The event gave attendees the opportunity for some hands-on operational time on machines and devices representing the latest technology in surveying, machine control, GPR, GIS, drone/UAV and laser scanning.
A terrific barbecue lunch was served, and there were lots of giveaways and drawings for many grand prizes including a Yeti cooler and a Big Green Egg smoker.
Pitching their event tents and lending a hand or providing equipment for the demo were manufacturers such as Leica Geosystems, GeoMax, SharpGrade, Agtec, Keson, SitePro, Energy Mechanical, as well as local equipment dealers lending their machines including Flint Construction and Forestry Division, Mason Tractor and AgPro.
Construction Laser’s Jay Allen (C) provides a complete demonstration of the Leica ICON GPS 70 T tilt rover to Kendal Hibner (L) and Wesley Hibner of Hibner Earthworks, Lewisville, Ga.
(L-R): Leica Geosystems’ Simon Pedley discusses the data output of the Leica DS2000 radar utility detector with Sam Bishop, Keith McMichael, and J.R. Dawkins of Piedmont Paving, Newnan, Ga.
(L-R): Chatur Chhabhaya of CMES, a DOT contractor based in Atlanta, Ga.; Bryan Garner of GeoMax Positioning, Jacksonville, Ark.; and Construction Laser’s Stephen Bridges discuss the GeoMax EZDig Touch machine control system on a Kubota KX057-4 mini-excavator.
Construction Laser staffers ride along as guests test operate a Deere 700K LGP dozer with a Leica ICON 3D machine control system.
(L-R): Hosts for the big Demo Day event were John and Debbie Rosier, the owners of Construction Laser; and Stephen Bridges.
This custom smoker was built by Ken Rakestraw and Bubba Watts of Energy Mechanical Engineering, Fayetteville, Ga., which also fabricate the trench shoring and gravel box products sold at Construction Laser.
(L-R): Thomas England, Brandon Ayers, and Shawn England of Blount Construction, Marietta, Ga., stopped in for a bit of lunch, some technology training, and to meet with their Flint Construction and Forestry Division technology expert, Tim Houchens.
Rodney Sharp (R) of SharpGrade, based in New Zealand, demonstrates his company’s Leveller laser-controlled box blade utilizing a Leica system to some of the guests at the demo event. The product is now available at Construction Laser.
Test operating a Deere 210G with a Leica ICON 3D dual mast excavator machine control system is Antonio Juarec of Balance Site Inc., Suwanee, Ga. (L) with some pointers from Construction Laser’s Jay Allen.