GIS Tech News (#28)2 Jan, 2007 By: Andrew G. Roe,P.E.
|Satellite positioning saves one contractor millions
The practice of guiding earthmoving equipment with GPS (Global Positioning System) units has been gaining acceptance in recent years, and industry sources expect the trend to continue for the foreseeable future. Technological advances, an expanding user base and competition among vendors are all helping propel this growth.
Construction contractors have been at the forefront in implementing this technology, but designers are also playing a key role, because 3D models are required to represent grading surfaces for the GPS-equipped machines. The concept has opened doors for more collaboration and time savings through "stakeless" construction, but it has also raised concerns about data ownership, liability and accuracy expectations. Read More >>
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