The 180-meter-high hydroelectric plant on the Tibetan Plateau is being built by humans instead of robots and 3D tombs.
Source: Jutarnchi List
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Chinese scientists make the construction site the largest 3D tampa in the world, and the project is expected to be completed by 2024. High intelligence will fully control unmanned excavators, trucks, bulldozers, asphalt machines and rollers, the South Morning Post reports. The manufacturing process will be additive, i.e. it will be manufactured, i.e. partially printed.
The Yank Dam will be able to send about five billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year from the upper reaches of the Utah River to Henan Province, which has a population of about 100 million. Electricity travels through a 1500 m high-voltage line built solely for the transmission of energy.
“After developing and testing 3D technologies to build large infrastructure, it is ripe for mass application, freeing people from hard, repetitive and dangerous work,” said project lead scientist Liu Tianjun. In a peer-reviewed scientific article for Tsinghua University Magazine, he stated that the construction of the dam and the 3D printing were similar in nature, the Judicial List reports.
In the article, Liu and his team mentioned the benefits of their findings in the field of intelligence. Maine is now able to identify almost every object on the site, deal with environmental uncertainties and make various tasks flexible.
Most importantly, they do not commit human sins. Liu claims that truck drivers often deliver materials to the wrong locations, while shocks and strong vibrations prevent roller drivers from completely flattening the track. Most workers could not read the instructions exactly.
In addition, the work environment can be life threatening, so these robots can save people from headaches caused by a lack of oxygen or fatigue after a full day of work.
“Increased intelligence based on knowledge, information and data is a new tool for shaping our future,” Liu said.
Ten years ago, Liu came up with the idea of printing large construction projects with colleagues. The idea was to turn the entire construction site into a large tampon with lots of automated machines working flawlessly together. Tampa was primarily developed as an alternative to producing less waste from cutting and grinding expensive materials.
Some architects have begun to use this technology in buildings, but all previous projects have been small. The Dubai Future Foundation, the first building to be built in 3D printing, is only six meters high.
In previous projects, Wetka’s intelligence only had the role of coordinator. In just four years, Chinese city engineers built Beihetan, the world’s second-largest dam. Due to the rapid construction, the project critics questioned how dramatic this process was for the environment.
“Technical testing of previous construction projects has shown that smart machines can do a better job than humans, especially in difficult and dangerous situations,” Liu said. He did not answer questions about the progress of the Yangtze Dam, but according to Chinese media, work began late last year on the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Hainan, Qinghai Province.
3D builders work with a brilliant intellect to “cut” the dam’s computer model into layers. After that, a team of robots will be assigned to the project, adding individual layers. Unmanned excavators can identify and load material from storage to automated trucks. Some of them are powered by electricity.
The optimal route followed by the trucks will be calculated by Central Intelligence and the right material will be completed at the right place at the right time. There they will be installed with robotic bulldozers and asphalt pavers and will become a layer of the dam structure. The automated rollers will press until this layer is solid. The rollers will have sensors that analyze soil vibrations and other data to monitor the quality of construction.
Not all dam construction work is done through the main. Due to the complexity of the work, quarrying of stones from the surrounding mountains is done by hand.
The team suggests that the technology could be used in other infrastructure projects, for example in the construction of airports and roads.
A construction scientist who wants to remain anonymous about his role in the technical evaluation of large infrastructure projects also commented for the South Ajna Morning Post.
“3D technology has its own limitations, but it will be used more in the future. It can not print a structure made of different materials, such as reinforced concrete, made of steel and cement, but it can make up for the sharp decline in an army of construction robots,” he explained.
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