“This study is only really the beginning of this research and it will be developed further and used in a number of different ways,” says Frank. “The next stage is to find – using virtual simulations – the optimum way of operating a machine. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the top operator from our investigation.
"There is a lot of potential to develop an advanced operator assist system and training tool with these results," Frank adds. "And with more data from different machines in other applications, site managers could use this information to set the pace of production and optimize the overall efficiency of the entire jobsite.”