To improve measuring accuracy, operational efficiency and gain a competitive advantage, GDL approached SITECH UK and Ireland, a leading distributor of Trimble® machine control technology, to upgrade its fleet to machine control. Wayne Barr, Projects Director and Julius Newman, Technical Director at GDL help us to understand their utilisation of machine control.
Based in Whitburn, Scotland, GDL works with contractors and designers to offer complete geotechnical solutions to help prepare construction sites for new developments and infrastructure. The company operates a large plant fleet, including excavators of up to 55 tonnes, dozers and heavy compaction equipment, with control guidance installed by SITECH. The company undertakes standalone earthworks and soil stabilisation projects and it also offers integrated ground engineering solutions.
Back in 2010, GDL noticed that the sites it was working on were becoming more complex and that the variation in topographies was making it difficult to mark out sites using traditional stakes and pegs. GDL also needed a way of controlling the progress of the material it placed to ensure that it reached the necessary depths while meeting tight project deadlines.
“The type of work we were pursuing, and the constraints required in delivery, meant that we needed increased precision while maintaining and gaining efficiency. The original methodology wasn’t adequate, and this was an issue for us,” explained Julius Newman, Technical Director at Ground Developments Ltd. “As our construction methods evolved, we needed to obtain data quicker. We required real-time information at the work face. Accuracy is of paramount importance in construction, and it has to be delivered quickly, while maintaining safety. It had been a challenge to monitor machine operations quickly enough to ensure the accuracy of build was being achieved.
“We were already aware of Trimble’s machine control software and we began using it as soon as possible — we were one of the first companies in Scotland to do so,” added Wayne Barr, Project Director at Ground Developments Ltd. “We originally worked with another supplier. However, we were looking for a partner that knew about soil stabilisation, and who would understand us a business. We got in touch with Brian Core, who was the Technical Sales Consultant at that time, and the ball started rolling from there.”