With every passing day, it is becoming more common to find projects that resort to crowd funding to get the necessary capital to realize systems or products desired, and yet until very recently not many of these initiatives were related to systems for roads. Last year, in the month of October, the company Advanced Paving Technologies launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of $60,000, intended to develop a paving machine more efficient than existing traditional systems. According to the company, it would be the world’s first 3D asphalt paving machine.
The new paving system consists of three steps:
- First, by using Lidar technology, this 3D paver will explore the surface of the road in order to collect detailed and accurate 3D measurements.
- Then, on the basis of these measurements in 3D computer modeling program it will generate a 3D layer of asphalt that fixes the, potholes and cracks in the road.
- Finally, the 3D asphalt paver, using a multi-segmented and modifiable screed (to apply more or less asphalt where necessary), will be able to create the asphalt layer and apply it to the road in question.
Professor John Harvey, who is associated with the UC Davis Pavement Research, says about this new technology, “By delivering asphalt in this manner, compaction and smoothness levels will be maximized increasing the lifespan of the road.” The benefits of this technological intervention are expected to be unprecedented. By ensuring such a high level of efficiency, it is expected that the regular costs incurred by the government to fix potholes and cracks will come down significantly. The extended durability offered by this new technology will allow public spending to be redirected towards other important causes. Lesser potholes on roads will considerably improve the movement of traffic and put a check on carbon emissions from vehicles.
Customers look for three important qualities in the work of asphalt contractors – durability, functionality and affordability. This new 3D system ensures that all three qualities are going to be in place. It aims to achieve more compact levels of asphalt paving that will inevitably result in increasing the life of the road and preventing its degradation. With this piece of technology, asphalt companies in Vancouver will have the capacity to pave thousands of square feet in quicker time and with increased efficiency.