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Korec zooms in on M25 widening job

Korec has landed a contract to supply the Skanska Balfour Beatty JV widening the M25 with a licence for Trimble’s VRS Now service.

This provides precise GPS location information without the need to connect to a base station.

The licence covers the entire job, which is over 100km long, through a customised “polygon” of the area. The JV’s senior land surveyor Mark Lawton said: “This is a high-profile contract and the perfect showcase for exploring new technology to enhance quality, production and safety.

“Our decision to go with Trimble VRS Now was based on end-user feedback - a simple ­evaluation process that entailed users - mainly land surveyors and engineers - trialling similar ­packages and completing a comparative questionnaire.

“As this site is 100km long, if we had used a traditional base station network we would have had to buy up to 10 base stations and finance their maintenance,” Lawton said.

The package, supplied and managed by Korec, entitles unlimited users - including visiting contractors - to access the network 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The JV has also opted to use Trimble’s VRS iScope add-on service that gives subscribers the ability to track and manage assets in real time. Lawton said:

“iScope provides a live feed, which is an excellent tool for fleet management and an incredibly interesting option for us. Although it’s early days, I can already see the potential iScope has for improving our productivity and better management of our fleet.”

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