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Drone and Field join Komatsu’s Smart Construction suite


December 2, 2021
By Rock to Road staff

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Komatsu Drone constructionKomatsu has expanded its Smart Construction tech suite with the introduction of Drone and Field.

Komatsu is expanding its smart construction tech suite with the addition of Smart Construction Field and Smart Construction Drone.

Komatsu’s Smart Construction solutions is an umbrella of smart applications created to assist construction customers optimize their business remotely, and in near-real time.

“When the Smart Construction group came in, they integrated everything together, and the transition felt seamless,” said Kevin Hawkinson, vice president of operations at A.W. Oakes & Son. “Now, we can take the data, transfer it to the machines, get data back from the machines to the office, and utilize all of that information across the board for bidding, customer reference and billing.”

Smart Construction Drone

Komatsu’s Smart Construction Drone survey technology collects topography information for contractors. The drone solution captures data for production, tracking and billing, without the need for personnel to walk the jobsite for a manual survey.

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Contractors can gather and analyze data throughout each project phase with topographic surveys that incorporate hundreds of thousands of data points. With the capability to take still photos from up to 120 metres above ground level or under bridge decks, Smart Construction Drone can be used for pre-job verification or to keep stakeholders up to date.

Smart Construction Drone pairs with Smart Construction Dashboard. Built to combine data from multiple sources into one comprehensive picture, the dashboard combines 3D design data with aerial mapping and intelligent machine data, to let contractors confirm quantities and visualize job site progress. Smart Construction Dashboard is powered by the 3D visualization power and geospatial accuracy of Cesium, a leading platform to visualize, analyze and share 3D data.

Smart Construction Field

To develop Smart Construction Field, Komatsu has partnered with Moovila, a provider of project management software. The new mobile app allows contractors to record jobsite activity and analyze operational efficiencies in near real time.

Reports generated by Smart Construction Field can track daily jobsite conditions, and task progress can be segmented by labour, equipment and materials, including machine utilization, fuel distribution, receipts, timecards and subcontractor work. Smart Construction Field can collect machine data from an entire fleet, regardless of the machine brand.