Augmented Reality and Construction: an Overview

“Technology is giving us the opportunity to do all of the construction inside in the office… with a computer helping us not do the wrong thing.”

– Fredrik Bergstrom, Gothenburg, Sweden

A couple weeks ago, we introduced you to Pat L’Heureux, a project engineer with Severino Trucking in New Hampshire, USA. Pat gave us a deep dive into his job, explaining how he uses SiteVision to alleviate many of the obstacles he faces every day. But beyond listing his own pain points, Pat’s description also hinted at augmented reality’s applicability in construction industry use cases far beyond his own. So today, we’ll discuss how SiteVision can solve problems and alleviate stress in a wide range of construction planning and execution tasks—from initial planning to the teams in the field to wrapping the job and moving on.

Contact your local SITECH rep for more information on Trimble SiteVision or visit the website - 1800 748 324

The Augmented Reality Experience for a Land Excavation and Construction Company

Today we chat with project engineer Pat L’Heureux from Severino Trucking, a medium-sized land excavation and construction company  based out of New Hampshire, USA. With over 170 employees, Severino Trucking delivers earthmoving and services in commercial site development, private subdivision roads, municipal road construction and New Hampshire Department of Transportation federally funded road construction

Let’s get started and learn how SiteVision has transformed Pat’s projects and get his insight on construction technology. 

COVID-19

Uncertainty and risk. Two words most of our customers seek to avoid. Amidst all the news regarding COVID-19 and Coronavirus, we stand committed to being here for you and keeping our solutions available throughout these difficult times. We are open for business.

We’ve heard from some customers that they are also implementing work from home strategies and are developing processes to continue working on projects during this crisis. Our first priority remains the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners and the community. Another priority is to remain open for business and to continue to provide livelihoods for our employees, partners and customers. We are in a unique position to have offices in all states and regional areas throughout Australia, allowing our support staff to travel by vehicle to site, rather than rely on air transportation. This allows flexibility and easy adaptation to your organisations’ needs as we continue to partner together.

Our Customer Service staff are all equipped to work remotely and will be able to answer your calls during usual working hours of 6:00am – 5:00pm (EDST).
Our Field Support team has been provided with a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) specifically for personal hygiene, social distancing, and the disinfection of plant and tools, should they be required on your site.
We will continue to monitor our work procedures and advice by the Australian Government, but in the meantime know we’re here for you!

Call:  1800 SITECH  (1800 748 324)

SITECH and UPG double up to get council operations on grade

SITECH’s Dillon Harding and UPG’s Josh Weckert have teamed up to provide the total solution for a rural council.

The pair delivered and installed GCS900 Grade Control on a Wentworth Shire Council grader, a Cat® 140M, and also delivered on-site training.

“The council acquired an R10 GNSS and TSC7 controller from UPG several months before the purchase of the machine control equipment and employed it to assist the civil work among other purposes,” Josh said.

“UPG surveyed the vacant block and created a small road design for the grader and the off-machine equipment,” Dillon said.

“We spent the morning with the guys helping them come to grips with the total station and switching to machine control mode.”

“We also talked about grader best practices and general benching techniques then cut some passes with the machine.”

Josh had Trimble SiteVision running in the background so the council engineers could see the same road design that was in the machine, giving them a greater understanding of the solutions on offer.

“The reaction from the council team, especially SiteVision, was very positive,” Dillon said.

“SiteVision is a major a step forward and, among other advantages, is an amazing way to showcase jobs to projects managers and investors.”

The council is undertaking a section of road redevelopment soon as well as a proposed re-development of the Mildura Aerodrome, in which a tight tolerance is paramount.

“Council representatives came to our demo day in Adelaide last year and saw the live display of our solutions in hardware and software,” Dillon said.

“The decision was made from that experience to outfit the grader with the complete package so the council could do the aerodrome job itself rather than sub-contract it.”

You can find out more about SiteVision, Trimble’s outdoor augmented reality system, here.

To learn more about how Trimble and SITECH can help your operations reach new levels of accuracy, efficiency and safety, call us on 1800 748 324

CCF Qld and SITECH CS – a perfect partnership

With a membership that aligns strongly to SITECH’s client base, it’s no wonder the business is the Civil Contractors Federation of Queensland’s technical partner.

The Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Limited (CCF Qld) represents the interests of the civil construction industry in Queensland and ‘aims to enhance the prosperity of members’.
It provides the industry with assistance, expertise and support on industry issues.

CCF Qld advocates for the interests of the industry to all levels of government.

With offices in all states and territories, as well as a national office, CCF Qld covers local, state and national matters facing the civil construction industry.
It also has three Queensland Civil Industry Training Centres located in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

CCF Qld says it is dedicated to servicing the industry and members in six primary ways, ensuring that protecting the industries interests are at the forefront of our delivery:
• Representation and advocacy
• Information and news
• Resources and expertise
• Offers and discounts
• Events, networking, advertising and sponsorships
• Training and careers

SITECH general manager Tim McPhillips said the partnership was a perfect fit for the business.

“The CCF Qld’s membership is mainly smaller to mid size operators and that’s a huge and important part of our client base,” he said. “They’re the cornerstone of our business. “The federation supports the very people we work with so we wanted to be a part of that.

“It’s services, encompassing such elements as advocacy and training, mesh with our business aim to support our clients through our products, training and service. “It is also another way we keep in touch with our clients as well as reach potential clients.”

Tim said the federation’s support of operators in regional areas also suited SITECH.

“We’ve a strong customer base in regional Queensland too, so to lend support to the organisation that helps regional Qld operators is something we’re keen to do,” he said.  “We could spend the money we invest in the CCF Qld in other areas, such as direct marketing, but we believe this organisation is doing good things for contractors in our state, and that’s something we support.”

The federation’s chief executive officer Damian Long said they were ‘proud to partner with a supplier who is known for their quality within the industry’.

“SITECH provides seamless integration from top to bottom in construction-related technology and project control,” he said.  “The business is known for the effort it puts into research and development; and for its customer service and training. “It is continually striving for improvements in productivity and safety for our industry. “SITECH’s commitment to the industry is evident through its support of CCF Qld.
“They’re the perfect technical partners for our federation.”

To find out more about the CCF Qld go to https://www.ccfqld.com/
To learn more about SITECH and how it can help your business go to https://sitechcs.com/