Publications / 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland

Automatic Control of Road Construction Machinery ? Feasibility and Requirements

Rauno Heikkilä, Mika Jaakkola
Pages 103-110 (2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, ISBN 978-90-6814-574-8, ISSN 2413-5844)

A wide range of construction machines are used in the course of road building. Automation offers a number of benefits and improvements to the control of the work processes. A total of 16 different work procedures involving 13 construction machines were evaluated using the measurement criteria developed for this purpose. Total points scored by the procedures varied from 8 for 15 (maximum being 22, minimum -11, the average 11.4, and standard deviation 2.0). Only one of the work procedures evaluated in the course of study was found to be unsuitable for automation. The criteria were developed to highlight the essential features and details required for further automation in road construction.

Keywords: automation, road construction, heavy machinery, feasibility evaluation, measurement criteria