Extending automation of building construction: Survey on potential sensor technologies and robotic applications

Pentti Vähä (Corresponding Author), Tapio Heikkilä, Pekka Kilpeläinen, Markku Järviluoma, E. Gambao

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    Today, many construction operations have incorporated automated equipment, means, and methods into their regular practises. Although adaption of automation in the building construction sector has been slow, principles of industrial automation are applicable to this domain, both to building construction, civil engineering, and to prefabrication of construction components. Improved sensor technologies and the widening use of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) will offer new possibilities to cover various needs and operations taking place throughout the building life cycle. These can play a key role in future construction automation. This paper provides a survey for potential sensor technologies for building construction automation, highlighting their potential also with contributions from robotics. The paper carries out the survey from the viewpoints of building construction phases.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)168-178
    Number of pages10
    JournalAutomation in Construction
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



    • automated data acquisition
    • building construction automation
    • construction robotics
    • prefabrication
    • sensor technologies

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