Korea Expressway Corporation's Center for Smart Construction Technology (Director General, Sung-min Cho) who leads the national R&D project for Smart Construction held a seminar on “Smart Construction & TBM Technology” jointly with the Korean Geotechnical Society and the Korean Tunneling and Underground Space Association on Feb 22, 2023 in Seoul, South Korea.
It was held to share TBM-related research achievements and practical cases of using the latest technology in field sites.
The seminar was divided into keynote speakings, panel discussions, and technical presentations in two specialized sections.
Technology demonstration of automated construction technology for detailed steel structures(Sub-Project 4)
The Korea Expressway Corporation's Center for Smart Construction Technology(Director General Sung-Min Cho) visited Heunghwa Co., Ltd. in Sub-Project 4 on February 7, 2023, and demonstrated the automated construction technology for steel- box structures.
This event, which was held jointly by the Subjectivity institution and the research team in charge of technology substantiation, was able to experience the entire steel-box bridge manufacturing process under the guidance of factory officials.
A demonstration of the structure was performed.
In the meantime, it has been confirmed that the maturity of the technology has greatly improved, such as drastically reducing the post-processing time through repeated tests about 10 times.
In the future, we expect to be able to reach practical use through feedback from various experts.
Center for Smart Construction Technology plans to consult with the relevant departments of Korea Expressway Corporation so that the technology can be applied to highway construction sites.
Korea Expressway Corporation's Center for Smart Construction Technology signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for cooperation on Smart Construction and future digital roads with the Center for Smart Infrastructure & Construction (CSIC) of the University of Cambridge, UK on October 24, 2022.
And a conference on smart construction, digital roads of the future initiative, CSIC's research, and activities of the Laing O'Rouke Center of the university was held.
The event was attended by 20 experts and researchers, including Dr. Sung-min Cho, Director General of the KEC Center, who visited the university, Dr. Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, Prof. Camp Middleton, Director of Laing O'Rourke Center. And Dr. Phil Procter, Research Director of UK's National Highways also attended the conference.
In the letter of intent for cooperation, both parties agreed to continue collaborating in technology development, policy establishment, and educational activities to promote Korea's national program to develop smart construction technology.
(from the left, Dr. Sung-min Cho, Dr. Jennifer Schooling)
On September 7, 2022, the "Smart Construction Test Bed Operation Center" was officially opened with an opening ceremony.
The No.12 project built the center, and it is located on the 1st floor of the Korea Expressway Corporation(KEC)'s R&D Headquarters (Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi-do Province).
The opening ceremony held in the metaverse environment was attended by KIM Jin-sook, president of KEC, PARK Seung-gi, president of the KAIA, and LEE Sangil, director general for technical safety policy of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, and CHO Sung-min, director general of the Center for Smart Construction Technology.
Control system and drone image transmission included in the smart construction digital platform, Grader automation, pier-constructing robots, and space mapping using robot dog, smart fences for on-site safety management, ioT sensing & smart textiles for worker safety control were demonstrated online/offline.