Posted By Thad Glankler on 5/7/2009 at 8:27 PM

"After some careful research, we chose (fill in the blank) equipment, and our initial purchase cost $180,000. That is a lot of money. But six months later, the GPS equipment had paid for itself, and we asked ourselves why we waited two years to buy it.”

-Jon Rood,president of Tri-County Construction Co. in Livingston, TX

Just one example.

At the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville, TX, the GPSs slashed the time of grading completion to 34 calendar days, from the 50 days it would have taken using conventional surveying equipment. The project involved 73,000 cubic yards of excavation, three large building pads, and 270,000 square feet of parking.
For the Maverick County Detention Facility in Eagle Pass, TX, Tri-County spent just 28 days to move 100,000 cubic yards of earth. With conventional surveying equipment, the job would have taken 45 to 50 days, says Jeff Rood, a co-owner of Tri-County with his brother Jon.
Heaven’s Gate Lake, a private 7-acre lake in Moscow, TX, required just 11 days to move 42,000 cubic yards of earth. With conventional equipment, it would have taken nearly a month, says Jon Rood.