The introduction of control technologies for grading, compacting and measuring payload has increased construction companies’ ability to get more work done regardless of operator skill levels. With machine control and guidance technologies:
- accuracy of work is to exact specifications → Impacts quality
- less rework is required → Impacts deadlines
- more work gets done each shift → Impacts productivity
- reduced wear on machines → Impacts availability
Productivity and cost saving advantages come primarily from:
- Increased accuracy of computer guided or monitored buckets
- Increased speed of automated “assist” features that make the operator faster and more accurate
- Reduced man hours because fewer workers are needed to check progress/complete jobs
- Increased safe operation because operators are not completely focused on a single task.
With good planning, return on the machine control technology investment can be accelerated.
Careful monitoring of machine control performance will allow the impact on productivity to be integrated into bids as quickly as possible.