80% of construction jobs run into overtime. That’s why Trimble has designed the Earthworks Grade Control Platform to help operators do more in less time.
Trimble Earthworks introduces the industry’s first integrated 3D aftermarket excavator automatics capability. In addition, a new dozer configuration moves the receivers from the blade to the roof of the cab.
Reengineered from the ground up, this innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on the Android operating system. State-of-the-art software and hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.
Colourful graphics, natural interactions and gestures, and self-discovery features make the software intuitive and easy to learn. Each operator can personalise the interface to match their workflow and a variety of configurable views make it easier to see the right perspective for maximum productivity.
Plus, Earthworks allows data files to be transferred to or from the office wirelessly and automatically so that the operator is always using the latest design. The Earthworks application can be run on either the new Trimble TD520 display or a third-party Android device.
Trimble Earthworks is available for excavators and with a mastless dozer configuration.
When your city has suffered a significant flood, the development of your reservoirs becomes even more important. This was certainly the case with the Oitagawa Dam, located in Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan. The construction of this new dam requires moving 1.39 million cubic meters of earth, and constructing the dam wall to be 100 meters high and 500 meters wide.
The slope and vertical elevations required for meeting the dam design lead the contractors to investigate Intelligent Construction Technology. With Grade Control Systems, Site Positioning Essentials Kits, a total station and the assistance of their local Trimble dealer the contractors were able to reduce data prep and management to 30 minutes per day. The project also required 90% less staking than traditional methods.
The Official Opening of the Caterpillar Distribution Centre at Yatala went ahead last Friday (20th May). The 80 plus customers that attended the invite only event were treated to a tour of the new facility. They also watched a demonstration featuring several new machines, some of which were shown for the first time in Australia that exhibited the connected site.
SITECH played a huge part in the careful planning of the project including mapping and generating an electronic, constructible model prior to any planning and fleet selection.
First SITECH flew a senseFly eBee over the proposed site, and from here were able to create a 3 dimensional plan showing all roads, buildings and services to an accuracy of 50mm. The SITECH Data services team took this data and designed the roads, drain and spoil areas, as well as planning the positioning of the stand where all the customers watched the demonstration from.
Work on creating the site got underway a couple of weeks prior to the event, with the SITECH team and the operators for the Cat machines working over several days to get the design mapped out and the Cat logo dug out by an Excavator. Another fly-over by a UAV captured the construction site in full swing as you can see below.
Hastings Deering Product Manager General Construction Industries, Shane Lennon said “We saw 85 customers attend the event, from medium sized contractors to large national accounts, and to date the feedback has been very positive, exceeding their expectations in many cases.”
The Caterpillar Distribution Centre is a $130 million dollar investment, big enough to store two jumbo jets, and the equivalent of 14 football fields at 56,000m2 has been cited as a vote of confidence in the Construction market after the mining industry slump a few years ago.
The centre, which has a capacity to hold up to 22,000 parts, employs 150 people responsible for shipping everything from a small rubber washer to an 18 tonne engine. The main destination for the parts will be throughout the Hastings Deering Cat dealership throughout Australia, PNG and Pacific Islands.