GPS technology is gradually moving into many areas of our lives, optimising it and making daily operations effortless. The change is universal, but industries using machinery are benefiting from GPS more than others. This article will cover how GPS is revolutionising construction in Australia, the current GPS infrastructure in Australia, and future potential for GPS.
Advantages of GPS in Construction
The advantages of GPS for construction are hard to count, but most of them are a product of these two main factors:
- Accurate positioning and location information
- Information relayed back to operators in real time
These key benefits are revolutionising the way the construction industry operates. Tasks are being completed accurately and quickly, which has resulted in an increase in efficiency.
A report conducted by ACIL (Allen Consulting) on the economic and social benefits of GPS in construction, the following benefits were among the biggest:
- Improvements in accuracy
- Time savings
- Fewer machines needed – reduced costs
- Fuel savings improved by 25%
- Improvement in safety – fewer people needed to operated machinery
- Savings in labour costs
- Improvement in quality control
A report conducted by the Productivity Commission analysis of ABS data concluded that GPS has increased productivity in the construction industry by an incredible 14.5%.. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that 90% of construction businesses are expected to adopt GPS by 2030.
Overall, GPS is expected to grow, improve and better systematise the construction industry. Within the next 20 years, GPS technology is predicted to increase from $12 billion to $21 billion.
The Australian Government is backing the rise of GPS as well. Over the next four years, the Australian Government will contribute $224.9 million to create more accurate navigation, positioning and timing GPS capabilities. The funding will enable numerous industries, including construction to improve safety standards and optimise operations and remain competitive globally.
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