Robotization of Mobile Construction Machinery

  Figure Robotization of mobile construction machinery Copyright: © IFAS RWTH Aachen


With a nominal construction volume of almost 400 billion euros and almost two million employees in Germany, the construction industry is of central importance to the national economy. The situation is similar in many other countries. The still predominant analog character of construction site work, management and organization leads to a high proportion of manual labor. This goes hand in hand with a high risk of accidents, high physical stress, long working hours and thus results in an unattractive field of work and ultimately a shortage of skilled workers. Construction projects are rarely completed on time and on budget as a result, which can also be attributed to inefficiency and the low level of digitization in the construction industry. Remedies include more flexible processes and modern automation solutions, with which the construction industry needs to be upgraded. The use of modern production methods and robotics has enabled industries such as automotive to achieve steady productivity growth. These advances in digitalization, networking and automation need to be transferred to the construction site.

Block event: 21.09.23 - 29.09.23

Test hall & computer room ifas

21.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Introduction, basics of hydraulics, drive systems of construction machines, especially excavators (ifas)

22.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Basics of system modeling and control, practical tests on hydraulic test bench (ifas)

25.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Practical tests on the hydraulic test bench (ifas)

26.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Introduction to robotics, Denavit-Hartemberg transformations (MMI)

27.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Inverse Kinematics and Path Planning (MMI)

28.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Application on excavator (development of position and velocity controllers), control with joysticks, parameterization (ifas)

29.09.23 – 9:00 to 17:00

Application on excavator (development of position and speed controllers), control with joysticks, parameterization (ifas)

  Excavator Volvo EW160D Copyright: © IFAS RWTH Aachen

Participant profile: This Summer School is especially aimed at participants from the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, civil engineering, physics or similar fields. Participants should have completed the basic subjects of their studies as far as possible and have an affinity for automation and practical implementation.

Maximum number of participants: 20

Course language: German

Organizing Institutes: Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems (Prof. Schmitz)

Institute for Human-Machine Interaction (Prof. Rossmann)