This project aims at making ROS technology accessible for the construction industry by supporting emerging educational format for applied robotics. In particular the project will provide a space setup, hardware components, custom software and teaching content to support the use of ROS in the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Once refined, the results of the project will be then released in open source licence to the community, in the form of an open source plugin compatible with the software used in the construction industry (such as Rhinoceros 3D or Revit).
The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) at IaaC addresses emerging challenges for architects, engineers and designers to propose novel technological solutions for the built environment. The agenda of this program aims to digitise multiple stages from design, manufacturing to on-site operations, with the goal to cognify machines, making them capable of perceiving their environment and accomplish complex tasks with real-time sensor feedback. In this program, ROS technologies allow students to define innovative protocols of information, building a robotic network of applications sharing data, sending and receiving instructions, communicating in a distributed network and operating in a much wider context of interaction.