Advancing Wick Drain Operations for Bechtel

Bechtel boosts wick drain installation efficiency with CivDot+, transforming traditional surveying methods.

Advancing Wick Drain Operations for Bechtel

Bechtel, a global engineering, construction, and project management company, is committed to innovation and excellence. Driven by a desire to deliver better and faster for its customers, Bechtel embarked on a transformative journey into tech-driven surveying with CivDot+.

This case study portrays how Bechtel advanced their wick drain installation operations with CivDot+ at their LNG job sites.


Image Credits: Bechtel, Port Arthur LNG


The LNG division of Bechtel faced challenges in maintaining efficient surveying processes due to their reliance on the string line method. As a result, this impeded the workflow, causing delays and inefficiencies in operations.


Implementation of CivDot+, an advanced robotic surveying technology developed by Civ Robotics, which offers millimeter-level accuracy in marking coordinates, significantly transforming the landscape of operational surveying.

Automate Labor-Intensive Processes:

CivDot+ enhanced operational efficiency by automating Bechtel’s labor-intensive process surveying previously dominated by the traditional string line method. The automation was achieved through CivDot+’s advanced robotic technology that lays out points with high precision based on pre-uploaded site plans. This reduces the need for multiple crew members to mark locations physically and minimizes human error.

Maintain Continuity with Adaptive Use Case:

CivDot+ is designed to adapt to various terrain challenges. Bechtel’s wick drain installation job site involved uneven terrain or dense, tricky patterns that required a considerable amounts of re-staking. CivDot+’s adaptability aided in maintaining operational continuity and efficiency, regardless of the site's physical conditions.

“CivDot+ has especially helped us in areas where it would be a bit tricky to pinpoint with the string line.” - Jesus Ramirez, General Foreman, Bechtel

Get More Streamlined Workflow:

The automation and precision provided by CivDot+ allowed for a more streamlined workflow. With CivDot+ laying out the groundwork, Bechtel’s crew could proceed directly to the installation process's next steps without double-checking manually placed markers. The streamlined approach saved time and allowed the team to focus on other critical tasks, enhancing overall productivity.

CivDot+'s integration into Bechtel’s surveying operations has transformed traditional, labor-intensive processes into more efficient, accurate, and less time-consuming operations. The operational efficiencies gained from CivDot+ represent a significant advancement in how modern technology can be leveraged to enhance traditional construction and surveying techniques in the waste management sector.

About Bechtel

Bechtel helps customers deliver projects of purpose that create a lasting positive legacy. These projects create jobs and grow economies; improve the resiliency of the world's infrastructure; connect communities to resources and opportunity; get us closer to net zero; tackle critical environmental challenges; protect people and the planet; and accelerate progress to make the world a cleaner, greener, safer place.

Use Case: CivDot+

Project Size: 300,000 points

Projects with CivDot+: 3

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