Bots2ReC beim ERF2021 The European Robotics Forum is the largest meeting of robotics experts in Europe. Our project Bots2ReC has been named as a "Sucess Story" by the commission and will...Read more
Roadmap to Robotized Asbestos Removal The book on our Bots2ReC project has been published and is freely available as a PDF file. It summarizes our development results for the semi-autonomous...Read more
After tuning the tools parameters and the iLDR settings by indurad smooth closed loop trajectories are unlocked.Read more
Piping along a redundant arm can be a tedious job. Finally a solution for the stiff aspiration pipe was found to enable high suction power until the removal tool.Read more
Entering a construction site is having its own requirements. As the process requires a tandem of mobile robots, the entering phase of different levels or even the site itself should...Read more
On construction sites lidar sensors based on laser technology may deliver bad results due to dust and particles in the air. Therefore a localization approach based on radar sensors is...Read more
Moving two mobile units in flat environments can be a challenging task. For simplifying this procedure an intuitive teleoperation approach for tandems of mobile robots is implemented.Read more
The first unit is the processing unit of the tandem to fulfil the real refurbishment task. Due to the high power demands and the central aspiration system, the rear unit...Read more
For keeping aligned with the planned schedule the Bots2ReC met for the yearly Consortium meeting at the second prototype in Barcelona. <-- Other NewsticksRead more
The Bots2ReC consortium proudly presents the full processing unit of the second prototype. It combines all the experience from the first prototype and answers some open questions with a versatile...Read more
Combining reach, payload and mobility for versatile construction tasks within one robotic arm is a challenging effort. For the removal jobs at hand, this beautiful robotic arm was developed to...Read more
As construction robotics means dealing with tough conditions, a huge number of small and larger improvements were possible due to the learning from protoype version one. The next prototype contains...Read more
With the first prototype the Bots2ReC consortium aims for a precise understanding of the asbestos removal process on real construction sites. The first results are promising but also some new…
As tethered mobile robots are having their own restrictions the task planning layer of the Bots2ReC project has to deal with such complex planning tasks. This time we unlocked the…
In the first week of October, the IROS 2018 conference was held in Madrid as one of the leading conferences in robotics and artificial intelligence. The entire event was under…
The Bots2ReC team presented the project during the European Robotics Week 2017 and explained the project in an interview. The interview (published by euRobotics aisbl) is now available under https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xns5tFUaKJE Tim…
The regional representative of the European Commission located in Bonn has invited the Bots2ReC project to present the project to a wider public. The Bots2ReC team organized a press meeting…
The Bots2ReC team presented the project during the European Robotics Week 2017: The project had a booth during the exhibition at the Committee of Regions in Brussels on 22nd of…
The "EU Research" journal published an article for the promotion of the Bots2ReC Consortium to interested people from research and industry and to the wider public: "Robots that remove healts…
The Bots2ReC Consortium has published an overview paper in the new “Construction Robotics” journal: Detert, T., Charaf Eddine, S., Fauroux, JC. et al.: Bots2ReC: Introducing Mobile Robotic Units on Construction Sites…
The Bots2ReC project and our partner Robotnik were selected as finalist for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017. The European Commission has launched a competition to identify Europe's future innovatiors and their…
The proposed robotic system used for the automated removal of asbestos contamination will consist of multiple mobile robotic units that perform the asbestos-removal-tasks autonomously. Each unit consists of a mobile platform and robotic arm with an abrasive tool. The combination of optical and radar sensor systems will allow the environmental perception and local monitoring of the asbestos-removal-tasks. Supported by a user interface, the operator can select different areas on a virtual representation of the rehabilitation site and assign asbestos-removal-tasks. Based on the user input, the central process control system plans the task allocation and collaboration between the mobile units and their movements and trajectories autonomously. The user interface allows the permanent supervision of the automated process and optional remote control. All robotic units are connected to a central aspiration and energy supply to remove the waste from the rehabilitation site and supply sufficient energy for the robotic units.
The Danger of Asbestos Contamination and the Concept of a Robotic Solution
Asbestos (a naturally occurring mineral forming thin fibrous crystals) was widely used for construction materials, due to its beneficial physical properties and low price. Today, asbestos dust is known to be hazardous for humans and for this reason millions of flats and buildings have to be refurbished to remove the hazardous asbestos. A task which is putting humans at danger and is very inefficient without robotic solutions. Our technological approach is to use semi-autonomous mobile robotic units that remove the asbestos material in a secluded and empty flat.
First Version Prototype Development
The first version prototype was developed in several iterations, with the main challenges being the workspace considerations for the robotic arm and the integration of the aspiration system, the cable reel and all controllers and electronic boards in a very limited footprint given by the indoor use of the robot.
Central Process Control System
The robots are controlled via a Central Process Control System for the task planning and feedback to the user. The Interface gives a live visualization and access to the camera pictures and allows for the setting and control of the process parameters during operation.
Exploration and Mapping
To enable autonomous task planning, a lightweight semantic map of the robot’s environment is being developed to capture the removal site geometrically, augmented by information relevant for asbestos removal. Our approach is an autonomous exploration of the refurbishment site to record the raw data, which is then analyzed to classify all components in the room and generate a semantic map to be used for the planning and for visualization in the user interface.
Testing Site and Initial Tests
The prototype and the overall process are tested on our testing site in Bourg Le Valence in France. With the mock-up of a rehabilitation site and a control room for the operator, we are able to test the functionality and teleoperation of the first prototype in a realistic environment, without exposing anyone to danger.
By establishing the Advisory Board we maintain close relationships with the worldwide industrial and research community and ensure that the Bots2ReC project stays at the leading edge of scientific developments. The Advisory Board is regularly informed on the progress of Bots2ReC project's development and provides feedback and ideas intended to shape and accelerate the formation of the Europe-wide integration. We invite interested companies and organizations to join the Advisory Board and benefit from a direct project feedback: