Trimble, SITECH and SEE Civil come together

Seeing is believing ...

Trimble's new Earthworks Excavator System with automatics is truly awesome stuff - and here's proof! Trimble Inc. has just released a video of the amazing results after we teamed up with partner SEE Civil in a real world application to directly compare the automatics and guidance only systems.

The results are very impressive. Compared to guidance only, Trimble Earthworks Automatics achieved TWICE THE SPEED and TWICE THE ACCURACY. 

What could 50% more production time do for your business in a year?

Quarry Keeps Finding New Savings with Drone Data

Getting stockpiles surveyed for volume to complete Vista’s month-end reconciliations was a time-consuming routine. Surveyors could deliver data on the quarry’s 40 or more acres of stockpiles in about five days.

The company bought their fixed-wing UAV in 2015 to save time and surveying costs on monthly stockpile volumetrics. They quickly discovered production efficiencies can be gained by measuring stockpile volumes weekly, started laying out more efficient roads and loading floors and saving up to 30% on dryer fuel.

“Having the data in real time, or near real time, has opened up the way we think,” says Joe Drew, Vista’s director of technical services. “As we’ve brought this UAV into our arsenal of tools, it’s allowed people on the production teams to say, ‘Hey, I’d like to have data on a weekly basis or a daily basis, if you can provide it.’ And we absolutely can with the UAV. That allows them to make decisions more rapidly, which ultimately lowers our cost per ton.”

See their full story and other improvements the UAV is providing on the For Construction Pros.com blog.

Real-Time QA on the Job Site

Georgiou Group is an Australian building and civil construction company that delivers a wide range of engineering services across industries such as urban development, oil and gas, transport, precast, water infrastructure and ports and marine. Jason Carolan, a quality representative for Georgiou, is currently overseeing a road upgrade project in the suburb of Narellan in Western Sydney.

To ensure excellent outcomes, Georgiou maintains sound project management systems for safety, quality, the environment, and risk mitigation. However, until recently their paper-based systems for quality assurance, while thorough, were slow and labour intensive.

“Georgiou is striving to be a paperless company, but you’re not really paperless if you’re photocopying and scanning spreadsheets,” said Carolan.

See how the Civil Pro QA module is saving Georgiou time and making communication with stakeholders quick and simple.

Read the case study.

Precise 3D paving boosts safety at transport terminal

Usually asphalt is paved with ride-ability in mind but not at the NSW Ports’ Intermodal Logistics Centre at Enfield in South-West Sydney. It requires one of the world’s most level surfaces. Bumps, uneven grades or accumulated water can be hazardous to the wheeled cranes that carry 90 metric ton loads, high and heavy, across the surface.

This leads to some very tight tolerances during the paving of the centre, particularly its Intermodal rail (Terminal) section, where the heavy loads are transferred for distribution.

The desired paving tolerances had average conformance of 0 millimetres and standard deviation of 4 millimetres across an area of 92 000 square meters.

When asked to investigate new technologies that might be able to meet the desired tolerances Boral conducted a thorough evaluation of 3D paving solutions. Ultimately Trimble 3D Paving Control System was selected.

See the case study on the Trimble site to see how Boral was able to meet the tight tolerances.

Extracting value – using drones to survey quarries

Aidan O’Connor, the managing director of ASM Ireland, is one of the country’s most knowledgeable commercial drone operators, with particularly extensive experience in the field of quarry surveying. Waypoint caught up with Aidan to blast through the benefits of using drones over terrestrial instruments and to drill down into the different ways drone data can benefit quarry operators.

Read the interview on the WayPoint blog.