5G set to revolutionise the construction industry
We reveal how the use of 5G ‘network slicing’ could bring significant benefits to the construction industry
5G has already made its way to the construction industry in 2020. Earlier in the year, we detailed China State Construction Engineering Corp’s (CSCEC) which was the first site to utilise the technology in the nation.
The site has brought a plethora of benefits to on-site construction through the adoption of innovative technologies such as AI, building information modelling (BIM) and big data.
5G’s ‘network slicing’ capability allows communication service providers to tailor connectivity services to precise requirements of a given app, user, device or context.
Successful on-site monitoring requires effective tracking of health, location, status and specifications of all objects and people. 5G is expected to enable better data collection, capture and analysis in many different areas. An example of this includes the status of site machinery, and whether it’s available for use.
Thanks to high bandwidth, combined with the very low latency that 5G offers, the technology is set to improve data capture significantly across various project delivery processes.
Thanks to 5G and digital transformation as a whole, more and more cutting edge technologies are being introduced to the construction industry which will enable the industry to see more IoT and reality-capture solutions utilised on-site.
These new technologies have the ability to provide real-time visual information to the owner in addition to an on-demand transparent view of the project at any particular moment in time.
5G network slicing can also provide even more benefits to the construction industry.
Burcin Kaplanoglu, Executive Director, Innovation Officer at Oracle, “network slicing enables communication service providers to tailor connectivity services to the precise requirements of any given application, user, device, or context.”
In order for 5G to work effectively on-site, connectivity is vital to ensure information is captured and available at all times, whenever needed.
As a result of this, bandwidth could be set to become a potential battleground on site which highlights the need for tiered prioritisation.
Different access points and levels for specific use-cases will be required. Kaplanoglu estimates that a tiered prioritisation strategy that considers safety, security, and bandwidth at different phases of a construction project could be implemented.
Regardless of how 5G will weave itself round construction sites across the globe, the advantages of 5G and ‘network slicing’ opens up many new possibilities for engineering and construction businesses. Benefits such as better safety, mitigation of risk and a reduction of security concerns could all be useful benefits thanks to the technology.
XCMG launches crane simulator for wind turbine training
Leading Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery, XCMG, has launched a virtual crane simulator to help train operatives in the installation of wind turbines. The new simulator, based on the company’s XC A1600 all-terrain crane, aims to help prepare 500 drivers for the role.
Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG, said: "In the actual scale 3D scene, the system enables operators to easily master essential skills, quickly and accurately through truly simulated visual, auditory and tactile senses. The fully immersive experience makes operator training more professional, precise, convenient, and efficient by integrating video presentations, VR helmets, digital gloves, and more.”
How does the simulator help train crane operators and what features enable it to achieve this?
As the first large crane simulator of its kind, XCMG’s XC A1600 trainer features realistic representations of the crane’s cabin, control unit, display, and control panel. The system also realises the virtual integration and operation of six major working conditions, breaking several technical barriers of super lift and luffing jib simulators.
Updating the simulator for 2020, XCMG’s crane trainer now also features computer programs for the telescopic system, dual cylinder head display, and controls. The upgrade also includes switching off different products and programs to allow training on lifting weights between 800 and 1,600 tonnes.
The construction of onshore and offshore wind turbines in China
According to national power industry statistics issued by China’s National Energy Administration last year, construction of both onshore and offshore wind power projects nearly tripped over the 12-month period.
Figures hit a new record of 71.67GW with China’s wind power expected to increase by a further 30-50mn kilowatts over the next three years., according to the China Energy Development report 2020 published by China Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute. The findings of the report highlighted the demand for labour in the installation of wind turbines.
A total of 1,520 classes of large and super-tonnage crane operators have been trained by XCMG, as they look to take the lead in major construction projects across China.