Posted: November 17, 2015
Last modified: January 19, 2017

Efficiency, safety and economy – those are three of the overarching principles guiding the I-4 Ultimate project.

They also represent three important processes that I-4 Ultimate managers can monitor through the Heavy Equipment Systems Specialist GPS system that tracks vehicles and equipment used by the project team. The system sends data to managers about activities such as driving habits, usage, fuel consumption and maintenance schedules on the machinery being used to remake a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 4 (I-4) in Central Florida.

Phil Picone, SGL Constructor’s Equipment Manager, said he finds the state-of-the-art automated GPS tracking system to be an extremely valuable tool. SGL Constructors is the construction joint venture of Skanska, Granite and Lane.

“This system is the easiest way to manage our many assets,” Picone said. “In the past, we did everything manually with file folders and vehicle logs.”

Picone points out that this automation is another example of how SGL and the I-4 Ultimate project is utilizing the latest technology to operate efficiently and safely.

The electronic monitoring tells equipment managers where the vehicles are, how fast they are going and whether drivers are wearing seat belts. It also records hard accelerations and abrupt stops. Those behaviors and others can be addressed to improve safety and limit wear and tear on equipment.

Additionally, if the equipment leaves a certain designated area, the system can send signals to alert managers of a possible theft.

The electronic data system lets managers know if immediate or routine maintenance is needed without someone inspecting each vehicle’s odometer and repair schedule. That is a big timesaver on a project with more than 200 vehicles and pieces of heavy equipment linked to the special GPS system.