Augmented Reality For Faster Construction

Augmented Reality

For some time now, many industries have taken to Augmented Reality (AR), or at least, thought about the technology. And why not as the AR market is expected to reach $60,55 billion by 2023 as more tech giants are linked to investments pushing the growth. Some of the major players involved in Augmented Reality investments and acquisitions include Google, Apple, Facebook, Samsung and Intel.

Augmented Reality is also known as spatial computing which is rapidly growing and expanding into several business and industrial applications. Spatial computing is a broad term used to describe how humans interact with computers in the same surroundings. This means that an Augmented Reality system makes it feel as if digital media is physically present thanks to interactive design and gesture.

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Metal Fabrication And Conveyor Systems

Metal fabrication refers to processes involving cutting, shaping or moulding a raw material (metal) into a final product. Metal components are available in a wide variety of dimensions and materials such as sheet metal, metal rods and metal bars. The metal fabrication process involves a wide range of skills and disciplines from profiling, bending and forming, cropping, coded welding to assembly and painting.

It is, without a doubt, a specialist process that requires expertly trained staff and advanced machinery. Coincidentally, those are also the two main factors to consider when looking for a trusted engineering company. While modern technology, machinery and computer aided design software have pushed fabrication services to the next level, there is no substitute for experience.  

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Danjiang Bridge Construction Gets Underway

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The Directorate General of Highways commissioned the Danjiang bridge in Taipei that will span the mouth of the Tamsui River. Construction of the world’s longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge is already underway and is generating quite a buzz.

Designed to connect to the national highway system, the Danjiang bridge will help ease congestion on the Guandu Bridge situated further upriver. The Danjiang bridge construction will also facilitate the expansion of the Danhai Light Rail Transit which is part of the city’s public transport system.

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UK Defence Update: Black Night Battle Tanks

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Over the years advances in technology and engineering have accounted for many innovations within the defence sector. Last week we looked at naval vessels and today, we focus on the Challenger 2 MK2 Black Night Battle Tanks.

The original Challenger 2 served with distinction in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and now, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its service to 2035. BAE Systems have introduced the first working prototype of the Black Night upgrade to the UK’s main battle tank, Challenger 2. It features a state-of-the-art thermal imaging system and many improved defensive systems capable of challenging anything standing in its way.

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Naval Vessels Of The Future

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Concept of the US Navy FFG(X)
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When we look at modern naval vessels, the larger and more glamorous ships generally take centre stage including the massive aircraft carriers and the ever-dangerous nuclear submarines. However, if it weren’t for frigates, these super ships would be unable to safely take on the open oceans.

Frigates are also called the “eyes of the fleet” and serve as multi-purposed warships. Their size is essentially in-between a smaller corvette and a larger destroyer where they act independently of the fleet and can free up larger ships in medium-threat areas.

While frigates weren’t suitable to fight with the rest of the fleet in normal battles, they were the perfect solution to long-range solo missions. This included exploration, patrols, escorts, blockades, anti-piracy and anti-slavery missions among others.

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