Carleton to Host Demonstration of Unique Architecture Robots Working on Massive Parliament Hill Restoration

Carleton University’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) will host a media availability to showcase its two industrial architecture robots, the only ones of their kind at a Canadian university.

The robots are able to mill stone, wood and other materials into stunning sculptural elements, so they are a big help when it comes to Carleton’s work helping to rehabilitate centuries-old sculptures at the Parliament Buildings.

One robot is roughly three metres high when fully extended and the other is a desk-sized model. Both are operated in a customized room on campus.

Carleton researchers will be available to speak to media at the demonstration. They include CIMS Director Stephen Fai and PhD candidates James Hayes and Ken Percy, who has been milling in wood using the smaller robot for the future Senate chamber.

If you would like to attend, please email Steve Reid (contact information is below)

When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Room 219, Architecture Building, Carleton University

Parking: Please put media credential on your dash; no need to pay.


The robots are helping CIMS and federal government collaborators continue cutting-edge work in the rapidly advancing world of digitally assisted fabrication.

CIMS team use the jointed-arm robots to assist in creating sculptural elements in a variety of materials from digital models obtained by laser scanning and photogrammetry. This technology has been used on Parliament Hill and the Government Conference Centre, where sculptural details are being restored or created as part of long-term renovations.


About CIMS

CIMS develops tools and techniques to transform data into tangible and meaningful artifacts that impact the way people see, think and work in the world. Over the past decade, CIMS has built an international reputation by collaborating with public, private and not-for-profit partners on a diverse portfolio of projects that demonstrate the potential of new and emerging digital technologies for architectural rehabilitation and heritage conservation. Affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering and Design’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, CIMS is dedicated to the education of the next generation of heritage professionals.


Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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