Feasibility Analysis of Automated Material Handling for Hazardous Waste Remediation

by Andrew F. Griffith, Univ of Texas, Austin, United States,
Carl T. Haas, Univ of Texas, Austin, United States,
Richard L. Tucker, Univ of Texas, Austin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Robotics for Challenging Environments


The application of automation and robotics to material handling activities in conventional construction has been extensively researched in terms of technical feasibility, needs identification, and economic justification. However, the techniques and conclusions that have been developed are not always directly applicable toward the emerging hazardous waste remediation industry. Fundamental differences between these two areas of material handling influence the feasibility of automation, the selection of advanced technologies, the needs identification methodologies, and the economics of automation. Safety issues are much more of an influential factor in the application of advanced technologies in hazardous waste remediation, and rigorous methods for identifying and quantifying these influences should be used when applying automation and robotics to this area of material handling.

Subject Headings: Hazardous substances | Feasibility studies | Mitigation and remediation | Hazardous wastes | Automation and robotics | Automatic identification systems | Safety

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