Roofing and scaffolding set for exoskeleton trials

The CSIC is preparing for construction trials of two different exoskeletons, which will be measured using GOS’s ARAMIS SRX system (centre)

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has installed advanced measuring equipment for upcoming exoskeletons field trials.

CSIS has set up a plasterboard bay, as well as a timber roofing gig at its Innovation Factory in Scotland, to simulate lifting and laying of roof tiles. Other construction tasks to be replicated include: plasterboarding, lifting and fixing floorboards, and scaffolding.

Trials are part of the Exskallerate project, which is providing small to medium businesses the opportunity to experience, test and feedback exoskeleton tech. 

Gom’s Aramix SRX will take dynamic biomechanical measurements capturing movement, force, load and strain testing using full-field imaging and 3D digitization techniques. Test results will look at overall performance, load and fatigue reduction, and the ease of use for individuals.

Herowear Apex and the Auxivo Liftsuit – passive upper body, hip and back exoskeletons – will be used for the construction tasks. 

Innovation manager Alan Johnston said: “Our field labs are making strong progress – this is an exciting time for the project. 

“Now with this equipment, and initial testing, the trials are taking shape. We are looking forward to welcoming companies into our Innovation Factory soon and giving these small businesses the opportunity to learn more about this technology which could really benefit them.”

UK construction and manufacturing companies wanting to take part can email Johnson at [email protected]

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