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/

Angelo Cerullo, Canberra Contractors, demonstrates Trimble SiteVision

Angelo Cerullo, director of Canberra Contractors is so excited about his involvement with the new Trimble SiteVision, that he wanted to share this video of the pioneering augmented reality solution in action.

Here he is on site on one of their Australian Capital Territory (ACT) subdivisions, demonstrating how Trimble SiteVision augmented reality makes it possible for you to walk from the construction site into the virtual completed site.

With Trimble SiteVision you can –

Take a walk through your job site and visualise:

  • Conceptual designs, from buildings to roads, as they might appear in real life
  • What lies beneath the ground or resides inside walls, such as water pipes and electrical services
  • Provide real world context to your designs:⠀
  • Communicate complicated plans and drawings
  • Precisely identify where concealed assets are
  • Minimise costly errors and safety related incidents
  • Simply upload your data, visualise and manipulate it in the field, and report back to the office—all through the Trimble Cloud.

ABOUT CANBERRA CONTRACTORS:

Established in 1983, Canberra Contractors has grown from a small local company to a well-established Civil Contractor in the Capital Region.  Canberra Contractors undertakes a full range of construction activities from intricate small-scale projects to large government infrastructure works.

The strengths of the business are founded on highly experienced staff and extensive capability to resource projects. Canberra Contractors is a forerunner in the development and implementation of new construction methods and innovations. Known as an industry leader in geospatial technology, with a wide-ranging fleet of machines outfitted with the latest technology, Canberra Contractors is a results driven organisation as evidenced by past and present performance.

www.canberracontractors.com.au

Article courtesy of SITECH Solutions.

Two Heavy Weights Join Forces

An alliance between two industry leading providers of technology for the construction, earthmoving, mining and rail sectors is set to revolutionise the industry.

SITECH Construction Systems and Webbair have entered into a memorandum of understanding that will deliver to the market a complete technology solution offering encompassing productivity, safety, plant protection and more.

The partnership was initiated when both organisations recognised the other’s positions as best in their fields.

The advantage in combining their products and services to create a ‘one-stop shop’, delivering savings in time and money, broadening their knowledge and expertise, and widening their markets, prompted both parties to pursue the partnership.

Webbair, established in 1996 and headquartered in Victoria, is the acknowledged leader in the market for machine control in the protection of people, plant and infrastructure, and load management, among other hi-tech solutions.

Their offerings include height limiters, slew limiters, load management systems (LMS, RCC) and multi-zone RFID detection systems.

SITECH Construction System is the official distributor for Trimble and cover markets in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

SITECH CS specialises in machine guidance control as well as other technology solutions and advances in the industry, including VR and machine automation.

Webbair managing director Chris Webb said the partnership was about bringing the best together for the benefit of clients.

“By combining our respective products and expertise, we are offering a suite of solutions and services without peer,” he said.

“The partnership is a natural progression for us, broadening our reach and market while at the same time enabling us to offer our existing client base a whole new aspect of technology.”

SITECH Construction System’s southern region manager Joe Lloyd said the alliance meant a new era for operators.

“By combining forces, we are offering the market an unprecedented level of service and technology-based solutions that will make operations safer for people, plant and infrastructure, increase productivity and accuracy, and reduce costs in money and time,” he said.

“We recognised that each company would benefit from being able to offer the other’s technology – Webbair does things we don’t, and vice versa, so it’s very much a natural fit.

“Both parties bring to this partnership world-class levels of products, service and training. It is a big step forward for both companies.”

“We also have compatible cultures – both businesses are very progressive and work with our clients to solve issues, create solutions and keep them ahead of the game,” Chris added.

“This partnership will provide innovative solutions that deliver productivity while managing and controlling safety exposures for your people and your assets.”

For more information contact SITECH - 1800 748 324, or Webbair – 1300 092 995

To learn more about SITECH go to sitechcs.com.au

To learn more about Webbair go to webbair.com.au

SITECH puts Trimble experience in operators’ hands

Technology that is changing the face of construction went on show and customers got their feet dirty at a special open day near Adelaide.

SITECH Construction Systems, the official distributor for Trimble products, teamed with earthmoving ‘giants’ Kobelco, Komatsu and Hitachi to demonstrate the next generation of machine control at the Trimble Experience open day, which was held at Waterloo Corner on September 12.

The open day included demonstrations and the opportunity get hands-on with the latest Trimble technology.

On the machines, operators were able to experience Earthworks, a software and hardware combination that is revolutionising earthmoving with cutting-edge technology providing semi-automation of excavator controls.

Still on machines, live demonstrations were held showcasing how an operator can create their own infield designs and use payload to improve efficiency.

Off the machines, everyone got hands on with Trimble SiteWorks, the next progression in 3D visualisation for site set-out and measurement.

Throughout out the day, workshops demonstrated how drone technology coupled with Trimble Stratus can easily provide volumetric measurements for earthworks progress and claims.

Experts were also on hand to demonstrate Trimble WorksManager, a new data management tool taking care of design revisions, remote support and IBSS networks.

The day was capped off with Trimble SiteVision – the new augmented reality tool coming soon that can be run on a mobile phone so you can visualise works before you even start.

Thanks to our OEM partners, we were able to fit a Hitachi ZX360LC-5B excavator with the works -  Trimble Earthworks Autos, Payload Scales and a Blaxtair Pedestrian Detection Camera.

Also at the day was a Komatsu PC360 Excavator from T&J Construction, a Kobelco SK260LC-10 Excavator and a John Deere GP622 Motor Grader, all equipped with Trimble Earthworks Auto.

Big Chief Hire provided the site for the event and also supplied a grader, water cart, loader, electronic signs and three operators. It was the perfect site with plenty of room to spread out and no objection to digging plenty of holes!

UPG and BuildingPoint were also on hand to show the latest in scanning technology and building layout tools including Trimble’s SX10 Robotic Total Station and RPT600 Layout Station.

Over 120 customers attended the day, including operators, business owners, foremen, surveyors and local government representatives, as well as 15 staff on site.

The reaction from those who took part was very positive, with many commenting on how good it was to spend real quality time in a machine with the latest technology.

Among the most popular features on show were the automatics on the diggers, which really showed how this breakthrough translates into supreme accuracy and big savings in time and money.

While this was the first such day staged – specifically for operators – it won’t be the last thanks to the interest and response it generated.

“Our industry continues to excite - there’s always a new solution that’s helping our clients in the way they tender, win and deliver their projects,” SITECH’s Brent Daniel said.

“To put the entire Trimble construction system on show for a day was a great achievement and a reflection of SITECH’s capability.

“Our success is measured by our customers’ success.”

 

 

SEE Civil takes flight with Trimble, SITECH and Propeller

When SEE Civil wanted to advance its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) survey drone program, they turned to Trimble, Propeller and SITECH Construction Systems.

SEE Civil has more than 30 years of experience completing a wide variety of projects encompassing all aspects of civil construction and urban development.

The company also offers plant management and runs a quarrying operation to create an integrated approach to project delivery. SEE Civil teams have a wide range of experience across civil construction projects including building roads, bridges and rail, earthworks, and water, sewer and utility civil infrastructure work.

Across the scope of its projects, SEE Civil uses professional surveyors to complete a range of activities, such as surveying construction sites for the placement of buildings, roads, and utility lines, producing topographic and hydrographic maps, calculating volumetric measurements and more.

Previously, SEE Civil relied primarily on conventional surveying techniques and some UAV survey drones.

The company turned to Trimble partner and worksite expert Propeller and SITECH Construction Systems for help advancing its UAV program.

The SEE Civil team wanted the ability to use UAV drones in conjunction with traditional survey processes to quickly gather high-resolution geospatial images and to collect critical survey-grade data about their construction sites. The company also wanted to implement a more cohesive survey methodology to track project progress and to maximise productivity across its jobs.

Propeller recommended leveraging Trimble Stratus software, Trimble Business Centre and Propeller’s data analytics and visualisation platform, AeroPoints, with SEE Civil’s drone program.

The team’s survey drones include positioning technologies, image-processing algorithms and imaging sensors. Combining Trimble’s advanced software with the drone’s high-resolution 3D mapping solutions is allowing the team to capture geo-referenced aerial images with razor-sharp resolution across its projects very quickly.

“Now we have access to accurate, up-to-date topographic surveys whenever we need them, without the constraints of traditional survey,” said Cameron Brittain, SEE Group General Manager of technology and digital engineering. “We can easily check our design and answer questions quickly, reducing bottlenecks.”

Brittain likes that Trimble Stratus and AeroPoints take the complexity out of performing measurements and calculations and that it supports virtual collaboration, so construction teams have the answers they need almost immediately.

“We were looking for the ability to capture, analyse, and share accurate data about our worksites and assets,” Brittain said. “Now we have more efficient mapping and measuring tools so we can plan smarter, report faster and drive improvements across survey workflows and entire projects.”

 

SEE Civil and SITECH bring together UAV technology

Trimble Earthworks study with SEE Civil

Today, SEE Civil’s team of 10 surveyors is using Trimble Status and drones to efficiently map, measure and share survey information about worksites. Logging in through the company’s Trimble account, engineers and project managers can see surfaces visualised in 3D instantly. Teams create volume measurements to compare elevations captured with the drone, comparing those values to the design for accurate project tracking and reporting. Using Trimble Stratus, teams also develop high-quality deliverables for cut and fill mapping, stockpile management and quantification, cross-section analysis, and evaluating slope heights to compare with site measurements.

“Trimble Stratus gives us the ability to provide more accurate positioning information to our teams, more frequently, and much quicker , especially when combined with conventional survey methods,” said Brittain “With this information available at our fingertips, our teams can make faster and more informed decisions to stay ahead of the curve.”

Trimble Stratus is also helping SEE Civil to enhance and accelerate its reporting capabilities and to communicate project progress. End-of-month reporting is now also much simpler using the Trimble Status platform, reducing stress and providing more information for project teams, faster.

“Trimble Stratus software includes a visual timeline that keeps everyone on the same page and empowers the team to track site changes, avoid crossed wires, and resolve disputes when they arise,” said Brittain. 

The Propeller team and SITECH Construction Systems are continuing to train SEE Civil teams to use Trimble Stratus software and to optimise its new UAV survey workflow fully. The company is currently training its extended team of surveyors, superintendents, project managers and its executive management team on the software. SEE Civil’s goal is to have decision makers be empowered to readily access survey data whenever and however they need it, to make smarter, data-driven decisions.

“Trimble and Propeller have been great to deal with so far,” said Brittain. “I relied on their experience and knowledge to help understand the Trimble Stratus capabilities and how we can best leverage the tools. We’re minimising time, cost, and safety risks associated with traditional survey and we’ve totally transformed how do things to drive efficiencies across projects.”

This article first appeared on insideconstruction.com.au