The Use of GPS to Improve Landfill Performance

Publish Date: 2014

John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
James Stenborg, P.E., Principal Associate, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

This presentation provides detailed information on the uses and benefits of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in landfill operations. The presentation reviews how GPS systems work and will review the benefits of GPS systems including operator feedback, reduced fuel consumption, permit compliance, construction, record keeping, reduced surveying, cover soil management, and compaction improvements.

Case studies from three landfills are presented documenting the benefits and challenges of the GPS systems. Data is presented for changes in compaction once GPS systems were utilized.

Regardless of an operator's priorities, whether maximizing compaction or increasing operational efficiency, the GPS monitoring systems provide real time data for grade control. Grade control is essential for maintaining compliance and providing information used in long-term planning for final cover and liner construction.

This SWANA Webinar will help participants understand the state of GPS technologies in the market and see real-world data on how GPS systems have improved landfill performance. Most importantly, they will see how they can use GPS technology to improve their own landfill performance.

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