The Grader Performance Monitor (GPM) system is an advanced asset management system designed by Proof Engineers in response to mining and civil construction companies’ pursuit of innovative solutions that improve operational efficiency and lower costs.
Proof Engineers specialises in high-performing systems and solutions for road engineering, construction and maintenance, with the company at the forefront of technological advancements.
With an extensive background in haul road performance, Proof Engineers is delivering road engineering and performance monitoring on a global scale. The company’s road condition monitor, the RCM, is installed on haul trucks, water carts and light vehicles to monitor the complex networks of haul roads in the mining industry, providing mining operators with accurate and real-time measurement and monitoring of haul road quality.
The Grader Performance Monitor (GPM) is Proof Engineers' latest technological advancement, designed to install easily onto road graders to collect and report site data back to management to accurately identify areas in the road network that require attention.
Proof Engineers’ manager of engineering and technologies, Jordan Handel, said the GPM enabled management and equipment operators to prioritise maintenance activities based on actual conditions.
“The GPM optimises road maintenance practices by communicating information on grader performance and road conditions directly to management so they can make data-informed decisions that result in cost savings, improved efficiency and better road conditions ongoing,” Handel said.
“It is an asset management system easily installed on the turntable above a grader blade to collect and display critical data, including blade up and down locations and key performance metrics.
“The data is uploaded in real-time through a secure online platform to operators and management, wherever they are located, giving them a clear picture of road conditions to prioritise works.
“The algorithms programmed in the GPM are calibrated to determine whether the blades are up or down and advanced sensors map out the road quality, calculating and displaying key performance metrics instantly to the management platform in colour code.
“Green pixels show where the grader has the blades down working, with the shade of green depicting grading intensity, while red pixels show where the grader has travelled with its blades up.
“The data gathered by the GPM calculates the grader's efficiency, detailing whether the road maintenance team is working in the most valuable areas, to facilitate better planning for more efficient road maintenance.”
The GPM can be used as a standalone system or as an add-on to Proof Engineer’s RCM technology to advance road maintenance activities further.
The GPM and RCM collect, record, analyse and translate information from vehicles involved in road construction and maintenance, streaming the data back to operational headquarters in real time without needing an expensive and comprehensive communications backbone.
Proof Engineers early work with companies implementing the RCM had identified the need for a monitoring system that could be installed on road graders for collecting critical data during road maintenance activities.
Innovative solutions developed by Proof Engineers are revolutionising the way road construction and maintenance activities are conducted, with proven benefits reported back by clients, including simplifying processes, increased productivity and reduced maintenance costs.
Proof Engineers is a leading engineering and technology company specialising in road condition monitoring, grader performance monitoring, haul road design and construction, and wet weather impact audits.
With a team of experienced engineers and advanced technological solutions, Proof Engineers is dedicated to delivering innovative and reliable services that enhance road infrastructure efficiency and safety.