Aug 13, 2017

Komatsu’s next big thing a package deal

Komatsu’s next big thing a package deal

Komatsu Australia has pulled a range of ‘game-changing’ technologies together under its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept, launched  in Australia and New Zealand this month.

Komatsu Australia national technology solution expert manager – construction Aaron Marsh said SMARTCONSTRUCTION represented a huge advance in how contractors, project owners, quarry operators and miners could design, plan, construct and manage their projects.

“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.

Mr Marsh is also head of intelligent machine control at Komatsu’s Smart Centre, established to support introduction of the new package.

SMARTCONSTRUCTION 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.
  • Komconnect 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.

Skycatch drone survey technology is part of the SMARTCONSTRUCTION package.

“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,” Mr Marsh said.

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

A team of Komatsu TSEs (technology solution experts) will be working with customers to provide training, support, assistance and advice across all aspects of the SMARTCONSTRUCTION technologies.