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NEWS AFTERMARKET 03 Oct 2017

Ground-breaking SMARTCONSTRUCTION Provides Integrated Solutions

Komatsu Australia has launched its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept in Australia and New Zealand.

Komatsu has launched its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept in Australia and New Zealand – a significant step forward in construction industry technology that offers integrated product, service and support solutions across all phases of a project.

Smart-Construction-Drone-(1).jpgKomatsu Australia has launched its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept in Australia and New Zealand a significant step forward in construction industry technology that offers integrated product, service and support solutions across all phases of a project.

According to Aaron Marsh, Komatsu Australia's National Technology Solution Expert Manager Construction, SMARTCONSTRUCTION allows Komatsu to integrate a host of game-changing technologies for the benefit of its customers.

"With these new technologies, we are now able to provide an end-to-end solution for our customers across construction, quarrying and mining," he said.

SMARTCONSTRUCTION covers critical steps in a project's development, from initial site survey and design, through to machine control management, machine interconnectivity and review of project progress during the construction phase, and finally development of detailed as-built information for future construction and infrastructure maintenance.

It covers four key areas:

A UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) drone service, covering initial site survey, along with cut/fill and stockpile calculations, as well as ongoing progress tracking and site logistics.

3D data services, including conversion of 2D and 3D data files to formats suitable for machine control applications, and a best-industry practice 3D design consultancy, development and management over the life of a project.

Our cloud-based service, bringing together all the information relating to a project, from initial survey, design drawings and construction plans, through to machine control data files, project progress data generated by machines and survey equipment as the job progresses, and final as-built information once it is completed.

Support services, covering remote monitoring, remote file transfer and operating training; iMC (intelligent Machine Control) advice, project integration and site set up; assistance and professional consultancy with 3D design file development; troubleshooting and servicing of machines and control systems.

To deliver SMARTCONSTRUCTION across the region, Aaron said Komatsu Australia has established a Komatsu Smart Centre, with a team of Komatsu-trained technology solution experts and a national remote support team.

"SMARTCONSTRUCTION builds on our industry-leading expertise in machine management through our INSITE fleet management centre, KOMTRAX remote monitoring service, along with our highly innovative iMC intelligent Machine Control offerings, which are currently available in dozers and excavators," he said.

"We are building on these technologies with the introduction of our drone-based survey and site management technology and now our cloud-based information management offering.

"Komatsu's ability to offer this fully integrated, end-to-end range of cutting edge products, services and solutions across every aspect of a project, now gives our customers a real edge in today's increasingly competitive and challenging business environment," said Aaron.

A key element in ensuring the success of SMARTCONSTRUCTION is delivering the training and support necessary for customers to successfully implement it within their operations and projects.

That's where the team of Komatsu TSEs (technology solution experts) come in; they will be working with customers providing training, support, assistance and advice across all aspects of the SMARTCONSTRUCTION technologies.

"Our TSEs will be working across all levels with our customers; owners and management, surveyors, engineers, site project supervisors and managers, operators and maintenance crews," said Aaron.

"We are also providing access to more specialist training, specific site machine solutions and advisory services, for example working with a company called AviAssist to provide UAV training.

"In addition, we have a national service and support agreement with the Australian Topcon distributor Position Partners to harness their years of experience in surveying and precision machine control.

"These alliances allow us to effectively offer our customers any machine control or site survey solution that's required for their operations," he said.

"SMARTCONSTRUCTION truly is the next big step in construction industry management technology, bringing together some of the key technological developments over the past couple of decades in an integrated end-to-end solution.

"It represents a huge advancement in how contractors, project owners, quarry operators and miners can design, plan, construct and manage their projects," said Aaron.

Image above: 3D data created for a construction project.