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Equipment
Manufacturers are incorporating the display and wiring
needed to run the systems into their equipment coming from
the factories. With this, a customer can own the computing
and mast components (which define the machines location)
and swap them between the machines as needed. This allows
the contractor to participate in this technology without having to buy a system for every machine. But as use increases,
more customers will understand the benefits and want more
and more of their machines fully equipped.
The next new advance is having the full system built into
the machine. This option is available on bulldozers now from
more than one vendor. No longer will you have dual posts on
the dozer blade that can get damaged or stolen. Sensors on
the machine - and in some of the cylinders - will be able to
define the exact position and angle of the blade at anytime.
This will allow the system to control the blade movement to
create the desired material cut or fill.
Excavator systems are starting to catch on. Most customers can see the results using the systems on bulldozers.
Often, the big areas dozers work on give an impression of big
value. The manufacturers are indicating that excavators may even exceed
the bang for the buck they get from
the dozers. Maintaining trench floor
tolerances and grade allow the customer to avoid hand work or rework,
as well as saving bedding material for
pipe work and concrete for footings.
Graders have not seen the
advances the dozers and excavators
have seen, but using grade control
systems in that application can only
continue to enhance the accuracy
and productivity of the job.

Communications
Two years ago the equipment
was communicating with the customer and dealers. Since then, the
magnitude of data collected is constantly increasing. Gone are the days
where customers totally relied on the
operators to physically sense when

something is wrong. Their input is still key in the process.
But now, with the multitude of sensors everywhere on the
machines and the detail of the data, the systems may be
able to provide an early warning to a problem. This allows
the customer or dealer to fix the issue quickly and maximize
your uptime. But beyond that is the ability to monitor overall
machine health and productivity by being able to review things
such as how long the machine was used, where it was used
and to see how hard the machine worked. There are now some
companies that provide software or apps to manage this data
for one brand of machine, or even across their fleet. This will
allow customers to better analyze their operations and make
the most profitable choices, as well as making their bidding
as accurate as possible. The hard part will be deciding to
dedicate resources to create and analyze the information. This
is one area that is evolving at a rapid pace. Topcon calls this
"the intersection of Infrastructure and Technology."

Future
As we go forward, I believe there will be more communications on the jobsite, not less. We will see more machine-tomachine communication, creating safer and more productive
jobsites. Imagine the site that will have a plan to maximize
productivity, but can, on the fly, recommend operating adjustments to that plan based on changes in weather, equipment or
other jobsite challenges. There will be easy to operate drones
that can autonomously (by themselves) survey a jobsite, generating data for cut and fill analysis or inventory information
for a quarry. I believe just like cars, soon there will be autonomously driven construction vehicles: an articulated dump truck
that will, when loaded, drive to a specific location, dump the
load, and return for the next load. Or maybe a bulldozer that
would be unleashed on a property to bring that specific lot
to the specification you have downloaded from the electronic
plans. Or imagine a loader filling over the road trucks from
stock piles in a quarry or on a jobsite, weighing each cycle to
maximize that truck's load and thus increasing productivity
while maintaining safety by not overloading the trucks.
Some of these may get here sooner than later. Some of
these may never get to be totally autonomous. But my bet is
that the equipment and systems will allow the contractors the
ability (if the technology is embraced) to be as productive as
they can be, which also maximizes money in the contractor's
pocket. But who wants that!!!

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2017

Being Productive
The AGC of Connecticut Foundation: Serving the Industry’s Needs Through Charitable Giving
Productivity, Costs and the Future of Machine Control
Diving Into Unmanned Aerial Systems
Looking to the Future: How Technology will Disrupt and Improve the Construction Industry
Improve Operational Efficiency, Mitigate Risk, and Foster Growth with a Defined IT Strategy
2017 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
2017 CRBA Annual Fall Dinner Meeting
2017 Diggers Mixers Fixers: Jim Langlois Memorial Golf Outing
YCF Fall Membership Meeting
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Intro
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - cover1
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - cover2
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 3
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 4
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 5
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 6
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Being Productive
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 8
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - The AGC of Connecticut Foundation: Serving the Industry’s Needs Through Charitable Giving
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Productivity, Costs and the Future of Machine Control
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 11
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Diving Into Unmanned Aerial Systems
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 13
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 14
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 15
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Looking to the Future: How Technology will Disrupt and Improve the Construction Industry
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 17
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 18
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 19
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 20
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Improve Operational Efficiency, Mitigate Risk, and Foster Growth with a Defined IT Strategy
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 22
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 23
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 CRBA Annual Fall Dinner Meeting
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 26
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 2017 Diggers Mixers Fixers: Jim Langlois Memorial Golf Outing
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - 28
CONNstruction - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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