A friend e-mailed me pictures of this amazing machine that is used in Holland to speed up the laying of brick paved roads. It is an impressive machine and a sensible idea. The manufacturers say that it can lay more paved road per worker than the traditional method, while reducing the amount of back braking work involved. They estimate it will lay 300 square meters of paved road a day. The machine is called the ‘Tiger Stone’ and it is a good example of someone ‘thinking outside the box’. The machine works by operatives taking bricks from a trough on top of the machine and positioning the bricks into the selected pattern at the top of a sloped plate. As the machine moves forward along the prepared sub-base, the bricks slide into their final position by gravity. I presume the gaps between the bricks are filled with sand afterwards and the road lightly compacted. The bricks are feed into the machine by a low loader. That is one area where there may be some room for improvement, as the bricks may get chipped when being dropped from the low loader, and there is also a risk of the loader hitting the workers or machine. Perhaps a type of magazine or conveyor brick feed system would be better? See photographs below.