United Civil Construction Ltd (United Civil) was established over 40 years ago in New Zealand with the forming of United Carriers Group. When the group separated its construction operation in mid-2006, United Civil was formed. The civil construction company has over 120 trained and experienced staff who deliver outstanding work on projects from Auckland up to Cape Reinga. With a focus on benefiting its people and the communities in which it serves, United Civil puts health and safety at the core of its operations. It is also committed to building all of its projects in a sustainable manner that does not harm the environment.
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
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.
“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.
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.
Australasia’s own SITECH Construction Systems and SITECH New Zealand have come away international award winners at Trimble’s global dealer conference held this year in Peru.
SITECH Momentum, the Trimble global SITECH Technology Dealer conference was held from January 29 to February 1 in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
As part of the event, distributors were recognised for outstanding performance in various categories at an international awards night.
SITECH Construction Systems won the 2017 World Wide Sales Achievement Excellence – Trimble Protected Plus+ as well as the 2017 Best Regional Partner in Asia Pacific.
General Manager Australia Tim McPhillips said the awards reflected on the entire SITECH CS team.
“It is great to be recognised in this way as the best in the world and is something all of us can be proud of.
“Our focus on putting our customers and their needs at the forefront of all we do is key to SITECH’s success, not only in these awards but in our everyday operations.”
Mr McPhillips said the sales achievement award was particularly gratifying as it reflected SITECH’s commitment to its customers.
“Trimble Protect Plus+ is all about helping our customers with support and ensuring reliability,” he said.
“It something that has been crucial to establishing our market leading position.
“We take it very seriously, so to have that outlook recognised is great.”
Trimble Australasia Regional Manager Dan Barry said SITECH Construction Systems’ regional partner award reflected the organisation’s commitment to delivering outstanding customer service.
“We at Trimble take these awards very seriously and SITECH CS were a deserved recipient with an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, ensuring the most advanced solutions are available and superbly supported from the outset” he said.
“SITECH CS is well into creating a successful 2018 as we implement Trimble Earthworks across the regions.”
As well, SITECH New Zealand won the 2016 Emerging Channel Partner Excellence in Performance in Asia Pacific.
Mr Barry said New Zealand was a growing market for SITECH and Trimble, as the award demonstrated.
“We are building our resources in NZ and working hard to create strong and lasting relationships with customers, new and existing,” he said.
“This is also of benefit to our customers in Australia who may be looking to expand into New Zealand or indeed have projects in that country.”
Congratulations to the SITECH businesses across the globe who won awards at this year’s conference.