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    The Rise of Heavy Equipment and Technology

    The technological and heavy equipment revolution has reached around the world, with important consequences for business, government, and the labor market. 

    Computer-aided design, telecommunications, and other developments are allowing small players to compete with traditional giants in manufacturing and other fields. In this volume, 16 engineering and industrial experts representing eight countries discuss the growth of technological advances and their impact on specific industries and regions of the world. From various perspectives, these distinguished commentators describe the practical aspects of technology's reach into business and trade.

    Today the technologies of both manufacturing and construction have changed, but not nearly to the same degree. Part of the reason for the different degrees of change can be found in the basic differences between manufacturing and construction. Construction is essentially the process of moving and assembling materials and equipment into a completed, operational facility. 

    Timely completion of projects

    Usually, we see construction projects witnessing delays in execution. The main reason behind project delays is the usage of less advanced machines. Hence, work in the construction field can get smoother and faster with the help of equipment fitted with cutting-edge technologies, which can ensure project completion within a given deadline.

    Construction-related design

    Computer-aided design, or CAD, is now a fact of life in the design-construction process. The benefits to the construction industry have already been significant in several respects. These include reduced interferences, which are instances where the design of separate systems, such as electrical conduit and high-voltage alternating current ducting, compete for the same physical space.

    Reduces maintenance costs

    Last but not the least, CE equipped with the latest technologies requires less maintenance. They are designed in such a way that they can work for long without major wear and tear.

    Construction equipment, in general, assists in moving and assembling materials. Emphasis has been on moving larger pieces or on moving material faster, with greater reliability and accuracy. In the recent past, improvements in such conventional construction practices as slipforming—the use of a moving firm for pouring concrete—have continued on an incremental basis. 

    Heavy equipment for use at the job site, such as cranes, conveyors, and earthmovers, continues to become more efficient. 

    Improves the quality of work

    Employing CE with the latest technology also allows contractors to complete work with minimal quality defects.

    The use of computerized expert systems for construction applications is a growing trend. Current examples include systems to diagnose vibration problems in rotating machinery and systems to verify weld performance qualifications. Extensive research to develop construction-based systems is underway at both the U.S. National Bureau of Standards and the U.S.

    Key takeaway

    Realizing the importance of technological up-gradation and innovation, construction equipment companies in India are increasingly taking action and the results are fast and efficient equipment.

    In the future, design, and construction, in general, will become ever more closely integrated. More effective design optimization studies and constructability decisions will be made during the engineering phase.

    The technological capability exists for a vast improvement in our methods, and it will be our management effectiveness that determines our success in the long run. With the vision of what can be done and the commitment to make full use of available technology, the future for construction should hold many extraordinary developments.

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