CLIENT

US Army Corps of Engineers

DESCRIPTION

Robotics Mat Sinking Technology

SERVICES

Emerging Technology

LOCATION

National Riverways

YEAR

2017-2023

CONSTRUCTION COST

$79 million

PROJECT PARTNERS

Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center

Bristol Harbor Group

American Bureau of Shipping Group

Developing Robotics Technology to Automate Mat Sinking

We’re leading a team of cross-functional engineering experts to design, build, test, and commission an automated, articulated concrete mattress-sinking prototype for barge applications to support the US Army Corps of Engineers in their mission to maintain navigational waterways in the United States by reinforcing levee systems.

The final system, ARMOR ONE, will increase production rates, improve safety, and reduce costs. Current technology supports sinking 2,000 mat squares per day using four manually operated arms. The prototype leverages six autonomous lifting arms and doubles the capacity to sink 4,000 mat squares per day. The new technology reduces the number of personnel exposed to industrial hazards on the mat deck from 100 to just 20, and the new design creates “human-only” zones, separating heavy machinery from worker areas.