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Learn how a group of self-starting engineers developed an intuitive dashboard solution in record speed for Malaysia’s Putrajaya metro line project.

Original post in 2021 here. Excerpt below posted with permission from Plotly.

You’ve heard of driverless cars and delivery drones, but what about humongous drills? Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) move through the earth beneath some of the planet’s busiest cities, and have recently joined the list of tech that “thinks” for itself.

The world’s first autonomous tunnel boring machine (A-TBM) was developed in early 2019 by Gamuda Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest infrastructure companies. Some of their key accomplishments include the world’s first Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) which houses a motorway and stormwater drain, and the tunneling for Malaysia’s first mass rapid transit (MRT) system. At the heart of major projects like these are TBMs capable of drilling large tunnels six metres (20 feet) in diameter beneath the earth’s surface. A-TBMs are outfitted with different sensors that collect data and enable operators to program drilling to a very precise level–they can measure within one millimetre of accuracy. While drilling, the A-TBM has a margin of error of 100 millimetres in which much can go wrong: public trust, project success, expensive equipment and personnel safety are all at stake.

Executive Summary:

  • Innovative engineering solution provider pairs Python and Plotly’s Dash with sensor data to build a real-time monitoring solution for world’s first Autonomous Tunnel Boring Machine (A-TBM) offering.
  • Dash helps accelerate digital transformation and innovation strategy with a custom, flexible alternative to restrictive, domain-specific legacy software.
  • Interactive Dash applications are being developed to accommodate algorithms that capture preventative maintenance insights and address human pain points in data reporting processes.
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