We have used GPS plant, which is nothing new in large scale civils operations but we have gone further and have introduced this technology into smaller, more sensitive ground works, for the following reasons:
- The number of operatives required to do the task is reduced, given that the largest number of fatalities on a construction site is by moving plant, In fact the operators banksman is the most vulnerable. With this system we have removed the site engineer/banksman and groundworker from close proximity to plant and machinery.
- The level of accuracy that we can work to with this system is plus or minus 10mm with a 25t excavator. Over digging and moving excessive amounts of material has ceased as has the need to have a second machine, greatly reducing our fuel usage and emissions output.
- Noise has been a factor, and this is also reduced by the fact this machine can work alone, the neighbouring area is ecologically sensitive and we have worked hard to ensure minimal disruption.