The Sirius Group which provides demolition, remediation, ground stabilisation and civil engineering services to the construction industry has invested in fifteen additional SITECH® UK & Ireland Trimble technology systems as their fleet grows because of the greater site efficiency machine control offers.
The UK based business with principal offices in Durham, Leeds, and Warrington, operates nationally and began fitting their machines with SITECH Trimble technology more than a decade ago after realising how GPS systems save time, fuel, labour, and improve the quality of the work and site safety.
With clients including Taylor Wimpey, Keepmoat Homes, Miller Homes, and Gleeson Homes, SITECH Trimble technology is used in site surveys and throughout the project development. The Sirius earthmoving fleet of more than 130 diggers, dozers, scrapers, and compactors use the GPS technology across the fleet.
Stuart Kirk, Plant Director at The Sirius Group, responsible for all equipment and investment in the Sirius plant division, was an early adopter of site GPS technology after seeing it in action on a dozer back in 2001. In 2010 Sirius purchased a new Caterpillar D6 fitted with machine control, and over the last decade Sirius has continually invested in GPS technology to remain at the forefront of machine control.
Stuart said: “We’ve just taken delivery of fifteen new Kobelco machines which are all fitted with SITECH Trimble technology because machine control helps us to make efficiencies in all areas.
“Back in 2001 people struggled to see the savings having a site sat nav provides and I had to push to get investment in them, but slowly things began changing. People began to see how much production can improve with efficiency savings on fuel, maintenance, tighter tolerances, engineer time on site and safety as your operator can stay within the machine.
“When you’re running on Trimble machine control there’s less supervision needed. Operators can see exactly where they are on site, what depth they’re digging to, and can refer to the plans so they can be confident they’re doing the job right first time which means they’re not tracking about using fuel or increasing wear and tear on the machine.
“Having our engineers, surveyors and machine operators all using the same systems means we have complete confidence when tackling some of the most complex and challenging brownfield or greenfield sites.”
The Sirius Group has invested around £400,000 on SITECH Trimble technology over the last 12 months, and they currently operate fifteen Trimble GPS rovers, fifteen base stations, a site surveying system and they have twenty-five excavators installed with the machine control system.
Stuart added: “Thanks to Brent Taylor at SITECH our team of three scrapers are also up and running with Trimble technology after he was able to create harnesses for them for us, and we’ll continue to invest in future technology. We’re now looking at the Trimble Business Centre to create the 3D models for our machines.”
To find out more about the construction technology, software and specialist services and training SITECH UK & Ireland offers, visit the website at www.sitechukandireland.com.