Multi-Agent Robot Construction Control Framework: Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing (AerialABM)
Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing(Aerial ABM) is a UK EPSRC funded research that will develop an aerial robotic construction system that enables aerial robots to 3D print building structures autonomously. Additive Building Manufacturing (ABM), is already being trialed in many parts of the world and involves the use of large robots on a building site to 3D Print (extrude) building materials to construct buildings. The research aims to miniaturize ABM and provide it with aerial capabilities so that it can be more mobile, and able to manufacture complex building structures while adapting to diverse site scenarios. This miniaturization will also enable parallel production, where swarms of aerial printers working together could potentially reduce construction time and enable safer construction in hard-to access and dangerous conditions; often faced in construction work at-height and post-disaster reconstruction. The project is a collaboration between the AML at University College of London, Imperial College, University of Bath, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. For more information see the AerialABM website.