Published on: May 15, 2017

GPS tracking is increasingly being used by construction site managers to streamline project work and surveillance of resources, mainly equipment that are expensive. It contributes substantially in saving time and money which eventually helps increase profitability. Site managers choose to use GPS tracking for different reasons but mainly they value its ability to offer remote monitoring for equipment maintenance. For heavy duty construction equipment, care and service is a top priority because this is the only way by which investment in such expensive machinery can be optimized by saving time and money.

Today GPS tracking is a completely web-based technology that uses an onboard communication device on every piece of equipment. While the GPS receiver finds out where the machine is located, sensors on the machine send the information to a modem which collects it. The modem then transmits this data to specific users who access it on a website. GPS tracking allows users to track real-time data of their machines virtually anywhere across the construction site and use the information to improve their performance output. It not only enables efficient utilization of equipment and better security for equipment but also optimizes machine use by reducing idling, thereby improving job estimation and planning.

GPS tracking helps automate equipment maintenance in a major way and this is necessary for better maintenance and recordkeeping by speeding up information flow and decision-making. Maintenance is a critical part of equipment management, more so in case of construction equipment. It helps construction site managers create well defined programs to plan equipment maintenance data and then make informed decisions on the basis of such data that eventually helps overall performance at the jobsite.

Site managers today use GPS tracking to schedule automated maintenance alerts, thereby significantly cutting down the time involved in acquiring data and scheduling instructions to achieve optimum utilization of equipment. With such information at their disposal, project managers need not visit the jobsite too often or even make phone calls to obtain basic data such as engine hours, fluid levels or operating temperatures. Moreover, the steady flow of real-time data ensures much higher accuracy of the information which helps managers avoid outdated methods like handwritten instructions.