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Technology Quiz

Find out if you are ahead of the curve when it comes to construction technology awareness:

1. GPS and telematics are the same.
a. True
b. False

2. Which of the following does earthwork cut-and-fill software substantially decrease?
a. Take-off accuracy
b. Number of projects to bid on
c. Opportunity for error
d. Chances of submitting a winning bid

3. All 3D data providers have professional liability insurance.
a. True
b. False

4. Most equipment owners do not use telematics because the systems are too complicated.
a. True
b. False

5. Most users can increase productivity by 15% per machine when equipped with machine control technology.
a. True
b. False

6. Machine control technology is mainly used for large projects. It has little value for smaller operations.
a. True
b. False

7. What is not a cause for problems with machine control?
a. The model
b. The equipment
c. Weather conditions
d. Operator error
e. Field procedures

8. Most experts agree that the biggest factor in technology moving the construction industry forward is education.
a. True
b. False

9. Nationally, what is the average number of estimates that have to be bid in order to be awarded a job?
a. 3
b. 10
c. 14
d. 7


1. False. Most telematics systems include GPS information to help users locate their equipment. Location, however, is only a small piece of the information available from telematics systems.

2. C. Opportunity for error. The estimator concentrates on inputting data rather than manually drawing cross sectional cut-and-fill areas. The software does the math. Companies can bid on more jobs in the same amount of time with less guesswork.

3. False. Not all states require 3D data providers to carry professional liability insurance. Transferring liability of the data to a provider is one way contractors can reduce their liability on the job.

4. False. Most modern telematics systems are quite user-friendly and offer valuable information to help equipment owners save money.

5. True. Productivity increases by eliminating rework and solving problems before construction begins. Fuel, idle time, machine wear and labor may all be reduced.

6. False. Small projects have less margin. Contractors who use machine control are more likely to make their margins.

7. C. Weather conditions. Machine control works 24/7. Neither rain, nor heat, nor sleet will prevent its use.

8. True. Once contractors and field operators learn the benefits, ease of use and return on investment, they will see that technology is the key to increasing their competitive advantage.

9. C. A contractor typically has to bid 10 jobs to win one job.