There is a lot of excitement in the construction and mining industries about machine guidance (or machine control) and rightfully so! By integrating survey positioning tools into construction machinery of all types, users of this technology are realising massive increases in productivity which are resulting in more efficient and effective construction projects.
MachineGuidance.com.au provides up-to-date, relevant and un-biased information for current and potential users of machine control technology. Browse through our website to learn more about how this technology can work for you!
Derrick Koome, Survey Engineering Consultant at Cheswick (Nairobi, Kenya) provides a brief overview into machine control; the future of construction. Topics include an introduction machine control hardware, system functions, contractor benefits and applicable machines.
Training and access to resources are key to construction success. As John F Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
Alan Sharp from Trimble’s Civil Engineering & Construction division discusses the coming year’s advancements and opportunities, from more sophisticated methodologies, to rapid-to-deploy Wifi connectivity.
Alaskan contractor ‘Dirtworks’ uses GPS machine control systems to overcome challenges on big-box Fred Myer site-prep project, allowing them to "keep the fast pace we needed".
Pegless Construction: Replacing traditional survey staking with plant-mounted 3D-guidance results in significant cost benefits due to less survey field requirements and the elimination of earthworks grade checkers / stringlines.
Improved Accuracy: With constant design reference and blade automation, construction plant are able to achieve fewer errors and greater specification conformance, even with rookie operators at the wheel.
Increased Safety: As machine guidance removes the need for on-the-ground survey setout and construction crew string lining, there are less opportunities for potentially dangerous machine / ground-worker interactions.
Design Updates: The inevitability of design changes are easily and electronically updated with machine guided technologies, removing the delay of waiting for surveyors to replace setout stakes.
Find out more about both the advantages and challenges of machine guided construction here.