Improve grading accuracy & optimize productivity with machine-control systems
by Jon McKendry
December 6, 2017

skills gap. New grade control systems are much more intuitive and easy to use, which make them more attractive to new operators. This allows operators of all skill levels to be much more accurate at the first pass and create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces more easily. They can also achieve finished grade to millimeter accuracy with fewer passes. This frees up more experienced operators for complex jobs and lets newer operators hone their skills. Today, many grade-control applications are also built on familiar operating systems, which make them easy to use with a similar look and feel to smartphones, tablets and other devices we use every day. They also have a more intuitive interface and touch-screen displays, which have been optimized for productivity. New systems are also more configurable, so each operator can personalize the interface to match his/her workflow.

Whatever your personal comfort level has been with grade control in the past, it may be a good time to reevaluate the way you think about these systems. Construction business owners willing to make the leap can experience significant efficiency gains in terms of minimal rework, cost savings and more competitive bidding.