Teleoperated pipe manipulation.
Lee-J; Lorenc-SJ; Bernold-LE
Robotics '98, 1998 Apr; :188-194
Excavation, and in particular trenching using backhoes, represents a hazardous working environment for humans. Many hazards exist including trench walls which can collapse, heavy objects which can be accidentally dropped into the opening, and burried utilities that are damaged during the operation. The objective of this paper is twofold: (1) present the concept and development of a spatially integrated pipe-laying system, and (2) prove the technical feasibility and effectiveness of such a system under field conditions. A teleoperated device has been developed which would perform the pipe-laying operation. The pipe-manipulator was integrated with a backhoe excavator, control units and a laser based position measurement tool. An inovative technology for remotely controlling large concrete pipe laying was tested. This technology is considered a key component for improving workers' safety and productivity.
Excavation-equipment; Automation; Construction-equipment; Construction; Safety; Construction-industry
Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7908
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Robotics '98: Proceedings of the 3rd ASCE Specialty Conference on Robotics for Challenging Environments, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 26-30, 1998.
North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering