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Doosan Infracore Demonstrates Unmanned and Automated Construction Site Solutions
'Concept-X' Designed to Improve Productivity and Safety
Doosan Infracore Demonstrates Unmanned and Automated Construction Site Solutions
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • November 20, 2019, 17:14
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Doosan Infracore demonstrates "Concept-X" at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City on Nov. 20.

Doosan Infracore unveiled a comprehensive control solution for construction sites at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City, Korea, on Nov. 20.

Dubbed “Concept-X,” the solution can be used to survey worksite topography via 3D drone scanning, establish operational plans based on the topographical data, and operate construction equipment such as excavators and wheel loaders without human intervention. In short, Concept-X realizes the construction site of the future by having all dangerous construction work performed solely by equipment, leaving human personnel free to concentrate on more sophisticated analysis and management tasks.

Doosan Infracore demonstrated Control-X with more than 200 people in attendance, including officials from Bosch, ASI, LG U+ and PoteNit related to the development of Concept-X, representatives of government agencies, and scholars from various academic institutions.

Although certain individual unmanned technologies have already been introduced in the field of construction machinery, Doosan Infracore is the world’s first company to introduce unmanned automation technologies to the entire construction site operation process, ranging from surveying to the operations of construction equipment such as excavators and wheels.

Concept-X comprises a wide range of cutting-edge Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as image recognition, cognitive/control technologies, autonomous driving technologies, 5G remote control, 3D drone surveys, and accurate workload estimation and assignment, and failure prediction technologies.

The new technologies introduced during the demonstration included a technology designed to create three-dimensional worksite maps with drone-surveyed data; a technology enabling construction equipment such as excavators and wheel loaders to perform optimized unmanned operations according to any site situation; and a technology that makes real-time monitoring of work progress possible through the X-Center’s comprehensive control solution.

Doosan Infracore says that the solution will boost productivity and economic feasibility significantly by reducing the time and costs required for construction equipment operations, while introducing a revolutionary improvement to construction worksite safety. Doosan Infracore plans to commercialize Concept-X by 2025.

Pending its commercialization, Doosan Infracore will introduce each of the technologies involved, including drone surveying, cutting-edge data analysis, and unmanned construction equipment operations and control, individually as soon as they have been fully verified.

“Concept X is not just an unmanned technology. Rather, it integrates multiple state-of-the-art technologies that can respond immediately to all and any of the changes that may arise at construction sites simultaneously,” said Doosan Infracore president & CEO Sohn Dong-youn. "It will become a human-centered technology that not only brings about remarkable improvements in economics and safety but also creates more jobs in high-tech industries.”

In addition to its independent technology development, Doosan Infracore has pursued various forms of open innovation including collaboration with other companies and schools, as well as investment in startups. The company has engaged in industry-academic cooperation with Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and Hanyang University in order to develop new technologies related to AI-based construction equipment operations, drone 3D surveying, and operational data analysis. In 2018, Doosan Infracore, in partnership with LG U+, introduced 5G-based remote control technology for the first time in the world.