Even though heavy construction equipment such as a crane or backhoe excavator, is used to perform the task of pipe laying in the trench, workers are required to be inside the trench to guide the excavation, pipe laying, and final alignment. Work place safety has become a major concern in the construction industry over the past few decades, and trench cave-ins have caused serious and often fatal injuries to workers in the United States. The Construction Automation and Robotics Laboratory(CARL) at North Carolina State University has developed an alternative which involves advanced new technology: the prototype robotic excavation and pipe installation system.
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pipeman, safety, trench, 3d spatial positioning system, construction
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Pipeman:Safety in Trenches" (2007). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 101.