TRM assists the Clarkson Companies in staying apprised of leading edge technology affecting construction activities. Two projects are currently being studied for implementation.
1 – The utilization of Clarkson Construction Company’s communications system to transmit wireless data from a field supervisor’s vehicle to the central computer system which would provide real time data to the accounting and engineering staffs. Timekeeping, maintenance, cost accounting, inventory and purchasing can be tracked and processed more efficiently and timely. Immediate and direct communication is a vital part to successful business activities. TRM manages the corporation’s 10 channel wireless telecommunications system. This system is on a 1,000 foot tower that provides wide area coverage. It allows excellent flexibility in communications on a project between various companies, divisions and equipment operators, etc., while at the same time enabling them to maintain their own individual channels. Also, TRM can provide remote wireless communications to a distant job site if needed by utilizing two 80 foot stand alone portable communication towers. These portable towers also have the ability to extend the wireless network into remote areas as well. Recently Total Risk Management coordinated the implementation of a GSM 2G digital network rollout for Clarkson Construction Company and it's subsidiary Superior Bowen Asphalt LLC. This new network will allow data transfer rates up to 54 kbps in the near future. With this implementation, critical project data can be brought to the foreman in the field at the touch of a button.
2 – Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology is being introduced into construction grading and
site work. This technology reduces surveying time and machine idle time, enhances equipment utilization, and improves productivity and job quality. By creating a design file in a standard AutoCAD format (DXF File), implementing it with a GPS/real-time
Kinematics (RTK) receiver provides a near centimeter (-1/2”) level accuracy in a three dimensional mode. Putting this information into an on-board computer, calibrated to a specific piece of equipment provides real-time surveying without stakes for flags. Near real-time production with full-time grade control for drainage and elevations can be achieved. This information is continually transmitted to a production
net workable computer allowing real time links between engineering and field supervisors.