Stepping into new technology is never easy, it can even be overwhelming. Over the years, we have taken on hundreds of new GPS users and helped them develop their knowledge and application of the latest technology. While we can't be onsite to help, we have put together several articles that can guide you through the learning curve. Hopefully, you can leverage mistakes we have seen other contractors make to get you over the "hump" and productive with your new tech. We have NEVER seen a contractor go back to the old way.
Click on the links below to develop your understanding of important concepts in machine control and even a few new ways to use it.
The most important concept to understand when setting up EVERY GPS project is site control. Quantum's Four Principles of Site Control will get you started off on the right foot. Each principle, one, two, three and four, has it's own article with a detailed explanation.
Many contractors use single point control for custom jobs or basic topo surveys. Due to the "single point" nature of setting up your GPS this way it can rotate horizontally and drift vertically over time. This article details how to set up single point control so that it is accurate and repeatable over time. It's more work, but time very well spent.
Tempted by that "free" 3D surface offered by the developer or project Engineer? This blog post will help you understand why that surface was not developed for machine control applications. This one might seem a little self serving on Quantum's part, but blindly using a free 3D model is probably the second biggest mistake contractors make, the first being poor site control.
Grow the $$$ return of your GPS system buy using it for structural excavation, underground utilities or even site drainage.
Ready to "elevate" your tech and implement drone data for your company? Take a look at the Quantum Flight Pack and our keep-it-simple drone methodology.
Have a specific question? Shoot Orrin, Ryan or Zach an email or give us a ring.