ROBIM: Autonomous robots to inspect and evaluate buildings with BIM integration

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The main challenges to overcome in building rehabilitation refer to the use of inefficient traditional techniques and processes as well as to the lack of updated qualitative and quantitative building information. Additionally, building surroundings and facades usually include vulnerable and geometrically complex elements that jeopardize a direct access to them for rehabilitation purposes. This is a critical aspect as the energetic behavior of a building is intimately related to its design and the materials used, hence when materials become functionally or energetically obsolescent, rehabilitation is absolutely necessary so to achieve a minimum energetic efficiency.

In this context, the main objective of the ROBIM project is to develop an automated robotic system that eases the acquisition of detailed and representative information about the state of conservation and composition of enclosures of the building. This system will allow to cut costs
regarding auxiliary equipment used in order to safely access to surroundings of the building, applying state-of-the-art non-destructive inspection techniques and integrating all the information obtained in a digital platform based in BIM methodology. Hence, it will be developed a global solution capable to successfully diagnose the state of a building and provide information in order to effectively decide the typology and scope of the rehabilitation tasks to be performed.

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Title: ROBIM –  ROBÓTICA AUTÓNOMA PARA INSPECCIÓN Y EVALUACIÓN DE EDIFICIOS EXISTENTES CON INTEGRACIÓN BIM
Duration: November 201 – October 2020
Partners: EUROESTUDIOS, S.L; FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN, S.A; GEOTECNIA Y CIMIENTOS, S.A; INSYTE, S.A; IMATIA INNOVATION, S.L; IBIM BUILDING TWICE, S.L; UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID (giSCI y B105 – ESL); UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA; UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO;  ITAINNOVA.
Financing entity: Programa Estratégico de Consorcios de Investigación Empresarial Nacional (CIEN) – Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)

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ALL-IN-ONE. A low-cost and extended information integrated traffic monitoring platform

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Traffic information has multiplied by three its volume market in the last five years. It is also expected that will continue growing greatly in the next years.

However, there are some fields still to be studied and probably exploited regarding traffic information. Such is the case of the integration of both the number of cars and their proper identification.

That is the starting point for the “All in One” project whose objectives are to create an integral traffic monitorization platform with low cost hardware and extended information.

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The hardware platform developed will have one radar device for counting vehicles and a Bluetooth interface for identifying them. With this data available and using data integration techniques it will be possible to achieve a level of traffic information yet unknown.

Our group, the B105 Electronic Systems Lab is the one in charge of designing and developing the low-cost radar system. This system includes the electronic for adapting and handling the RF signals as well as the processing modules and digital filters for those signals.

In this project, there are other research groups and some companies involved. As research groups, we are working together with i3-UPM and CEI. The companies we are collaborating with are ACEINSA, KINEO and IPS. This consortium will allow to achieve the project objectives by integrating some partners with expertise in each of the modules of the whole system.

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DEPERITA – An intrusion alarm system to improve safety in road work zones

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Road traffic accidents are one of the main causes of death and disability worldwide. Workers responsible for maintaining and repairing roadways are especially prone to suffer these events, given their exceptional exposure to traffic.

The goal of this project is to develop an intrusion alarm system to improve safety in road work zones. It consists of several nodes equipped with ultrasonic sensors to detect possible vehicle breaches in the perimeter. In addition, we will develop individual warning devices to be worn by every worker that will be wirelessly connected to the detector nodes. This way, in case of a vehicle invading the work zone, each worker can be effectively and timely warned in order to make it to safety.

This project emerged from Jose Martin‘s MSc thesis, and later has been funded by the 2015 AEESD public call. Its official details are as follows:

Title: DEPERITA – DEtección PERImeTral para el Aviso a trabajadores en obras lineales
Code: TSI-100503-2015-0039
Duration: October 2015 – December 2017
Partners: Valoriza Infraestructuras and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (B105-ESL)
Financing entity: Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo (AEESD 2015)

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LÁZARO: Development of an innovative ICT system for the detection of architectural barriers and monitoring based on augmented reality

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LÁZARO is a project carried out alongside Valoriza Servicios a la Dependencia S.L.U., with the objective of developing a system to automatically detect architectural barriers making use of computer vision and augmented reality. It will integrate the detection provided by sensors and images and the display of an augmented reality layer, together with a warning and checking system for the barriers.

In addition to the first objective, the project pursues another important goal, the development of a wireless sensor network to monitor the living conditions of people with special needs, such as elderly or disabled people. Therefore, the system will result in an integral solution for assisted living facilities and residences, although it can be applied to several other environments.

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The project details are as follows:

Title: LÁZARO: Development of an innovative ICT system for the detection of architectural barriers and monitoring based on augmented reality
Duration: 2016-2017
Partners: Valoriza Servicios a la Dependencia S.L.U. and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Financing entity: Valoriza Servicios a la Dependencia S.L.U. via CDTI.

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SENSORIZA – Real time sensor system for meteorological data acquisition, freeze and snow forecast and road conservation, manteinance and security improvement

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Weather conditions can be very dangerous and produce most of the accidents in road environments. To reduce the road accidents and to maintain the infrastructure, the goal of this project is to perform a wireless sensor system to obtain the weather conditions of the road in real time in order to predict freeze and snow events.

The system consist on a wireless module in the vehicle which takes the sensors information and stores for further processing.

The B105 Electronic Systems Lab. as a representative of Technical University of Madrid(UPM) participates with Valoriza in this innovative research project. To develop it we have the support of the Industrial Technological Center (CDTI) and the Ministry of Enery, Tourism and the Digital Agenda.

 

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Demotherm: Robotic application of refractory material

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The B105 Electronic Systems Lab. as a representative of Technical University of Madrid (UPM) participates with THERMAN and the University of Oviedo (Uniovi) in this innovative research project. To develop it we have the support of the Industrial Technological Center (CDTI) and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

The project aims to achieve an automotive and remote control robot capable of working in hostile environments oriented to the repair of cyclones and cimneys reinforced with refractory material.

This solution represents a revolution in the process and provides economic, strategic, enviromental and safety and occupational health improvements.

Out participation in this project is the development of all the sensorization, actuation and control part of the automobile robot.

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3D Sheet: Study of the feasibility of appearance inspection systems applied to car manufacturing

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The goal of this project is the study of the feasibility of appearance inspection techniques applied to car manufacturing. During the assembly process in the factory and later stages some defects can be produced. This problem can cause important losses of money to the company and dissatisfaction in the client. Therefore, as soon the defect is detected in the supply chain the easier the solution for both parts. However, the detection of defect in the sheet in a difficult challenge.

Currently, the inspection process is made by skilled personnel. However, this project tries to install a support system that detects these failures automatically within the work cycle (1 minute/car).

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The B105 ESL has proposed the study of a low cost 3D scanner. Using two cameras and one projector it can be obtained pictures and the object reconstruction with a high precision. The system is low cost because only used two current cameras and one projector.  The last part is a open software based on the European project 3D Underworld.

 

 

 

Robot minero: desarrollo de un sistema prototipo automatizado de perforación vertical de barrenos para su aplicación en la industria minera

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La minería en España presenta, en las últimas décadas, un déficit de desarrollo tecnológico muy importante. Son muy pocas las aportaciones novedosas a este área que conserva, en muchos casos, técnicas manuales o mecánicas para el desarrollo de la labor. Por ejemplo, durante estos años se ha recurrido a métodos de explotación tradicionales, caros, con poca o ninguna modernización, inseguros y de bajo rendimiento. Por otro lado, los depósitos de minerales se depositan como filones o venas estrechas, de 1 a 1,5 metros. Estos filones son un recurso primario muy importante, pero representan un desafío tecnológico complejo. Todo esto hace que la mejorar de la explotación y la seguridad en la minería sea un campo a mejorar.

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Este proyecto pretende desarrollar un robot que asista en la realización de tareas en la obra, como perforaciones, y que monitorice el ambiente de la mina para mejorar la seguridad. Esto se puede realizar mediante sensores de gases y otros parámetros, como la humedad o la temperatura.

Los datos del proyecto son los siguientes:

Título: Robot minero: Desarrollo de un sistema prototipo automatizado de perforación vertical de barrenos para su aplicación en la industria minera
Duración: 2015-2017
Consorcio: Valoriza Minería y Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Entidad financiadora: Valoriza Minería a través de CDTI.

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SIMBIOSYS: Simulator Biometric System plug-in

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One of the major problems facing the drivers of different vehicles is the difficulty of anticipate and react to the health-related problems that the operator may have.

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For this reason, the goal of this project is the development of a simulator system that allows to prevent and/or report states in the machine operator that can compromise the safety of the people. It will detect physical states (tachycardia, bradycardia, hypoxia, hypotension, etc.)  as well as psychics (stress, drowsiness, alertness,etc.).

To achieve this, the system will use biometrics sensors, such as breast bands or weareable bracelets to obtain the measures of heart rate or oxygen saturation. But the main sensor we are interested in is a EEG sensor that sends the raw electroencephalography. 

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The B105 Electronic Systems Lab. as a representative of Technical University of Madrid(UPM) participates with Valoriza in this innovative research project. To develop it we have the support of the Industrial Technological Center (CDTI) and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

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Easysafe – Sistema de alarma precoz para la seguridad en la carretera

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La seguridad vial es una de las mayores preocupaciones actualmente y por ello, desde las instituciones y empresas se está fomentando la investigación y el desarrollo de nuevos sistemas que mejoren este aspecto. El B105 participa en este proyecto de cara a mejorar la seguridad mediante la electrónica, la sensorización y las comunicaciones inalámbricas.

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El objetivo de este proyecto es el desarrollo de un innovador sistema comercializable y de bajo coste, basado en nodos inalámbricos con capacidades cognitivas capaz de mejorar la seguridad de las infraestructuras y con ello, disminuir el número de fallecidos. Para su diseño se partirá de las siguientes premisas: Elevada autonomía, bajo coste y elevada versatilidad, de tal forma que, tras el éxito en su desarrollo, este sistema pueda disponer de una aplicación mucho más amplia. Dentro del presente proyecto, vamos a desarrollar e implementar, como punto de partida, un sistema capaz de dar una solución real a las tres problemáticas que detallamos a continuación, que poco a poco, irá cubriendo otras necesidades:

  1. Presencia de fauna en calzada.
  2. Vehículos que circulan en sentido contrario.
  3. Cruces en las que la vía prioritaria tiene una baja IMD.

Este proyecto cuenta con la participación de Valoriza Conservación de Infraestructuras, el B105 Electronic System Labs y Allianz. La entidad financiadora es el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

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