GeoShack Conducts Roadshow Events in Michigan

One of the many systems featured at the events was Topcon’s new 3D dozer machine control system — 3D-MCMAX.

Thu June 16, 2016 - Midwest Edition #13
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Steve Hatfield of GeoShack reviews Topcon’s new FC500 field controller with Chris Winkle of Gandee Heydinger Group.
Steve Hatfield of GeoShack reviews Topcon’s new FC500 field controller with Chris Winkle of Gandee Heydinger Group.
Steve Hatfield of GeoShack reviews Topcon’s new FC500 field controller with Chris Winkle of Gandee Heydinger Group.
At the Cleveland event, Topcon’s Eric Ivers provides an overview of the company and insights into the latest technologies.
(L-R): Brad Fisher, Bob Stadvec and Erik Laps, Ohio CAT, join Mike Switzer and Todd Hoover, both of Independence Excavating Inc., and Phil Kuhar of Ohio CAT to review this Cat D6N dozer equipped with 3D Max.
(L-R): Dave Russell, Chris Mears and Greg Fausel, all of Murphy Tractor and Equipment, present a John Deere 850K dozer equipped with Topcon’s 3DMC2 system to attendees.
(L-R): Steve Hatfield, Nick Baker, and Paul Naylor, all of GeoShack, present Topcon’s DS Series Robotic Total Station.
Chris Morgan (L) of Southeast Equipment Company talks with Kirk Scheid of Sheid Enterprises about this Case excavator equipped with the UBEXi  iDig wireless bucket position indicator. (L-R): Dan Hendriks, GeoShack vice president and regional manager; Dave Pytlowany; Chris Farnsworth, GeoShack; and Karl Doppelberger, AIS Construction Equipment Corporation; stand ready to field questions about this John Deere 650K dozer equipped with Topcon’s 3DMC2 system.
Kelvin Caudell, GeoShack, reviews the components of the iDig wireless bucket position indicator Ryan Hitchcock of R&C Excavating, Webberville, Mich., tries out a Komatsu 61PX dozer equipped with Topcon’s new 3D-MCMAX mast free system.
Dave Vandenheuvel, GeoShack, discusses fine grading applications using the Futura MCB3 control box installed on a John Deere 323E skid steer.
In from Florida for the event, Joel Frost, GeoShack, talks about Topcon’s RL-SV2S multi-task rotating laser.
Scott Dunham, 
imaging business 
unit manager, 
GeoShack, demonstrates a drone developed by Lockheed Martin, which is used for a variety of inspection and site mapping applications.
Rob Yoakum (L) and Angie Coughlin welcome attendees to the Columbus, Ohio, branch event.
In Columbus, Ohio, Nick Baker (L) of GeoShack speaks with Dwight Tillis of P&L Systems about this John Deere 850K equipped with a Topcon 3DMC2 system.
Justin Buenger (L) of Connie Construction talks to Paul Naylor, GeoShack, about Topcon’s PS Series Robotic Total Station.

GeoShack recently conducted a series of construction technology roadshow events, offering contractors in Michigan and Ohio an up-close look at the latest technologies for the construction, survey, civil engineering and architecture and design industries. The series of events kicked off in Detroit, Mich. followed by two-day events held in Grand Rapids, Mich., before moving to Ohio for events in Columbus and Cleveland.

The events featured live equipment demonstrations that included excavators and dozers equipped with Topcon's 3D machine control systems, an excavator equipped with the iDig wireless 2D system, skid steers equipped with a Futura MCB3 Dual Control box, total stations and a demonstration of the Lockheed Martin Indago Mapper UAV.

One of the many systems featured at the events was Topcon's new 3D dozer machine control system — 3D-MCMAX. The 3D-MCMAX provides high-accuracy elevation, slope and blade rotation, maximizing speed, control and grading performance.

The 3D-MCMAX employs dual IMUs (Inertial Measurement Unit) and a mast-less blade system. The mast-less system offers improved visibility and eliminates daily set up and disassembly demands as required by systems with antennas, cables and masts.

At the Michigan locations, Michigan CAT provided Caterpillar machines, AIS Construction Equipment provided John Deere machines and Continental Equipment Company provided Komatsu machines. In Ohio, equipment demonstrations included John Deere machines provided by Murphy Tractor and Case Equipment provided by Southeastern Equipment Co.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, GeoShack North America Inc. provides sales, service and rentals of GPS, lasers, survey equipment, machine control systems for the construction, survey, engineering and agricultural markets. Formed when several independently owned distributors merged, the company continues to grow and currently operates retail locations in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, and also operates locations in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

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