3rd @ Palfinger-Hackathon 2017


A team of employees and students of the Media and Digital Technologies Department of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the Vienna University of Technology won the third place in the PALATINGER Hackathon competition.

The researchers and students developed a mixed-reality application that can make the use of loading cranes more efficient and cost-effective.  In order to supply material and heavy equipment for industry and construction sites, loading cranes are often used on trucks with additional supports. The unloading vehicles need enough space for this. “The scheduling of orders is associated with many uncertainties. If mistakes are made by planners, this entails unnecessary costs and time. Our team has discovered potential savings at the Hackathon in this area and developed a prototypical solution during the Hackathon weekend, “explains Andreas Jakl, FH lecturer at the Department of Media and Digital Technologies at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.

 Jakl has used a combination of mixed and augmented reality for the Microsoft HoloLens with a team of employees and students of the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten and the TU Vienna under the title “PalKranHoloPlan AR8000 – Planning assistant for crane positioning & health motivation” You can see the real environment in which a virtual image of the truck with crane is displayed. Planners and planners can then adjust the parameters in order to see the effects in real-time and thereby increase the planning security.

The developer team has also considered a health aspect for the application. “The steady view upwards when operating a crane burdens the neck vertebrae of the crane operators. Since the HoloLens determines the head position, our app reduces the health risks by appropriate instructions, “says Matthias Husinsky, FH lecturer at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Apart from Jakl and Husinsky junior researcher Christian Jandl, Martin Kucera and Kurt Gregor Höblinger (students of Digital Healthcare) as well as Dominic Rogetzer (student TU Vienna) were among the developers.