The Benefits of Machine Control for Construction

Construction companies across Canada are constantly dealing with a shortage of skilled workers. This ongoing deficit hinders productivity and your capacity to take on certain jobs. 

Onboarding new workers necessitates time-consuming training. Less experienced machine operators are more likely to make errors, contributing to safety concerns and additional time spent rectifying those mistakes. In the absence of consistent control measures, there is a reliance on other team members to double-check the grade. 

The more people you have milling about your heavy equipment at the job site, the greater the safety risks. Machine control eliminates the need for additional surveyors, finding a seasoned operator to carry out specific tasks, or the operators needing to exit the machine to check grade. 

 With simple installation and flexibility between different equipment, machine control technology offers a convenient solution for filling in the gaps autonomously. You set the parameters; the technology ensures your standards are met.

Integrating Machine Control Innovations

Although machine control is not a new concept, recent advancements in product development have made the technology incredibly simple to implement and learn. 

Machine control systems typically utilise GPS, lasers and sensor technologies to provide real-time data and guidance to heavy machinery operators. By accurately tracking the position and elevation of the equipment, these systems enable operators to work with enhanced precision and efficiency. 

Leica Geosystems, a Swiss company synonymous with advanced measuring systems, is leading the way with a range of products that can be quickly integrated with your excavators, dozers, graders, and skid steers for improved confidence. Leica Geosystems' iCON site software provides advanced positioning capabilities for customers.

Which System Is Right for You?

The company's cutting-edge 2D and 3D machine control systems offer a lot of flexibility between machines as well as options for scalability. 

2D machine control systems add an additional dimension to the technology by incorporating slope or pitch information. This allows for more detailed grading and levelling on uneven terrain.

3D machine control systems are the most advanced option, offering full three-dimensional control over machinery movements. These systems take into account elevation, slope and position coordinates, enabling highly accurate excavation, grading, and paving operations. 

Leica Geosystems' innovative colour graphic display control box and various motion sensors include patented PowerSnap engineering. This design feature permits cable-free connections and snap-on/snap-off capability for easy removal at night should theft be a concern. 

Different Systems for Various Tasks 

No matter whether your company handles grading, excavation, drilling and piling or your operation depends on snow grooming for ski resorts, machine control solutions eliminate the guesswork at any location. Operators have a direct line of information corresponding to the equipment and the material in question. 

With highly sensitive electronics, you get advanced measuring capabilities, collision detection, and precise tool positioning, no matter who is operating.

This technology isn't just for executing physical tasks. Users get a complete management system that benefits their administrative duties as well. You have access to real-time data that will complement your analyses and planning. Machine control assists in assigning jobs, creating reports, and communicating with stakeholders.

If you're curious to learn more about the merits of machine control for your business, we invite you to connect with Spatial Technologies today! 

About Spatial Technologies

Spatial Technologies is built upon excellence. Our team of technical representatives includes experienced technicians, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Engineers. Spatial Technologies is an exclusive sales and authorised warranty service centre for Leica Geosystems solutions in Western Canada.

Spatial Technologies sells, services and rents a complete range of surveying equipment, supplies and tools ranging from basic construction lasers, advanced GNSS and robotic survey instruments, UAVs and 3D laser scanners.

Our mission is to be the first-choice supplier of top-quality measurement solutions and services to the geomatics, construction, engineering, BIM, machine control and UAV mapping community. We want to be considered your partner and not just a supplier. 

Our goal is to develop a reputation of mutual respect, trust and integrity with our business partners, suppliers, and employees while providing the tools to enhance our client's business. We will accomplish these goals through our dedication to customer service.


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