Machine Control

Machine control enables seamless communication between a 3D digital model uploaded to the computer system and its different receivers. These receivers can include equipment such as bulldozers and excavators fitted with computers, and buckets and blades equipped with GPS devices.

Referenced to GPS coordinates, the 3D model enables a more efficient, cost-effective, and accurate machine control on site when preparing the ground for curb lines, drainage and building positions. It is uploaded to the on-board computers of the vehicles, which are then able to interact with the machinery controls. As the machine moves, the GPS documents its real-time positioning. The computer can automatically adjust the buckets or blades to the required surface elevations or excavation depths.

Key Benefits

  • No pegs left in the ground to get lost or moved and no returns to site for rectification of pegs
  • No need for a permanent setting out engineer on site
  • Less site engineers walking between vehicles on site improves Health & Safety controls
  • Working to a digital design model increases efficient use of time on site
  • Chances of human error reduced
  • No waiting time between one lot of setting out and another due to the constant use of the digital model


  • Setting up a robust site control network prior to construction
  • 3D digital terrain model or string lines in DXF format
  • Simplified plan of groundworks relating only to the job in hand, ensuring machine operators are focused on the work to be done
  • Sensibly layered 3D line drawing

We’ve engaged Powers on survey projects in the past and have always been very impressed with their efficiency and professionalism. They share our ambition and we were able to communicate directly with the owner and discuss our requirements for this complex and large scale project.

Phil Jones Senior Project Manager, Peel Land and Property

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