A number of fascinating new construction robotics startups are entering our industry as venture capital flows to AECO and robotics hardware costs drop sharply. This talk will begin by questioning several key concepts in robotics (e.g. automation vs. augmentation, the myth of mass customization, robotics’ impact on contracts/building trades) before moving into job-site performance of common robotic locomotion and sensing paradigms. Specific applications such as brick-laying and large scale additive will be examined before concluding with the greatest challenges of successfully integrating robotics into construction: parallel reality capture and prefabrication efforts, indoor localization and tolerance, LIDAR mapping vs. survey scanning, effective demonstration of ROI, and the commercializability of robotic technology.
Brian Ringley teaches computational fabrication and industrial robotic automation at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program and is a Senior Researcher at WeWork where he leads initiatives in file-to-factory/DFM automation, modular prefabrication, reality capture, and construction robotics. Prior to WeWork, Brian was a Design Technology Specialist at the global architecture and consulting practice Woods Bagot where he rationalized complex high-rise facades for manufacturing and construction and developed in-house design automation software.