Training Leader Looks to Fill the Technology Gap on Heavy Equipment

As a company that prides itself on adapting to the needs of students and employers, Major Training Group, one of Australia’s oldest registered training organisations, is pushing the boundaries again.

Since its founding in 1998, Major Training has supported the construction industry by providing training and certification services to individuals and companies across Queensland, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, and The Gold Coast. Heavy equipment ticketing is a large part of its services, with training on excavators, front-end loaders, dozers, graders, backhoes, skid steers, and compact track loaders.

In partnership with Trimble and SITECH, the Trimble authorised dealer, Major Training is expanding its comprehensive training and certification curriculum to include technology, specifically the GNSS-enabled navigation and control of heavy machinery.

Trimble Introduces the Next Generation of 3D Paving Control for Pavers

PAVING THE WAY WITH TECHNOLOGY

Trimble has recently introduced the Trimble® Roadworks 3D Paving Control Platform for Pavers, the next-generation platform for 3D paving control systems. Trimble Roadworks is a highly accurate, automatic 3D screed control system that can significantly improve paving productivity and rideability by directly referencing the design rather than a surface or stringline to minimise usage, reduce waste and overruns and finish projects on time and under budget.

When used with a traditional paving machine with a tractor and hydraulically controlled floating screed with a supported 2D system, Trimble Roadworks can be used to place any variety of materials, including hot asphalt, cold recycled asphalt, road base, gravel, concrete treated base, sand or any other paving material.


Intuitive Software, Flexible Hardware

The Android-based application runs on the 10-inch (25.7 centimetre) touch-screen Trimble TD520 Display. Trimble Roadworks software has a familiar interface for Trimble users, designed for operator efficiency. 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; configurable views make it easier to see the right perspective for maximum productivity. State-of-the-art software and hardware give operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.

Trimble Roadworks leverages Trimble's proven system hardware, rugged and durable for tough paving conditions. By design, utilising components from Trimble Earthworks increases the portability of the hardware and increases return on investment. Using the Android operating system, users can also download other third-party applications that provide the operator with additional useful tools inside the cab.

"Trimble Roadworks is easy to learn and more accessible for many different types of contractors because it leverages the intuitive Trimble machine control interface and applies it to pavers," said Kevin Garcia, general manager for Trimble Civil Construction Specialty Solutions. "This platform also makes it possible to include Trimble's industry-leading paving technology as part of a connected site ecosystem of solutions, which is valuable for complex infrastructure projects."

 

Connectivity

Office-to-field connectivity reduces waste and overruns with efficient communication and data transferring across the project. Using a Trimble SNM941 Connected Site® Gateway, Trimble Roadworks allows the transfer of 3D designs from the office to the machine via the cloud so that the operator is always using the latest design. In addition, productivity data collected from the machine is automatically synced back to the office.

 

Availability

Trimble Roadworks 3D Paving Control Platform for Pavers is now available through your local SITECH Construction Systems. For more information, call 1800 SITECH (1800 748 324).

New Trimble® X7 plays its part in Scanning History

Ever since the Trimble® X7 was introduced into the market in Australia, MinStaff Survey has been eager to get hold of one, and that became a reality recently when SITECH Construction Systems’ Chris Reynolds and UPG's Kieran Dinuzzo took their demo unit out for MinStaff Survey to trial.  The results were so impressive they bought one.

MinStaff Survey was established in 1995 as a surveying solution to underground mine development projects throughout Central and Western NSW and for a decade specialised in the provision of surveying services to major mine development projects throughout the Eastern States of Australia.

2006 saw a relocation to Toowoomba in Queensland for the company, where they are still based today and with over 50 qualified surveyors has become a multi-discipline consulting surveying firm offering a full range of surveying services to both private companies (developers, designers, builders, miners, and contractors) and the public sector.

Recently they were tasked with a complete building scan on the Soldiers Memorial Hall building in Toowoomba.  The building has been subjected to numerous extensions over the years and suspected movement detected meant a thorough investigation before new renovations and structural modifications could be implemented.

“When we trialled the system, we completed in one hour a job we initially thought may take about four.  That was the real eye-opener for us,” said Jake Laing, General Manager.

“The X7 is just one of the pieces used on this latest project.  We combined the X7 and T10 with Trimble Perspective, the Trimble SX10 Total Station to geo-reference the scans on a known survey datum and a Trimble Dini for level control and baseline monitoring of the external structure, and of course Trimble Business Center played an integral part in bringing all the data together.”

“We did face some challenges – the building was multiple stories with minimal access and egress points, and we needed to tie the scan data together between floors, as well as capture the interior and exterior data.”  said Jake.  “The field works took us three days with 290 scans, and we completed the office works in one day.”

The Soldiers Memorial Hall was built in three stages.  From 1923 – 1924 the main structure was built, then additions in 1930 and 1957 saw the building completed as a tribute to those who had served in the First World War.  At the time of opening in 1924 the building comprised two stories with a single gable to each side of the roof, together with a small brick building at the rear, possibly used as additional storerooms and a public lavatory.

“When we trialled the system, we completed in one hour a job we initially thought may take about four. That was the real eye opener for us,” said Jake Laing, General Manager.

“Today the structure consists of multiple stories and many small rooms, which all have limited access,” explains Jake.  “In order to survey the vast amount of data required there was only the one option - to provide a point cloud survey using the Trimble X7.  This allowed seamless cloud-to-cloud registration with real-time viewing on the T10 tablet in the Trimble Perspective software.  With the fast scan speeds, we were able to complete +100 scan stations a day with minimal impact on staff who continued to work in the building.  The ability to export a panoramic image of each scan station was deemed extremely beneficial for the client because they now have great quality images of the whole building to add to their archives.”

The team was able to do a closed-loop traverse through multiple levels of the building with scan targets, adjusting the traverse in TBC then geo-referencing the point cloud to scan the targets.  This ensured confidence in the data, that there was no angular swing in the point cloud due to cloud-to-cloud registering misalignment, as well as ensuring no difference in data between levels.

Although fairly new to the team, the Trimble X7 has had plenty of use every week, whether it be from extensive point cloud scans for building design to tenancy lease surveys and as-constructed surveys.  “Final as-constructed surveys can be scanned with a high level of accuracy and detail in only a couple of minutes compared to using conventional survey equipment”, states Jake, “And the benefits we’ve found from the X7 is the ability to complete a full scan with imagery in under three minutes.  This allows for full data capture with minimal inconvenience to any workspace.”

“And the benefits we’ve found from the X7 is the ability to complete a full scan with imagery in under three minutes.  This allows for full data capture with minimal inconvenience to any workspace.”

“Most projects come with strict budgets and time-lines”, said Jake, “But the X7 has improved the amount and the quality of the data we can provide to our clients, all with a much faster turnaround, than had we used the SX10, which would have done the job but taken a lot longer to do.  Or with us undertaking hard measurements for floor plans, which wouldn’t have been feasible in terms of cost, time, and data storage constraints.”

Kieran Dinuzzo, Technical Consultant had no doubts when looking at the project that the Trimble X7 and Perspective Software was a perfect fit based on the ability to have a registered, refined, colourised point-cloud ready to bring straight into Trimble Business Centre, which would instill a lot of confidence in the client in achieving a high-end result.  And, given this project was mid-COVID and no face-to-face training was available SITECH and UPG were set up and ready to run the project remotely.  However, with the simplicity and performance of Perspective, this wasn’t necessary.  MinStaff picked it up easily and were away.

 

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

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