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Regional Manager
Dandenong, VIC

About us: Position Partners is Australia’s premier provider of positioning and machine control solutions for surveying, civil works and building activities.  With over 300 staff in 10 locations in Australia and international branches in New Zealand and Asia, no other provider matches the level of knowledge, experience and support of this well-established company. About the role: […]

Warehouse Specialist
Balcatta, WA

About us: Position Partners is Australia’s premier provider of positioning and machine control solutions for surveying, civil works and building activities.  With over 300 staff in 10 locations in Australia and international branches in New Zealand and Asia, no other provider matches the level of knowledge, experience and support of this well-established company. About the role: […]

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Construction Set Out technology: Ideal for plumbers

Get to know construction set out

Using string lines to mark out a job site has long been the only method for tradespeople everywhere. Despite the construction industry’s dependence on them, string lines are far from the perfect system. A measurement error while using string lines can mean wasted time and money re-doing the job. Position Partners can provide a long-term solution to this problem.

If you’re working on a job site withthree stories or more or if you’ve got a permanent crane on site, construction set out is the better solution for you. Construction site technology completely replaces string lines and is millimetre accurate, meaning that you can avoid having to deal with the consequences of measurement errors. Construction set out works by digitally calculating the dimensions of a job site, which can be input by any trained subcontractor.

Using the Topcon LN-150

As many as 90% of Australian building sites still use string lines to mark out site measurements. But this isn’t the only way to get a site measured and set:. Position Partners can supply the Topcon LN-150 a top-performing construction total station to plumbers across Australia:. The LN-150 is a construction set out tool that takes the reference points of a site and does the calculations for you in an instant.

Reference points can be punched into the LN-150’s digital tablet, which essentially converts a building plan into usable real-life measurements. This removes the need for surveyors to carry out the task of setting out sites using string lines. Instead, contractors can quickly input their own site points using the LN-150’s efficient system. Once the measurements have been calculated, you can start your build straight away with no fear of incorrect measurements or set out.

The purchase of an LN-150 system from Position Partners comes with both field training and a field manual for training purposes. These training resources will equip the operator with a substantial understanding of the system and will greatly improve job-site efficiency. Director of Kraftur, Adrian, says of the system, “In the words of our people using this technology, with the training they have received, the LN-150 represents one of the best improvements they’ve seen in their working lives.

Placing the ability to set out site points in the hands of tradies is a massive workflow improvement, especially given the shortage of surveyors. Australia is currently short of around 1,500 surveyors nationally, which is why securing surveying services can be extremely difficult. This is felt even more with highly time-sensitive jobs where a surveyor’s services are required before any other work can begin. Enabling regular tradies to get the necessary information as soon as they require it will mean a massive step forward for job-site productivity.

Construction site set out technology is set to completely change the industry for the better, and the Topcon LN-150 will be contractors’ number one tool when it comes to a better build.

Accurate measurements for wet areas and more

Skip the guesswork when it comes to penetration holes and wet areas. The LN-150 can accurately map out entire areas, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments as you go, not afterwards. Having the right information going in makes all the difference to a plumber, and the wrong information can lead to frustrating re-work.

Inputting all the site points into the LN-150 will mean you never have to jackhammer a new penetration hole because of incorrect measurements ever again. The benefits of the LN-150 are most obvious in large scale jobs – think industrial kitchens or bathrooms. You will be able to calculate the slope required for drainage in an instant, as opposed to days of waiting for the right information from a surveyor.

60% of job sites already place the liability of setting out onto the sub-contractor. Rather than attempting to chase surveyors to get the job done, the LN-150 will make sure that plumbers can be 100% sure of measurements before beginning any large-scale job.

Throw out your string lines today!

The development of construction set out technology will save contractors time, but also materials. By having access to all necessary calculations and site points at the touch of a button, time-consuming measurement errors will become a thing of the past. Ditch string lines permanently with the Topcon LN-150 from Position Partners. Give Position Partners a call today to get set up with your own construction set out system and take down your string lines for the last time.

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Guarantee Safety On Your Next Building Site With Proximity Systems

Proximity systems: the future of building safety

Proximity systems are comprehensive systems designed to elevate safety standards across the construction industry. They work by utilising various technologies to complement existing safety practices and standards. Rather than relying on machine operators and workers to abide by adequate safety precautions 100% of the time, proximity systems act as an alert system in the event of a possible collision or incident.

Proximity detection systems work by using sensors, which are attached to all machines and workers helmets on site. These sensors effectively create a three-dimensional ‘bubble’ around each person and piece of equipment. When any vehicles come within a specified radius of workers or other vehicles, all parties are notified. This alert comes in the form of a vibration for workers and visual and audio warnings for machine operators.

The comprehensive safety features of proximity systems

Proximity systems include a wide range of safety features in order to maximise their effectiveness. Different radiuses can be implemented and customised for each sensor, depending on the site’s circumstances. This is easily set up by a site supervisor and can be adjusted at any time. For example, a worker may only require a 3-metre radius, while an excavator might have a 10-metre radius. The function of these radiuses is to provide practical and realistic warnings when a machine has the capacity to cause harm or damage.

While machine sensors typically remain installed over an extended period, workers detach their sensors at the close of each day. This creates an opportunity for all personal sensors to be tested at the beginning of each workday. Position Partners can supply a test pad, which is typically located in a site office alongside the personal sensors. When swiped across the pad, sensors will emulate the warning vibration, so that their working condition can be confirmed prior to use.

Temporary sensors are also available for site visitors. These sensors are magnetic and can be attached to machinery which will only be on-site for a limited time. For example, if a delivery truck arrived to drop off some building supplies, a temporary sensor could be attached and removed upon entry and exit. This guarantees every person on site is operating within the same system, and that everyone is safe.

Proximity systems for building construction

Large scale building construction projects often necessitate many different workers, vehicles, and machinery provided by different contractors. Having so many different variables operating in the same space can often lead to incidents and accidents. With proximity systems though, every single machine operator has an extra set of eyes in the back of their heads.

The sensors operate on a radio frequency, so provided that all parties on site are using the same system, the potential for incidents can be greatly reduced. Each sensor comes with a 3-year battery guarantee, which makes the proximity systems ideal for long-term building projects.

Another benefit of adopting a proximity system is the automatic reporting of incidents and near misses. The system automatically logs reports to an online portal which can instantly be accessed by a project manager or site supervisor. This detailed safety information can be crucial on job sites with multiple moving parts.

Position Partners industry-leading support

When you choose to purchase a proximity system, Position Partners will handle the entire installation and setup process. Our experienced support staff will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how the technology works, then be ready to field any questions you have as time progresses. Should your sensors need to be removed from machines, we can assist with that also. Make the switch to a proximity system today and use the automatic incident reporting functionality to action data-driven safety changes on your site.

Sales Coordinator
Archerfield, QLD

About us: Position Partners is Australia’s premier provider of positioning and machine control solutions for surveying, civil works and building activities.  With over 280 staff in 10 locations in Australia and international branches in New Zealand and Asia, no other provider matches the level of knowledge, experience and support of this well-established company. About the role: […]

Field Service Apprentice
Regency Park, SA

About us: Position Partners is Australia’s premier provider of positioning and machine control solutions for surveying, civil works and building activities.  With over 280 staff in 10 locations in Australia and international branches in New Zealand and Asia, no other provider matches the level of knowledge, experience and support of this well-established company. About the role: […]

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Construction Layout Total Station: A game changer for electricians

Construction set out is your new best friend

Construction set out is technology designed to provide an alternative to using string lines to mark out your building site. Construction set out technology provides millimetre perfect data by taking the building plan and digitally translating it into real-life measurements. Sites that see the best ROI from construction set out are projects that are three stories or more or have a permanent crane on site. By entering the parameters of your job site into the digital interface, you can calculate the exact locations for all the necessary elements of your build. Utilising  a construction layout total station for the precise measurements for your trenches, cabling and wiring can all be set out accurately to the millimetre.

What’s the big deal about the Topcon LN-150 Construction layout total station?

Position Partners is at the absolute forefront of the construction set out movement, with its Topcon LN-150 construction total station. The Topcon LN-150 is the best total station for construction layout and it makes use of cutting-edge technology to calculate all the necessary measurements for your job site. Roughly 60% of sites place the liability of setting out onto a subcontractor, so it is essential that their measurements be accurate. Theoretically, a subcontractor can hire their own surveyor, but Australia is facing a national shortage of at least 1,500 surveyors – making organising one difficult. This is particularly troublesome when it comes to jobs with strict time constraints, as a surveyor may not be available to attend to the site within the deadline.

Toby, owner of Meadson Constructions, said of the construction set out tool from Position Partners:

“Basically, we can have a total station set up every day without the reliance of a surveyor coming on site every day.”

By offering an alternative to string lines and minimising the need for in-demand surveyors, this revolutionary construction layout tool has made the process of setting out a site more cost effective and less labour-intensive. The traditional process for setting out using reference lines generally requires two to three workers, and when the time involved is doubled or even tripled, the expenses stack up quickly. Conversely, the LN-150 can be operated by a single trained user in a fraction of the time.

Entering the necessary data into the LN-150 is made incredibly easy by using the tablet. Once a couple of points are registered into the system, the LN-150 knows where it is relative to the points, and the user can then enter in all other relevant points and data. This is particularly useful when it comes to subcontractors, who need accurate site measurements to complete their part of the job as quickly as possible.

With quick and easy access to the necessary data and measurements, jobs can be completed in a way that minimises labour, time, and materials. Mitch Laughlin from Position Partners emphasised this, saying, “By eliminating the need to set out string lines and wait for surveyors to check every stage after it’s built, when there may be mistakes and rework involved, saves everyone on the project time and money.”

Construction set out tool Topcon LN-150

Accurate measurements for grid lines and more

Electricians stand to benefit significantly from the implementation of construction set out technology. The Topcon LN-150 layout total station could effectively remove the need to re-do any cabling or wiring. Because the entire job site will be operating off one set of measurements, the potential for another contractor to incorrectly measure out a cable trench in the foundations is minimised. No matter how many different contractors or subcontractors are involved in any part of the job, the measurements remain consistent. Gone are the days of finding incorrect measurements and markings partway through wiring a residential or commercial project.

The exact same problem can arise when marking out measurements to lay cable trays for the roof cavity. If the initial measurements are off, the trays will be incorrectly placed – an issue that will only be revealed when wiring is being installed through said cable trays. The LN-150 provides a solution to these frustrating and time-consuming issues.

The purchase of this total station for construction layout from Position Partners also comes with a high level of customer support, including Tokara which features screen sharing capabilities to enable the Position Partners’ support team to assist you with troubleshooting. Robert, Cadet Engineer at McNab, said that “Having a Tokara screen sharing system on the tablet lets Position Partners take control of the tablet and fix any errors that we might not be able to understand ourselves.”

Fed up with string lines? So is Position Partners

While string lines can seem cost-effective during the initial stages of construction, the problems that they can cause further down the line can be frustrating and expensive to resolve. Nothing kills the momentum of a large-scale project like having to backtrack and re-do work that was completed weeks or months earlier. This cycle is avoidable through the integration of construction set out technology, which can remove the potential headaches of incorrect work. Get in touch with the Position Partners team today and secure a Topcon LN-150 construction layout total station for your next job.

Customer Service Coordinator
Regency Park, SA

About us: Position Partners is Australia’s premier provider of positioning and machine control solutions for surveying, civil works and building activities.  With over 280 staff in 10 locations in Australia and international branches in New Zealand and Asia, no other provider matches the level of knowledge, experience and support of this well-established company. About the role: […]