NCC and Volvo develop new service for excavation material that offers high productivity and less climate impact
NCC and Volvo Trucks have jointly developed a digital service to increase the efficiency of loading and removal of excavation rubble. The service is now being tested at NCC’s worksite at the Centralen subproject of the West Link tunnel project and will eliminate the need for thousands of truck journeys and reduce CO2 emissions by a thousand tons.
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.
The service also means that some work features will become digital and enables work planning to be performed with greater precision and production decisions to be made in real time, while creating a better and safer work environment for truck and digger operators and employees involved in production.
In this test project at the Centralen subproject of the West Link, ten connected trucks and three excavators from Volvo are working together using the “Efficient Loadout” service.
For further information, please contact:
Johan Nyström, Production Manager, NCC Infrastructure, +46 70 686 91 85
Tove Stål, Press Manager NCC Sweden, NCC Sweden, email@example.com, +46 765 216 201