cell is simulated and executed through the cloud with feedback immediately provided to the remote operator. Video streams, digital twins, and process data are streamed from the robotic cell allowing the operator to start, monitor and adapt their robotic process. Through CRC we engage worldwide audiences in robotic collaboration while maintaining safe social distances. We look forward to inviting more participants to test the Cloud Remote Control process in future workshops.

“Being able to stream construction data between digital and physical realms from different locations in real-time is a game-changer. Controlling a robot for the first time and from another country was an inspiring experience and motivated me a lot even in the pandemic conditions.”

feedback from ecaade workshop participant - Begüm Hamzaoğlu
Research Assistant
Istanbul Technical University
Faculty of Architecture · Department of Architecture

Sep 15, 2020

Swiss Architects

Illustration is from Swiss-Architects

The online platform Swiss-Architects (link) invited Prof. Brell-Cokcan to discuss the impact of digitalization on the professional image and profile of architects within the D-A-CH region. The particular focus of the discussion was on the opportunities and risks for architects in the age of digitalization and the impact on future education in architecture faculties. Prof. Brell-Cokcan shared her insight in how students can be made fit for the digital future by breaking the boundaries between faculties in the new Master’s program Construction & Robotics launched at RWTH Aachen University in summer 2020.

Swiss-Architects is an online platform and part of the premium network World-Architects of selected contemporary architects and building professionals, advocating quality in architecture.

Sep 2, 2020

Robotics in Steel Construction

In the scope of digitalization, robotics in steel construction gains increasing importance. Therefore, we are happy to support the bauforumstahl BFS with a survey covering this topic. If you are interested in taking part, please contact us.

BFS: sharan.vijayagopal@bauforumstahl.de
IP: office@ip.rwth-aachen.de

Jul 17, 2020

CR Master - Design Driven Project

We are happy to announce the final presentation of our first year students of the new international Master of Construction & Robotics (CR). We welcome our top-class industry jury who represent the board members of the CR programme and our premium partners within RWTH Aachen Center of Construction Robotics to help choose the first student projects to be prototyped on the reference construction site on RWTH Aachen Campus West during this summer.

It is our pleasure to start coming back to normal life in our physical environment and to meet our CR students for the first time in person after a full digital semester! We are looking forward to great presentations tomorrow, good luck to everybody!

Jul 6, 2020
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