“By working on the ground, crane operators’ working conditions are improved in terms of ergonomics, with easier access to the control cabin, more space and proximity to the site base camp, which they did not have when working at height. This makes it more accessible for people with reduced mobility. Finally, being on the ground is considerably safer.”
head of lifting equipment at Bouygues Construction Matériel, Île-de-France
Did you know?
Roby 850 drilling robot
Used on the NorthConnex construction site, the Roby 850 drilling robot has limited working at height and made it easier to install equipment by means of automated wall drilling and anchor fastening. This makes work less arduous and safer and increases productivity, resulting in a higher quality finish.
ANOBI, a handsfree super assistant
ANOBI is a digital assistant designed by Bouygues Construction’s R&D teams in partnership with Suez and the Bouygues group’s E-lab. A tablet is worn on the operator’s arm, compatible with wearing gloves. The screen can be read in sunlight and in the rain. Finally, it is compact and lightweight but also shock resistant and mud- and dust-proof. The initial applications dedicated to safety, equipment geolocation and organisation are currently at the experimentation stage.
Cranes soon to be managed remotely?
Crane operators are a key figure on construction sites. Sometimes working alone at heights of over 200 metres, they are the only people to have a 360° view of production at any time. The remote-controlled crane research project has resulted in the design of a personal assistant using augmented reality and video recognition systems to provide operators with a speed regulator, interactive dashboard and ground-level driving aid. For construction sites with several cranes, a shared control room for several crane operators will create a more sociable working environment, as well as making it easier to coordinate, thereby boosting productivity.