Global Positioning Technology
Nowhere is Sweeney’s commitment to "raising the bar" in the construction industry more evident that in his recent marriage of high technology and heavy equipment. In a marriage of heavy equipment and satellites, large dirt-moving jobs are being completed with unprecedented precision, speed and savings to customers, thanks to the installation of global positioning technology on bulldozers.
"Clients get a better product at a quicker pace," says Sweeney. "That’s the value of buying Sweeney."
The value is made possible through the use of a Trimble SiteVision tracking system on a 2003 CAT D8R bulldozer. SiteVision employs "global positioning" technology, determining exact heights and distances on a job site so only the right amount of earth is moved, at any given time. By sending and receiving signals from satellites, a bulldozer operator can readily see exactly how much earth to move and where on a job site. The system gives heavy equipment operators a roadmap of the territory in which they are moving, just as automobile drivers get on roads, with similar navigation technology.
The installation and training of this technology represents a major investment of time and money (more than $150,000) on Sweeney’s behalf, but it is an investment he knows will pay off when he can save a client time and money on a project.