Robots and AR: towards a platform economy for construction

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dc.contributor.author McMeel, D en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-12T23:04:48Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-12 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Information Technology in Construction 24:527-539 Dec 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 1874-4753 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49636 en
dc.description.abstract Platform economies like Uber and AirBnB have emerged quickly to dominate and radically reconfiguring social, geographic and organisational structures of existing economic systems; putting markets into a state of contingency and flux. What is a platform economy for construction? This paper reports on research investigating the implementation and combination of new technology, made possible by through a ‘platform’ approach to disrupt design and making processes and offer insight into potential futures. This project explores automated robotic construction, automatic recognition of building components and Augmented Reality overlay of additional data. The paper reviews existing literature to explore similarities and differences between construction and other sectors being disrupted by platforms. The research methodology develops a digital software platform to investigate how much of the design, fabrication and assembly of a ‘digital igloo’ can be automated. The igloo itself is a simple structural form intended to showcase composite panels. Results reveal construction is organizationally strikingly similar to sectors currently being disrupted. They also show the surprising extent to which design, fabrication and assembly can be contained within a digital platform. The biggest challenge was perhaps to do with tolerance, specifically when and where there is a focus on precision. Conclusions suggest the complexity of construction is likely to prevent an immediate and complete shift to a platform economy. It is more likely in the short term that contained and discrete aspects of construction, such as transport or equipment, might be suited to adoption. en
dc.publisher International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Information Technology in Construction en
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dc.title Robots and AR: towards a platform economy for construction en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.36680/j.itcon.2019.029 en
pubs.begin-page 527 en
pubs.volume 24 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 539 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 789006 en
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Architecture and Planning en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-12-13 en


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