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“Human-centred technologies for a safer and greener construction industry”

Under this title, we are working together with our project partners in the HumanTech project to make the European construction industry safer, more efficient and more sustainable. To this end, various robotic and digital technologies are being further developed in the project and tested in pilot applications.

Automated Pipeline for data acquisition

The main task of the IMS team is to provide a fully automated process for the needs-based collection of measurement data and its provision in the BIM model, the digital twin. Examples of automated measurement missions are carried out to create and optimize processes: outdoors with measuring drones and indoors with autonomous measuring robots. For this purpose, a framework software is created specifically (Python), into which the sub-applications and some commercial software are integrated. This automatic data collection and processing process is based on the use of the open standards IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BCF (BIM Collaboration Format). The use of IFC models enables precise and contextual robot/drone paths that ensure comprehensive coverage and efficient data collection. The routes are predetermined using mission planning software. This ensures that repeated measurements are also carried out precisely at the same points. As a result, high-resolution images and point cloud data are recorded and then integrated into the BIM model. Position markers are used to localize the autonomous measuring vehicles and in particular to transform the measurement data into the project's reference frame. Their use in the overall automated process is being developed in the technical center building of the ZHAW School of Engineering and demonstrated in practical use on the pilot construction sites. Automation creates a robust, user-friendly solution that delivers fast and precise measurements under the harsh conditions of the construction industry.


Bridge inspection

In another sub-project we support the development of solutions for the inspection of infrastructure structures. Again, the focus is to use and further develop existing technologies to improve inspector safety and capture the necessary data in a reliable, repeatable and precise manner. Drone-assisted inspections can be particularly beneficial in areas that are difficult to access, such as the undersides of bridges or busy lanes. High-resolution photos and recordings in other spectra are taken, which, in addition to visual evaluation, are also used in this project for AI-based evaluations such as crack detection.


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Funding: EU, Grant Agreement 101058236

Project start: 2022

Project duration: 36 month


  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Trippstadter Straße 122, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Hypercliq IKE, Makedonomachou Prantouna 57, 11525 Athens Greece
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, located at Gottlieb Daimler Strasse, 67663 Kaiserlautern, Germany
  • Scaled Robotics SL, CZ Pere IV 29, 1-2, 08018, Barcelona, Spain
  • Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25, 44149 Dortmund, Germany
  • Sci-Track GmbH, Menzelstraße 1, D-67659 Kaiserslautern
  • SINTEF Manufacturing AS ("SINTEF"), BYGNING 100, RAUFOSS INDUSTRIPARK, 2830, RAUFOSS, Norway VAT number: NO882774562MVA
  • Acciona construccion SA, with head office in Avenida de Europa 18, 28108, Alcobendas (Madrid), Spain
  • STAM SRL, Via Pareto 8Ar, 16129 Genova, Italy
  • Holo-Industrie 4.0 Software GmbH, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 19, D-85737 Ismaning (Munich), Germany
  • H.Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, with registered offices at Parque Cientifico y Tecnolögico de Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700 - E-48.160 Derio (Bizkaia) Spain, VAT number G-48975767.
  • Catenda AS, Drammensveien 288, Oslo, Norway
  • Technological University of the Shannon : Midlands Midwest, Thurles campus, Nenagh Rd, Thurles, Co Tipperary E41 PC92
  • Ricoh international B.V., PROF WH KEESOMLAAN 1, AMSTELVEEN 1183 DJ, Netherlands
  • Australo Interinnov Marketing Lab SL, CL POMPEU FABRA 1 2 4, CASTELLDEFEL 08860, Spain
  • PRINTSTONES GMBH (Printstones), PIC 889719503, established in GUTHEILSCHODERGASSE
    8-12, WIEN 1100, Austria
  • Universita degli Studi di Padova, having its registered office at Via 8 Febbraio 1848, n. 2, Padova, 35122, ITALY
  • European Builders Confederation, Rue Jacques de Lalaing 4, Brussels, 1040, Belgium
  • Palfinger Structural Inspection GmbH, Praterstrasse 1, 1020, Vienna, Austria
  • Implenia Schweiz AG, Thurgauerstrasse 101 A, Glattpark (Opfikon) 8152, Switzerland
  • Kajima corporation, 3-1, Motoakasaka 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8388, Japan
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