By having diggers and trucks that remove clay, earth and stone – rubble – connected to a digital weighbridge, the load capacity of every truck journey in a construction project can be optimized. For the Centralen stage of the West Link, which is now testing the service, this will entail about 8,000 fewer truck journeys, equal to a 1,000-ton reduction in carbon emissions.
“We have long realized that major environmental and efficiency gains can be achieved by measuring and digitalizing our work flows involving excavation material. “By working together with Volvo, we’ve been able to realize our ideas. This is further proof that collaboration between different types of operators is important in driving developments forward,” says Kenneth Nilsson, Business Area Manager of NCC Infrastructure.
Volvo Trucks has developed the service – “Efficient Loadout” – that the trucks and diggers in the project are using. Using an app, truck and digger operators will be able to track their loads, aided by the vehicles’ digital scales, which continuously convey information to the app. When loading is over, the diggers tell the trucks digitally which material has been loaded, the load weight and where the load has to be transported.
“Volvo Trucks is on the cutting edge when it comes to connected transport solutions. The collaboration with NCC has helped us to understand customer needs and develop a solution that is flexible, efficient and productive by improving flows in major civil engineering works. This benefits both our customers and the environment,” says Stefan Strand, CEO of Volvo Trucks Sweden.