Knowledge is Power
While the CGRA project marks Crestline’s first real foray into asphalt paving for an airport job, Arambul brings a wealth of experience with him from his work with Kerr Contractors on the construction side of the equation. That knowledge would prove to be key in helping deal with the taxiway paving layout.
“When I started to put a paving plan together with survey elevations for this job, I knew just what we were facing: a project that was heavy on curves and radiuses. Up to that point, Crestline had only paved using stringline, so setting line for all those curves would have been far too labor-intensive for this job. It was obvious we needed to take Crestline’s paving to the next level.”
That level was attained though an initial meeting with Richard Hill, paving/construction sales specialist for the PPI Group, Topcon Positioning Systems’ Oregon/Washington dealer. “I met with Richard, explained our situation and the specs we had to meet, and the conversation quickly turned to Topcon Millimeter GPS for our paver,” said Arambul. “I’m not going to say it was an easy sell but eventually we had buy-in from above and we were heading out to The Dalles with a plan and the means to bring it all together.”