Rockhampton Regional Council has upgraded key plant equipment in its civil operations fleet, replacing two of its six graders.
Acting civil operations manager Michael O’Keeffe said with more than 1000km of unsealed roads in the region, the council worked hard to maintain the entire road network to the best possible condition and in the most cost-efficient manner for ratepayers.
“Council has a lot of interaction with our rural and semi-rural residents,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
“Gravel roads can become a cost to the community if they deteriorate because of rain or wear, such as pot holes, which can damage vehicles and also become a safety issue. Our rural team, including a roads’ inspector, ensure we set a priority to guarantee continued maintenance.”
The council replaced two of its six-grader fleet in March with state-of-the-art Cat 140M graders.
“The key driver in replacing the ageing machines, with new, is to maintain low operational costs. We aim to maintain a relatively new fleet to ensure we have high performance, high productivity and reliability, along with reduced operating costs – all allowing us to keep the focus on our rural roads,” he said.
Hastings Deering’s Peter Kluver said the Cat dealer this year introduced a new initiative that allowed for remote machine health monitoring of the graders, which would complement the council’s maintenance program by providing an asset management system with online access to machine data.
“Complimentary technologies such as Product Link and Vision Link® can tell you where your assets are, how much fuel they’re burning, when they need servicing and more,” Mr Kluver said.
“We can provide proactive data-driven machine insights to help accurately assess the health and maintenance so you know when a machine needs attention and a “machine health event” can be around scheduled services rather than being caught out when work is at a time critical point.
“The new machines have allowed council to upscale to be 3D ready for future projects requiring digital design plans and take advantage of the positioning and guidance technologies standard in the M series.”