Augmented Reality for Construction

Augmented reality (AR) can enhance construction sites and help contractors easily visualize blueprints and other data. The innovative technology allows designers, engineers, architects and project managers to incorporate virtual architectural elements into real-life building sites. Professionals can use augmented reality for construction to overlay the physical world with a digital interface. The results are better collaboration opportunities, stronger design work and increased building accuracy.

At SITECH Horizon, our AR solution SiteVision brings many beneficial features to your worksite, from 3D visualization and measurement to in-depth reporting.

Augmented Reality Applications

Augmented reality brings insight and a complex understanding of design to a construction site. While the technology has countless applications, some major benefits include the ability to:

  • Collaborate with your team: Successful collaboration is essential in construction, but scheduling conflicts and prior project commitments can make it challenging for team members to be on-site at the same time. Tools like SiteVision allow designers, engineers and architects to use augmented reality to inspect projects remotely. By seeing a realistic representation of the site, construction professionals can flag issues and collaborate with their team to solve problems without being physically present.
  • Reduce errors: AR technology allows you to visualize your work site and gather accurate measurements with a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). These measurements give you a better understanding of your site data and help you develop precise project specifications.
  • Save money: Construction professionals can cut costs and save money with augmented reality. Thanks to AR reporting abilities, like SiteVision’s recording features, team leaders can effectively assign tasks, making workers more productive and helping project managers successfully meet deadlines.
  • Stay organized: With AR tools like SiteVision, you gain access to notetaking features, as well as storage and measurement recording. This way, you have all the information you need for your site. Access this data anytime to make informed decisions about your project.

Benefits of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality equipment allows you to better visualize a construction site and get a more in-depth understanding of the building you’ll be working on. While previous methods of organizing your work site meant that project managers had to be on-site simultaneously for successful collaboration, augmented reality lets individuals work together despite scheduling conflicts.

Introduce Augmented Reality With SiteVision

At SITECH Horizon, we offer SiteVision as a comprehensive augmented reality tool. With this technology, you can view georeferenced 3D models of your work site, collaborate on plans with your team and record measurements and notes about your project. Other features of SiteVision include:

  • Automatic model placement with centimeter accuracy
  • Model visualization in context with transparency and sectioning
  • Subsurface models with pit views
  • Attribute rich, fully textured 3D models
  • User-friendly measurement and reporting

Enjoy all of these features with Trimble hardware and smartphone setups. Contact our experienced team to learn more today.

 

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New Generation of High-Tech in the Dirt

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The construction industry has always toed the line between tried-and-true solutions and cutting-edge innovations. There are old-school methods that work time and time again, and new construction technology can change the way crews accomplish tasks. Much of the latest construction technology empowers construction crews to benefit from the old and the new. Many companies augment their old-fashioned measurement techniques with high-tech tools to take efficiency to new heights. This article will look at some of the most impactful uses of technology in construction.

Whole-Project Mapping and Tracking

You can start seeing the benefits new technology brings from the earliest stages of a project. Developing project schematics is easier than ever, thanks to modern surveying tools that produce 3D images of job sites.

One of the most useful examples is Trimble Stratus, a program that builds maps based on drone footage. Crews can access new construction software through a tablet or computer at any time to improve every operation, from plan development to progress tracking, with state-of-the-art technology. The software lets your team find, analyze and share important information with greater efficiency.

Laser Measurements

Lasers help crews perform leveling and grading more accurately and efficiently. A single crew member can set up a laser device to shine a conspicuous reference line indicating benchmarks and stopping points when leveling land or grading a slope. Some lasers have specific designs that help crews align storm drains, sewage pipes and other pipework. Spectra Precision® lasers are some of the most prominent because of their durability and the viability of job-specific models.  

Resource Management

Completing projects on time requires the ability to track all resources like equipment, fuel and materials. While old-school data entry has always been an effective resource management method, today’s fleet and asset management technology makes the process faster and more convenient. Crew leaders can monitor job site activity in real-time from any location using computer software like Trimble’s WorksOS. Modern computer programs make it easier to plan material shipments, fuel delivery, crew schedules and more to increase uptime and work more efficiently.

Equipment Control Resource Management

Diligent planning is crucial for any project, but putting the plan into motion is its own challenge. Machine control technology helps crews match the measurements they took more accurately while grading or leveling land. Rather than relying on sight alone, grade control systems mount onto excavators and display precise measurements that help machine operators follow project schematics to the tee. Machines and labor are expensive, but accuracy improvements from machine control systems cut costs by ensuring the job gets done right the first time.

Equip Your Crew With the Latest Tech

Using new technology in construction paves the road toward more efficient ways to survey job sites, take measurements, develop plans and complete projects. At SITECH Horizon, we specialize in providing innovative solutions for construction business owners looking to prepare their construction crews for a successful future. We encourage you to browse our rentals or get in touch to discuss how we can benefit your business.

Laser Your Way to an Accurate Construction Project

Lasers for construction are ever-changing pieces of technology that revolutionize their industry by improving the way crews complete essential tasks. First introduced in the 1960s, lasers are useful tools for assessing grade, level, distance and alignment. In most applications, a laser provides a reference point that helps construction workers see the desired level or angle in fine detail. Positioning a laser on the ground or a tripod is fast and easy for one person, and the laser will stay in place without assistance.

Construction crews use lasers for a wide range of jobsite needs. SITECH Horizon carries multiple types of Spectra Precision® lasers each with their own specialization to assure accuracy and usability in any jobsite application.

Grade Lasers

Our grade lasers for construction applications enable workers to create precise slopes when completing landscaping and drainage jobs. A Spectra Precision laser for fine grading can provide an accurate reference point with precise elevation control, even from long-range distances. These devices feature automatic leveling systems, plus receivers that clearly display the current grade status. Some of our most prominent grade lasers include:

  • GL722: With a grade range of -.5% to 25%, the GL722 serves as Spectra’s most advanced long-range grade laser that provides ultimate accuracy at distances up to 3,000 feet
  • GL622N: This model is a simple, durable grade laser with a 1,300-foot operating range, and a grade range of -25% to 25%, perfect for all jobsite situations
  • GL422N: A reliable and rugged dual-slope laser, the GL422N allows for precise grading up to 2,600 feet, with both horizontal and vertical self-leveling capabilities
  • GL412N: The GL412N offers Spectra’s most reliable single-slope grade functionalities with an operating range of 2,600 feet and a -10% to 15% grade range

Laser Levels

Nearly every construction job involves leveling. A Spectra Precision laser leveling device can expedite the process. Laser levels emit one constant horizontal plane that workers use as a leveling target. Like grade lasers, laser levels are easy for one person to install, meaning the rest of the crew can direct their attention elsewhere. Our Spectra Precision laser levels include:

  • LL500: Spectra Precision’s flagship top-end flat plane level that operates with a diameter of up to 1,600 feet
  • LL300N: This durable model has a rugged top chamber and self-leveling capabilities ideal for daily use and any application
  • LL300S: With a manual slope mode, this laser is perfect for simple grade projects and all flat plane needs

Pipe Lasers

Pipework is one of the newest applications for construction laser systems. You can use lasers to set the desired installation angle for a new pipe. Previous methods required crews to position various stakes, bobs and strings to ensure accuracy. Laser beams make accurate pipe installation easier, especially in low-light settings. Most pipework involves low-percentage grading, but pipe lasers offer the precision to rise to the task. Most pipe lasers have self-leveling mechanisms for consistency from start to finish. We carry a few Spectra Precision pipe lasers:

  • DG813: A top-end pipe laser with a reduced length is ideal for precision in tight spaces and allows use of an automatic target finder. Perfect for precise pipe laying needs.
  • DG613: This efficient, accurate model has a red laser and user-friendly features for the fastest setup times
  • DG613G: This option is an alternate edition of the DG613 with a brighter green laser for the darkest settings

Browse Our Spectra Precision® Laser Selection

A grade, pipe or level laser can be a fitting addition to your garage. Browse Spectra Precision lasers online or contact SITECH Horizon to discuss the best model for your crew.

Precision Is Key to Construction

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Completing a project to perfection is a satisfying feeling, and it helps your business thrive. Of course, there have always been variables that complicate construction jobs. The human mind can only measure so accurately and keep track of so much information, but we do our best to be as precise as possible in all aspects of a job.

Precision is crucial in construction, and modern technology enhances construction crews’ accuracy. This article will discuss why precision is vital in construction and detail how modern technology makes improving precision possible.

Developing Efficient Plans

The importance of precision becomes apparent in the early stages of a construction project. Your crew needs accurate measurements from the job site before starting a project, and precision ensures the figures are exact. Measurements will inform the development of project schematics and execution plans, so exercise precision from the start to get the project off on the right foot.

Following All Regulations

Every business must obey all relevant regulations when planning and executing a construction project. Failing to do so can result in paying fines. In some cases, a crew may have to start from scratch deep into a project after local authorities discover an error late in the process. Precision ensures accuracy and compliance when developing plans to prevent costly fees or lost time.

Optimizing Your Budget

Labor and materials are some of the most expensive aspects of a construction job. Precise planning upfront will ensure you know the exact material quantities you need, as well as the number of workers you’ll need on staff. You can lose time and money by purchasing too many or too few of the necessary materials. Similarly, over and understaffing can waste money by overexerting workers or paying those with little to do.

Ensuring Accurate Construction Completion

Completing a project accurately and on time comes down to a crew’s ability to develop and execute efficient plans. Precision during the early stages of a project confirms that the plans are as optimal as possible. During construction, it ensures workers carry out tasks as efficiently as possible. When even the most minor details are accurate, you’ll impress clients with a beautiful finished project that meets their desired timetable.

Putting Precision into Practice

Precision’s importance is evident, but does modern technology offer real improvements? The answer is a resounding yes — modern construction precision equipment helps crews fine-tune every project phase.

To start, modern surveying tools like drones help to capture and document accurate job site measurements. Once the construction phase begins, precision laser equipment and machine control systems help plan and monitor grading and leveling. Crews can access all this information from any device using integrative software for construction projects. Today’s measuring, monitoring and visualization tools for construction crews help businesses work with greater accuracy to see the consistent benefits of precision.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your crew’s precision, SITECH Horizon has answers. Browse our rentals to see the technology that benefits businesses all over the nation, or contact us online to discuss how we can help.

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How 2D and 3D Construction Technology Can Help Your Business

All construction operations share the common goal of finding solutions that simultaneously improve project productivity and encourage operator success. 2D and 3D construction technologies offer unique features that will expand the capabilities and performance of your machines while meeting your project and operator efficiency requirements.

At SITECH Horizon, we offer scalable 2D and 3D technology platforms. If you use the software at the 2D level, you can easily upgrade to the 3D version since each machine control system has a common platform that makes updates easy. The stackable feature makes your platform versatile across applications by adding the software and hardware you need without replacing the entire system.
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2D Construction Technology

2D technology depicts concepts through drawings and diagrams. It is the standard format that many construction companies — especially small-sized firms — rely on. A 2D diagram can place the basic design elements of the area or structure for the stakeholders to reference.

The benefits of 2D technology are:

  • Simplicity: A 2D map provides an overhead view of the job site to compare changes over time or inspect specific areas at a glance.
  • In-field performance: 2D software has a performance advantage over handheld devices, making it easier to use in the field.

Some 2D platforms available on the market include:

  • 2D Cat® Grade Slope Assist: This system maintains the operator-defined blade position to the machine, which increases the accuracy and consistency of each pass. Operators can improve their productivity while decreasing their inputs.
  • 2D Trimble Earthworks Laser: This platform uses laser receivers to control the cutting edge position on a dozer or motor grader. These lasers provide a cutting edge position relative to the laser catcher and machine and show these targets on the display.

3D Construction Technology

3D technology is a step up from 2D technology, offering more detailed visualizations and representations of job site conditions, structures before they are built and more.

The advantages of 3D technology include:

  • Higher profits: 3D technology can assist your company with estimating job costs and creating the bid. With them, you can complete tasks faster and more accurately, reducing the project life cycle. You’ll also have lower paperwork and material costs.
  • Better relatability: 3D depictions more closely represent the way people make sense of their environment. Seeing the 3D rendering ensures everyone involved in the project understands the concept the same way.
  • Improved satisfaction: Stakeholders will be happier with the project’s final result as it will look like the 3D rendering you shared during the planning stages.

Some examples of 3D platforms include:

  • Trimble Base and Rover system: The Trimble Siteworks construction surveying software uses 3D design data to check the grade, make in-field volume calculations, place stakes and more. It enhances your productivity by providing you with otherwise impossible capabilities and eliminates the need for a third-party surveyor.
  • 3D machine control: A 3D machine control platform offers features like GPS to get an accurate picture of the site layout. Use real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning and machine control to grade faster without over- or undercutting.
  • Universal Total Station: Universal Total Station (UTS) provides accuracy within 0.25 inches for earthmoving machines using line-of-sight controls and 20-hertz communication protocols. Accurately planned and estimated jobs will not overrun the materials, which leads to cost savings. This platform is ideal for areas that struggle to get a strong GPS signal despite their need for accuracy.

Learn More About 2D and 3D Construction Technology Today

SITECH Horizon offers rugged and reliable construction technology systems for any equipment type and application. Our solutions use Trimble and Cat technology to improve your project’s accuracy and efficiency. Contact us online or call 704-644-0660 to learn more.
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Trimble Technology for Paving Machines

Asphalt pavers and roadwork applications require accuracy and attention to detail for completed roads to be smooth and prepared for rain. With paving control technology from Trimble, paving machines can change the way they approach asphalt laying. SITECH Horizon shows you what this technology can do and how it can support your operation.

What Is Paving Control?

In roadwork, asphalt pavers are responsible for laying pavement and making it flat and functional for use. In the paving process, workers need to demolish existing surfaces, add grading for drainage and lay base, binding, and asphalt layers. This process requires precision, which is where paving control comes in.

Paving control is an automated way to handle paving projects. It typically involves a software program that provides parameters for paving jobs. With the help of paving control, operations can improve accuracy for a better final result.

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How Trimble Roadworks Provides Advanced Paving Control

Trimble Roadworks is an advanced paving control software for asphalt pavers. This integrated system allows construction teams to determine paving plans, create accurate bids and optimize road surfaces for the best performance. Paving control from Trimble makes it easy for managers to distribute tasks to crew members, determine the effect of delays and analyze material quantities precisely.

The Roadworks software and system work together to:

  • Enhance accuracy
  • Reduce labor costs
  • Improve productivity
  • Eliminate rework

These systems include 3D and 2D models to work with your budget and project needs.

3D Platform

With the 3D roadworks platform, operations can create detailed 3D models that make planning more manageable than ever before. The system allows users to enhance road smoothness while cutting back on asphalt waste and simplifies the mapping process for transitions, changing cross slopes and elevated curves.

Guiding the paver with the paving control system makes the machine work according to your design specifications. Set the screed position and compare it to the results from your 3D model. As the operator works, the system guides the screed for the correct material thickness and slope.

2D Platform

The 2D paving control platform paves with a fixed thickness using a 2D model. This lower-cost model is an excellent option for roads that have already been milled or graded with the 3D system. Reference types include:

  • Surface: Sonic tracers send a signal through the surface to calculate an average elevation for smooth paving.
  • Stringline: With configuration, the sonic tracers measure lateral movements according to the stringline. The control box provides a warning when you stray from the stringline.
  • Slope sensor: Angle sensors determine the appropriate cross slope for a road.
  • Laser plane: A grade laser and receiver use a laser plane to control asphalt thickness.

Learn More About Roadworks From SITECH Horizon

Trimble Roadworks offers advanced paving with 3D and 2D platforms. With these systems, construction operations can achieve more in less time, reduce rework and decrease material usage. Plus, Roadworks helps to diminish labor costs and other expenses. Want to learn more? Contact the SITECH Horizon team today for additional information on Trimble paving control. View our Trimble Machine Control rentals.

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Trimble Site Positioning Systems

Benefits of Using Earthworks on Your Job Site

Earthworks from Trimble is an intuitive software system designed for site modeling. With its latest technology, Earthworks provides superior accuracy for construction operations with a cloud-based portal and easy-to-use app platform. SITECH Horizon explains the benefits of this intelligent software and how introducing this technology can improve your operation.

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Earthworks Modeling for High-Level Accuracy

Earthworks allows construction teams to build digital models of a work site to establish excavation plans before working on the field. These advanced modeling capabilities make it possible to assess structure stability, drainage levels and soil qualities for the best excavation results.

New augmented reality options give operators a better visual understanding of a work site so they can see what they need to do to finish the job. Bucket visibility improves situational awareness for safe operation at all times.

With total oversight on a location, operations can get their excavation techniques right the first time, whether the job demands sloped or flat surfaces. Earthworks semi-automatic machine operation controls the boom and bucket as the operator controls the stick. With this intelligent machine support, workers can make fewer passes and meet productivity demands without compromising quality.

Cloud-Based Features Keep You Connected

The technician portal provides a single platform for accessing live diagnostics and machine control systems. Keep track of all vital information for a job so your team stays safe and gets to work as soon as they can. The cloud-based portal also allows project managers to keep an eye on projects even when they’re in the office and away from the job site.

User-Friendly Interface on the Android App

Trimble Earthworks offers helpful resources and functionality adjustments through an Android app. As one of the most accessible and user-friendly software programs on the market, Earthworks allows workers to employ its capabilities from tablets or other mobile devices. The app gives users access to 3D views of work sites, configurable screens for intuitive navigation and instructional videos and program help when needed.

Wi-Fi compatibility and automatic syncing ensure the app stays up to date with any real-time changes from the office. Crew members stay informed about all changes on the job, while the app interface supports productivity throughout the day. Designed by user experience experts and construction professionals, the Earthworks app meets every performance demand.

All-Around Operation Improvement

Earthworks leads to more advantages than improved accuracy and efficiency. Adding this advanced software to excavating practices reduces the labor costs that come with reworking a job site. Reduced production time also allows fleets to take on more projects, increasing profitability and creating more significant success.

Adaptability to Different Machines

The flexible interface allows for integration into any excavator model. Fully automatic and Dual GNSS systems are available for excavators, and the GCS9000 Grade Control System supports easy retrofitting. Earthworks also has software configurations for dozers and graders to improve accuracy on other machinery and project types.

Contact SITECH Horizon for Earthworks Solutions

With Earthworks 3D Grade Control, construction operations can improve productivity in fewer passes without compromising grade quality. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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Rent Cat Grade Machines or Earthwork Hardware

Trimble grade Control on Construction EquipmentNo matter how beautiful a structure could be, it won’t get built without a level surface. Uneven ground can pose a significant challenge for any project and lead to costly reworks and limitations on the rest of the job. With the right equipment and information-gathering capabilities, you can better ensure your project starts with an evenly graded surface.

SITECH Horizon is your trusted source for renting Trimble technology and Cat grading machinery and earthworks hardware in the western and Piedmont regions of North Carolina.

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Earthwork and Grade Control System Rentals

With SITECH Horizon and technology from Trimble, the inventors of grade control, we can set you up with capable equipment that’s right for your line of work. We have a wide range of grade and compaction control equipment for the following types of Cat machinery:

  • Asphalt and soil compactors
  • Compact machines
  • Dozers
  • Excavators
  • Motor graders
  • Scrapers
  • Wheel loaders

These solutions are designed to deliver optimization at every step of your project. At the grading level, these tools provide millimeter accuracy with fewer passes to keep over- and under-cutting to a minimum, help your less-experienced operators and eliminate manual staking and bluetops.

The intelligence of Trimble solutions is also a valuable addition to any job site. These powerful, integrated systems allow you to:

  • Synchronize your 3D design data wirelessly to minimize site visits.
  • Get real-time updates to measure productivity and monitor material placement with the equipment.
  • Remotely connect to the machine for training, support and monitoring from anywhere.

Surveying Systems for Rent

Site positioning systems from Trimble are a contractor’s best friend. They can improve efficiency, help you meet tight specifications and avoid rework in the future through connected machinery and the ability to position and collect accurate information from anywhere.

Surveying solutions for rent include:

  • Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antennas, correction sources, radios and receivers.
  • Robotic and universal total stations.
  • Trimble tablets, controllers and hand-held devices.
  • Siteworks Positioning Systems.

These surveying systems can be true assets to your operation, enabling more efficient practices that save time and costs.

Why Rent Machine Control and Surveying Equipment?

Depending on your work, business needs and financial situation, renting can be an excellent solution for organizations:

  • Affordability: Many businesses don’t have the funds to buy equipment outright, and rentals offer a more cost-effective approach to getting these valuable tools with affordable monthly payments.
  • Greater versatility: You may not need the same equipment from job to job. By renting, we can swap you out with the right tools as needed.
  • Well-maintained equipment: Our rental tools are all well-maintained and regularly tested for functionality by professionals, so you can expect quality supplies with each rental.

Your Source for Trimble Technology and Cat Equipment Rentals

When it comes to getting the best rental service for Cat equipment and Trimble surveying and earthworks systems, SITECH Horizon can help. We carry a full portfolio of these tools with flexible rental options to meet your organization’s unique demands. Work smarter and faster on your next job site with SITECH Horizon rentals.

To learn more about our equipment, browse our surveying and machine control options, or reach out to us for more information.

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