Komatsu gears up with AWS to drive DX of construction sites

Construction and mining equipment maker Komatsu has chosen AWS to power the company’s Digital Transformation (DX) Smart Construction solution to accelerate the digital transformation of construction sites worldwide. 

DX Smart Construction helps Komatsu’s customers connect and visualise the data generated throughout the entire construction process, to enable safe, smart, and sustainable construction sites. 

Komatsu is leveraging AWS capabilities, including containers, serverless, and database, to deliver a suite of DX Smart Construction features to customers in Japan, the United States, and Europe. 

To increase productivity on construction sites, Komatsu turned to AWS’s portfolio of cloud services to help the company’s developers around the world to collaborate quickly using the cloud. For example, the Smart Construction Dashboard feature of DX Smart Construction uses AWS to build a digital twin, which is a virtual representation of a construction site. 

The feature uses AWS to visualise the digital twin by connecting 3D geospatial data of the earth’s surface collected from drones with construction progress data collected by connected construction equipment and drones. 

Leveraging Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), a scalable way to run containers, Smart Construction Dashboard then overlays terrain data on this digital twin, enabling Komatsu’s customers to create construction plans and optimise the travel routes of vehicles required to transport earth and sand. 

Komatsu also offers the Smart Construction Retrofit Kit, an add-on solution powered by AWS that brings information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities to conventional construction equipment. With this kit, construction equipment operators can use a smartphone or a tablet to view 3D terrain data that reflects the construction status in real-time and enables them to perform independent civil engineering and construction work with a high degree of accuracy. 

“By using AWS as the foundation for DX Smart Construction, Komatsu is now able to digitally transform construction sites all over the world using the cloud,” said Chikashi Shike, executive officer and president of Komatsu’s Smart Construction Promotion Division.

“In Japan we have already helped customers digitize worksite operations at over 14,000 construction sites with Smart Construction, making sites more efficient and less labor-intensive,” said Shike.