The 180-meter-high dam will be 3D printed with the support of artificial intelligence, without human work.
The South China Morning Post revealed that for the first time in history, man could complete the construction of a majestic work. China will soon build a fully 3D printed hydroelectric dam using only construction robots.
Scientific journal Journal of Tsinghua University reveal that the dam will be built on the Tibetan plateau, to the benefit of the Yangqu hydroelectric power plant. This will supply electricity to Henan province. The dam of 180 meters will be assembled “layer by layer” through 3D printing.
Machines will deliver the materials to the construction site by positioning them exactly in the predefined points. At that point, the work will be carried out as planned by excavators, bulldozers, trucks and other robots driven by artificial intelligence.
A central artificial intelligence system will supervise the huge automated assembly line. Unmanned trucks will be used to transport construction materials to various areas of the construction site. Bulldozers and unmanned pavers will transform the materials into the layers of the dam, and rollers equipped with sensors will help press each layer so that it becomes solid and durable. With each completed layer, therefore, the robots will send information on the state of the construction to the artificial intelligence system.
“Such a construction system based on central control by artificial intelligence will be able to keep the robotic assembly line running and control the 3D printing activity of the various pieces of the dam.”The lead author of the project, Liu Tianyun of Tsinghua University
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Furthermore, this system will not only minimize the possible delays due to human errors, but will above all allow the execution of the works of a large project such as the raising of a dam without any risk for workers. Engineers estimate that thanks to these innovative technologies, the dam will be completed in just two years, that is, by 2024, ultimately allowing to produce nearly 5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year from the upper reaches of the Yellow River.