10 Tips for buying new dream house – sticky

If you are looking to shift to a new house or want to renovate your existing one, the first thing you will need to think about is the painting. While it may be tempting to hire a professional to do it if you have never painted before, it will cost you a lot of money. Painting your own house allows you to experiment with something new and will help you save thousands of dollars.

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COVID-19 Response

To our valued customers and industry partners, SITECH Rocky Mountain continues to assess the impacts of the Coronavirus on our employees, our customers and our communities. Our management team is meeting daily to ensure the well-being of our employees and customers and that important business operations continue.

SITECH Rocky Mountain Business Operations

At this time, all SITECH Rocky Mountain locations will remain open during normal business hours.

You may use sitechrockymtn.com contact forms and chat function to communicate with us online (https://www.sitechrockymtn.com/contact-us/).
Customers may contact us by phone at 1-866-903-2335.

What SITECH Rocky Mountain Is Doing To Protect Our Customers and Employees

  • An enhanced facility-cleaning plan has been initiated using CDC approved disinfectants.
  • Employees are using gloves when handling parts and repairing equipment.
  • Employees have been provided information on healthy habits and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • We are actively limiting employee travel and are avoiding in-person meetings and public events.
  • We have established procedures for employees to work remotely, leverage teleconference/web meeting technologies when feasible and have instructed employees with fever and/or cough to stay home.
  • We have instructed employees not to visit customers in person unless approved or requested by the customer.

What You Can Do

  • Stay informed- The CDC has regularly updated credible guidance available to help you and your loved ones remain safe.
  • Practice social distancing of six feet, wash your hands, and use hand-sanitizer.
  • Avoid shaking hands and other close contact when unnecessary.
  • If you are sick, we kindly ask that you conduct business remotely to limit exposure.

Trimble Dimensions 2020 & SiTech Rocky Mountain

Welcome back to the one and only SiTech Rocky Mountain blog! We are thrilled to be able to announce that Trimble Dimensions 2020 has a new location (and an official date!). Today’s blog will be short and sweet; we’ll briefly discuss Trimble Dimensions 2020 before reminding our readers who we are and what we provide at SiTech Rocky Mountain. Let’s dive in!

Three Big Days of Education, Innovation, and Networking

Save the date for Trimble Dimensions 2020! On November 2-4, 2020, Nashville will play host to the Trimble Dimensions Experience:

  • 3 Days
  • 4,800+ peers
  • 500+ sessions

As usual, you can expect awe-inspiring presentations from innovators in our fields, featuring interactive demos and real-time support. The hands-on workshops, in-depth trainings, and seemingly endless ideas for improving operational efficiencies will leave you and your business in good stead moving forward. Plus, we’ve got a few special events and exciting surprises hidden up our sleeves! 

As on Dimensions Attendee put it, “I come to Trimble Dimensions to connect with others and learn about topics pertinent to my job. That knowledge helps me develop new ideas and strategies back at my workplace.” 

  • Education – You get the chance to expand your skills and learn about new solutions that can help tackle the unique challenges your business faces.
  • Innovation – A world of innovation is at your fingertips. Get ahead of your competition by finding new ways to boost your business. 
  • Networking – Take advantage of over 4,800 peers from all around the world being all in the same place — learn and teach at the same time!

About Trimble

Trimble provides sophisticated positioning solutions to increase productivity and improve safety in one key way — they connect the physical and digital worlds. Their core technologies are in connectivity, modeling, positioning, and data analytics that are applied in a range of industries, including agriculture, geospatial, transportation, logistics, and construction. They are in over 150 countries and have employees in over 40! For our part at SiTech Rocky Mountain, we are thrilled to be an Authorized Trimble Dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. 

Consider SiTech Rocky Mountain

Whether you are in need of Trimble survey equipment or aren’t sure what kind of construction technology would best suit your organizational needs, we can help at SiTech Rocky Mountain. We offer a wide range of solutions:

In addition to our range of solutions, we also offer world-class service and support. We have experienced employees who would love nothing more than to ensure that you find the right solution for your unique needs. Our selection, price point, and customer service simply won’t be beat! From certified training classes and a full line of Trimble technology solutions to Trimble repairs and rentals for the construction job site, we’ve got you covered from A to Z at SiTech Rocky Mountain. 

Contact us at your convenience, and don’t forget to register for Trimble Dimensions 2020!

Service & Support For Construction Management Solutions

If you are familiar with us at all, you already know that we at SiTech Rocky Mountain are your construction technology provider of choice. We are an Authorized Trimble Dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas, which makes us a viable option if you are looking to harness Trimble technology to keep you on time and on budget. Whether you are looking for site positioning systems, paving control systems, mining technology, or even fleet and asset management, we can help you make smarter, more informed decisions about deployment, production, and forecasting. 

In today’s blog we take the opportunity to highlight our service and support. From our certified training classes to our equipment field service guides, we seek to provide value in a variety of ways. Read on to learn more!

Highlighting SITECH’s World Class Service & Support

Let’s start with the ten-thousand-foot-view. If you are in the construction industry (or an adjacent field, for that matter), you need both high productivity and a high ROI, or return on investment. No matter what kind of contractor you are, you can count on SiTech Rocky Mountain to help you determine the right software, equipment, and solutions for your job. What’s more, we offer personalized training and technical support for all of your Trimble survey equipment. 

We have factory-trained and certified technicians who boast years of experience. We provide lightning-fast turnaround times on repairs. And most of all, we know how to apply our innovative construction technology to make sure it provides you with a practical, tangible benefit that impacts your bottom line. 

Now, let’s dive into the details a bit more. 

Certified Training

We offer Business Center classes that include HCE Core & Basics, HCE Corridors, Site Takeoff, and more. While the content of a course will naturally depend on the topic of each class, you can expect detailed instruction on how to use Business Center for analysis and action. At the end of the day, the tools we provide are useless if you don’t know how to use them to make your business more efficient and profitable. 

Rentals

In no uncertain terms, Sitech Rocky Mountain offers the largest Trimble survey equipment rental fleet in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas! Whether you are looking for daily, weekly, or monthly use, our survey equipment rental systems are as reliable as they are affordable. We offer a line of newer, well-maintained construction technology rentals, from Trimble GPS rentals to other Trimble survey equipment. You can’t beat our price point, selection, or customer service. 

Repair Center

We operate a Level 3 Certified Trimble survey equipment repair center right here in Aurora, Colorado. What this means for you is that we can repair the full suite of Trimble survey equipment and construction technology solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Geodimeter robotic total stations
  • Machine control systems
  • Laser systems
  • Trimble data controls
  • GPS receivers and displays

If you need your survey equipment repaired in our service area, you know who to turn to!

Used Equipment

In the same way that we provide rental survey equipment, we also offer used survey equipment for sale. If you are interested in learning more about our inventory or rates, please contact us for more information. 

Equipment Field Service Guides

Finally, we’d like to highlight the fact that SiTech Rocky Mountain provides a variety of equipment field service guides. As a Trimble Authorized Dealer, we want to make sure you are set up for success in every way we can. Turn to SiTech Rocky Mountain if you have any questions or would like our input to help align your needs with a robust solution that benefits your organization. 

 

Contact us today!

Highlighting Our Construction Software Solutions

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had the chance to sit down and write our readers, clients, and prospective customers, so we are glad to have the opportunity to do exactly that! In recent blogs, we’ve highlighted Trimble survey equipment, the Cat® MineStar™, without forgetting about a slightly random (but certainly entertaining) blog regarding a few interesting facts about the mining industry at large. 

Today’s blog will continue with the former topic — Trimble equipment. Instead of confining ourselves to only discussing survey equipment, we’ll be highlighting SiTech’s construction software solutions. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

Information Moves Mountains

It’s 2020. As such, having the right construction management technology impacts profitability more than ever before. As we say, machines move dirt, but information moves mountains. Any construction company worth their salt is run by leaders who know you need to stay informed to be efficient and profitable. At SiTech Rocky Mountain, we help you improve your operational efficiencies with a host of tangibly beneficial construction software solutions. As you read the blog below, keep in mind we have a team of experts just a phone call away to help align our software with your organization’s unique needs. 

Business Center – HCE

If you are looking for a wealth of tools to help you seamlessly create integrated, precise 3D constructible models for marine, construction, and surveying jobs, Trimble Business Center is the solution for you. In a range of ways, it helps you decrease costly mistakes and make more informed decisions. Its features and benefits include:

  • Create design data
  • Manage design data to mitigate mistakes
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • Integrates with Trimble field software
  • Prepare earthwork and construction models quickly and accurately 
  • Expanded levels of detail for both quantity and takeoff estimating
  • Increase profit by optimizing your site and corridor model creation process
  • Reduce rework by making sure your data is clean and deliverable in the right format
  • Seamlessly manage the data between the office and field
  • Write your own commands and customize the software with Trimble Macro Language (TML) functionality

View the Trimble Business Center Data Sheet for details!

VisionLink

For off-highway equipment in particular, VisionLink provides a unified view of health, location, and productivity for your fleet — no matter the manufacturer!

VisionLink Unified Suite applications are mobile-capable, allowing you to navigate through the easy-to-use interface to make sure you are maximizing ROI. 

What kind of information will you be looking at? We are so glad you asked!

  • VisionLink Unified Fleet offers intuitive, user-friendly screens which display asset information to manage a mixed fleet, regardless of machine brand
  • VisionLink Unified Productivity allows you to easily optimize project productivity by monitoring how materials move in accordance with asset or project targets
  • VisionLink Administrator automatically unifies all applications so that users can determine importance, configure settings, and manage access according to individual organizational needs
  • Extend asset life by managing maintenance schedules and tracking machine health

Trimble Contractor

If you find yourself absolutely buried in paperwork, Trimble Contractor might be just the construction software solution for you. We understand there’s a lot of other things you need to be doing besides reviewing and ratifying contracts, but paperwork is a necessary evil if you are interested in, you know, paying your people and making sure your business stays afloat. 

Trimble Contractor offers an affordable, simple, and convenient way to manage common office tasks. You can even do so on a smartphone or tablet. What’s more, the data can be exported to most any accounting software you are using. 

Benefits and features of Trimble Contractor include:

  • Create quotes directly from a customized price or item list
  • Quickly send and receive approval on quotes
  • Store, track, and approve quotes
  • Track the activity and progress of projects with a site diary function
  • Accurately track purchase and change orders
  • Get paid faster — create and send invoices directly from quotes
  • Create and deliver site instructions to individual employees

Quantm Alignment Planning System

The final Trimble solution we will highlight is specifically geared for road and rail planners and engineers. Trimble Quantm Alignment Planning assists with the planning and execution of new high speed, freight, or passenger rail or highway projects — with lower construction costs and more rapidly to boot!

This solution helps engineers and planners in a variety of ways, including:

  • Reduce alignment construction costs significantly
  • Offer improvement alignment deliveries that meet environmental, heritage, and design standards
  • Dramatically shorten project planning time

Keep in mind that the Quantm Alignment Planning System integrates seamlessly with Trimble Business Center, Novapoint, Quadri, and TILOS!

Contact SiTech, Your Construction Technology Provider In Colorado

Whether you are looking for construction management software, site positioning systems, or aren’t quite sure what you need to take your business to the next level of efficiency and profitability, we’ve got you covered at SiTech Rocky Mountain. We proudly serve New Mexico, Colorado, and far west Texas. Reach out to your Trimble Authorized Dealer of Colorado today!

Trimble Survey Equipment At A Glance

SiTech Rocky Mountain is Colorado’s top provider of Trimble technology and solutions, including Trimble Survey Equipment. In today’s blog, we’ll take the opportunity to highlight Trimble as a company before discussing what solutions they provide for a wide range of companies. Finally, we’ll underscore how we at SiTech Rocky Mountain fit into the picture! If you are interested in learning more about how Trimble survey equipment or our suite of other construction technologies and solutions can impact your business, by all means, keep reading! 

All About Trimble

Founded in 1978, Trimble delivers services and products that close the gap between the digital and physical worlds. With offices in 40 countries, a 2018 revenue that exceeded $3 billion, and solutions that are used in over 150 countries worldwide, you don’t have to look far to find an environment where Trimble equipment has had an impact. You do, however, need to know where to look. 

To that end, Trimble affects a wide range of industries: Agriculture, Building Construction, Civil Engineering and Construction, Geospatial, Transportation, Government, Forestry, Rail, Field Service Management, Telecommunications, Electric and Water Utilities — as well as many others!

Trimble’s core technology resides in data analytics, positioning, modeling, and connectivity to help customers improve their operations from productivity, sustainability, safety, and quality standpoints. With robust software, hardware, and a host of services, Trimble is effectively transforming industries such as geospatial, construction, agriculture, and transportation. 

For over 40 years, Trimble has been supporting businesses of many kinds. With 2,000 patents and a suite of unique solutions that have stemmed from our dedicated research and development centers in over 15 different countries, Trimble successfully augments its technology with strategic acquisitions from across the world.

SiTech & Trimble

For our part at SiTech Rocky Mountain, we are proud to be able to work with a fine organization such as Trimble. Our Trimble site positioning products and solutions include:

  • Site Positioning Systems Essentials Kit
  • Trimble SitePulse System
  • Trimble TSC3 Controller
  • Trimble Site Tablet
  • Trimble Site Mobile
  • TCU Control Unit

For a more complete breakdown of our site positioning systems and Trimble products, view our dedicated resource at your convenience. At the end of the day, we want to help connect you to the right tools to do the job right!

Your Construction Technology Provider

Our team at SiTech Rocky Mountain is comprised of experts who know exactly how to apply Trimble construction technology to solve the unique challenges construction companies face on the job site. We’ll work with you closely to make sure you are leveraging all that Trimble survey equipment, construction management software, and our other solutions have to offer. Whether you are looking to improve your job site’s safety, enhance operational efficiencies, or get access to actionable data so you know where, when, and how you can improve, we can help with that. 

Our areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Grade control systems
  • Site positioning systems
  • Machine monitoring
  • Machine weighing
  • Construction management software
  • Wireless and Internet-based infrastructure

Whether you are in Albuquerque, Colorado, or far west Texas, we’ve got you covered when it comes to construction technology. We want to make your life easier, and providing you with robust Trimble technology is a great way to do that! Give us a call today if you are ready to learn more about what we can do for your business. 

All About Mining Technology & The Cat® MineStar™

It’s been a few months since we’ve gotten the opportunity to sit down and blog for our loyal readers, so if you’ve been wondering what we’ve been up to at SiTech Rocky Mountain, the answer is, practically everything else besides blogging! 

As a reminder for those interested in our construction technology and equipment, SiTech Rocky Mountain is a Colorado company which aligns Trimble construction technology to solve real-world problems construction teams face on the job site. We help leverage Trimble survey equipment, construction management software, and other solutions to make your operations more efficient and precise. We do this in a variety of ways, but our primary fields of expertise are as follows:

  • Grade control systems
  • Site positioning systems
  • Machine monitoring
  • Machine weighing
  • Construction management software
  • Wireless and Internet-based infrastructure

Mining Technology: Cat® MineStar™ from SITECH Rocky Mountain

As the title of this blog already gave away, we’ll be taking the opportunity to underscore what our mining technology can do for our clients in terms of managing everyday challenges. 

More specifically, the Cat® MineStar™ is a versatile solution which helps you control costs, enhance safety, and even extend the life of equipment you use on a daily basis. What’s more, the Cat® MineStar™ works well with practically any brand of equipment, fitting seamlessly into your operation so that you can share data across existing machines and networks. 

Does all that sound like something you’d be interested in? If you are anything like the vast majority of candidates we talk to about the Cat® MineStar™, you’ll be very enthused to learn more about this kind of mining technology available at SiTech Rocky Mountain. The Cat® MineStar™ listens to your equipment, collecting data, organizes it, analyzes it, and converts it into digestible information so that you can determine where opportunities for improved efficiency might be. At the end of the day, that means greater flexibility, greater versatility, and ultimately, increased profitability. 

Cat® MineStar™ Capabilities

Fleet

CAT Fleet from SiTech Rocky Mountain allows you to analyze operational and equipment data from every part of your value chain. The result of this analysis is insight into how you can drive a leaner operation in terms of equipment scheduling, material movement, fuel monitoring, cycle times, and more!

“Running lean” is the name of the game, and CAT Fleet is the best way to do it if you are in charge of mining operations. Our solution allows you to drive predictable, repeatable performance in a variety of ways. One aspect that we haven’t addressed is that CAT Fleet lets you take a big-picture look at your entire operation. This lets you identify and replicate successes. 

In other words, you do more of what’s working and less of what’s not!

Terrain

When you are in the midst of your operation, it’s crucial for you to get the most that you can out of every machine. CAT Terrain from SiTech Rocky Mountain gives equipment operators live feedback so that they can be sure of accuracy. This gives them the confidence to boost utilization, reduce variability, and work more efficiently in general. Other benefits of CAT Terrain include:

  • Drive improved consistency in bench heights and payloads
  • Increase material accuracy, drill capacity, and crusher throughput
  • Help operators work accurately and productively
  • Get real-time feedback on operator performance so you can stay on top of day-to-day activities
  • Streamline drilling accuracy, blasting, ore control, and even site planning.

If you want to see a demonstration of CAT Terrain, check out our Precision Guidance video and exclusive resource when you get the chance! 

Detect

The Cat® Detect proximity detection system, or CAT Detect, helps keep people on mine sites safe. Obviously, safety is mission-critical from a general perspective, but the fidelity of that idea can get lost in the details of day-to-day operations. With CAT Detect, you can equip any machine (new, existing, irrespective of the manufacturer) with cameras to help operators have an improved picture of what’s happening around their equipment. 

We can also combine cameras with radar to provide you with a true object detection system which will automatically alert you to hazards in your immediate vicinity. CAT Detect can also include satellite capabilities to perform a similar set of functions. Our object detection functionality also features the following:

  • Visual alerts – The camera display will automatically show objects that are detected when the machine is moving toward said hazard. 
  • Radar & Camera Coverage – We design for specific machines to achieve certain fields of view and detection range for optimized radar and camera coverage. 
  • Audible Warnings – Auditory alarms will warn operators when objects are detected in alert zones. 
  • Configurable Operation – Reduce alarming and distraction in situations at certain speeds and distances (tailor to your job site’s needs)
  • Radar Wash – Operators can easily clean radars and cameras with the simple push of a button.
  • Full-Fleet Capability – CAT Detect works with equipment from any manufacturer, meaning you can use a single system across your entire fleet!

For more information about the Cat® Detect proximity detection system, checkout our dedicated resource right here!

Health 

CAT Health offers reliable, real-time machine condition data for your entire fleet. This allows you to solve small problems while they are minor, rather than having them become major, expensive issues down the road.

Additionally, CAT Health ensures your entire fleet is operating efficiently. This keeps unplanned downtime to a minimum, among other key benefits. 

Command

Finally CAT Command is a Cat® MineStar™ capability which lets you set the right level of automation with your operators and equipment. From operator assistance and minor remote control to semi and full autonomy, you have the control to customize your job site exactly how it needs to be. CAT Command delivers safety, efficiency, and control.  

Choose SiTech Rocky Mountain

Are you listening to your mining equipment? Are you setting your crew up for success with the latest mining technology? It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to improve your operational efficiency and safety. 

Reach out to us at SiTech Rocky Mountain for more information on our mining solution, the Cat® MineStar™, and what it can do for you and your business.  

Management Tips For Construction Project Managers, Continued

Welcome back to the SiTech Rocky Mountain blog! In our last post, A Few Tips For Construction Project Managers, we did exactly what a blog of that title would suggest we did; we provided a few tips for construction project managers. In blog prior to that, we’ve frequently discussed the kind of construction management technology and solutions we offer here at SiTech Rocky Mountain, but our last blog (and today’s) shift gears a bit. 

Instead of discussing our machine control systems or mining technology, we’ll be a bit more down to earth, as we discuss some attributes which make high-quality managers a pleasure to work for on the construction site. Now, like part one (of this now two-part series), a few of these management tips will be applicable beyond the construction site, and that’s a good thing! So even if you aren’t currently the foreman managing a crew, you might still find a pearl or two worth hanging onto for later on in life. 

Part One Review

While we’d encourage you to go back and read part one in its entirety, we understand that our readers don’t have all day and they aren’t hanging on our every word (to our eternal dismay). That’s why we’ll recap what we addressed in part one below:

  • Organization – The best managers are those who are organized well. This keeps your own head on straight, for one thing, but it also helps others know that you are on top of things. Plus, it’s fairly difficult to give constructive feedback to your crew about their misgivings when you aren’t seen as organized and together yourself!
  • Be Personal – Be personal and be real. Work is work, which means it’s not always going to be a walk in the park or everyone’s favorite activity. So don’t pretend you are perfect or always happy or anything like that. People can see through that kind of facade, and usually they’ll respect you for your candor and realness. 
  • Stay On Schedule – Here’s one thing it would behoove you to become obsessed over. No matter the particular project at hand, deadlines matter. The best way you can brand yourself is to stick to your word by staying on schedule. Creating a culture that recognizes the importance of meeting deadlines is key to your success.
  • Delegate – Again, you don’t have to be all things for all people. And the only way you are going to be a consistently effective manager is to be able to empower those under you to take some of the duties off of your plate. This will help you from burning out!

All that being said, let’s dive into the aforementioned tip providing! 

Become A Great Listener

When most of us think about being a good listener, we might be prone to think about some surface-level traits, such as waiting until the other person is done talking, acknowledging what they have said in some regard, or nodding and making eye contact while the other person is talking. 

But there is more to being a good listener than waiting until the other person’s lips have stopped moving. We’d also argue that listening well is a key trait of any successful manager, so if you want to be one, listen up!

The art of effective listening starts well before you ever sit down to talk with the employee in question. While every person is different, it’s important that you remind yourself not to jump to any conclusions while listening, and by the same token you don’t want to presume to know your employee’s motivations for certain behaviors. You should always give them the respect that they are due, understanding that they are a person with a life outside of work. No matter how hard any of us try, it’s often very difficult to leave emotional baggage of home at home

So even if your employee might not reveal what is going on, if they aren’t acting like themselves, give them the benefit of the doubt, and watch them rise to the occasion! You might think the solution to their problem is obvious, but simply telling them what to do won’t always do the trick because they aren’t the one who has come up with the solution. Ownership of the idea is key to it being successful in this regard. 

Understand Your Employees & Their Roles

One of the best signs of a successful manager is determined by the degree of turnover their workforce exhibits. Obviously, satisfied workers will stick around longer, which in turn leaves the manager in good stead. So the manager’s task becomes ensuring their workforce is satisfied. 

While this is a conversation with many variables, most of which we won’t discuss in today’s blog, two of the best ways a manager can positively impact their crew’s satisfaction levels are 1) by making sure they hire people who like the job’s tasks in the first place, and 2) that you are doing what you can to align your crew’s passions and preferences with the actual work. 

On a more practical level, that looks like understanding your employees. This requires getting to know them, asking them about what they like and don’t like about the job, and generally being open to input from employees. It also means you need to have a deep understanding of each role on your team; what kind of person would enjoy doing task x on a daily basis? Thinking about these questions in a proactive way will help you out in a big way down the road. 

Constructive Criticism & The Oreo Method

Giving feedback is one of the most difficult things you can do as a manager. You want to respect your employee while making sure that the message hits home. On the one hand, if you aren’t firm enough your employee might not get the seriousness of what you are talking about, but on the other (heavy) hand, coming in too hot is a sure-fire way to antagonize your employee and have them shut down completely. Neither extreme will do, so finding a balance is key. 

When in doubt, go with the “Oreo method,” although we aren’t quite sure that’s the technical term. All it means is that you should start with praise, provide constructive feedback in a clear and concise way, and then conclude with another affirming statement. Now, seeing as how you are the manager, you’ll need to give yourself some credit to be able to determine the specifics each time you do this; no two employees or situations are alike. 

Catch Your Employees Doing Something Right

Our final piece of advice we’ll keep short and simple; catch your workforce doing things well, and then praise them for it! It will keep spirits high and make sure your staff knows they are appreciated. What’s more, it shows them you care about the quality of work that goes on. 

Ultimately, trust your instincts and go with your gut, but the best instincts in the world will never replace being proactive and intentional as a manager. Thanks for reading, and we hope this blog helps you out no matter what kind of manager you are!

For the best construction management technology in Colorado and beyond, reach out to us at SiTech Rocky Mountain. We’d love to hear from you!

A Few Tips For Construction Project Managers

SiTech Rocky Mountain is your source for construction technology in Denver, Colorado, and beyond. We are specialists in Trimble survey equipment, but our expertise extends into construction management software of all kinds. Whether you are looking to optimize construction technology for a fleet of heavy equipment, add an internet-based infrastructure, or find a solution/service of some other kind, we’ve got you covered at SiTech Rocky Mountain. 

In posts of the recent past, we’ve deviated from our typical blog-brand of discussing the various attributes and benefits of our services and solutions. Yes, we are adept in consulting our customers regarding grade control systems, site positioning systems, machine monitoring, and beyond, but the truth of the matter is that it is often easy to generalize hastily when discussing these kinds of things. This is because no two clients we help are alike, which means one prescribed solution will look different than another client’s. 

In light of this, we’ve recently felt the need to shake things up in terms of our content’s focus. For instance, in our last blog we provided our loyal readers with a few tips to grow your construction business. While we would encourage you to go back and read that blog if it sounds enriching, you should feel free to finish this one prior to navigating away because today’s post goes pretty much hand in hand with what we discussed last month. Yes, the rumors are true — we will be offering up a few more tips for construction project managers. Fair warning: be prepared for these tips to floor you with their practical quality and undeniable truth. 

That being established, let’s dive in!

Organization

One of the most common shortcomings construction managers experience is a lack of natural organizational ability. To be clear, we aren’t saying all construction managers are sloppy or anything of that nature; organizational weaknesses are pervasive across a wide range of vocations and personality types.

Nevertheless, if your construction business is looking to gain a competitive edge over your competition, you should take a long, hard look at your operational efficiencies, or lack thereof. Whether you handle residential or commercial construction projects, optimizing your workflow with modern digital tools like time management and schedule software helps reduce the time it takes to get necessary tasks done. What’s more, identifying where your organization can improve is a healthy thing to do no matter how successful your business is; there is always room to keep improving!

Be Personal & Real

Once a business reaches a certain threshold in revenue and size, it becomes more likely that some of the personal touch which contributed to that business’ success will get loss. This is only natural, seeing as how more employees and automated processes become necessary to maintain efficiency. But a lack of personal touch is the inherent byproduct of growth once a company begins to scale. 

So, what can you do about it? Start with yourself, for one thing. People will look to you, whether you are the owner or the project manager/foreman, to set the tone in terms of how your staff interacts with customers and third-party people from other companies. After you’ve managed to clean up your own act, however much cleaning there was to do, then it’s the time to start taking a look at where your staff can improve. Be clear in your expectations as to the standards you will hold your team to. 

With so many technological tools available, it’s easy to end up neglecting the relationships that brought you success in the first place. Joe Passkiewicz is the vice president of construction of LandSouth Construction in Jacksonville, Fla, and he states the following on the matter: “There is nothing more powerful than a face-to-face meeting with the ability to discuss more than just the task at hand. We recognize the need for personal attention and encourage our staff to seek out ways to meet personally with clients, subs and vendors to foster a healthy business relationship.

We agree, Joe!

Get Obsessed With Staying On-Schedule

Brian Cook, president of Cook Construction in Webster Groves, MO, recommends creating a firm schedule before the project’s onset and sticking to it if at all possible. Cook says, “Construction managers have to be vigilant with these schedules, checking them constantly and allowing for additional time whenever possible,” Cook stated. “Setbacks are inevitable on almost any job and must be dealt with immediately to keep the project on time.” 

Indeed, we don’t have to tell you twice that some number of setbacks are inevitable. However, being able to stick to the schedule better than your competitors do will dramatically improve your reputation. Because construction projects and their deadlines are so often intertwined with other projects and deadlines (like retail shops moving into a strip mall, for instance), it can often be the thing that “makes or breaks” you as a construction company. 

Learn To Delegate

It’s not easy being a construction project manager. In fact, it takes a pretty special brand of human being to be able to plan and execute with quality and precision. Oh, and make sure you get everything done on time, or you won’t be nearly as likely to get the jobs you are looking for again any time soon. 

As talented and dynamic of a construction manager as you might be, the best ones are those who have learned to delegate responsibility to employees they can trust. Easier said than done, right? Yeah, probably, but that doesn’t make it impossible. Complicated construction projects are never completed by a single person. 

What does quality delegation look like? Primarily, it doesn’t look like simply telling someone what to do. In fact, that’s the opposite of delegating. Instead, it’s giving someone the responsibility of completing a task while providing them with the tools and resources they need to independently oversee the successful completion of a given task. 

This means, as a manager, you need to make sure the people you delegate certain tasks to have the ability and authority to do the job right. Ensure that the task you are requesting is realistic for that staff person to complete. It might be difficult to take a step back in order to avoid being labeled as a “micro-manager,” but you can do it! Your future self will certainly thank you in the long-run. 

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Would you believe that we have more to say on the topic!? Be sure to keep an eye out for our next blog, which will likely revolve around the same topic. In the meantime, if you are looking for a construction technology provider to help maximize profitability and improve operational efficiency, give us at SiTech Rocky Mountain a call! We’d love to hear from and help you. 

Interesting Facts About Construction Equipment

It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to write — sorry for the delay! But now that we have some time, we figured we would shift gears and offer up some interesting, fun, and maybe even practical facts about construction equipment, the state of the industry, and the like.

As we said, this is shifting gears from our usual approach of talking about what kind of products and services we provide. If you are interested in learning more about how SiTech Rocky Mountain can be your construction technology provider for businesses in Colorado, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of offering up said interesting facts, we’d like to take a moment to describe what we offer in more detail. First and foremost, we are providers of Trimble construction technology. With a Trimble Certified Trainer on staff, we offer classes and custom training on Trimble survey equipment we offer for both sale and rent. In addition, we offer products and support for the following solutions:

  • Construction management software
  • Machine control systems
  • Paving control systems
  • Software solutions
  • Fleet and asset management
  • Rail solutions
  • UAS solutions

If you are in need of Trimble construction technology for your next project, don’t hesitate to give us a call at SiTech Rocky Mountain. We’ve been the leading provider of construction management software in Denver and beyond for over a decade!

Construction Equipment & Industry Facts

Now that we’ve established some basics about what we offer at SiTech Rocky Mountain, let’s get going on the fact providing! Some of these will be a bit random, but that’s part of the fun! Get into it, folks!

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for tower crane operators, as of 2017, was $58,975. For operating engineers, the median salary was $44,600, as of 2015.
  • From 2014 to 2024, the job growth of construction equipment operators and operating engineers is projected to be 10 percent. For tower crane operators more specifically, the growth is anticipated to be at 8 percent.
  • CAT equipment, which stands for Caterpillar, is a prominent construction equipment company, as it is one of the most popular manufacturers of heavy and compact construction equipment.
  • CAT has acquired a fair number of other equipment companies in their history, including Lovat, Bucyrus, ASV, and Traxson.
  • CAT equipment was instrumental in helping the USA defeat its enemies in World Wars I and II!

Bobcat

  • Bobcat is another prominent company in the world of compact construction equipment. Originally developed by Meloe Manufacturing Company, Bobcat is now owned by the leading South Korean equipment manufacturer known as Doosan Infracore.
  • Like “Kleenex” or “Band-Aids”, people refer to skid-steer loaders generically as “Bobcats” quite often. Their branding is so strong that some outside our industry don’t even know what a skid-steer loader is!
  • Bobcat manufactures more than skid-steer loaders; they offer compact excavators, track loaders, loaders, utility vehicles, telehandlers, and a great number of attachments for the aforementioned equipment.

John Deere

  • John Deere is largely known as the most famous tractor manufacturer on the entire planet — and they’ve been that way for literally decades.
  • Fun fact — John Deere, the man, had nothing to do with tractors. He gained notoriety for making improvements on the steel plow, not creating the tractor.
  • Since their founding in 1837, Deere & Company has had just nine CEOs.
  • You know that leaping deer trademark logo John Deere has? It’s been used by John Deere for a whopping 135+ years!
  • The slogan “Nothing Runs Like A Deere” wasn’t initially intended to be used for tractors — it was written initially for snowmobiles. It played so well that they ended up using it for their entire brand, apparently!

Heavy Equipment Vehicles

  • Let’s talk about bulldozers. Their primary function is to cut through land, mountains, and to level ground. Typically, the first vehicle you will see on a construction site is a bulldozer.
  • Bulldozers vary in horsepower, price, and weight, but if we were to “ballpark” it (which we are), bulldozers usually boast 300+ horsepower, weigh 40+ tons, and are at least a quarter million dollars in price.
  • Bulldozers are comprised of crawlers, rippers, and blades.
  • Let’s talk hydraulic excavators: they usually weigh 240 tons, have over 1000 horsepower, and cost between $300-400,000. Their primary functions include digging, loading, crawling, excavating, and drilling.
  • Excavators are comprised of booms, which work in a similar way to your upper arm from shoulder to elbow, and buckets, which scoop up dirt, rocks, or whatever the material at hand might be.
  • Let’s talk wheel dozers; they tend to weigh in the range of 80 tons, boast around 700 horsepower, and can cost over (*puts pinky on corner of mouth*) $1,000,000!
  • Wheel dozers have a bucket, which, much like with an excavator, is used to scoop things up. Buckets can be replaced with a range of other attachment tools to fit various applications and projects.
  • The primary functions of wheel dozers are snow shoveling, farming and forestry applications, and loading soil.
  • Let’s talk Dump Trucks – Dump trucks usually weigh over 10 tons, have close to 1500 horsepower, and can cost anywhere between $25,000-$100,000.
  • Dump trucks’ primary function is to carry rocks, dirt, and other materials to and from construction sites. This is accomplished with a vessel, which can unload all cargo at the flip of a switch, causing the vessel to tilt upward.
  • Let’s talk Dragliners – Dragliners weigh around 8,000(!) tons, have in the range of 600 horsepower, and generally cost just under $1,000,000.
  • Dragliners feature buckets which are used in excavation projects. The bucket can be lowered and dropped into deep, hard-to-reach pits.
  • Dragliners are comprised of booms, which raise and lower the bucket with wire ropes, and buckets, which carry the rocks, soil, and other material that needs to be moved.

Industry Facts

  • Before we wrap up today’s blog, we need to get to some market facts. Let’s start with the revenue of Caterpillar, which in 2015 was $54.7bn. Their sales alone were $26.6bn!
  • According to Statista.com, global construction equipment sales revenue is estimated to be at $89.3bn by 2020.
  • There is an average of 173,200 unit sales of construction equipment in North America alone.
  • The construction industry adds an approximate value of 4.1 percent to the U.S. GDP!

Contact SiTech Rocky Mountain, Your Construction Technology Provider

So there you have it — all the facts about construction equipment you could ever ask for!

Whether you are looking to rent or buy construction management software, Trimble survey equipment, or used construction equipment, we at SiTech Rocky Mountain are your construction technology provider of choice. We are proud to serve Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas with our commitment to excellence. We will help you determine which solutions are right for your unique project by putting our years of experience to good use for you.

Get started today! Adopt construction technology and accelerate your company’s growth — which, by the way, is the very topic of our next blog. So be sure to keep an eye out for that in the near future!

Trimble Machine Control Systems & Applications In Colorado

SiTech Rocky Mountain is proud to be Colorado’s construction technology provider, offering sophisticated solutions that include machine control systems, site positioning systems, paving control systems, software solutions, fleet and asset management, rail solutions, and UAS solutions.

Given the breadth which each of these solutions covers, it can be easy to paint with too broad of a brush when discussing construction technology and construction management solutions. That’s why we take the time to dedicate a blog post or two to each of the various solutions and services we provide at SiTech Rocky Mountain.

In our previous two posts, for example, we highlighted Trimble site positioning systems in Colorado, which was preceded by the proverbial spotlight being shown upon Trimble survey Equipment Basics. Today’s blog intends to shift the spotlight onto our machine control systems, with specific attention on our grade control machine control systems, manufactured by Trimble.

Earthworks Without The Guesswork

Trimble machine control systems allow you to streamline your operations, irrespective of the specifics of the application you have in mind. Such is the nature of our grade control systems versatility. From sonic or laser-based to 3D, end-users find our solutions flexible and upgradeable to meet the variety of job site requirements each of our clients are faced with.

For our part at SiTech Rocky Mountain, we know first-hand that using Trimble machine control systems allow contractors to spend significantly less time checking, staking, and reworking in general. Trimble machine control system, in most every circumstance, will quickly pay for itself. Its efficiency can’t be understated from both a financial and operational perspective.

However, we understand that most of our readers are interested in systems as they relate to specific applications, so we’ll take the rest of today’s blog to highlight various grade control systems for earthworks, paving, along with drilling and piling.

  • Earthworks – From weighing and monitoring to intuitive machine control and fleet management, Trimble takes the guesswork out of earthworks with sophisticated construction technology.
  • Paving – Get integrated, innovative, and efficient solutions for the complete paving jobsite for the entire project lifecycle — from paving to compaction!
  • Drilling & Piling – Trimble brings the office and field together, with advanced positioning technology designed to improve the safety, accuracy, and efficiency of operations.

Integrated Site Solutions Are Changing The Game

Although we focused mostly on earthworks, paving, and drilling and piling, there are plenty of other applications where using Trimble and SiTech Rocky Mountain can be extremely beneficial. Whether your application falls under landfill solutions, marine construction, or something else altogether, Trimble offers productive, practical, and intuitive solutions that are built with your day-to-day tasks in mind.

SiTech Rocky Mountain offers businesses in Colorado, New Mexico, and far West Texas the chance to gain a competitive edge in the field as a Trimble Authorized Dealer. Our construction management professionals are dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly. We live for connecting organizations with the service and solution they need. If you are looking for help in terms of organizing, leading, and managing the people, processes, and materials of using Trimble machine control systems, don’t hesitate to give us at SiTech Rocky Mountain a call! We’d love to hear from you.