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Trimble’s New High-Accuracy Handheld Augmented Reality System Takes Data Visualization Outdoors

Trimble SiteVision is here.
Trimble SiteVision provides an innovative way to visually explore and understand complex information.
Read the Trimble Press Release for more information: https://bit.ly/2kRLmPI
 

 SITECH Solutions Presents Worldwide First – the only Caterpillar 825H Compactor with Automated Blade Control

You are looking at a worldwide first.

SITECH Solutions presents the only Caterpillar 825H Compactor in the world with automated blade control!

 

 

This is a great example of SITECH Solutions creating one-off customised solutions in order to meet the unique needs of our customers.

The customised GCS 900 system was designed by SITECH specifically for this Cat to perfect automatic blade control.

Automating the blade allows the machine to place material accurately to grade, reducing the need for a grader to be working in tandem with the compactor as is usually the case.

Therefore, our tailor-made solution means that one machine can be eliminated from the process making it a very profitable and worthwhile investment. Watch the machine in action below.

 

 

 

The customised solution comprises two GCS 900 systems:

  • The first system controls the automation of the blade for material placement
  • The second roof mounted GPS system provides real time height and pass count mapping of the compaction wheels to ensure that the operator provides correct coverage and compacted height of material on the fill. This data is then transmitted wirelessly to VisionLink 3D for QA reporting on compaction coverage and conformance to fill heights and thicknesses.

 

 

SITECH Solutions are able to create complete and customised solutions incorporating machine hardware, survey positioning and office software and reporting systems.

Speak to our team who are expert in advising unique ways we are able to meet your specific requirements.

Making the Grade: How Technology is Improving Construction of Durable Roads

Integration of grade control technology in heavy equipment is helping contractors complete jobs faster and more effectively as discussed in this article in For Construction Pros written byTrimble’s Kevin Garcia, business area manager for paving and specialty construction.

Read about how construction technology is increasing productivity and efficiency on grading, compaction and paving projects across the country; and how implementation of 3D machine control helped one contractor shave 20% off their project timeline.

Contractors are seeing the benefits by meeting required tolerances, reducing material costs, and delivering a quality solution that lasts longer and requires less maintenance.

Read the full article on For Constuction Pros here https://bit.ly/2m8Ioqp

      

Trimble Contractor Series – Dane Cotton at DC Excavation Talks Earthworks GO!

Dane Cotten from DC Excavation shares how Trimble technology helps get the job done right the first time and on time every time so that you can get back to what’s really important.
 
DC Excavation started out small but aren’t staying that way. They wanted to find a way to maximise potential and in doing so discovered that with the right Trimble gear, they can compete with anybody.
 
To learn more about Trimble EarthworksGo! and how SITECH Solutions can help your business  contact us.

TOTALcapture Increases Productivity & Safety for Mount Thorley Mine

SITECH Solutions Sydney Installer John Doveton headed to Singleton recently to fit a TOTALcapture System onto this Volvo articulated dump truck (ADT) for Les Russel Earthmoving.

The ADT complete with TOTALcapture system is all set for work on the Mount Thorley mine, an integrated operation of two open cut pits located adjacent to each other, 15 kilometres south-west of Singleton in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

TOTALcapture is a productivity tracking system that ensures increased safety onsite for load and haul operators.

The TOTALcapture system is designed as a decision support system that passes key equipment production and location data captured by the onboard devices back to the cloud-based server.

The near real-time data helps managers effectively monitor and control the utilisation of their assets from any location via the internet.

The system removes a number of human error elements compared to manual systems, and consolidates the onboard system monitoring systems into a single solution.

Operator interaction is kept to a minimum through the connection to available digital inputs or supported OEM interfaces.

To find out more about TOTALcapture and how it can work for your operations, contact us today.

 

Performance Proof is in for Trimble Grade Control Technology

Results of our recent machine control productivity study show that autos improve performance by an average of almost 52% over conventional methods.

Check out the metrics in the recent article featured in Construction Executive  with an excerpt from the article below: –

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Machine control—specifically grade control technology—and emerging autonomous operations are fast becoming integral to the construction industry, particularly in site work.

A recent weeklong productivity study compared the performance of 16 excavator operators of varying skill levels

The results of the study demonstrate that the path toward autonomous machine control is set.

The average of all operators – novice to expert – showed an almost 43% improvement with guidance-only grade control across the board and almost 52% improvement with automatics over conventional methods.

The study numbers indicated that guidance make a very good operator better and enable less skilled operators to perform close to intermediate and expert operators with comparable accuracy. Nothing replaces time in the seat.

As one of the expert operators noted, “Automatics could make a huge difference in production and accuracy, reducing costs and eliminating grade checking while putting less wear on the equipment.”

The study also indicates that machine control and autonomous solutions can help owners and operators build a qualified, quality workforce—an ability that could give any company a leg up in today’s workforce-challenged environment.

In today’s market, a contractor of any size can gain almost immediate value in productivity and addressing the labor challenges, while setting themselves up to take advantage of future autonomous capabilities.

Read the full article in Construction Mag HERE.

Specialist Tunnel Excavation for the WestConnex Project with Trimble GCS900

The first underground stage of the nation’s biggest road infrastructure project, WestConnex, is now open.

Brendon Vella, SITECH Solutions Sydney Support captured some photos of this surface miner working on one of the access tunnels whilst onsite during construction.

        

The surface miner is fitted out with Trimble GCS900 to ensure absolute precision and accuracy at variable depths and slope.

Trimble GCS900 is a cutting edge earthmoving grade control system that puts design surfaces, grades and alignments inside the cab.

The system uses GPS and a radio correction signal to accurately position the milling drum in real time, significantly reducing material overages and dramatically improving productivity and profitability.

Variations of the system allow for use of Laser or Total Station technology, to allow use in tunnels or other, restricted situations where GPS is unavailable or undesirable.

The entire WestConnex project is due to be finished in 2023.

Known as the M4 East, the newly opened section consists of twin tunnels which are three lanes wide in each direction and will link to the widened M4 and connect Homebush to Haberfield in the inner-west.

The $16.8 billion WestConnex project is the centrepiece of the Berejiklian Government’s $90 billion infrastructure program.

The 5.5 kilometre-long tunnels are expected to take around 10,000 trucks off Parramatta Road.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the newly opened section would shave 20 minutes off a peak hour journey from Parramatta to the CBD.

Eventually, WestConnex will link the M4 Motorway to the M5 Motorway, CBD and airport via 33km of tunnels and motorways.

When the project is complete, the NSW Government says motorists will be able to bypass 52 sets of traffic lights between Beverly Hills and Parramatta.

PHOTO: The M4 tunnels will allow motorists to bypass 42 sets of traffic lights.

Pave the Way to Better Profits with Trimble’s PSC900 Paving Control Systems

Here is Fulton Hogan’s paver in operation, laying asphalt on the night shift at the import-export (IMEX) terminal at the Moorebank Logistics Park.

Recently kitted out with Trimble’s PSC900 system SITECH Solutions’ Nick Pryke (Sales) was onsite when he captured these shots.

Trimble’s PSC900 Paving Control for Asphalt Pavers helps you to pave the way to better profits. With Trimble’s PSC900 Paving Control on your machine you’ll speed u your paving production while paying a smoother surface and reducing material costs.

TRIMBLE PAVING CONTROL CAN HELP YOU:

  • Lay the finished surface with accuracy to 0.01 feet (3 millimetres)
  • Minimise use of expensive material
  • Pave within a tighter tolerance and get closer to the minimal asphalt thickness specification
  • Reduce labour costs by controlling the screed with one operator
  • Eliminate operator mistakes with the easy-to-use display interface
  • Lay complex designs such as transitions, super-elevated curves and frequently changing cross slopes
  • Achieve accuracy and smoothness specifications which can mean a bigger bonus.

Contact us to find out more.

-ABOUT MOOREBANK LOGISTICS PARK-

Moorebank Logistics Park is a nationally significant infrastructure development that will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver a faster, simpler and more cost-effective service for business and consumers.

Moorebank Logistics Park is being developed on a precinct comprising of land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and adjacent land owned by Qube Holdings.

The development will comprise:

  • an import-export (IMEX) terminal with a capacity to handle up to 1.05 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) a year of international containerised freight;
  • an interstate terminal with a capacity to handle up to 500,000 TEU of interstate and regional freight per year;
  • up to 850,000 sqm of high specification warehousing where containers can be unpacked before delivery of their contents to its final destinations;
  • auxiliary services including retail and service offerings;
  • a rail connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide direct access to the facility; and
  • substantial biodiversity offset areas protected from development, including vegetation on the east bank of the Georges River.

Staff Announcements

James Mackay, Sales – ACT and Southern NSW

We are pleased to announce that James Mackay has accepted the role of Sales Rep for Canberra and Southern NSW.

James has been in the role of Service Technician for about 5 years, both in Sydney and Canberra.

During this time he has developed a strong, trusted relationship with all of the customers in Southern NSW and his strong work ethic and dedication to his role have contributed to the ongoing success of SITECH Solutions.

We are sure that James will be able to continue and grow upon this success.

Kevin Lawler, Operations Co-ordinator – ACT & Southern NSW

Congratulations to Kevin Lawler as he has just been appointed the new role of ‘Operations Coordinator – ACT & Southern NSW.

He will be working closely with SITECH Solutions Operations Manager, Ryan Nash and Operations Supervisor, Chris James with regards to the day-to-day installs and organisational support for the southern region.

Another major part of this role will be supporting SITECH Solutions Rental/ Workshop Co-ordinator Remmi Madhu with the Hire Fleet Organisation/ Stock Accountability as well as Customer Relations.

We all look forward to working more closely with Kevin in the growth and support of the SITECH team as a whole.

Huge Wrap for Trimble Earthworks 3D GPS

Thanks Rock Structures for the explanation of the Trimble Earthworks 3D GPS and the huge wrap 👌👌👍👍 SHARED below for your viewing pleasure….
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Some of you may be familiar with how 3D GPS Systems work, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a little explanation of what the System & Screen looks like on the Earthworks Monitor and what the Modeling looks like after it’s installed. For Digging Basements on a Hillside, not having to worry about where the Stakes are at, this is an amazing tool!!! Awe forget that….this is just an amazing tool for whatever you’re doing that has anything to do with Excavation!!! Trimble is on top of their Game!!! 😎😎
– @rockstructures

Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction Earthworks Grade Control Platform Version 1.9

Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.9 provides support for fully automatic guidance for excavator tiltrotator attachments and the company’s universal total stations for motor graders.

  • Earthworks semi-automatic boom and bucket control now works with
    tilt automatics on engcon, Rototilt and Steelwrist attachments
  • Combined depth and tilt autos allow excavator operator to easily control complex attachments to stay on grade
  • Controls excavator boom and bucket as well as tilt angle of the attachment, while the operator controls the excavator stick and rotation of the tiltrotator
  • Earthworks for Motor Graders version 1.9 now supports universal total stations for millimeter-accurate fine grading with fewer passes
Find the complete article here as featured in ForConstructionPros.com: – https://bit.ly/2XCocPN

The Trends of Technologies Changing the Industry

The construction industry as a whole is starting to see the advantages that drones can provide. Companies are flying drones to create maps, monitor progress, improve safety, capture video and measure aggregates. They’re improving efficiencies and saving money and time, making drones an increasingly valuable tool for a variety of projects.

This recent article featured in Inside Unmanned Systems discusses the many challenges faced in the extremely dynamic environments of today’s construction sites and how drone technology such as Trimble Stratus represents an answer to these problems.

If you’re flying a drone on a site and have information from machine
control equipment, it all gets blended together in a ‘fusion of data’ for maximum data output. That maximizes efficiency and, in turn, profitability.

Trimble Stratus software helps civil contractors use drones to map, measure and share accurate information about their worksites and assets. With Stratus, you can make quicker decisions, avoid mistakes, and grow profits by always having the right information on hand.

Access the full article here:- https://bit.ly/2LxiCXB and learn more about Trimble Stratus HERE.

The Future is NOW: AWJ Civil Virtual Reality Experience Day

SITECH Solutions was recently invited to assist in a Virtual Reality Experience day at AWJ Civil Pty Ltd, at which five ASCC year 10 students were able to experience first-hand the very latest in construction technology.

AWJ is a company at the forefront of Civil Engineering in Sydney, Australia, specialising in civil contracting services with expertise in project management, civil and environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering and complex infrastructure.

With a strong community focus, the company is very committed to promotion of the civil construction industry and driving Western Sydney Civil works into a new era of growth and prosperity.

In a commendable initiative, AWJ has partnered with All Saints Catholic College (ASCC) Liverpool to offer students a vocational programme designed to broaden career options, skills and experience within the civil construction industry.

The programme incorporates site visits, work experience as well as traineeships, apprenticeship, and mentoring opportunities and the Virtual Reality Experience day was organised by AWJ as part of this.

Rhys Geerligs and Craig Wenck went along to lend a hand, taking with them the SITECH Solutions’ Trimble Earthworks Simulator as well as a couple of pairs of Augmented Reality (AR) Goggles, a unique way to introduce a real-life experience of machine control technology to the uninitiated.

Upon donning the AR goggles the students became immersed in a virtual quarry where five machines – two excavators, two dozers and a loader – become visible.

Just by focusing the eyes for a couple of seconds, the wearer is able to virtually operate the machine of their choice from inside the cab as if they were the operator.

The students were then strapped into the driver’s seat of SITECH’s Trimble Earthworks Simulator, from which they operated machinery and experienced Trimble Earthworks machine control technology virtually, using two joysticks and a large screen.

They were also able to experience some of the latest in surveying technology utilised by AWJ Civil such as Trimble Stratus drone technology which is used to help civil contractors to map, measure and share accurate information about their worksites and assets.

The students loved being able to experience this leading edge technology first hand, giving them a true to life glimpse into the world of the construction industry as it is today and the exciting direction in which it is headed.

The strong focus on technology, being an area of such interest and relevance to the younger generation, was an excellent way to promote the construction industry and to encourage their future involvement.

Footage from the drone: the ASCC students, AWJ Civil staff with SITECH Solutions Rhys Geerligs and Craig Wenck

SITECH Solutions is so proud to have been part of what was such a great day for the invited students and a wonderful experience for both the AWJ Civil and our staff.

Range Road Upgrade Underway with Trimble GCS900

The Range Road Upgrade is nicely underway thanks to Divalls Earthmoving and this M-series Cat, pictured here and fitted out with the Trimble GCS 900 grader system.

Divall Earthmoving’s M-series Cat, fitted with the Trimble GCS 900 Grader System

The Range Road is being upgraded following its approval for funding under the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward told the Goulburn Post that once completed, the upgraded road would improve freight accessibility and deliver better road safety outcomes allowing for the easier passing of vehicles.

“The Fixing Country Roads program ensures our roads are able to carry the food, produce and raw materials that support the local community,” Ms Goward said.

The work entails:

  • widening and sealing the road along with bridge works.
  • improved all-weather access for larger heavy vehicles
  • safety upgrades will also be undertaken.
RANGE ROAD: A section of Range Road, where a crash between a bus and a ute occurred on March 6, 2017

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the Fixing Country Roads program had reached almost $270 million, funding vital road upgrades delivering better connections to local communities.

“Freight is worth more than $60 billion to the NSW economy so it is vital that our regional roads are able to support more efficient freight movements in and out of our regional areas,” Mrs Pavey said.

To learn more how Trimble machine control can help you to achieve a finished grade the first time, every time click here: https://bit.ly/2Z3R2Vg

Good read in Waste Today Magazine: – Using Drones for Landfill Monitoring

This article talks about the way that drone technology is evolving to make it easier for managers to optimize their landfill operations. These unmanned aircrafts have brought the promise of more information with less time, labour and cost investments.

Trimble Stratus software helps civil contractors use drones to map, measure and share accurate information about their worksites and assets.

With Stratus, you can make quicker decisions, avoid mistakes, and grow profits by always having the right information on hand.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE and you can read more about Trimble Stratus HERE and also in our recent Customer Case Study.

ABOUT TRIMBLE STRATUS

Trimble Stratus software helps civil contractors use drones to map, measure and share accurate information about their worksites and assets. With Stratus, you can make quicker decisions, avoid mistakes and grow profits by always having the right information on hand.

With Trimble Stratus you can:-

Confidently Plan and Estimate
Know what you’re quoting: conduct your own site surveys before the job begins and whenever changes occur

Survey Frequently and Faster
Get accurate, up-to-date topographic surveys whenever you need without having to bring in a survey crew

Communicate Effectively
A visual timeline keeps everyone on the same page
Track site changes, avoid crossed wires and resolve disputes quickly

Take Control
Save on consultants and avoid information bottlenecks; get answers to questions yourself with an intuitive, web-based tool

Calculate Site Volumes
Calculate overall material volumes added or removed from pits, stockpiles, cells, drainage channels etc.

Conduct Design Checks
Upload design files to compare actual surface to design surface and track progress
Easily measure distances, slopes and heights to compare with site measurements.

Kobelco Introduces Trimble-Ready Excavators

Kobelco and Trimble have announced the introduction of a Trimble Ready option for select Tier 4 Final Kobelco excavator models in Australia and New Zealand.

With a machine control system using automatic, the machine automatically controls the position of the bucket and the boom when operating in a semi-autonomous mode.

All that the operator needs to do is position the machine and simply pull back on the arm control stick where he wants to cut the grade.

The system will stay on grade automatically controlling the boom and the bucket to keep the cutting edge perfectly on grade according to the site plan. It even works with tilting buckets and tilt hitches.

The demand on contractors to be more efficient and productive is greater than ever before.

Our contractors out in the marketplace are telling us that this system allows them to double their productivity and efficiency and that ultimately means improved bottom lines and greater efficiencies on the job sites.

Watch this video (starring our own Grant Hibburd, with cameos by Rhys Geerligs and Kevin Lawler) and contact us today for more info.

Trimble Siteworks with Tilt Compensation

Construction surveyors can now capture accurate points without levelling the pole, making surveying in areas such as building corners accurate, fast and easy.

Trimble Siteworks with Tilt Compensation allows you to:

  • work in hard to reach places
  • use while walking
  • use while standing
  • use while driving; and
  • work faster and safer.

Now you can get tilted just like this guy in the video below. Love your work Phil!

Staff Announcements

SITECH Solutions has some more exciting additions the team this month.

Ryan Nash – Operations Manager

We welcome Ryan Nash to the role of Operations Manager.

Electrical fitter mechanic by trade, Ryan has enjoyed over 19 years industry experience.

In his role with SITECH Solutions as the Operations Manager, Ryan will oversee the daily operations across the business warehouse, install, support and rental departments as well as being responsible for quality control, customer training and support.

Ryan loves the challenge of continuously ensuring the smooth running of daily operationsand productivity, with the ultimate goal of exceptional customer service.

With proven strengths including multitasking, problem solving, streamlining processes, efficiencies, developing customer relationships, Ryan will be a major asset to the team. He looks forward to meeting with you and you can catch him at our Head Office on 02 6788 2155.

SITECH Solutions also extends a big welcome to Michael Newcombe and Joe Coles to our Sales Team, pictured together below at the Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo earlier in May.


Michael Newcombe (L) and Joe Coles (R) at the 2019 National Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo.

Michael Newcombe – SITECH Solutions Sales

Michael Newcombe joins us as Account Manager for the Northern NSW region, which stretches from Port Macquarie North to Tweed Heads.

He has a deep understanding of the industry and of Trimble technology, having worked for Sitech CS Townsville and Melbourne for 5 years.

A qualified Auto Electrician, Michael’s experience encompasses machinery sales, IT Tech support and he has also previously worked as Branch Manager in the hospitality industry.

In his role with SITECH Solutions he aims to assist his customer base to embrace new technology and to maximise their businesses capabilities, achieving this in his genuine and down to earth manner.

Michael looks forward to building business relationships and also to selling solutions rather than just a product.

Michael has three children with his partner for 22 years and he says life just keeps getting better and better!
Joe Coles – SITECH Solutions Sales

Surveyor by trade, Joe has worked in Civil Construction in the Central West region of NSW over the last 12 years.

His vast work experience in the field of surveying is complemented by project management experience from start to completion as well as a deep understanding of machine guidance.

Joe’s new role with SITECH Solutions is to facilitate the transition of Central West NSW businesses into the 21st century via Trimble’s products and technology. He is especially keen to help businesses understand that with Trimble’s technology they can be safer and more productive.

Based in Dubbo, Joe’s sales area covers four hours in every direction.

Joe enjoys helping people and has found his strengths include his communication and problem solving skills.

Joe also says he was keen to work at SITECH as the company is an industry leader in its fields and has a great team atmosphere – well we all agree with you there, Joe!!

Kobelco Trimble Ready Demo Day

Improve your productivity by 30% and take your business to the next level!

SITECH Solutions in collaboration with Sydney Trucks and Machinery and Kobelco demonstrated the SK350LC-10 Trimble’s 3D Semi-autonomous Earthworks kit installed at the recent Trimble/Kobelco Demo Day held on the 18th & 19th of April at Smeaton Grange.

Easter and ANZAC Day Trading Hours

Happy Easter from the team at SITECH Solutions, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe Easter break. Our offices will be closed from Good Friday, April 19 and it will be business as usual from Tuesday, April 23. We will be closed for Anzac Day on Thursday, April 25.
#happyeaster #sitechsolutions #holiday

Trimble PCS900 Paving Control Boosts Productivity by 50%

Nick Pryke, SITECH Solutions, Sales captured this fantastic shot during some on-site training for Town & Country Asphalting who recently installed Trimble’s PCS900 Paving Control System on this machine working on resurfacing of the Hume Highway.

Did you know that the Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System has proven to boost productivity by 50%?

Click through HERE to a recent case study illustrating this statistic and pave your way to better profits!

You can also read more about Trimble PCS900 HERE.

Transform 2019 – A Great Success!

TRANSFORM 2019 culminated in 3 excellent events with over 700 customers through the doors, attending more than 50 breakout sessions. Numerous customers have told us how much they enjoyed and, even better, learned something new by attending.

Here is the SITECH Solutions sales team, looking pretty sharp at the event don’t you agree??! 💁‍♂️💁🏻‍♂️💁‍♂️💁🏼‍♂️

Pictured here are Rhys Geerligs, Jade Burns with Craig Wenck (L-R) and another of Rhys Geerligs, Grant Hibburd, Ian Graham and Jade Burns (L-R).
The guys were showcasing (not just their new SITECH Solutions polo shirts but more importantly) the latest in Trimble technology including Earthworks, Business Centre 5.0, Connected Site, Stratus, Siteworks, VisionLink and much, much more.
To find out more about the latest Trimble technology and how your business can reap the associated benefits including greater productivity, greater efficiency and increased safety click HERE to contact us today.

Trimble Innovation On The Jobsite

What machine automation can do for your business. The impact of automation is undeniable – driverless cars have taken to the streets, robots are working in operating rooms, and bots are increasingly our first point of contact, taking our calls, orders in restaurants, and complaints online.

Read more in this article featured in Earthmoving Equipment Magazine –https://bit.ly/2NEv86A

Trimble Announces Lightweight Rugged T7 Tablet

Trimble has introduced the Trimble T7 Tablet, a rugged, lightweight and versatile device for construction surveying applications.

Using Trimble Siteworks Software for construction surveying, the Trimble T7 provides real-time data to visualize cut/fill levels, calculate material volumes, check grade and communicate work orders to increase productivity and enable better decision making.

“The Trimble T7 Tablet is the next step in the evolution of our data collection portfolio,” said Scott Crozier, general manager for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “Surveyors, supervisors and inspectors can complete tasks with less downtime, combining Trimble reliability with the flexibility to adapt to a variety of configurations and jobsite conditions.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE in The Heavy Equipment Guide HERE

SEE Civil Uses Trimble Stratus to Drive Efficiencies

Trimble, the global leader in positioning technologies, was an early partner of Propeller. The SITECH Solutions, Trimble and Propeller teams work closely together to deliver Trimble Stratus survey-grade drone data solutions for the heavy civil industries.

To learn more about how established civil construction and engineering companies are looking to combine decades of expertise and experience with the power of 3D site surveying technology, Propeller caught up with Cameron Brittain, the general manager—technology and digital engineering at SEE Group, a recent customer of Trimble Stratus.

Propeller uncovered some of the current challenges SEE Group faces, how technology is helping them to move away from conventional survey methodologies and how Trimble Stratus can drive efficiencies in the future.

Click through to the full release HERE.

SITECH Solutions Apprentice Traineeship Programme

SITECH Solutions is taking on trainees as part of one of the company’s community initiatives centring around youth development and employment.

This month we welcome another trainee into the fold. Cameron Stewart, Service Manager (R) is pictured here with SITECH Solutions’ newest Trainee, Jacob Bornholdt (L).

Jacob is the second hire as part of the new SITECH Solutions Traineeship programme. The traineeship is for 1 year and as part of this Jacob will also complete a Certificate II in Automotive and Electrical Engineering through TAFE NSW.

We welcome Jacob to the team and look forward to watching him progress in his career.

New Product Update – Trimble SPS785 GNSS Smart Antenna

The Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction division is pleased to announce the new Trimble SPS785 GNSS Smart Antenna.

Priced for a faster return on investment, this new budget-friendly receiver is lightweight, compact and offers the same high-precision accuracy you have come to expect from Trimble GNSS receivers.

Trimble Announces Machine Control and Payload Management on One Platform

Trimble has announced the Trimble® LOADRITE® Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators integration. This integration will help increase productivity and efficiency for excavator operations, allowing contractors to track bucket-by-bucket payload, and monitor mass haul progress from the same Trimble Earthworks display. The versatile system can be installed on any hydraulic excavator that has Trimble Earthworks, and offers an easy transition between grade control and payload management, maximizing the contractor’s investment.

“With the introduction, Trimble will have the only aftermarket, mixed fleet solution that integrates grade control with payload management,” said Scott Crozier, general manager for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “This technology makes the Trimble Earthworks platform extensible to more applications, and more flexible than ever before.”

Combining machine control and payload management on the Trimble Earthworks platform can increase the versatility and productivity of the excavator, empowering the operator to not only grade to within a given specification, but also maximize every truck haul to get the job done quicker.

About Trimble LOADRITE Payload Management

Trimble LOADRITE onboard weighing systems ensure optimal loading to maximize every truck haul to get the job done quicker. With the ability to accurately measure the weight of each bucket and calculate the total weight loaded onto each truck, the system enables operators to increase productivity and efficiency for excavating, creating more efficient mass haul.

Trimble LOADRITE Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform integrates a bucket by bucket payload management system onto the Trimble Earthworks platform. This allows a single system and screen to provide both grade control and payload management.

Some key features:

  • Truck load capacity can be saved for each truck registration or fleet number
  • Counts down to a target weight for each load
  • Maximises each load for more efficient hauling, getting the job done cheaper and quicker
  • Can be fitted to any make of excavator and will work on mixed fleets
  • Helps ensure that every truck is not over loaded for safety and Chain of Responsibility requirements
  • Can generate reports showing trucks, volumes and materials loaded.

Trimble Siteworks’ New Measurement Mode – Dynamic Tilt

Siteworks v1.02 has a new measurement mode called Dynamic Tilt.

The Dynamic Tilt feature upgrade allows for faster data collection — create larger digital terrain models faster and with improved accuracy. From inside the vehicle, contractors can set the height of the antenna and quickly interrogate surface models using the real-time 3D surface display in Trimble Siteworks field software.

  • From a moving vehicle, capture higher accuracy measurements on steeper slopes
  • Capture more accurate volume measurements to save time and money on material planning
  • Auto-measure antenna height.

Dynamic Tilt is a measurement mode for use with vehicle-mounted GNSS receivers. It uses inertial measurement units (IMUs) inside of the GNSS receiver to automatically correct the measured points for the receiver/vehicle tilt. This allows more accurate measurements to be taken on a slope.

This measurement mode is compatible with all SPS986 receivers (450MHz or 900MHz). The requirements for Dynamic Tilt measurements are: Siteworks v1.02 or greater, an SPS986 with firmware version 6.0 or greater, and the purchase of an additional op on code.

For a full description of the Dynamic Tilt workflow contact us today.

Christmas and Holiday Trading Hours

All of us at SITECH Solutions would like to thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season..

Our offices will be closed for the holidays from:-

~ Monday 24th December 2018 – Friday 4th January 2019 ~

We will however be operating on a limited basis to continue supporting you.

For urgent service enquiries over this period, contact our Help Desk on 02 6788 2155, Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm.

SITECH Solutions At Western Sydney Airport, CPB LL JV Early Earthworks Site

SITECH Solutions at Western Sydney Airport, CPB LL JV Early Earthworks site, using GPS GCS900 machine control and VisionLink to track material movements, for compactor pass mapping and as-built surface mapping.

Check out these videos of the machines working whilst we utilise this technology to optimise project productivity – by monitoring load counts, cycle times and the movement of materials against projects or asset targets.

The Early Earthworks package involves moving more than 1.8 million cubic metres of earth as well as road and drainage works, including realigning Badgerys Creek Road.

The first stage of earthworks is scheduled for completion in late-2019.

Hay Rust ‘n Dust Outback Rally Car Sponsorship

SITECH Solutions proudly sponsored Cooper Earthmoving & Haulage’s rally car in the third annual Hay Rust ‘n Dust Outback Rally earlier this month.
The third annual Hay Rust n Dust Outback Rally was a 4 day car rally organised to help raise funds for the Hay branch of Can Assist, Angel Flight and Cancer Research Australia.
The rally saw entrants travel about 2500km along outback dirt roads after leaving Hay, with Tilpa in central NSW the first scheduled stop.
On day 2 the rally drivers travelled to Hungerford, Queensland, before heading back to Whitecliffs, NSW on day 3.
The rally is growing each year with 41 cars and about 120 people participating this year, compared to only 20 cars last year.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by depositing funds into Bendigo Bank (Hay NSW), Hay Rust n Dust Outback Rally, BSB 633000, Account number 163349616.
All funds are put into a central pool, split up and donated to the causes evenly.
Coopers Earthmoving are well renowned for their contributions to charitable causes, most notably by their blue grader, painted blue in support of Beyond Blue and their pink grader, so painted in support of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer awareness. For each hour the machine work, $5 is donated to the respective charity.
What a great bunch of people, finding great ways to give back to the community.

Trimble’s 3D GCS900 at the Moorebank Logistics Park

Here is Fulton Hogan’s paver in operation, laying asphalt in one of the final parts of Construction – Stage 1 at the import-export (IMEX) terminal at the Moorebank Logistics Park.

Recently kitted out with Trimble’s 3D GCS900 SITECH Solutions’ Nick Pryke (Sales) was onsite running a training session on the machine when he captured these shots.

Trimble’s 3D GCS900 helps you to achieve finished grade with fewer passes, place material faster with millimetre accuracy. With GCS900 on your machine you’ll keep costs to a minimum and realize better profits.

-ABOUT MOOREBANK LOGISTICS PARK-

Moorebank Logistics Park is a nationally significant infrastructure development that will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver a faster, simpler and more cost-effective service for business and consumers.

Moorebank Logistics Park is being developed on a precinct comprising of land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and adjacent land owned by Qube Holdings.

The development will comprise:

-an import-export (IMEX) terminal with a capacity to handle up to 1.05 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) a year of international containerised freight;

-an interstate terminal with a capacity to handle up to 500,000 TEU of interstate and regional freight per year;

-up to 850,000 sqm of high specification warehousing where containers can be unpacked before delivery of their contents to its final destinations;

-auxiliary services including retail and service offerings;

-a rail connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide direct access to the facility; and

substantial biodiversity offset areas protected from development, including vegetation on the east bank of the Georges River.

Contact us to find out more.

Trimble Dimensions 2018 Offsite – Automous Dozers

Trimble Dimensions 2018 Offsite was an awesome display of incredible technology solutions plus the opportunity to get hands on experience and watch demonstrations featuring over 50 machines from various manufacturers.

Catch a glimpse of the future of Trimble autonomous technology in this video of the autonomous dozer – just one of a massive line-up of off-site demos.

Hello from the Inside…Of Trimble Bootcamp 2018

Four of our SITECH Solutions technicians travelled Las Vegas this month to attend Trimble Boot Camp 2018.

A 3-day training event in Las Vegas running from Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018, Trimble Boot Camp 2018 took place immediately prior to Trimble Dimensions 2018.

SITECH Solutions sent Matt Leonard, Support Technician, Coffs Harbour and Kevin Lawler, Support Technician, ACT along with Jeff Bowd, Support Technician, Sydney and Ben Nicholson, Support Technician, ACT to keep abreast of the latest Trimble technology and also in recognition of their dedication and hard work.

Pictured below are Matt Leonard (L), Support Technician, Coffs Harbour and Kevin Lawler (R) Support Technician, ACT in amongst it and loving it.

The photos below taken by SITECH’s Solutions Support Technician Jeff Bowd, as he stands in amongst the 300 plus attendees, show the sheer scale of the event and the technology.

SITECH Solutions Traineeship Programme

SITECH Solutions is taking on trainees as part of one of the company’s community initiatives centring around youth development and employment.

Cameron Stewart, Service Manager (L) is pictured here with SITECH Solutions’ new Trainee, Peter Huy (R).

Peter is the first hire as part of the new SITECH Solutions Traineeship Programme. The traineeship is for 1 year and as part of this Peter will also complete a Certificate II in Automotive and Electrical Engineering through TAFE NSW.

We welcome Peter to the team and look forward to watching him progress in his career.

Second Trimble HYDROpro Installation for Tyson Excavations

SITECH Solutions’ Grant Hibburd (Construction Sales) and Nick Pryce (Sales Mining, Landfill & Aggregates) were recently onsite for the install of a custom Trimble HYDROpro system on Tyson Excavations’ Trencor trencher as part of the $43.7 million Wah Wah Stock and Domestic Pipeline Project.

This is Tyson’s second trencher to be fitted with GPS for the project.

Trimble HYDROpro gives depth, location, alignment and provides data recording for work as executed reports and built plans.

Scroll down to read our Gunbar Water Pipeline article below for more details about the project.

Landmark Construction Increases Efficiency with Trimble Earthworks Excavator 3D System

Trimble Earthworks allows Landmark Construction’s excavators to semi autonomously reach grade quickly and accurately.

South Carolina-based Landmark Construction Company Inc. has grown from 45 to 400 people in 8 years .

Landmark’s Survey Superintendent Mike Marshall credits this growth to the company’s continued investment in construction technology such as Trimble Earthworks.

Read the full case study here.

Drought Relief – Over $16K Raised for NSW Farmers

A big THANK YOU to all of our customers who purchased from us in August.

Together we were able to donate over $16K to help support Australia’s rural communities and Aussie farmers.

The percentage of our total turnover in August 2018 that we donated will help to buy hay for farmers and provide assistance in North West NSW where they are crippled by drought.

Watch the video below which explains a bit more about Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale programme and its drought relief efforts.

Please call us on 02 6788 2155 if you have any queries about the August Drought Appeal or click through to the Buy a Bale website here.

Fiore Wins Perth SuperPrint in the SITECH Supercar

We’re still celebrating first place at the Dunlop Super2 Series Perth Supersprint earlier this month.

Congratulations to Dean Fiore on his big win in the SITECH Supercar on home soil.

Dean couldn’t have been happier. “What a day!! Can’t thank everyone enough! Awesome to win at home,” he said.

So good to see Dean and his great looking car on top of the podium.

Can’t wait for the Watpac Townsville 400, 6-8 July 2018.

Trim’s New Hitachi Fitted with Trimble GCS900 Grade Control

SITECH Solutions just finished commissioning Adam Wilson from Trim Plant’s new Hitachi 2×210, fitting it with a Trimble GCS900 grade control system.

Here are some photos of the machine on site at the Bringelly Road Project for your viewing pleasure.

Trimble’s GCS9900 system lets you quickly perform complex tasks and simplify finishing slopes with accurate 3D positioning and allows you to work in any environment with a flexible system that can use either GNSS or robotic total station. You can use the GNSS receiver(s) and solid-state angle sensors to measure the precise 3D position of the teeth of the bucket and add a robotic total station-based system for extreme accuracy. Use the system on excavators with tilt buckets for shaping V-ditches and operations where the excavator is digging a slope that is not perpendicular to the boom.

Contact us to learn more!

Kobelco announces a Trimble Ready Option for the 20T, 25T, 30T AND 35T Class Excavator Models.

Kobelco and Trimble have announced the introduction of a Trimble Ready® option for select Tier 4 Final Kobelco excavator models in Australia and New Zealand. Select excavators that ship from the Kobelco factory are now ready for the installation of the Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform for excavators, which can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of the installation for the contractor.

Read more on the Kobelco Website

Sandown 500

Dean Fiore and Michael Caruso in the Nissan Altima #23 at the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 over the weekend.

Read more at https://www.supercars.com/…/days-of-thunder-moment-for-sat…/

#deanfiore #michaelcaruso #sitechsolutions #trimble #sandown500

New Products!

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Walz Scale and MiX Telematics as the new distributor of their product range in Australia.

  • Walz Scale is your single source for industrial truck scales, onsite services, calibration, and various other weighing systems for freight, shipping, retail, and more. Spanning from heavy duty axle scales and wheel weighers to pallet jack scales and floor scales, Walz Scale delivers a full spectrum of industry-leading weighing solutions for a wide range of needs and application.Visit the Walz website
  • MiX Telematics is a global provider of information and related services for the efficient and effective management of mobile assets, including driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management.Visit the MiX Telematics website

August Drought Relief – We’re buying Hay for NSW Farmers

We will donate 1% of total turnover in August 2018 to buy hay for farmers in North West NSW where they are crippled by drought!

When you purchase a product from us this month, you are helping us help our farmers!

Please call us if you have any queries about this appeal on 02 6788 2155.

Staff Movements

Remmi Madhu – we are pleased to welcome Remmi Madhu to SITECH Solutions, to the role of Service and Hire Fleet Technician, servicing and co-ordinating the process of hiring Trimble products to customers and internal support.

Remmi completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2006 and has more than eight years of experience in various sectors in the electronics industry including designing, servicing, quality, certifying electronic products according to Australian and International Standards. Remmi worked as an Electronics Engineer with Novastar Communications for five years in India before moving to Australia with her husband and two children.

Remmi started her career in Australia working with Fonebiz then EMC Technologies as a Safety Engineer and Quality Administrator for more than two years before joining SITECH Solutions.

Rhys Geerligs – has been working as a Support & Training Coordinator for the past two and a half years.
We are pleased to announce that Rhys has taken up the Position of Sales Representative – Survey & Software. Rhys has extensive Trimble Product knowledge and will be more than happy to assist you with Rovers, Base Stations, UTS Kits, Trimble Stratus and Business Center – HCE, servicing New South Wales and ACT.

You can contact Rhys directly on 0488 050 907 or email the Sales Team at sales@sitechsolutions.com.au

Jeff Bowd – has been working as a Service and Quality Assurance Technician/Hire Fleet Coordinator for the last 12 months.

We are pleased to announce that Jeff has taken up the Position of Technical Support. Jeff’s new role involves assisting customer with product fault-finding and problem solving over the phone and to decide whether an on-site technician is required. Jeff will also be assisting customers with Data Prep – converting surveyor designs into files that can utilised with SCS900 in Trimble Controllers and GCS900 in Machines.

You can speak to Jeff by calling 02 6788 2155 or email the Support Team at support@sitechsolutions.com.au

Gunbar Water Pipeline

Sitech Solutions’ Grant Hibburd and Nick Pryce recently spent a few days with Tyson Excavations, installing a custom Trimble HYDROpro system on their Cleveland Bucketwheel Trencher.

The custom Trimble HYDROpro system gives depth, location and alignment, also providing data recording for work as executed reports and built plans.

Based in Griffith, Tyson Excavations are contractors for the $43.7 million Wah Wah Stock and Domestic Pipeline Project (WWSD) which reached a milestone with construction of the 270km Gunbar Water Pipeline commencing in December last year.

The WWSD will supply pressurised piped water to 62 properties in the Wah Wah district in NSW, which covers 310,000 hectares from Carrathool to Hay in the south, and from Gunbar to Booligal in the north.

“The current supply system is inefficient with water conveyed from Barren Box Storage along the Wah Wah main channel and into 1,590km of earth channels, to fill more than 600 in-ground tanks on the properties,” Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) Chairman, Frank Sergi said.

“With the new pipeline Wah Wah customers will benefit through improved levels of service, with year-round access to the river and bores, pressurised water supply and measured water use, which can be remotely monitored.”

“This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to receive filtered Murrumbidgee river water,” said Chairman of the Gunbar Water Steering Committee and local farmer Don Low.

“In a couple of years we will look back and believe the pipeline is the best thing to happen to this area.”

The Wah Wah Stock and Domestic Pipeline Project is due to be completed by April 2018.

Trimble 3D System on the Bringelly Road Upgrade

The $3.6 billion Bringelly Road Upgrade now has a new addition to the line-up of machines working on this significant NSW Government infrastructure project.

DJW Civil took delivery of a Cat 323FL – stacked with features including the Trimble 3D machine control system to maximise productivity and safety.

Pictured L to R: Craig Wenck (SITECH Solutions), Dylan Wheeler (DJW Civil) and Roberto Manna (WesTrac)

By putting design, surfaces, grades and alignments inside the cab, our 3D machine control systems give operators unprecedented control over grading, excavating, compaction and paving applications, significantly reducing material overages and dramatically improving productivity and profitability.

Harnessing the Power of Information with Trimble

The global construction industry is realising the inherent benefits of data optimisation.

Utilising data is not only helping to inform decisions about infrastructure design, construction and management, but it is also helping improve construction machinery and in turn, productivity and job efficiency.

Trimble is well versed on the power of data, particularly around increasing construction and earthmoving machinery efficiency and site productivity through improving interoperability of technologies and data.

Dan Barry, Australasia Regional Manager at Trimble, chats to Roads & Infrastructure Australia in this article about the latest industry trend – turning data into a powerful tool to increase machine and on-site productivity via Trimble’s Connect software and Earthworks grade control.

Read the full article HERE.

Contact us – your local Trimble dealer – to find out more on 02 6788 2155

See SITECH at the Adelaide Clipsal 500 This Weekend!

SITECH Solutions is proud to be going racing this weekend as the Dunlop Super2 Series kicks off at the Adelaide Clipsal 500 with Dean Fiore on board the number 23 Nissan Nismo Altima for MW Motorsport.

The car’s new livery is set to be unveiled for the first time this weekend and call us biased but we think it looks great.

It will be the first time that Supercars main gamer turned PIRTEK Enduro Cup regular Dean Fiore will contest the Dunlop Super2 Series.Fiore has been a frequent Enduro contender with Michael Caruso and Nissan Motorsport, taking his maiden Supercars podium at the Gold Coast in 2014.

In addition to outings in Carrera Cup, Australian GT and the Bathurst 12 Hour in recent years, Fiore has three Super2 events to his name.

The 2018 Adelaide 500 is the 20th anniversary of the event and dubbed a ground-breaking motorsport spectacular packed with action, entertainment and unforgettable moments that will have fans raving for the next 20 years.

All Dunlop Super2 Series races will enjoy live coverage on Foxtel with five events providing additional FTA (free to air) coverage.

Wishing our team the best of luck!

Trimble Implements Strategy – Inside Construction Feature Article

Inside Construction talks to Dan Barry, Trimble’s Regional Sales Manager Australasia, Civil Engineering & Construction, about the deployment phase of the latest technologies, Business Center Design Solutions, Trimble Earthworks, and the related productivity gains for customers.

Read the full article HERE.

For further info contact us, your local Trimble dealer.

Schofields Road Upgrade – SITECH’s Tech Savvy Solutions

Check out the latest edition of Australian National Construction Review for a feature on one of our recent projects – Schofields Road Upgrade.

The $140M Schofields Road Upgrade Stage 3 included a 2.5km upgrade to extend the road to four lanes, construction of new twin bridges and new traffic lights.

SITECH Solutions supply Trimble construction solutions and software which not only provide efficiencies but increase safety on construction sites.

SITECH has also been involved in major road construction projects such as the Bringelly Road Upgrade and has provided technology solutions for Windfarm development in Southern New South Wales and the Snowy Hydro Project.

Click through to the full article HERE – from page 164 to 169.