College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Brick Robbins, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Heavy Civil is a sector in the construction industry involving a variety of different heavy machinery and construction practices. Technology has evolved as an important aspect in this sector striving to improve efficiency, productivity, and traditional construction methods. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is one of the many technological advancements that benefit any size of contractor in the heavy civil industry. With the help of a 3D model, base station, and rover, contractors implement advanced building methods that provide excellent owner satisfaction. Similar to GPS, SmartGrade is a tool integrated into heavy machinery that enhances performance without the need of wiring or masts. I researched these technological systems through an interview with the Director of Construction Positioning Technology at John Deere, and President of Brough Construction, Inc. a local general engineering contractor. With these interviews I concluded that this technology indeed offers great benefits to the contractor. Examples of these benefits include: increased productivity levels, increased efficiency, minimized material overages, and a guaranteed return on equity for an investment in this technology. There is no reason why a contractor should not invest in this type of equipment since the industry is moving towards more reliable and effective construction practices.