An investigation into the implementation of construction automation and robotics technologies for construction waste management

Kılıçkan Öztürk, Sabire Melek
The construction industry is responsible for tons of construction waste. It is crucial to take the necessary precautions to avoid the impacts of construction waste on the environment. With the help of developments in automation technology and building information modeling systems, robotics in the construction industry is getting more common every day. It is argued that construction robots can be effective in the management of construction waste. This study aims first to understand the reasons for construction waste, identify construction waste management strategies, and then understand the application of automation and robotics in the construction industry. And lastly, to evaluate the applicability of construction automation and robotics in Turkey and their use for construction waste management. A literature survey was conducted to understand the related concepts. With the help of literature, an outline was designed for on-site workers to be used for group discussions. In addition, a questionnaire was prepared and delivered to designers and contractors in Ankara and Istanbul. The data thus collected were analyzed to provide a set of relationships and definitions. Based on the findings, it is concluded that there is a knowledge gap in the sector in Turkey on construction waste, automation, and robotics. If this gap of knowledge and lack of is addressed, it is predicted that construction automation and robotics technologies would be beneficial in reducing construction waste.


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Citation Formats
S. M. Kılıçkan Öztürk, “An investigation into the implementation of construction automation and robotics technologies for construction waste management,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.