Steve Hatfield of GeoShack reviews Topcon’s new FC500 field controller with Chris Winkle of Gandee Heydinger Group.
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.