Robot Oriented Design in Korea


Korea’s first automated Construction Site is based on principles developed at the TUM Chair for Building Realization and Robotics by Prof. Thomas Bock, an official advisor of the Korean Consortium

Figure: Korea’s first automated construction system: Experimental 7story building


In an ongoing government funded, joint R&D-project Korean Companies and Universities are developing Korea’s first automated construction system for the erection of high-rise buildings in government funded Joint Research Project.  A first experimental 7story building was constructed in December 2010. In a next step the system will be improved for application in a real construction scenario. Organization of construction processes and automated joining is substantially based on the Principle of Robot Oriented Design, developed by Prof. T. Bock, an official advisor of the Korean Consortium. Therefore, the chair for building realization was invited to give several speeches and taking part in working groups at ISARC 2011 in Seoul, Korea ( Further, prior to ISARC, Prof. Bock gave the Keynote speech of Construction Engineering and Management Congress 2011 in Taiwan. 

Robot Oriented Design focuses on redesigning both work piece and automation/robot systems in order to reduce complexity in production processes. The concept of Robot Oriented Design was developed in 1988 in Japan by Thomas Bock and served later as the basis for more than 25 automated construction sites and several robot systems. It was developed for improving the construction sector and adjusting conventional construction processes and component design to the needs of the new tools. Although it was developed for the construction sector, its principles can be applied in various industries. Robots and automation systems are often complex systems consisting of a multitude of links, joints, sensors, actuators and often complex end-effectors. Complex and unsuitable shapes´, sizes and structures of processed/ produced components can require that end-effectors and kinematics become even more complex and that additional sensor-actuator systems are required. If the component or work piece is rather designed to be complementary with the used automation and robot technologies, this can substantially reduce the complexity of the total system.

Chair for Building Realization and Robotics:

ISARC (International Symposium for Automation and Robotics in Construction):