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JAES Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing
Mr. Iturralde guest speaker at New York University and Oregon State University
Best Paper Award ISARC 2020 for Mr. Kepa Iturralde as lead author of br2 team and EU project Hephaestus team for an 8 CDPR
Chair honoured for Cofounding new Domain of Construction Robotics 42 years ago, ISARC in 1984, IAARC in 1990
Doctorate candidate Mr. K. Iturralde in charge of innovative cable stayed facade assembly robot at spanish construction site
Chair on Robot Revolution: Will they replace us?
Chair s keynote 13th November 2020 at Ecole des Ponts - Paris Tech, Lafarge Holcim: “Design challenges of 3 D printing in the construction industry: towards more efficient housing construction”
Chair speaks on 4 Decades of Construction Robotics at IROS 2020
Chair recieves Recognition for 40 + Years of Pioneering Construction Robotics Development and Activities
Detailing of MAIA project use cases in collaboration with Japan and Hong Kong partners
TUM-br2 contributes to ISARC 2020 conference: 6 papers, keynote speeches, session chairs, BOD meetings, etc.
We are guest editing an upcoming Focused Section on "Mechatronics and Automation for Construction" in the Journal IEEE/ASME TRANSACTIONS ON MECHATRONICS (TMECH).
Standardisation for deployment of Construction Robots
Joint student (master and PHD candidates) project with major industry stakeholder: Munich City Utilities & Transportation Corporation (SWM)
Chair opens Buit Tech Conference
Chair`s keynote for serial and modular construction workshop
Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction
ISO/TC314 Ageing Societies Progress Overview
Space AGE Space - Elderly Care in a Digitally Connected World
Chair Interviewed by Real Estate Journal

 

ManuBuild - Open Building Manufactoring


 

Industry-led collaborative research project on Industrialised Construction involving 25 partners from 10 countries across Europe. The ManuBuild vision is of a future where customers will be able to purchase high quality manufactured buildings having a high degree of design flexibility at low cost compared to today. ManuBuild targets a radical breakthrough from the current ‘craft and resource-based construction’ to ‘Open Building Manufacturing’, combining ultra-efficient (Ambient) manufacturing in factories and on sites with an open system for products and components offering diversity of supply in the market. Enabling business processes, ICT systems, new materials and technologies and smart components etc. underpin this.

Open building manufacturing is an attempt to bring some of the salient features of efficient manufacturing to the construction sector. This should allow for significant savings in construction and maintenance cost, fewer errors and reworks, more choices and value to the customer, new products and services that can be configured and assembled in mobile factories at construction sites, etc. Research targets:

  • Methods for the design and specification of open building manufacturing
  • Products for open building manufacturing
  • Business models and processes for open building manufacturing
  • Manufacturing methods and techniques for open building manufacturing
  • IT system architecture and tools for open building manufacturing
  • Training solutions for open building manufacturing
  • Open building manufacturing demonstrators

Publications:

The Integrated Project ManuBuild of the EU. - In: 23rd ISARC International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2006, Tokyo, October 3-5, 2006

Bock, Thomas; Unser, Ron; Clausen, Thomas; Meiwald, Thomas; Rackensperger, Daniel,
Crossover Design - Multidisciplinary design and construction process. Vol. Conference Papers. Niederlande: ManuBuild, 2007.

Bock, Thomas; Unser, Ron
Congress Keynote: Assembly Simulation for Re-Design of Plug and Play Modular Buildings. - In: I2CTI (International Institute for Construction Technology Information) Board Meeting 2007 and Symposium (State of the Art Computer Simulation and Construction), Tokyo, Japan, 29.-30.11.2007.

Bock, Thomas; Unser, Ron
3D Loom - Automated Design and Manufacturing of Tailor-Made High-Tech Fabrics. - In: ISARC 2007 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Kochi, Kerala, Indien, 19.-21.09.2007. - Ed.: International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction, I.A.A.R.C. Kochi, Kerala, Indien, 2007.

Bock, Thomas
Congress keynote lecture speaker: The Use and Development of Construction Robots in Central Europe and Japan. In: The VIII Innovation Day for Construction in Northern Finland, University of Oulu, Finland, 28.02.2008.

Bock, Thomas
Construction Automation and Robotics. Ed.: InTech Education and Publishing "Robotics and Automation in Construction", Editors: Carlos Balaguer and Mohamed Abderrahim, Publisher: International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, Wien, Österreich, ISBN 978-953-7619-13-8, Seiten 021-042, Oktober 2008