Architecture and Construction

Laser replaces hammer

New method for testing the structural integrity of buildings. Building inspection benefits from laser-based measuring systems providing quick and accurate digital measurement data. Laser scanners are already being used to…

The ShAPE of buildings to come

Scrap aluminum transforms recycling life cycle. Energy savings approaching 90 percent expected from employing entirely post-consumer aluminum to make high-grade building components. The circular economy just closed the loop on…

AI-guided system for robotic inspection of buildings, roads and bridges

Our built environment is aging and failing faster than we can maintain it. Recent building collapses and structural failures of roads and bridges are indicators of a problem that’s likely…

Remediation of contaminated wooden structures

Residue-free and sustainable removal of contaminants. In Germany, there are around three million buildings that are contaminated with the toxic wood preservatives lindane and pentachlorophenol (PCP). Previous measures for minimizing…

Veins of bacteria could form a self-healing system for concrete infrastructure

Drexel University’s ‘BioFiber’ can stabilize and heal damaged concrete. In hopes of producing concrete structures that can repair their cracks, researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering are putting a…

Autonomous excavator constructs a 6-meter-high dry-stone wall

ETH Zurich researchers deployed an autonomous excavator, called HEAP, to build a six metre-high and sixty-five-metre-long dry-stone wall. The wall is embedded in a digitally planned and autonomously excavated landscape…

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