• Nicolai Hammild
  • Martin Meersohn
The thesis examines the entry of robot automatization of construction processes, in the executing phase of construction. This development is strongly driven by building policy initiatives, on which we have argued, are based on a technology deterministic approach to technology-design and development. Studies show that technological development processes, that neglect the various social practices in which they are envisioned to participate, have a limited chance of success. We found that a common denominator for the collaborative robot developers, was that they incorporated the political aspirations in their development by striving to improve work environment and efficiency with their products. Based on the above mentioned problematization, we conducted an observational ethnographic study with a Sociomaterial-design approach, to investigate how different actors inform design and development of the technologies in their daily practice, with an added focus on productivity and work environment. We utilized the theoretical framework contributed by Bjørn & Østerlund analytically and by doing so, transferred it to a Danish construction context. Their 3-step-model for identifying and analyzing Sociomaterial practices proved useful, in conceptualizing the situated practices of the practitioners and the artefacts involved.

The results of the thesis are multiple: 1) The framework of Sociomaterial-design is eligible in a Danish construction setting. 2) Practitioners influence the artefacts, and the artefacts influence the practitioners. 3) The space for design is emphasized by the practitioners Sociomaterial practices who inform further development through their use; however, this is visible through tacit knowledge on which light was shed upon by utilizing the Sociomaterial-Design approach. 4) The manufacturer of the collaborative robot, successfully contribute to an improved work environment and productivity.
Publication date7 Jan 2022
Number of pages84
ID: 458184281