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The continued advance: Automation, augmented reality and the onward march of machine control

July 6, 2020 Nate Hendley

Excavators equipped with machine control are becoming more common at construction sites as contractors look to enhance productivity, safety and efficiency. Machine control systems utilize data from satellites and input from sensors to check grade and provide geographic coordinates. Machine

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GeoShack to remain Topcon dealer for Ontario after Brandt deal falls through

July 3, 2020 On-Site Staff

An agreement between dealers GeoShack and Brandt that would have seen Ontario distribution rights for Topcon Positioning Systems equipment fall under the Brandt umbrella, has stalled. The Brandt Group of Companies announced plans to acquire GeoShack Canada Co. from U.S.-based

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Brandt to acquire GeoShack’s Ontario operations, become exclusive Topcon dealer for Canada

June 3, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Brandt Group of Companies continues to expand its reach across Canada, announcing a pair of new deals June 3 that will make it the exclusive dealer for Topcon Positioning Systems equipment across Canada. The company said it has agreed

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Executing on design: Calgary engineering firm leans on new equipment technology to move into construction

May 28, 2020 David Kennedy

Increasingly automated equipment is helping erode the traditional boundary between engineering and construction

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Contractors have new ways to leverage data; the key is separating what matters from what doesn’t

April 27, 2020 Jacob Stoller

It’s almost impossible today to buy an appliance or a piece of machinery that isn’t collecting data. Construction equipment — dozers, excavators, cranes and haulers — is no exception. The catch is that having the data doesn’t necessarily mean being

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Hitachi shows off Solution Linkage Integrated Grade Control for Dash-6 excavators

April 3, 2020 On-Site Staff

  Coming shortly to its Dash-6 excavators — starting with the ZX350LC-6 — Hitachi previewed its new Hitachi Solution Linkage Integrated Grade Control with Topcon at Conexpo. The system lets operators set a grade and hold it, simplifying machine operation,

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Leica brings semi-autonomous functionality to iXE3 3D platform

March 31, 2020 On-Site Staff

  The iXE3 3D excavator machine control solution from Leica Geosystems can now automatically control boom, bucket, tilt and tilt rotator bucket functions on a range of excavators from major OEMs. The technology aims to increase machine productivity and accuracy

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Manitou extends its reach with four mobile elevating work platforms

November 4, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The Manitou Group has released four straight boom Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), the Manitou TJ 65, TJ 65+, TJ 80+ and TJ 85, into the North American market. Features of the new models include smooth platform operation, three steering

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Clearing a path: Dozer makers step up their technology to help less experienced operators gain traction

April 23, 2019 Nate Hendley

It’s a new reality that’s impossible to overlook. Skilled operators are becoming tougher and tougher to find. While equipment manufacturers can’t exactly help Canadian contractors fill seats, they are making the equipment easier to run and the cabs more appealing.

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Federal tax incentive creates big opportunity for firms purchasing new equipment

February 19, 2019 by David Kennedy

Canadian construction companies have at least one reason to thank U.S. President Donald Trump. He may have started the ongoing trade spat that’s caused havoc in the markets for construction steel and aluminum, but the recent American tax reforms he

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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Machine control advances: New technology prompts evolution of decades-old sensing systems

June 11, 2018 Nate Hendley

There have been significant developments in machine control, driven by technological advancements and industry trends. Used on earthworks equipment since the mid-1990s, machine control systems utilize satellite network data and sensors to determine geographic coordinates and assess grade. Such systems

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Bauma selects Canada as official partner country for 2019 show

November 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bauma, the world’s largest trade show for the international construction machinery, mining equipment, and building material machinery sectors, has named Canada as its official partner country for the April 2019 show. According to organizers Canada was chosen to “reflect the

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The evolution of machine control

June 20, 2017 Nate Hendley

A lot has changed in 20 years – operators are faster and more accurate than ever

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Tech and innovation front and centre at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE

April 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

A forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure took centre stage at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, from the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator and the new Tech Experience to the largest show floor in history and a stellar education

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Canada to be bauma 2019 partner country

March 13, 2017 bauma

Canada is one of the world’s most important markets for the international construction machinery, building material plant and mining machine industry. It is the world’s seventh biggest construction machinery market. With a volume of 102 billion and 116 billion euros

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Topcon positioning system redefines machine control

February 21, 2017 On-Site Magazine

  3D-MCMAX is the next generation of Topcon dozer grading solutions that redefines the concept of machine control. The system is driven by dual IMUs (Inertial Measurement Unit) to increase on-grade performance where speed and blade response is maximized, while

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SmoothRide combines Topcon technologies to deliver smoothest surface possible

January 3, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

SmoothRide uses a combination of core Topcon technologies designed to deliver the smoothest surface possible, while efficiently managing the quantity of material for each project. SmoothRide starts with vehicle-mounted scanners that collect data at driving speeds without the need for lane