A dam good project

An airport project proved very down to earth for two local firms, with Trimble playing a big part in the assignment.

Adamson Earthmovers worked with Roughan Haulage and Excavations to deliver two large scale dams for the Lilydale Airport in regional Victoria.

Brad Adamson from Adamson Earthmovers used the in-field design feature on his GCS900 system to create the 3D design for the two dams he built for Matt Roughan of Roughan Haulage & Excavations.
Brad has a Trimble GCS900 installed on his Hitachi ZX225 excavator working on this job.

He also has a Hitachi ZX135 fitted with Trimble GCS900 that is currently working on level crossing removal projects in Victoria while Matt Roughan recently had a Trimble GCS900 installed on his new Sumitomo excavator SH235-6 that is also working on the Lilydale Airport dam project.

“Adamson Earthmovers was started in early 2017,” Brad said.

“We are a detailed excavation and GPS specialist company based in Melbourne and only employ the best operators and buy the best equipment on the market.

“Matt from Roughan Haulage and Excavations won the Lilydale project by offering the client perfectly excavated dams with the use of our Trimble GPS systems without the need or extra cost of a surveyor or designer being involved.

“The client required the dams to be excavated to the precise measurements, to ensure the dams can hold maximum water volumes but without needing more plastic than had been ordered.

“We achieved this by creating a ‘in-field design’ using our Trimble GCS900 systems.

“We excavated just over 4000m3 on the first dam and 4500m3 on the second dam.”

So why did Adamson Earthmovers choose Trimble?

“We chose Trimble GPS because of the reliability of the product and features such as the ability to create in-field designs meaning we could target jobs like this one,” Brad said.

“Using the in-field design feature with GPS means I can arrive at a job, create a design and be working within five minutes.”

Brad also put a drone up during the project, capturing stunning footage of the dams taking shape, not to mention the precision he and his team could achieve thanks to their Trimble technology.

Both firms have strong social media presences – you can find them on Instagram at @adamson_earthmovers and @rougham. You can also find us on Instagram @SITECH_CS

SITECH’s solution for Orica now spanning the globe

A high-tech system for one of the world’s largest mining  services companies that was devised and created by SITECH Constructions Systems in Queensland, Australia is going global. 

The system has been employed by Orica, the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling. 

It was introduced first in Australia in 2014 and due to its success is being phased in by Orica across its global operations. The system has already been introduced in 11 countries around the globe and will be further installed in another 22 countries.  

The system in question is an In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) boasting a range of features that provide live monitoring of an array of activities. 

The system includes Trimble Car Cube, hands-free phone function, rollover sensor, duress switch, and interior and external cameras. 

Location, road speed, driver behaviour, pitch and roll, and activity durations are among activities monitored. 

Emergency situations are a particular focus with alert notifications, cameras, and duress switch just some of the safety minded applications. 

Operational and driver behaviour data is captured and sent to Orica. This live system provides global visibility for Orica’s management teams. 

“The solution is purpose built to provide data and information regarding driver behaviour and operational activities,” says SITECH’s Anthony Kwok. 

“It provides Orica with information to improve driver safety and work more efficiently. It also provides information that Orica can share with their customers and to investigate vehicle incidents.” 

Anthony said Orica released an RFP to market and Trimble approached SITECH to see if the Australian firm was interested in working with them on it. 

“Orica wanted one global solution for all their vehicles.  This included a low cost and advanced telemetry solution that could be deployed globally,” he said.  

“We put together a team of project co-ordinators, technical experts, subject matter experts and a lot of research and development to respond to their RFP.”  

For SITECH installation technician Matt Redwood, the roll-out has meant plenty of new stamps in his passport – this year he has travelled to Indonesia and South America and in June is headed to the UK as part of this worldwide roll out. 

“I was in Indonesia early in January to train local installers at one location – a coal mine in Borneo,” Matt said. 

“I trained up four installers who will then implement training for Orica throughout its Indonesian operations.” 

In March Matt spent about two weeks in South America, this time undertaking installations and system checks, repairs and QAs in Panama and Colombia. 

“It has been a busy but rewarding year so far,” Matt said, adding that the Google Translator app had been invaluable on both trips. 

Next up is the UK and Northern Ireland, where he will train installers for Orica’s European operations.  

Anthony said it was an important project for SITECH and something of a landmark. 

“It’s the largest project in the history of SITECH Construction Systems - and the first global project for us,” he said. 



EARTHWORKS – it’s how we operate

Machine control might be something of a breakthrough innovation for many operators, but for one southeast Queensland group it’s been as much a part of how they do business as any tool for many years.

Terry Cogill, managing director of Bielby Holdings for the past 20 years, said the business, which has been operating for three decades, had adopted Trimble machine control about 15 years ago.

“We implemented it on a grader for a specific job – replacing pavement under traffic, a job we didn’t want string liners working on for safety reasons,” he said.

“It was just too dangerous for them to work in a high-traffic situation like that.

Shannon Watson has been in the mining and construction industry for 12 years.

“We experienced increased productivity, tighter tolerances and virtually no reworking.

“The advantages flowed through to all our projects and today we operate no-peg sites.”

Terry said that for Bielby, Trimble’s Earthworks Grade Control Platform was in essence just the latest tool needed to do the job to best practice, in much the same way as the Caterpillar 313F excavator, which was acquired earlier this year and came fitted with Earthworks.

“Earthworks is the standard for us. It’s all about safety, productivity and accuracy and making us more competitive,” he said.

Behind the controls of the new excavator is Shannon Watson, who has been in the mining and construction industry for 12 years, the past two and a half as an excavator operator.
The Cat is her first experience using machine control and her opinion of it is pretty clear cut.

“I love it,” Shannon said.

“It is mind blowing what you can do using Earthworks. It is not only making the job easier in that it’s more precise and efficient, using it is also engaging me as an operator.

“I find it really interesting to use.”

Learning how to operate with Earthworks was not big deal for Shannon.

“If you can use a smart phone, you can use Earthworks,” she said. “I had an initial run-through of if with the guys from SITECH, who were great – really informative, patient and helpful.

“They will be back to do some more training with me, really to fine tune a few things for me.

“I find I’ve been learning as I go with it also. It is very intuitive.”

Shannon said using Earthworks had also helped her as an operator in a way she hadn’t expected.

“It has helped with my visualisation of jobs,” she said.

“I’ve found that when I’ve worked on something with Earthworks, if I then jump into the smaller excavator without it, I can ‘see’ the job in my head really clearly and that makes it easier to achieve.”

SITECH Construction Systems has been working with Bielby from the beginning.

“Bielby Holdings was an early adopter of Trimble machine control technology and has continued to upgrade and utilise our technology to be a highly competitive and efficient business,” SITECH Construction System’s Brent Daniels said.

“We’re proud to have helped this company continues to grow and succeed.”

Bielby Holdings has about 100 employees and 80 pieces of plant. It is currently working on a massive road upgrade, the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade between Rocklea and Oxley, Brisbane, which will be completed mid-2020.

Contact us to learn how SITECH can help your business reach its full potential.

Onsite training brings bespoke manual to life

(L-R) Jim Skelhorn, Jake Madden, Shaun Gray and Sean Madden hit the ground running....

Contact your local SITECH support rep for training information.....

While many of us were perhaps having a slow start to the new year, two SITECH trainers and a group of surveyors and grader operators hit the ground running with a two-day workshop in the Gold Coast Hinterland in Qld.

The sessions were held in January at a civil site at Upper Coomera for surveyors from Survey Management Solutions and operators with CCA Winslow.

The aim of the training was to refresh and revise the group’s skills and knowledge of both the SCS900 and GCS900 software packages from Trimble and how they work and interact with the Trimble Total Station.

At the basis of it all were new manuals created by SITECH product support representatives Shaun Gray and Jim Skelhorn which, as Shaun explained, were specifically created for SMS and CCA Winslow to make life easier for everyone.

“The manual contains all the info we know these guys need specifically for the work they do,” he said.

“Because it has been customised for them they now don’t have to wade through the whole manual looking for what they need.

“It means less downtime - and we are only able to do this because of the solid and long-term relationships SITECH has with the companies.”

Part of the training involved the surveyors getting to know GCS900 (which is aimed at the operators) and the operators with SCS900 (surveyor orientated) so that both groups understand how the other works, potentially leading to more seamless operations.

“An example of that would be the surveyors seeing how the info from SCS900 is handed over to the machines for machine guidance,” Shaun said.

“It gives them a greater appreciation of how the information they gather and create translates, in this case, into the actual operation of a grader.

“The sessions also gave the guys the chance to ask questions and to explore aspects of the software and hardware they perhaps hadn’t fully exploited before.

“Everyone involved has been using the system and software for some time, so the sessions were really about fine-tuning and sharing knowledge.”

SITECH undertakes such training on-site on a regular basis. If you would like further information on training available for your operation, contact your local SITECH rep to find out more.

How variable depth paving saves asphalt contractors time and money

Using 3D paving and an uncompacted design helps achieve optimal pavement smoothness, even on an imperfect base.

If you’re already doing 3D paving, uncompacted design is not a large jump to make. There’s no new equipment to buy, you just need to make changes in how you build the design in your software business centre and making that change can save you big money.


Article by Jessica Lombardo – For Construction Pro.com