Selected topics on Automation in Construction


The objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the potentials and the importance of automation in construction, to learn about key technologies, various automated systems, and the ways and requirements of using them in construction projects.
On successful completion of the module, the students will be able to
– Critically evaluate key technologies and potentials of automated systems in construction,
-Understand fundamentals of automated data acquisition and its application in AEC
-Demonstrate knowledge in fabrication technologies of buildings and components
– Demonstrate knowledge in building tracking activities
– Evaluate the trends of automation systems in construction and their impact on AEC sector.
MX3D bridge


The course will cover the following topics:
– Overview of automation in construction
– Automated data capturing (sensors, scanners, remote sensing)
– Application of 3D point couds in AEC (for BIM reconstruction, design and maintenance of infrastructure objects)
– Automated building technologies
– Additive technologies in construction (3D printing)
– Automated construction monitoring using BIM


– Thomas Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer, Jonathan Chipman, Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation, Wiley, 2015
– Thomas Bock and Thomas Linner, Site Automation: Automated/Robotic On-Site Factories, Cambridge University Press, 2015
– Christopher Barnatt, 3D Printing: Second Edition,, 2014
– George Vosselman, Hans-Gerd Maas, Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, CRC Press, 2010
– Carlos Balaguer and Mohamed Abderrahim, Robotics and Automation in Construction, InTech, 2008
From: Rebolj, D., Fischer, M., Endy, D., Moore, T., Šorgo, A. Can we grow buildings? Concepts and requirements for automated nano- to meter-scale building. Advanced engineering informatics, ISSN 1474-0346, Apr. 2011, vol. 25, iss. 2, pp. 390-398, doi: 10.1016/j.aei.2010.08.006