Temora Shire Council recently hired a 3D machine control equipped motor grader from Coates Hire
for a road improvement project.
The reconstruction of approximately 900m of the Burley Griffin Way, which included vertical curves and varying cross slopes involved several complexities in the road design. The Council hired the grader to simplify the work and build the road to design using the new 3D technology.
Coates Hire operates a large fleet of CAT 140M motor graders and 20-35 tonne excavators equipped with 3D machine control. After consulting with the Coates Hire Machine Control product specialist, the UTS (universal tracking system) technology was finalised as the best option for the job.
UTS machine control gets its positioning data by means of a robotic total station that tracks a survey prism mounted to a mast attached to the blade of the machine. UTS is ideal for small road construction projects where a GPS base station has not been set up or where final trim accuracy (sub 10mm) is required. 3D machine control, be it GPS or UTS guided has been proven to increase machine productivity and accuracy.
Coates Hire’s services include supply of machines and technology in addition to organising data preparation as well as operator training.
After successfully completing the Burley Griffin Way reconstruction, the Council decided to retain the grader and technology for use on another job, which involved building a right hand turn lane on Goldfields Way to allow better access into Temora Airport.