Behaviour programmable machines for field construction operations

  • Jonathan O’Brien
Conference paper


This paper presents a unified theory of construction activity and processes based on the idea of programmable physical action units and modules. The theory covers both animate and inanimate construction systems and the paper gives examples of its use to model dynamic systems comprised of active agents. The model in also used in conjunction with a complementary theory — namely that of spatially programmable functional operators — to model construction operations. The paper also examines the requirements for cognitive systems that might be used to affect field tasks. An idea for a single, universal, cognitive-box that can support all forms of smart field-robotic machinery systems is presented.


Tunnel Boring Machine Dump Truck Construction Machine Construction Operation Machinery System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan O’Brien
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  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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