Caterpillar awards winner of Global Operator Challenge
By Catrin Jones16 March 2023
Caterpillar has announced that Patrick Doheny from Australia won the final competition alongside other awards presented by the company during ConExpo 2023.
Caterpillar’s year-long Global Operator Challenge is one of the largest construction industry events, with operators from nearly three dozen countries participating. The Challenge highlights the unique ways construction machine operators guide Cat machines and use the latest technologies to get the job done.
“Caterpillar created this competition to celebrate machine operators who build our world, advocate and drive awareness for their trade, and highlight solutions that address jobsite challenges,” said Jason Hurdis, Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge Execution Lead and Global Market Professional.
“All of the competitors – and especially our nine finalists – showed tremendous skills and abilities operating the latest Cat construction machines and technologies, manoeuvring through some difficult challenges and showing the world the invaluable role they play in infrastructure creation.”
The Challenge began last year with more than 10,000 operators worldwide signing up to compete. After a pre-qualification phase, the first round featured 5,500 contestants competing in local events organized by 77 Cat dealers in 32 countries. The second round consisted of four regional events held in the United States, Brazil, Spain, and Japan. These competitions included digging a trench, loading a precise amount of dirt, and hauling or manoeuvring the machines through obstacles.
Final scores were based on the operator’s skills, efficiency, and competence in executing a variety of tasks, with penalties imposed for errors. Awards were given to the overall event champion, the individual with the lowest time in each skills challenge, and the team with the lowest combined score.