‘Robo-Dozer’ Helps NRW Clear Blockages (VIDEO)

Engineers at Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are using an innovative solution to keep a Neath river flowing freely and clear of blockages – by enlisting the help of a robot.

The remote-controlled digger, called a ‘robo-dozer’ is being used to remove over 400 tonnes of gravel which has built up in a culvert under the A465 in Cwmgwrach.

It would be difficult and dangerous to remove by hand, but was severely restricting the flow of the river, and if left unattended could cause water to back up and flood nearby properties.

Before work started, the team temporarily diverted the flow of the river to allow the robo-dozer to access the culvert. Fisheries specialists also carried out electrofishing, allowing fish to be temporarily moved to a safe place during the works.

October 10, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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