Labs Report 003:
Human-Robot Workflows for Positioning in Shop & Field
Over the past year the Zahner Lab’s team has been focused on a recurring challenge in the AEC industry: translating complex digital geometries into physical structures. The challenge of delivering for these kinds of structures often lead to innovation in our workflows within engineering processes, shop fabrication, and field installation.
To address the challenge of assembling unique parts with compound angles in the shop, we have deployed robots to support the welding process through our Robot-Assisted Welding initiative. Robots are able to work directly with 3D positional data, which means we don’t need to use jigs or other supplemental instructions. This leads to improved production times and assemblies welded with higher precision.
In the field, we implemented SurveyLink, a real-time communication process that allows for directed installation using 3D digital positional data. This makes it easier to ensure that parts are positioned correctly during assembly by synchronizing what our engineers see in digital models with what our field crews can measure onsite.