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August 15, 2019

Czech company helps MTO slash Highway 10 mill material by 46 per cent

As reported on, with Orangeville motorists vexed by traffic delays caused by construction on Highway 10, we’ve learned how a company from Europe has helped the province slash some of its asphalt costs nearly in half.

Joining with Orangeville’s Roto-Mill Inc., Canada-based but Czech owned Control Systems CA recently completed a pilot for the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) ongoing construction project, where it provided Roto-Mill with high accuracy digital models for milling eight kilometres of Highway 10.

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Described as “corrective milling,” Control Systems CA’s employs 3D scanning technology called Exact Street that allows milling operators to only remove material in the right places and to the correct depth.

This differs from traditional milling techniques, which remove a certain level of material from the road across the board.

“It does enables milling. It will leave material where it does not have to be removed “said Antonio Bauce, economic and trade specialist at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic. “It will only take off the very small amount of material that actually needs to be corrected.”

The results during the Highway 10 pilot project speak for themselves. Data suggests Roto-Mill was able to mill 4,232 tonnes less of mill material after incorporating the Exact Street technology.

“They saved 46 per cent of the material that would otherwise be milled unnecessarily— almost half, which is insane because asphalt is the dirtiest of dirty when it comes to oil products,” Bauce said, noting the technology also offers tremendous potential in improving the environment and economy.

“A lot of CO2 is created in not only the production of asphalt but the transportation of asphalt because it is so heavy.”

This is the first time the company has employed this technology in Canada.

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