Robot Helps Secure Kailua Hillside - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Robot Helps Secure Kailua Hillside

Shankar Tillotson Shankar Tillotson

By: Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - You may have wondered about the robotic drills and buggies moving up and down the hillside above Kailua Road.

They have names like spider cage and wagon drill. They look like something NASA would use to explore the moon.

Construction crews working to shore up the treacherous hillside called in the perfect man for the job. Perfect robotic that is.

Crewmember Shankar Tillotson explains, "It's made for drilling in all kinds of material dirt rock whatever."

It looks like something from outer space.

"It's one of the weirdest looking drills I've ever seen" admits Tillotson.

The state is working to stabilize the area following several landslides.

Crews are using a "wagon drill". Like a billy goat it crawls up the 80 foot ledge.

Tillotson has faith in the portable drill. "That drill is perfect for going up the hillside."

They are drilling one thousand bolts into the hillside, marked by pink flags. A steel mesh net will be attached to the hillside using the bolts.

TIllotson discounts the danger, "It's not as hair raising as some other jobs we have been on."

The spider cage is a buggy that goes where no human can go.

Workers do scale the cliff but they are secured by a rappelling system.

The work above Kailua Road and is getting a lot of attention.

"Sometimes you look down have people craning heads out windows looking us give them a wave it's right outside town everyone is pretty interested what is going on."

The massive five million dollar project runs through May.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Police fatally shoot suspect at Honolulu highrise

    Police fatally shoot suspect at Honolulu highrise

    Friday, September 21 2018 2:44 AM EDT2018-09-21 06:44:45 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>
  • Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-09-20 16:58:38 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-09-21 06:14:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
  • Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-09-20 22:29:45 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 1:52 AM EDT2018-09-21 05:52:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
Powered by Frankly