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GPS Construction Equipment: Getting Your Job Site on the Level

Posted by Tim Klingel on January 5, 2018

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Construction requires precision. Failure to pay attention to detail can force errors, even by fractions of an inch, that could crush your project’s stability.

That’s why the strongest contractors in the business invest in GPS construction equipment. It adds another dimensional perspective for:

  • Accuracy
  • Stability
  • Strength

Whether you’re aiming to install a new parking lot or an addition to an existing structure, your business or organization can ill afford a construction company that leaves those critical variables to chance.



Using GPS Construction Equipment to Build a Great Project

You’re probably thinking of satellites hundreds of miles above guiding you safely to your destination on long trips. In its earliest days, the technology probably had you fearing the word “recalculating.”

But GPS construction equipment has a different role at a site. Let’s start thinking in 3 dimensions.

The idea is to measure not only compass directions but also elevation. That’s critical for grading perfect foundations and accounting for elements of nature. It’s also an essential tool for monitoring and maintaining a fleet of vehicles and/or heavy equipment.

Precision Grading

Precision grading is among the most common uses for GPS construction equipment. It ensures a perfectly flat grade to the desired elevation. When attached to a bulldozer, for instance, a GPS unit measures both directional orientation and elevation in relation to the ground, allowing the operator to keep the blade level and steady while moving earth.

Laser technology can also be very helpful in making critical precision measurements.

Building a strong foundation depends on flawless grading at multiple levels and in many different applications. GPS construction equipment helps whether you’re flattening a subgrade or laying #304 construction aggregate before laying an asphalt parking lot.

GPS can also detect if there’s wheel or track slippage and alert the operator to adjust.

Site Monitoring

To the contractor, GPS can be a window into the exact location and, in some cases, condition of the equipment. To you, it’s an assurance the the contractor is using the right tools and the best tools available for the job.

GPS units with the right software can remotely monitor and electronically document:

  • Mileage
  • Engine hours
  • Fuel and oil levels
  • Exact location and activities on a construction site

Based on this real-time info, a reputable contractor will make better informed decisions about which equipment will be used and which will stay behind for maintenance. Earthly elements encountered, such as groundwater and rock formations, can also be more easily accounted for.

What’s more, the contractor should have all this information to correctly maneuver around your project - and to protect legal interests.

Bring Precision to Your Construction Project with GPS

GPS construction equipment measures and analyzes your site by longitude, latitude, and elevation. Used in combination with laser measuring technology, this centralized system brings a level of accuracy previously unseen in the construction industry even a decade ago.

Your site project needs that quality assurance.

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Topics: contractors, construction equipment, GPS, site work

Written by Tim Klingel