May 16, 2020

Brokk brings independence to compact demolition

Brokk
Robotics
construction
Admin
1 min
Brokk brings independence to compact demolition
Brokkintroduces the smallest diesel-powered demolition robot - the Brokk 120 D - weighing less than a quarter of the Brokk 400 Diesel. Brokk is the worl...

Brokk introduces the smallest diesel-powered demolition robot - the Brokk 120 D - weighing less than a quarter of the Brokk 400 Diesel. Brokk is the world's leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, and this latest addition can run for over eight hours before requiring refuelling thanks to a six-gallon fuel tank. 

The Brokk 120 D is just 31 inches wide, 80 inches long, and 49 inches high, allowing it to fit through any standard door opening as well as smaller spaces. Its light weight also gives it the ability to move across weight-restricted floors. The diesel engine is small and efficient, and works just as efficiently as its electric-powered counterpart, the Brokk 100. 

The device can be used to fulfill emergency response needs, explosive ordinance disposal, and firefighting. The compact size makes it suitable for the nuclear industry, and in construction, its easy transport and diverse range of attachments make it an ideal tool.

Martin Krupicka, CEO of Brokk AB, said: “We developed the Brokk 120 D based on the needs communicated to us by our customers facing especially challenging situations, where they need a very compact machine that is completely independent from a fixed power source. We are convinced that this new model will bring great value to a variety of difficult applications."

 

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Jun 11, 2021

How could drones be used in the construction industry?

Drones
construction
Technology
AI
2 min
As artificial Intelligence (AI) and drone technology develop, how could might drones be used in other industries such as construction?

The use of drones and drone technology including artificial intelligence in several industries has become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether it’s for security purposes or even a bit of fun, drones are a convenient way of monitoring situations from above. So, could this be beneficial to the construction industry? In short, yes, and here are some of the ways the industry can use them. 

Promotional photography

Whenever a construction project is complete, it’s always important to take images of it looking its best so that the project itself or even a business can be promoted. With drones, the ability to record aerial footage and take photos from the sky adds a new dimension to displaying a construction project. A drone, provided it specced correctly, can capture video and photos in 4K HD from unique angles and provide an interesting perspective on a building project. A drone could be particularly useful to estate agents who are looking to show properties that they are trying to sell. 

Laser Scanning

Occasionally surveyors need to laser scan parts of a building for planning and design reasons. This can be particularly challenging when trying to scan higher parts of a building due to not having a laser scanning tool that can reach. However, laser scanning capabilities in drones mean that they are able to capture things like the exact detail of topography and buildings while also having the ability to point cloud scan, which was previously difficult due to the restricted access of high points on buildings. 

Virtual “walk-around”

In construction, there are often times when a high level of risk is involved. This usually means have to complete certain tasks virtually. Drones can help workers do this through the use of their First Person View (FPV) technology. With this, a drone can stream HD footage to the project team and provide them with a live view of what it is seeing. This can be enhanced further with Virtual Reality (VR) glasses. 

Site logistics   

Activities on-site don’t always go as planned and if it’s a large site, it can especially difficult for managers and other interested personnel to determine the location of their workers, tools, and vehicles. Thanks to a drone’s ability to be operated remotely, they can provide managers with a birds-eye view of the whole site, as it flies around to each individual area. That way, they can gain a better understanding and awareness of exactly where everything is. 

Drones, therefore, have many uses for the construction industry from security to locating specific tools or vehicles, to laser-scanning features, all in 4K HD video. Maybe drones will become the future of not just the construction industry but many others, too.

 

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