Tag Archives: machine control

Weekly News Recap from xyHt – 3/10/17

Orbit GT and GeoCue Group, USA, sign Reseller Agreement Topcon announces next generation concrete paving system Hemisphere GNSS Introduces IronOne Rugged Display & Computer for Machine Control Applications Hemisphere GNSS Introduces GradeMetrix™ Software for Machine Control and Guidance Applications Topcon announces agreement to bundle Bentley reality modeling software with UAS software solutions BIM: A New...

A Liebherr excavator equipped with MOBA assisted guidance.

NavCom GNSS: Moving Dirt Just Right

GNSS receivers help steer earth movers, providing users with accurate positions and no complexities. NavCom–a wholly owned subsidiary of John Deere–manufactures GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receivers for land survey, machine control, offshore, and military and government applications. One of its OEM partners is MOBA Mobile Automation AG, a German company specializing in measurement and...

xyHt News Links: 2/5/16

Topcon releases entry-level ES series total station Topcon announces new indicate machine control system for dozers AUVSI provides interactive map of UAS legislation Sokkia introduces SHC5000 field controller Topcon announces Topcon Solutions Stores Topcon introduces next generation machine control Autodesk Announces Restructuring Plan to Accelerate Transition to Cloud and Subscription Business MAPPS, NSPS Announce 2016...

The Long Drive

Topcon Positioning Systems’ president and CEO Ray O’Connor talks about automation, integrated solutions, smart phones, golf, and the coming era of continuous representation of reality.  The occasion of our conversation with Ray O’Connor was a visit to the headquarters of Topcon Positioning Systems in Livermore, California, which included a tour of their manufacturing facility, a...

This heavy excavator (left) resolves orientation via GNSS antennas on the counterweight, and a series of tilt sensors calibrated to the moving sections of the boom provide highly accurate feedback to the operator (inset) as to progress of the bucket towards design grades per the 3D model uploaded into the controller. Another level of productivity gains comes from the telemetry fed into the site-management software and its virtual-reality viewing tools that provide real-time visual status of all equipment on the site.

The Digital Site

The complete digital site is more than just machine-controlled heavy equipment. Recent advances in heavy civil have been profound in connectivity, automation, and visualization. How long has automation played a role in heavy civil construction? As far back as the late 1980s when early GPS-guided (or informed) systems began to reach the market. But it...