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. 

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/

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