Tag: gps machine control

In civil engineering, machine control is used to accurately position earthwork machinery based on 3D design models and GPS systems, and thus aid machine operators to e.g. control the position of a road grader’s blade. Many machine control systems utilize the Real Time Kinematic (RTK) system to improve the positioning accuracy.

Machine Control and GPS—Key to Efficient Site Operations

Machine Control and GPS—Key to Efficient Site Operations

Modern earthmoving operations require a contradictory balance. They must combine the brute force of massive earthmoving in order to maximize productivity, with the finesse of accurate control so as to minimize the cost of unnecessary soil removal. The brute force part is easy to visualize in any piece of heavy equipment

No More One Trick Pony

No More One Trick Pony

Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an “attachment for tractors” used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy

Finesse and Brute Force

Finesse and Brute Force

Modern earthmoving operations require a contradictory balance. They must combine the brute force of massive earthmoving in order to maximize productivity, with the finesse of accurate control so as to minimize the cost of unnecessary soil removal. The brute force part is easy to visualize in any piece of heavy equipment

Taking Technology to the Gutter…and Succeeding

Taking Technology to the Gutter…and Succeeding

When it comes to the Canadian residential housing market, pundits, pros, and prophets all seem to be watching the housing bubble and exclaiming it will do one of three things: pop, expand, or level off. They’re 100% correct. Whatever happens to the bubble, Canada has been humming along strong with

Digging Out More With What You’ve Got

Digging Out More With What You’ve Got

As dirt contractors buy into software aimed at automating their tasks, their output of efficient work tends to soar. How much? “I don’t think anyone would argue with a 40% increase in production,” says Randy Noland, of Carlson Software in Maysville, KY. “And I’ve heard as high as 300,” adds

Technology in Construction: The Three Gs of Digital Automation

Technology in Construction: The Three Gs of Digital Automation

Remember when moving earth meant lots of paperwork and still more legwork before you could even get to the site work? Well, the past is fading fast, and the industry is in a full-scale revolution, driven by the three Gs of automation and digital technology: GIS (geographic information systems), GPS

Stringless Curbs and Gutters in 3D

Stringless Curbs and Gutters in 3D

Summers-Taylor Inc. holds license number 00000069 in its home state of Tennessee, which means it’s the 69th contractor of any kind to be licensed in the state. Founded in 1932 as a general maintenance and construction company, Summers-Taylor is now the largest heavy and highway construction contractor serving the tri-state

Fine Grading Refined

Fine Grading Refined

Having smooth asphalt and road surfaces is not only safer for drivers and pedestrians but it also saves on wear and tear of road at the same time keeping those surfaces from having to be replaced and worked on as much as they were in the past. New technology can

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