An Autonomous Future

It doesn’t take much to realize that today’s world is not for people who don’t value time. The pool of human resources is big and aggressive measures are being taken to make the timescales shorter, hence if you can’t keep up, you’ll be left behind without any hesitation. To make sure we don’t falter on our way, we have revamped the way things are done around us, and this change has put technology into our weaponry. With cutting-edge technology becoming increasingly available at our disposal, we are not only able to move faster than we ever have, but also we are regularly clocking unprecedented efficiency levels. This has resulted in an environment that is expansive yet inter-connected at the same time, thus offering growth opportunities of every imaginable size and nature.

The said transition hasn’t just occurred on a personal level for us, but different sectors are also scrambling to stay ahead of the curve. New methodologies and products of increased value are being roped in by these sectors, eventually setting the foundations for a more productive and meaningful final experience. Construction sector is an integral part of this fold. If you associate lengthy project periods and astronomical costs with the construction sphere, then you are not alone. That’s been the state of this sector for years. The unorganized structure of this industry has kept new entrants largely at bay, but apparently, the construction companies are revving up for a transformation, and they now have a chance to prove their mettle.

It was recently announced that New York MTA is setting-up a bidding process for the companies to develop a robot drill rig that will be used in renovating city’s subway tunnels. This decision follows a successful trial of a railcar-mounted robot to drill holes for tunnel cable racks. The concept of railcar-mounted drilling robot made waves when a team led by Bechtel won the MTA’s Genius Challenge with a proof-of-design for the same. Once the competition finished, Bechtel partnered with a New Jersey-based robotics firm, Reliabotics, to develop a prototype of the tunnel-drilling robot. At its core, this technology relies on sensors to gauge the right locations for drilling anchor holes, and it has proved to hold substance in the trials. After increasing the productivity by 200 linear feet per hour in its Rutgers subway assignment, the technology looks set to make a bigger mark.

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