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What are the Measures to be Taken for Stabilizing Connected Construction?

By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Risks have always been higher in the construction industry, but the pressure has not been higher, with tighter margins and little room for error, the project outcomes can affect business outcomes as well.

Fremont, CA: With the construction sector is growing steadily around the globe, in addition to a new flux of technology transforming the industry, the current change in the landscape means that companies need to operate at new levels of sophistication and efficiency to stay at par with competition and client demands. The smart construction companies and corporate owners of today are seeking technology partners to develop a connected construction project that is environmentally aware friendly, and lean. It comes to recognize that it is about choosing the right technology, executing and defining a deployment plan, and selecting the right partner.

Connectivity and integration from the office, machine, and field increase site productivity and ensures high uptime on site. To help in creating connected and more collaborative construction sites, the companies have to pay heed to the voices of the customer and created as easy-to-use and interoperable technology.

Rig Solution in Practice

A construction company is building an advanced paper factory on a sanded ground in Germany, keeping in mind that it will contain heavy paper machines, and the result is the foundation should be stable with concrete pile casts in the ground.

Some of the constructors use the Liebherr LRB355 machine, which is equipped with the new Leica iCON iRP3 machine control solutions precisely for drillers and pilers, which is a machine control solution from Leica Geosystems integrated with Liebherr. Furthermore, the Leica iCON iRP3 interfaces directly with Liebherr’s Process Data Recording system. PDE, which means that the as-built information is directly transferred to Liebherr’s data recording and as-built reporting system.

The machine control solution helps in identifying the exact position needed for piling and drilling in a construction project, guiding precision and safety for operators. This user interface with an adaptive bullseye zoom and the intuitive menus and navigation system assists the operator to work faster and more accurately. Their antennas can be mounted in different locations, and operators can now work in any GNSS-denied areas like smart cities. This technology is also connected to various other operations on a construction project, which helps to enable a seamless integration and data workflow.

Technology and Safety Empowerment

The most significant benefit of technology for job site safety has bettered because the workers no longer have to do a manual stakeout, which means fewer workers are present around the machine, and the operator of the machine can work without leaving the machine’s cabin. Additionally, with precise navigation and correct depth and angles of drilled holes, the results of the blast are more controlled and safer with better rock fragmentation and reduced use of explosives.

To tackle this problem, Leica iCON PA10 acts as a personal alert on construction sites to avoid collisions. The technology creates multiple zones with configurable notices around any vehicle. The PA10 can foresee potential close interactions between machinery and pedestrians, generating visual, audible, and vibratory alarms to both operators and pedestrians to prevent potential accidents.

Technology a Catalyst for Connecting Projects

Safety is the primary concern; even project efficiency is a critical element, and to achieve the fastest and most flexible results, companies can offer a precise and safe means to accomplish the exact depths that one might need in the next construction project. The on-site operators can work with the data in return, saving time and costs as they no longer have to send the data back to the office. The machine allows the users to connect an entire construction site to have a complete understanding of an easy-to-see interface of all operations. 

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