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The Market has been flooded with a wide range of grade control systems in the construction industry. With the variability in the different range of grade control systems, it is prudent to make crucial choices that will win the market. This paper researches on the grade control systems in the construction industry that will help creating a web that keeps other competitors out.

Accugrade Grade Control System -This system increases productivity up to 40% and reduces the total costs during a project. This system is created using complex factory systems that are independent of sensor and uses GPS, sonic, and ATS forms of know-how in the development of grade systems. Since an effective grade control system is evaluated using labor effectiveness, efficiency, and cost, this system tries to cater for all these factors and provides up to 95% customer satisfaction.  Its efficiency is enhanced by the guidance features in the system, the blade controls that are automatic, and a generally effective and efficient grade control system that alleviates the need for extra supervision. Being a product of the CAT this product seems to be one of the most effective grade control systems in the current market for grade control systems that goes for $6999.00 (CAT, 2013).

Trimble GCS900 Grade Control system is also a system that seems to concur with the needs of most construction projects. This system uses GradeMax technology that increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the machine during a construction project. The other factor that makes this system more effective is its ability to integrate office and filed work in perfecting a construction project. The system uses GNSS and other forms telemeter technology in improving communication. The system does not require sensors and the automated blade control makes it easy for the machine to adjust to different conditions. This system goes for $6780.00 and seems to be an effective system that can work on different conditions, therefore improving on performance and labor intensiveness of the project (Trimble, 2013).  

The GCSFlex Grade control system-This system uses Wi-Fi technology in improving the communication in the due process of construction from a base station. Additionally, there is a design that is built from the control box of the system, allowing the operator to gauge the correct depths and alignments. The system also has several sensor settings that help in perfecting the work of the grade control system.  This machine is simple to operate and can be used by small or mid sized contractors in carrying out their construction projects. Additionally, this system does not require prior planning in the office as it has been designed with the capability of digging to the desired depths and other modifications in the construction industry. The price for this system is $7100.00.With the Wi-Fi and GCSFlex technologies, it is possible to cut down the costs that would be used using other grade control systems (SitePrep, 2012).  

Topcon 3D-MC2-This is a grade control system product that can proof also to be effective in the construction industry. Unlike the GCSFlex, this system uses antennae in receiving communication from the base unit. The system uses GNNSS technology in enhancing the protocols used during communication. Owners of this system believe that through the technology that is used by the system, the project managers are likely to witness increased productivity, timely work, and low operating costs of the grade control systems. This grade control system has been priced at $6400.00.  However, the effectiveness of this system stands to be doubted since the GNNSS technology used in communication seems to be less effective as compared to GPS technology (TopCon, 2013).

BladePro: 3D Automatic grade Control Systems- This one of the most sophisticated grade control systems that are in existence in the construction industry. This system uses automated blades with advanced computer technology. The price for this system is $7500.00. This system uses software designed using DTM technology, robotic stations, and a control system that takes care of the blade of the motor grader. Communication in the grade control system is enhanced using a robotic station that ensures real time positioning based on the information that is usually stored in the data card. The technology used in this system has therefore been widely used in perfecting road, railway, and airport construction (Purdue University, 2013).

Powergrade 3D- this is a control system that has really created a new face in construction. This system is mainly aimed at regulating the slope and the elevation of the blade of a dozer during construction. Through a robust technology, the power grade 3D is in a position to control the blades of a dozer automatically and control the hydraulic system of the dozer. The robust technology helps on improving on precision and the total speed during construction. The price for this system is $7100.00. This is a product that is likely to increase effectiveness during construction (Scan Laser Machine Control, 2013).

From the range of products that have been provided, different technologies have been used in developing the grade control systems. From GPS to Wi-Fi, it is evident that the current grade control systems have positively impacted the construction industry. Even though all of them might be appealing, it is important to reconsider and evaluate the level of technology used in developing the system and the relevance of the technology to the needs of a construction project.


CAT, (2013). AccuGrade Grade Control System.  Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from http://www.cat.com/technology/earth-moving-solutions/accugrade-grade-control-system

Purdue University, (2013). Emerging Construction Technologies. Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from http://rebar.ecn.purdue.edu/ect/links/technologies/civil/bladepro.aspx

Scan Laser Machine Control, (2013). Powergrade 3D. Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from http://scanlaser.info/uk/products_solutions/bulldozer/dozer-3d/

SitePrep, (2012). Deere to Factory-Install Topcon Grade Control Systems.  Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from http://www.siteprepmag.com/Articles/Machine_Control/2012/10/02/Deere-to-Factory-Install-Topcon-Grade-Control-Systems

TopCon, (2013). Topcon 3D-MC2. Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from www.topconpositioning.com/products/machine-control/3d/3d-mc2-dozer

Trimble, (2013). Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System. Retrieved on 16 January, 2013 from http://www.trimble.com/construction/heavy-civil/machine-control/grade-control/





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CAT, (2013). xxxxxxx Grade Control xxxxxxx xxxxxxx on xxxxxxx January, 2013 xxxxxxx http://www.cat.com/technology/earth-moving-solutions/accugrade-grade-control-system


Scan xxxxxxx Machine Control, xxxxxxx Powergrade 3D. xxxxxxx xxxxxxx 16 xxxxxxx 2013 from xxxxxxx href="http://scanlaser.info/uk/products_solutions/bulldozer/dozer-3d/">http://scanlaser.info/uk/products_solutions/bulldozer/dozer-3d/

SitePrep, (2012). xxxxxxx to xxxxxxx xxxxxxx Grade Control xxxxxxx Retrieved on xxxxxxx January, 2013 xxxxxxx http://www.siteprepmag.com/Articles/Machine_Control/2012/10/02/Deere-to-Factory-Install-Topcon-Grade-Control-Systems

TopCon, xxxxxxx Topcon 3D-MC2. xxxxxxx on 16 xxxxxxx xxxxxxx from xxxxxxx href="http://www.topconpositioning.com/products/machine-control/3d/3d-mc2-dozer">www.topconpositioning.com/products/machine-control/3d/3d-mc2-dozer

Trimble, (2013). xxxxxxx GCS900 Grade xxxxxxx System. xxxxxxx xxxxxxx 16 January, xxxxxxx from