Training on Automated Machine Guidance

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Final Report

Primary Investigator

Awad Hanna
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2314 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Beginning in 2006, WisDOT and the Construction Materials Support Center (CMSC) at UW-Madison worked together to develop the specifications and the QA/QC procedures for GPS machine guidance on highway grading projects. These specifications and procedures are being finalized for inclusion in WisDOT 2009 construciton projects.

With adoption of these new specifications and procedures into contracts there is a need to provide field staff with necessary knowledge and skills to administer the contracts involving GPS machine guidance.


The objectives of the training were to:

  • Introduce operating principles of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), GPS, and AMG;
  • Describe the development process for WisDOT’s AMG specification for sub grade and associated guidance language;
  • Examine the final specification and the appropriate section of the Construction and Materials Manual (CMM) in detail;
  • Convey practical experiences of AMG pilot project engineers;
  • Conduct field demonstrations and “hands-on” use of GPS and AMG technology;
  • Address any questions the trainees might have.


  1. Develop training course
  2. Prepare a training work book
  3. Conduct three one-day training sessions
  4. Conduct training evaluation and assessment
  5. Prepare suppary training report

Project Information

  • Duration: 9  months
  • Dates: November 2008 – August 2009
  • Budget: $11,890
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 03-21
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