Operational Test and Evaluation of Automated Construction Devices
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Today we are poised on the verge of an automation revolution in the construction industry. A standard operational test and evaluation plan which will enable systematic and uniform examination of automated construction devices is required. Thus, this study has at its root two key goals 1 to develop a test and evaluation plan suitable to be an industry standard, and 2 to use the plan to evaluate a specific device. After reviewing work underway in the area of automation evaluation and gaining a clear grasp of operational testing, a Standard Operational Test and Evaluation OTE Plan is developed. Then, actual testing of a particular automated device, the remote controlled power trowel, matched it against other methods of concrete floor finishing and judged performance in the areas of 1 project environment interaction, 2 system performance, 3 economic performance, 4 human interaction, and 5 business societal interaction. In performing the OTE, all of the test objectives were met 1 to evaluate the overall performance of the remote controlled power trowel, 2 to determine the appropriate level of automation for finishing work today, 3 to determine the potential for automation in concrete floor construction tomorrow, and 4 to judge the appropriateness of the Standard OTE Plan to this type of evaluation. Keywords Theses.
- Construction Equipment, Materials and Supplies