Construction Enquirer News Drivers to operate machines from ground in front of computer screens

Bouygues is looking to introduce remote controlled cranes on its sites.

The contractor has linked-up with specialist Lextan to develop its system which allows drivers to operate cranes from the ground in front of a computer screen.

Bouygues said: “Lextan proved that  its technology makes remote crane operation possible during an initial experimental phase successfully carried  out using a crane.

“A demonstrator will be brought into service on a construction site during 2021. The solution  will also feature driving assistance with video object recognition and an interactive dashboard.”

Patrick N’Kodia, Director of Bouygues Construction Matériel, said: “While thinking about the alternatives to the  crane lift, we worked with Lextan on operating the crane from the ground. As we were exploring this subject, we realised there were many other  advantages.”

Marc Lambert, Founder and CEO of Lextan, said: “We are delighted to support, and to have the support of,  Bouygues Construction, its R&D and its subsidiaries in the technological evolution of their tools and working  methods and more generally to contribute to the modernisation and digital transformation of the construction  sector.”

Bouygues is hoping to roll-out new remote  driving systems over the next three years.

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