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feature Machine-Controlled Equipment Improves Jobsite Performance By Mary Lou Jay Waters Construction Company installed its first GPS machinecontrolled system on a bulldozer in 2010. "We were doing a rail yard for the Connecticut DOT, a fairly large site that required a lot of grading," says Mike Archer, a company superintendent. "We made an investment in a Topcon system so we wouldn't have as much construction staging for all of the earth work that we had to do." The technology proved so useful that the company later installed a second system on another bulldozer. "We've used it on five other projects, and right now we're actually running it on two jobs. Later this summer we'll be running it on three projects concurrently," Archer says. Sales of machine-controlled equipment have increased over the past decade, reaching a 15 percent market penetration globally, according to Jeff Drake, business area manager of Trimble, a GPS device manufacturer. Heavy construction contractors install the technology primarily on bulldozers, but also on graders, excavators and pavers. CONNstruction / FALL 2015 / 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2015

Striking the Right Technological Balance
Eyes Over the Project: Drones in Construction
Connecticut Moves to Modernize Technology
Technology Drives Lean, Adds Value to Projects
Machine-Controlled Equipment Improves Jobsite Performance
Secure Your Data
Intelligent Communication in Transportation
Is Your Construction Software Technology Up to Speed?
Young Contractors Forum Summer Membership Meeting and Young Contractors Forum Annual Charity Golf Outing
AGC of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Press Conference and 2015 CCIA Ethics and Compliance Summit
Index to Advertisers/

CONNstruction - Fall 2015