Over the past few decades’ contractors have been using a number of methods to install guardrails. These include drilling holes and placing posts by hand or using post pounding trucks to name a few.
All of these methods are slow and dangerous, using large number of human resources to install small quantities per day. Modern technology is about efficiency, cost effectiveness and getting your workers home safely at night.
In my opinion, (35 years of contracting globally) all of these methods are slow and dangerous not to mention extremely costly to install. It’s time for a change!
It is the 21st century and it is time that this guardrail industry was bought up to speed with the rest of the construction equipment, this can be done easily without costing large sums of money.
Today we have a 700-guardrail pounder. It’s small but quick and powerful. You should be able to install, with the correct equipment and training 1000 to 1500 feet per day with a crew of four. This new equipment allows the rail to be installed without a staff member having to pick it up and hold it as the bolts are installed. The complete process is done by machine.
If you are interested in taking things a step further; we can actually build you an autonomous machine which will drive along the road, locate the posts, drive the posts, and then moved to the next one. The operator only needs to pick up the post and insert the post into the machine and the auto function takes over.
Technology has moved so quickly over the years and if contractors do not adopt this technology they will find themselves being left behind and unable to compete with the new generation of contractors.
It’s exciting times for the 21st century contractor and it is only going to ramp up and move faster than ever before as technology becomes more affordable and intuitive.
Groundwork Group International is one of the world leaders in guardrail installation using GPS and autonomy. The system used is the same as what’s been used in the solar industry for a number of years.
If you are interested to find out more about what we can do for you in our technology will save you money please reach out to us at [email protected]