Triangle Civil Services sees significant savings on levee project with D61PXi-24 iMC 2.0 dozer
From land clearing to finish grading — such as soil remediation, mass earthwork and underground utility installation — Triangle Civil Services and their staff of about 100 employees are well acquainted with nearly everything earthwork-related.
“We generally do commercial and industrial work for general contractors, developers and governmental entities,” said Toby Berwick, owner. “Typically, we don’t do much highway work and very little residential unless a friend calls and asks for some help. It’s our preference to do a complete site package, but we will break out our services at customers’ requests. Whatever we can do to help.”
Currently, one of Triangle Civil Services’ crews is moving about 40,000 yards of dirt to build a 3-mile levee designed to hold dredged material from a channel improvement project. Silt will be pumped into the levee area, and when it settles, the area will be drained. To raise the existing elevation 3 to 4 feet, the crew is digging from the interior of the levee and placing material on top.
Using its new Komatsu D61PXi-24 intelligent Machine Control (iMC) 2.0 dozer to place the dirt has helped save the company a significant amount of time and money thanks to the built-in GPS machine control, noted Jerrod Fussell, project manager/estimator.
“Traditionally, there would be a lot of staking for a levee project of this size,” Fussell emphasized. “We did an initial staking for control points and have not had to do much else. We loaded the model into the machine. The dozer constantly knows where it is in relation to the final elevation, so we don’t have to focus on surveying or restaking.”
Bronson Barclay, a project manager who oversees the company’s civil division, runs the D61PXi-24 as well as a D51PXi-24.
“The iMC cuts down a lot of rework, which helps increase efficiency to further save time and costs,” Barclay pointed out. “The plans are right there in front of the operator to guide the machine in the right direction. The dozer knows — based on where it is — whether to cut or fill, and it automatically does it. It’s also great that there aren’t masts or cables to put up or take down.”