Funded by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK), the research project “Automatic Monitoring of Construction Progress through the Application of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics” (BauKIRo) is investigating a solution for the automated recording of construction progress by an autonomous flying robot and the evaluation of the recorded actual data (as-built model) via an automated comparison with the planning data (as-planned model). The research project is carried out by the FAPS institute in close cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden (Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Schweigel).
The project, which is funded within the industrial community research program of the AiF, has started retroactively to 01.05.2022. For the demonstrative implementation of the automated recording of the construction progress by an autonomous flying robot, the FAPS institute will first design and build a mobile sensor system, equipped with optical sensors for environmental perception and localization of the system, to record the actual state of the construction site. Subsequently, the sensor system will be integrated into a flying robot. In the further course of the project, a solution for collision-free navigation for systematic recording of the actual state of the construction site will be developed. The focus will be on interior areas. For this purpose, a SLAM algorithm will be designed which, based on semantic features (e.g. doors, windows, pipes, etc.) and BIM data, enables the navigation and recording of the constantly changing construction site by the flying robot. The overall system is to be validated on real construction sites. The automated comparison of the recorded data with planning data will be researched by the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.