AMRC research is helping increase the construction sector’s pre-manufactured value.

As standardisation and pre-manufactured value come to the fore and the construction sector adopts a manufacturing mind-set the AMRC is uniquely placed in being able to help transform the way buildings and infrastructure of the future are delivered.

Building on the AMRC’s global reputation for the way it has revolutionised productivity in other high-value manufacturing sectors, it is helping its construction partners to de-risk investment decisions, and accelerate the early adoption of digital technologies to improve both performance and quality.

It is a place where digital meets manufacturing, with world-class expertise in:

  • Augmented reality – displaying digital work instructions with smart connected tools and devices, used for complex assemblies where automation is not applicable.
  • Virtual reality - to develop virtual environments to support iterative product design, assembly process design & training, maintenance simulation and remote support
  • Integrated large volume metrology - including the design, development and process improvement of inline inspection and verification techniques used during the manufacture of large components and complex assemblies.
  • Robotics and automation - systems have been developed to utilise a robot’s flexibility and allow robotics cells to perform multiple tasks, including machining, drilling, sealant application, robotic fixturing and assembly.
  • Digital twins - virtual replicas of physical devices that can be used to run simulations before actual devices are built and deployed.
  • Manufacturing informatics - using accurate live captured data to optimise and self-configure a multi-variable production environment.
  • Manufacturing intelligence - developing numerical and simulation models to support projects and research in operations planning, facilities planning, supply chain modelling, cost analysis and trade-off analysis.
  • Intelligent machining - sophisticated digital simulation tools that integrate the different aspects that affect machine tool and machining performance, the result of which will be significant reductions in energy consumption; reduce machine tool life cycle costs, with a reduction of O&M costs in the range of 25%; getting production processes that work as planned faster; and first-time-right part manufacturing.

Our state-of-the-art facilities allow the construction sector to model, test and prove new ideas, with an offsite or onsite focus, in the safety of a non-production environment.

Research projects have included:

  • Automated rebar placement
  • SMARTWALL projection
  • Façade automation
  • Roof batten testing
  • Inspection for modular construction
  • Composite machining for cross laminated timber
  • Simulating uncertainties in construction projects with DES
  • Using robotic machining in construction product manufacture
  • Automated construction demonstrator
  • Improving plasterboard installation
  • Tracking of construction products
  • Immersive Learning (Construction industry training board)
  • Using virtual reality in the design of new sites

 For companies such as:

  • Laing O’Rourke
  • AECOM
  • Berkeley Modular
  • Ilke Homes
  • Legal & General
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Polypipe

For more information relating to our work in construction please contact Allan Griffin, Head of Construction and Infrastructure Strategy, a.griffin@amrc.co.uk