Yet, the price of delaying investment in 3D machine control can be steep. “Not investing in stringless technology means you are not only leaving profits on the table, but you could also lose out on getting the project,” says Snoeck. “It’s not unusual today for a contractor to lose the project bid because the competition was using technology and they were not.”
Schmidtgall suggests asking yourself: What is the bidding environment? How can you control material costs? Do you want your business to be perceived as technological? What is your competition doing?
“It comes down to what do you need to do to grow your business,” he says. “If the advantages offered make you more competitive, why wouldn’t you do it?”
The technology will continue to generate revenue on each project. “You will be able to leverage the technology on many projects and more than realize payback on the investment,” Snoeck asserts. “As with any technology, yes, the systems will be improved in the future.” However, as he points out, “often, new component as well as software and firmware updates are available to those who own the technology.
“Despite the changing technology, contractors tell us they wish they had made the move to stringless paving earlier than they did,” he adds. “They understand the industry is changing and they don’t want to be left behind.”