4 Benefits of GPS Machine Control Modeling

GPS machine control modeling has been on construction sites for more than two decades now. In that time we’ve seen a lot of things change on-site and in the office. But one thing has remained constant. When given the opportunity, the benefits of a jobsite with GPS control modeling, outweigh a site without such measures. Grading a site today is a critical element in preparing land for development. Grading by itself is an expensive part of any development project. But it’s also a necessary pain for the long term gain.

Why do you need a GPS Machine Control Model?

The beauty of having a GPS model is it allows everyone to be working off of the same data from those out in the field, from operating the machines to the engineers, and even in the office. This gives your team one cohesive look at the job site. But the benefits don’t stop there. In our extensive experience building models, we’ve determined our clients often cite these four reasons for using our GPS models:

4 Benefits of using a GPS Model

Our clients complete jobs faster and within budget.

While working off the one model concept our clients are able to put the model in front of everyone on the job site. This means that machine operators can instantly see what they need to do and avoid any costly corrections. Just as important as letting experienced operators see their work, GPS machine control modeling allow new operators the ability to get it right the first time.

Access to better tools to manage job production.

Making daily progress on a job is critical for forecasting materials and job site capacity. With a GPS model site foreman you can track the progress of grading efforts and the production levels of machine operators. This ensures that deadlines are met or more importantly if delays are needed they can be discovered early before they become a problem. With over 100 years of combined experience, our Earthwork Takeoffs and GPS Modeling teams are second to none.  

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Virtually eliminate errors in the field.

One of the big benefits of a DirtLogic GPS model is that we build all our models from scratch. Thoroughly checking your plans for errors while they are still in development and not while the machines are running on the job site. We used to build our models using the files we received from project engineers but we quickly realized that a new model found errors more frequently and reliably.

More precision means less environmental impacts.

By clearly delineating on a model where environmentally sensitive areas are on, site operators can easily avoid these areas while maneuvering their equipment for daily operations. If you’re ever in need of a GPS modeling partner or need to use DirtLogic on a project-basis, we’re happy to demonstrate how you can benefit from our GPS modeling services. If you have any questions or would like to request a quote, our team is ready to help, just contact us to connect with a GPS model expert.
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Initiating Your Project’s GPS Model Production

Congratulations on winning the bid!  Now the real work begins.

Here are a couple steps to expedite getting your project’s GPS model production into the DirtLogic pipeline quickly: In the last edition of our mini-series of When/How to Integrate GPS Machine Control, DirtLogic recommends asking for a price quote on the correlating GPS model at the same time you order your earthwork take-off.

Step 1

If this was your process, then “Step 1” is returning to the original proposal and clicking “Accept” on the GPS model bid to alert our team. If you did not order an earthwork take-off from DirtLogic, or did not request a correlating GPS modeling bid when your take-off was ordered you may request a GPS model quote anytime or call us at (503) 662-7390 to begin.

Step 2

Good news though!  For every GPS model DirtLogic creates we also include an earthwork quantity take-off for verification. Regardless of the initial process, “Step 2” involves receiving a phone call or an email from DirtLogic within 24 hours (Monday-Friday) to collect a set of a construction plans AND the engineer’s electronic CAD files. If your construction start date is tight, you do not have to wait for us to reach out. You may email a link of the construction plans and CAD files at any time too: plans@dirtlogic.com.  This will immediately initiate communication on GPS modeling costs and the production timeline. DirtLogic strives to have a GPS model turnaround of 1-2 weeks. We’re committed to taking the guesswork out of dirtwork and appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Matt Gebarowski, directly if there is urgency or questions at: matt@dirtlogic.com. Stay tuned for the next segment of this mini-series, “On-site Utilization – Verifying and Implementing the GPS Model.”

How to Integrate GPS Machine Controls

Many of you are now utilizing GPS technology and may have questions on how to account for the costs and savings in your bids. Here are a few suggestions to simplify the process:

Next Steps


When preparing your bid, call DirtLogic as early as possible for the earthwork take-off. At this time, also ask for an estimate on the subsequent DirtLogic GPS model. Next, add the cost of the employee(s) it will take to implement the technology and a surveyor to double-check specifics like property lines, building corners, curb returns, alignments, etc. For example: If machine control data costs $3,000 to $5,000 then add at least that same amount if not, double to cover implementation and surveyor verification.


If we still suggest utilizing a surveyor you may ask, “What’s the benefit to using machine control?” The fact is value holds because without using GPS machine control, traditionally construction survey costs are 60-70% MORE. Additionally, there are other savings such as increased production due to no delay for construction staking, increased accuracy even with less-experienced operators and increased speed in execution. The latter is more difficult for us to assign a savings percentage, but you know your team and processes best. If you have further questions on how to add GPS modeling to your bid or how to begin transitioning to GPS machine control, please feel free to contact me directly, my contact information is listed below. When partnering with DirtLogic, you can have a stake-less site for an efficient, profitable project from start to completion. We look forward to earning your trust.

Projects That Merit The Use of GPS Machine Control Technology

Nearly 20 years ago, GPS machine control quickly became attainable for almost every excavation businesses. Initially it made sense to use it on 20+ acre projects. But thanks to significant improvements and decreasing modeling costs, DirtLogic has participated in projects as small as a farmer’s pond to some as large as the San Diego light rail. The fact remains: There is never a project too small that GPS integration doesn’t make sense (ex. public works,1-4 acre commercial sites, small subdivisions, parks, etc.). GPS machine control always reduces the man-hours needed, increases the quality of execution and profit potential if it is used correctly. Additionally, it’s been proven that construction companies who integrate technology into their work, make their businesses more attractive to the next generation of construction professionals. The possibilities are endless as we embrace the inevitable.