What construction equipment manufacturers and hardware/software developers envisioned as a more productive, profitable digitally-driven worksite exists—now. With today’s technology you can clear a commercial site, lay the groundwork for a housing development or build a section of road from site assessment through project management, evaluation and straight to billing without creating a single piece of paper.

Digital technology enhances what you’ve always done—by making your operation highly accurate, less wasteful and more cost effective. And, now’s the time to get started—or risk being left behind. This window of opportunity won’t last forever. The markets are going to mature, and companies who fall behind will face greater profitability challenges than those who engage early. It’s time to stop talking and start making more money.


Manage your equipment costs.

With the introduction of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) Telematics Standard, more systems are working to give you access to mixed fleet data such as equipment location, fuel consumption, and operator behavior. From your laptop or phone, you can see where your equipment is working, how much fuel it’s consuming and how productive it is. Data access also gives you total control over maintenance and repair needs. Downtime is minimized. No more surprises. And, lessons learned from each job make you more effective on the next. For example, you see a dozer’s productivity is down 15 percent, but then you see that it’s working in sticky clay. On the next job that includes 50 percent sticky clay in the landscape, you can predict the slowdown in productivity and estimate for it.

Make the most from your fleet.

The more connected your equipment and crew is, the faster you can identify where the problems are and course correct. Do you need more equipment on the site? Maybe you don’t need as many machines as you rented. And because you have the ability to track the amount of material moved that day or week, you can track productivity and where you are in terms of what you bid for the project.

Take your operators to the next level.

Equipment that offers machine control and/or automatic functions will help operators make a positive impact on your bottom line–quickly. You can expect to be able to reduce your rough-grading costs, slash your finish-grading costs, and place your materials more accurately and consistently. Being able to control your material is a huge advantage. Your operators are making a lot fewer passes to get on grade. If you’ve got to put 6 inches of rock on a 100,000-square-foot project with the spec at an inch, and your operator can do it within a half an inch, that’s a lot less material you have to buy and place.

Technology allows your operator to manage the task and the material, not just the machine. It helps a decent operator become outstanding, and it helps an inexperienced or unskilled operator to become adequate. As a result, it can help you overcome any shortage of skilled labor by expanding the pool.