But “Old School” ways are working

Silver-SpurDo you hear about the machine control systems out there and think ‘I could change, but the “old school” ways are working for me, so why bother’? That was what Silver Spur Constructions, from Oklahoma thought too, until they started testing machine control systems out.

Silver Spur Construction is a site prep, erosion control, and subbase contractor started in 1975 and they’ve done quite well. “Old school” ways have grown the family-owned firm from just two men to 60 machines in almost 40 years.

“Most of our work has been government work throughout the years,” Waco Webb, the company’s project manager, estimator and operator says. “They would give us a set of plans, but they’d say, ‘Just make it work.’ In other words, make it fit.”

But when government work slowed Silver Spur decided to expand its horizons and Waco knew this would require more precision.

product20-20SPS855_0-2-380x300After trying out the different systems Silver Spur bought a new Cat D6K dozer, equipped with a Trimble GCS900 machine control system and a Trimble SPS855 modular receiver and they love it.

“I want to use it on every job. I’m always looking for any possible way I can use it, Waco says. “It’s been going non-stop since we’ve had it.”

Webb thinks Silver Spur has achieved a 20-percent increase in grading productivity, and on one project, recovered more than one month of time after bad weather.

He’s also eager to share what he’s experienced with machine control with other managers.

“[Grade control] is a lot of money, but you should try all the systems—it will ease your mind and you’ll think, ‘Okay I made the right decision,’” he says. “And, anybody can sell you something, but make sure you’re dealing with someone that will service you after the sale.”

Read more about the journey Silver Spur took to move from “old school” to increased productivity on the Construction Equipment blog.

If you’re ready to grow beyond your “old school” ways why not give us a call.

CIVCORP – Trimble Power User

Civcorp-Level-bestCIVCORP Pty Ltd, a Brisbane based company, specialising in a diverse range of civil construction and infrastructure services to clients, is committed to meet the needs of each client and their projects, large or small, and has provided a high level of service and quality workmanship on a range of projects throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Engaging with and delivering projects to large builders, developers and government organisations, the Civcorp team is committed to creating and maintaining strong industry networks with suppliers and clients. These strongly established links enable Civcorp to deliver a project on time and on budget.

David Kerrison, Director of Civcorp has led the company on a path of excellence and growth since first opening the business in 2005. David’s extensive background, with more than 20 years in the construction industry, has played an important part in inspiring and energising personnel within the Civcorp group, all whilst remaining in a hands-on role, and still delivering projects on time and within budget.

Since taking delivery of their first GPS Rover, Civcorp have become a Trimble Power User with their most  recent purchase proving to be a huge success. Civcorp has just completed a project for FK Gardner and Sons, which involved the construction of a new shipping container storage and warehouse facility for Visa Global Logistics (VGL) located on the banks of the Brisbane river within the Port of Brisbane precinct.

A user of Trimble Technology going back several years with the purchase of their first SPS985 Rover Kit, saw Civcorp turn to the expertise of local Trimble distributor, SITECH Construction Systems’ (SITECH CS) Sales Rep Colin Blackmore who’s advice was to purchase the Trimble GCS900 Final Trimble Solution, to deliver this project.

Civcorp-250x150The site was 19000m2 in size and involved a range of Civil and building components which Civcorp undertook, including the construction of a new building pad, a cement stabilised hardstand which housed a prestressed concrete deck, internal stormwater drainage, water main modifications, a new fully landscaped bio-retention basin and new access connections to the Port of Brisbane road network.

“We had been approached by Civcorp to set up a 3D final trim solution for their Level Best Blade previously, but we were waiting for just the right project to come along. This one was the perfect one and the results speak for themselves”, said Colin.

“The Trimble GCS900 Final Trim Solution for our Level Best Blade has again hit the mark, allowing us to trim 1000m2 of CTB in three and a half hours with just one person! This would normally take us a full day with two staff and an operator running stringlines off survey pegs. Now I have two spare workers that can be working on another component of the project”, commented David.

Civcorp were required to trim the cement stabilised hardstand 300mm below Finish Level to allow for the concrete deck and actually averaged –306mm below when the QA survey was completed. Implementing technology like this into our business has been tremendously beneficial for us, and with the easy service and support provided by Colin and the SITECH team, we are onto a winner all the way” said David.

Being their first project for FK Gardner and Sons, Civcorp is pleased the system worked so well, and even went on to say that the FK Gardner Project Manager was also suitably impressed.

3D Machine Guidance Support for Wheel Loaders

wheelloader-250w1The new version of the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, version 12.81, further expands the mix of machines supported now including wheel loaders. Both new and existing users can realise a higher and more rapid return on their investment in technology by utilising Trimble machine control components on more machines and for more applications.

Read more about the new release in the LinkedIn post from Troy Rigby, Asia Pacific OEM Manager at Trimble.

AccuGrade / GCS900 Firmware version upgrade

At the end of last year Trimble announced the release of Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System Firmware Version 12.8.

Enhancements in this release include:

  • Configurable Split Screens view available for all machine types
  • Cat Compaction Algorithm (CCA) support for non-K series four-drum compactors
  • Blade rotation modelling improvements for Motor Grader Systems

If your software support date is on or after 1st October 2015, you are eligible for the upgrade. Contact our support team to organise your upgrade.

If your software support date falls before the 1st October 2015 and you are interested in benefiting from these upgrades, contact our office to discuss your options.