TIET Newsletter
June 2016
In this Issue
  • LED Technology Used in Indonesia to Monitor Safety at Construction Sites
  • 4-D Simulation Helps Construction Projects Come in on Time, Budget
  • Olli, a 3D Printed Self-Driving Minibus, to Hit the Road in US
  • TIET Updates

LED Technology Used in Indonesia to Monitor Safety at Construction Sites
In many developing countries, an increase in public works is accompanied by a sharp rise in the number of accidents, and therefore there is a growing need for safety monitoring. To fulfil this requirement, Professor AKUTAGAWA Shinichi (Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering) developed a safety monitoring method called On-Site Visualization method. This method has been implemented in metro system construction sites in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project.

To check safety levels at construction sites, On-Site Visualization (OSV) is a real-time data processing technology. A device with built-in LEDs is attached to walls and pillars at the building site and measures any irregularities or tilting. To indicate the danger level, the LEDs light up like traffic lights with different colors: blue light indicates 'no irregularities' and yellow and red lights indicate 'danger of collapse'. This clear method of representation is important in countries with low literacy rates.

Professor Akutagawa and his team oversaw the technology use and monitored safety levels using OSV for a fixed period at three metro system building sites in the center of Jakarta (two stations in the city center and an elevated track in the south). Following this, they held a seminar presenting the results of the implementation.

4-D Simulation Helps Construction Projects Come in on Time, Budget
Massive public transportation infrastructure projects are notorious for exceeding both budgets and deadlines. Sometimes the projects are completed years later with over budget of billions of dollars. However with the advent of new technology, the projects won't suffer the same fate as the researchers at Concordia University in Montreal have developed a new modelling method to help those projects come in on time and on budget. The method is described in a recent study published in Automation in Construction.

Reconstructing heavily used highways, demolishing the existing interchange, and then replacing it is an extremely complex process because of the need to maintain traffic flow. A plan is required to gradually shift the traffic from the existing segments to the newly built ones.This parallel coordination of construction and demolition activities with traffic flow is essential to the success of these projects. That's why this new modelling method uses a 4-D approach -- taking into account the three normal space axes, plus time, to coordinate the traffic phasing with the demolition and construction of the old and new segments, respectively.

This method is the first to integrate stochastic simulation techniques -- algorithms to predict randomness -- with 3-D modelling of highways to generate 4-D representations that can be used to detect and plan for scheduling clashes, and define the feasible sequences in which the segments of the highway bridges can be constructed or demolished.

Olli, a 3D Printed Self-Driving Minibus, to Hit the Road in US
A new self-driving vehicle is ready to roll now. 'Olli' - a 3D-printed minibus capable of carrying 12 people - was unveiled by Arizona-based startup Local Motors outside the US capital city Washington in partnership with IBM's supercomputer platform Watson. Olli was designed as an on-demand transportation solution that passengers can summon with a mobile app, like Uber rides. And it can be "printed" to specification in "micro factories" in a matter of hours.

Olli will be demonstrated in National Harbor, Maryland, over the next few months with additional trials expected in Las Vegas and Miami. Local Motors co-founder and chief executive John Rogers said this vehicle is ready to go into service as soon as regulations allow it.

Rogers said the company has an advantage over other systems because it is building the vehicles from the ground up, and producing most components with 3D printers. "We hope to be able to print this vehicle in about 10 hours and assemble it in another hour," he said. He envisions hundreds of "micro-factories" producing the vehicles around the world.The privately held company with about 45 investors can easily revamp its design based on what a customer wants, and lacks the large infrastructure costs of traditional automakers, according to Rogers.

  • TIET provided training on CATIA to the design team of Autoneum India Pvt Ltd.

  • TIET provided corporate training on Revit MEP to construction engineers of Pell Frischmann Limited, Mumbai, one of the world's largest privately owned engineering firms.

  • TIET conducted a workshop on Fusion at its corporate office in Gurgaon, Haryana.

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