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)

Edward Boucher, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The heavy civil industry plays a pivotal role in shaping the infrastructure landscape, with construction equipment serving as the backbone of any project. In an industry that is constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety, autonomous construction equipment has emerged as an innovative solution to help improve these factors on a heavy civil project. The purpose of this paper is to present an in-depth look at the current state of new technology involving autonomous construction equipment, and how prevalent it is in today's heavy civil industry. Qualitative interviews that were completed with a project manager, superintendent, and a foreman that work for Toro Enterprises were used to help emphasize where autonomous equipment is at related to a smaller heavy civil company, and if it's worth it for them to implement this equipment into their everyday work. With autonomous equipment being a relatively new technology, future research that can be studied is cost-benefit analysis, initial investment costs, maintenance expenses, potential productivity gains, and how it can work side by side with BIM.

SP Posterboard.pdf (383 kB)
Poster Board