Equipment Automation and Its Impact on Construction Technology

by Carter J. Ward, US Naval Civil Engineering Lab, Port, Hueneme, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Impact of International Competitiveness on Construction Technology


The Naval Construction Force is facing a shortage with their horizontal construction capability and their equipment is not designed to function in a modern war environment. One solution is to automate the equipment. Automation could double machine productivity by permitting close to 24-hour operation. It would also minimize personnel exposure to the war environment. This paper presents concepts on how self-operating mobile machines may be designed for horizontal construction. The use of this type of equipment could play a significant role in future construction competitiveness.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Automation | Construction industry | Marketing | Economic factors | Social factors

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