Autonomous robot for more efficient and safer construction

22 September 2023
Digitalización para una construcción más eficiente y segura

“TECNALIA is working to improve efficiency, safety and quality in the construction sector, while reducing the environmental impact of construction sites”

TECNALIA develops an autonomous robot to optimise road inspection and maintenance tasks

The European construction sector faces crucial challenges to improve its competitiveness. These include labour shortages, lack of digital skills, improving the safety and well-being of workers in the sector, while advocating for a circular economy, greater resource efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Innovative building solutions

The Beeyonders project addresses these challenges by producing, marketing and integrating innovative solutions in the European construction sector.

AI, automation and digitalisation will be the pillars; they will help the European construction industry to be less dependent on imported technologies and to reduce its environmental impact, in line with the EU’s climate-neutral goals.

The initiative will help to incorporate pioneering technologies such as autonomous vehicles, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, IoT and exoskeletons, integrated into a digital twin. Within this framework, TECNALIA has developed an autonomous robot to optimise road inspection and maintenance tasks.

The impact of using these new technologies on resource efficiency (raw materials, water, etc.), waste reduction, CO2 emissions and worker welfare will be demonstrated.

Coordinated by Acciona, the project involves the collaboration of 21 partners from nine countries, including research and technological development centre TECNALIA.

Pilot scenarios and expected results

The technologies developed will be demonstrated in six pilot construction scenarios in many different types of infrastructure located in Helsinki (Finland), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Florence and Rome (Italy) and in Gijón and León (Spain).

At the end of the project, the construction industry is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 11%, increase worker resilience by 20%, improve production efficiency by 14% and reduce the amount of time off work due to back injuries by 50%.

In this way, technological innovation becomes a key ally for a brighter future in construction.