Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2018

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38 LC DBM Drones Continue to Gain Validity Driverless Loaders on the Way? Tiny Tech Automated Tear Downs Precise, Efficient Grading Drawing In the Younger Crowd Unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs – are finding more use as a practical busi- ness tool in the construction industry according to equipment manufacturer Cat- erpillar. A drone's high-resolution photos of a jobsite can provide "actionable in- formation" that can, among other things, save process and analysis time, reduce risks and reduce errors from inaccurate data. Uninterrupted Bricklaying Being able to follow a 3D CAD model pre- cisely, the Hadrian X from Fastbrick Robotics uses its 98-foot mechanical arm to lay 1,000 standard bricks per hour. The manufacturer says the technology, which is still in devel - opment, can work with a universal range of products and aims to be cost competitive with current construction methods. - ly-asked-questions On the smaller end of the scale are microscopic tech- nologies – the chemicals, fibers and admixtures that make concrete stronger and self-healing. One recent example is Euclid Chemical's repair mortar that uses micro-fibers that enhance key properties, such as tensile strength, the lack of which cause traditional materials to often fail. - tion-products/repair The Robotic Industries As- sociation reports on another machine set to lead the con - struction industry into a "robot revolution;" ones used for demolition. According to the association, they are not as ef - ficient as a demolition crew but "they're far safer and cheaper" in tearing down old structures. The technology for directing the grading performance of skid steers, track loaders and such has evolved from guiding operators through a display in the cab, to actually controlling the blade or bucket. And instead of just working on flat planes and slopes, it now handles contours and complex curves. Besides enhancing accuracy and efficiency, site safety is improved with fewer grade-checking workers on the ground. All these technological advance - ments could have one more benefit to the construction industry – help - ing to recruit the next generation of workers. Industry analysis outlet Construction Dive reports that adopting technology as a company now can help lure future applicants who are tech-savvy already and "who may not otherwise be inter - ested in blue-collar jobs." To help combat labor shortages, safety concerns and productivity needs, Built Robotics produced an autonomous track loader by retrofitting sensor technologies for self-driving cars and develop - ing special software. It completed a commercial project last year, and at last report, the company is looking to mass-produce the machine. Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Computer-Controlled Operations...

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