The Latest Technology Trends on the Construction Jobsite

In this ever-changing technology landscape we live in, construction contractors need innovative tools for maximum productivity. Challenges that impact contractors on a day-to-day basis can be eased, or even avoided, with the use of these three technologies:

  • Grade control
  • Telematics
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

Grade control enables faster and more precise grading with less manpower. Using 3D grade control, operators no longer have to exit the cab to check grade, or manually place grade stakes. Eliminating these steps saves significant time for multiple contractors on the job, making more time for work.

Another common workforce challenge fleet managers face is the lack of experienced operators in the field. Available in select John Deere crawler dozers, integrated grade control automates the calibration process and allows operators to alter machine settings for the task at hand with the push of a few buttons. To quickly increase productivity of novice operators, the integration of grade control is a big advantage. It enables them to quickly and accurately complete finish grading work by leveraging blade control automation.

Telematics enables contractors to increase uptime by monitoring machines from a distance. Dealers keep a close eye through these capabilities to alert fleet managers of any machine health concerns, ultimately stopping problems before they affect workflow. Maintenance is easily tracked through a variety of plans available for fleet managers. These plans provide hour-monitoring capabilities to assure machine maintenance is scheduled, and machine location on the jobsite is always known. This information is delivered to the fleet manager’s inbox via email. Telematics offers fleet managers additional resources to keep them in the know of their fleet health and plan for maintenance.

Another growing trend is the use of UAVs. Contractors can use aerial technology as a tool to reveal insights and manage jobsites. They can closely track asset inventory and productivity, and access to this information gives contractors an upper hand in planning and maximizing uptime.

Grade control, telematics, and UAVs provide John Deere customers with timesaving capabilities that put productivity in the forefront. The insights available through these advances gives fleet managers a leg up on machine health, operator capabilities, and jobsite transparency. As technology evolves, so does the opportunity to increase productivity.

By Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight

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