American Piledriving Equipment Inc. (APE) been working closely with Ziaphos, a visual media production agency, to bring foundation construction into the digital age. virtual reality, or VR, has made a stunning re-emergence into the market last year. APE’s innovative team has taken this cutting edge technology and produced two exciting VR experiences that will make you feel like you’re really there! They are proud to announce that these VR experiences will premiere this March at ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We love the experience of ConExpo as contractors can come in and ‘kick the tires’ but we wanted to give the contractors, pile bucks and operators a little more. At the APE booth they’ll be able to experience the HD drivers from the operator’s chair and install a virtual pile. They’ll be able to stand in the field to see what the Mobile Mast can do. All virtually of course, but at least they won’t get their boots muddy.
For the first time ever, users can experience sitting in a virtual excavator with full control of the boom and crowd sticks, as well as cab rotation. You’ll feel like you’re actually there as you operate their HD200 driver to grab and install 20ft. HD Pile and feel what it’s like to quickly and efficiently build a foundation. They wanted to exhibit their HD series drivers and their ability to install piling material fast, safe, and precise. Though other additional features are currently under development for the VR simulation, the actual drivers have the ability to pressure grout during pile installation, as well as use modular tooling features to pre-drill, create auger cast piles, become a down-the-hole hammer and break apart rock, ice and permafrost to create ideal soil conditions.
Their brand new product, the HD Mobile Mast, has just been released this year. It allows excavators and conventional piledriving rigs to install 40ft. material using a variety of drivers and installation tools. They wanted ConExpo participants to get a real idea of the product, so they put it inside an industrial building in VR and let them see for themselves! Strap on the HTC Vive VR headset and controls and you’ll be able to interact with the Mobile Mast and see different configurations in full size.
All are welcome to take part in these innovative experiences. APE can be found at the ConExpo from March 7-11 at booth: Silver Lot Space S5259.