Robot HEAP Builds Walls Alone Using Advanced Technology, Study Shows

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No humans needed here: How this robot builds walls all by itself

  • HEAP, the Hydraulic Excavator for an Autonomous Purpose, is a 12-ton robot designed to assist in building walls out of boulders.
  • Equipped with advanced sensors and algorithms, HEAP scans construction sites, lifts boulders, estimates their weight, and determines the best location for each boulder to build a stable dry-stone wall.
  • HEAP can place approximately 20 to 30 boulders per building session, using locally sourced materials to minimize energy waste.
  • The robot’s capabilities were detailed in a recent study published in the journal Science Robotics.
  • No humans needed here: How this robot builds walls all by itself

    Have you ever wondered how much work goes into building a wall, especially one out of boulders? Building a wall out of boulders is no joke, which is why the robot “HEAP” was designed to help take the load off.

    HEAP builds walls using its sensors and algorithms

    For its latest project, HEAP scanned a construction site, created a 3D map of it, and then recorded the locations of the multi-ton boulders. From there, the robot lifted each boulder off the ground and used machine vision technology to estimate its weight and center of gravity, recording its three-dimensional shape.

    An algorithm running on HEAP’s control module determined the best location for each boulder to build a stable 20-ft high, 213-ft long dry-stone wall. “Dry-stone” refers to a wall that is made only of stacked stones without any mortar between them.

    HEAP proceeded to build such a wall, placing approximately 20 to 30 boulders per building session. According to a report from the researchers, that’s about how many would be delivered in one load if outside rocks were being used.

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