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Contractors World International Vol 6 No 4

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Roger Lindley

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Editorial Comment

Innovations and

Dreams Drive

the Construction

Industry

I

n my 30+ years involvement in the construction industry, the

changes that have taken place are way beyond people's expecta-

tions. What will the next 30 years bring?

I wonder what creativity the foresight and engineering skills of

famous engineers such as John Smeaton, Squire Whipple, Benjamin

Wright, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Dr. John Job Crew Bradfield,

to name but a few, would have brought about if they had the tools of

today.

Bridges are getting longer, buildings are getting higher, tunnels are

getting deeper and longer and everything is being done at a rapid rate.

What used to take many years to build can now be completed in a

much shorter time and with fewer people.

In this issue I look at the challenges that are being met in extreme

conditions such as those found in the Antarctic where everything is

compounded by the available light and the remoteness.

Closer to home, millions of people will enjoy the winter skiing with

little thought to how cable cars are erected and the often luxurious

mountain top station and complexes are built.

In Australia, a new record has been set for autonomous mining

trucks - paving the way to an ever increase array of machines being

operated either by preprogramed instructions or remotely from a site

cabin.

At the very least it will stop me from having to write about new gen-

eration cabs that offer ever increasing levels of comfort, space, safety

and visibility.

If Government airforces can fly unmanned aircraft from desktops

thousand of kilometres away, then it is only a matter of time before

excavator operators sit in the comfort of a site hut alongside the driver

of the articulated dump truck and the wheel loader operator.

How long before field service engineers can order a part while

servicing a machine to have the part delivered by drone? This could

drastically reduce downtime with the corresponding increase in pro-

ductivity made possible by more machine availability.

In the 1980s, I was just one member of staff amongst many, publish-

ing a magazine with what, at the time, was considered an impressive,

world-leading global circulation of 31,000. Gathering articles meant

hundreds of nights in hotels each year and constant travel.

Today, just two people is all that it takes to publish a magazine that

is read (downloaded) by over 140,000 people across 180 countries.

Where is technology taking you? What can you do today that engi-

neers of the past could , as visionaries, only dream about

Publisher/Editor

Email:

roger.lindley@cwmags.com