Seeking ways to be more productive? Curious how technology can impact your jobsite? Caterpillar application, equipment and technology experts are available to answer your questions.




Take this quick quiz and get your technology readiness rating. It’s as easy as one, two, three. 1. Take this quiz. 2. Calculate your score below. 3. Get your technology readiness rating.

Devices at the worksite

1. What kind of communication device are you most comfortable with on your work sites?


      • A smartphone or tablet with apps, connected to the cloud.




    • A smartphone or tablet with some basic apps.



    • I miss my flip phone.



Technology continues to enter the construction industry

2. As new technology continues to enter the construction industry, you are most likely to:


      • Try to be one of the first to leverage it.




    • Try it once you know a few people who have it.



    • Maybe get it, once it is established and the price has gone down.



Using Devices on the Worksite

3. Is your team already connecting using their own devices?


      • Yes, we have a set of smartphone standards that crew members must meet.




    • We send messages all the time, but have no formal rules.



    • My guys talk and text but I’m not sure it’s to each other.



Viewing Blueprints

4. How big is your paper trail?


      • We are using the cloud to share documents and want to be paperless.




    • We’re a mix of digital and paper.



    • We still have a lot of drawings, paper and pencils.



Defining Flow on the worksite

5. Do you have a defined flow of information on your work sites?


      • Always part of the plan and managed daily.




    • We do, but there’s a lot of flex in it.



    • We just go with the flow.



Who manages technology?

6. Is there someone in your company who has the interest and skills to manage technology?


      • Yes, it’s a key part of operations.




    • Right now we have some influencers, but no ownership.



    • Just haven’t gotten that far into the technology space.




7. Are you using your smartphone or tablet for transactions such as approving an invoice?


      • All the time.




    • Sometimes – more often on my computer than my mobile.



    • Probably should be, but still do most sign offs with a pen.




8. Are your machines connected and feeding you data?


      • Most are and I have alerts sent to my phone.




    • We’re just starting to use machine data on the worksite.



    • Not yet—still concerned about security.



Count Your ABCs to get your technology readiness rating.

Count the number of “a”s, “b”s and “c”s you selected.
For each “a” give yourself 3 points.
For each “b” give yourself 2 points.
For each “c” give yourself 1 point.

Then check the score range below to see just how technology-ready you are.

My score is 20 to 24.

If your score is 20—24, you rate as an innovator, ready for all that technology can bring. You have recognized the value of connectivity on your job site and are continuing to gain efficiencies and better control costs. Most experts predict that cloud computing will continue to provide faster information flow between personnel in multiple locations. Here’s a Quick Cloud Computing Checklist that can help you work with your team or technology suppliers as your worksites share more information.

My score is 13 to 19.

If your score is 13—19, you rate as an explorer looking at various technologies and working to determine how they might bring more value to your operations. You are still assessing how much value can be realized over what period of time. Here’s an article that can help jump start your technology efforts: Technology- Multiple Ways to Optimize Your Performance.

My score is 8 to 12.

If your score 8—12, you rate as a sharpshooter — you have a clear target you are trying to accomplish and are careful to evaluate all the possibilities before you change something that is already delivering the results you want. Here are two articles that may help you bring more focus to your technology considerations: Technology-Multiple Ways to Optimize Your Performance; Machine Control Technology and Your Telematics Data.