Identification of Automation Opportunities

by Richard L. Tucker, Univ of Texas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Construction, although the world's largest industry, is also its most archaic. Most construction practices are very labor-intensive, with resulting impacts on safety, productivity, and quality. The need for automation is apparent. For space applications, the need is even more obvious. However, a multitude of areas is involved in the construction process. The areas must be identified and evaluated in terms of specific criteria for space applications. Further, specific activities, or functions, are associated with each construction area. A method is suggested for prioritization of areas and activities for automation of construction in space. Although the method is explained in terms of conventional construction practices, it can be easily adapted to construction in space.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Automatic identification systems | Space exploration | Construction equipment | Labor | Occupational safety | Productivity | Construction industry

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