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SITECH Hosts Open House, Demos Machine Control Products

Attendees got to see heavy equipment in action as they enjoyed a catered lunch.

Mon November 04, 2013 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The operator demos a 3D Trimble GCS 900 system on Cat D4K2 LGP dozer on a slide slope of pond.
The operator demos a 3D Trimble GCS 900 system on Cat D4K2 LGP dozer on a slide slope of pond.
The operator demos a 3D Trimble GCS 900 system on Cat D4K2 LGP dozer on a slide slope of pond. The operator demos a 3D Trimble GCS 900 system with laser augmentation, installed on a Cat D4K2 LGP dozer and a Cat 12M2 motorgrader outfitted with a universal total station. A group of customers enjoy the day at the SITECH?event. The operator demos an ATI level best box outfitted with a Trimble dual grade and slope laser system on a Cat 277C MTL. In the background, a Trimble 3D system installed on a Cat 336E excavator is at work. Kevin Dunlap (L), sales consultant of SITECH Chesapeake, goes over the software features of a Trimble site tablet with a Trimble SPS985 rover with Keith Pumphrey of Reliable Contracting. Larry Limer (R) of Spectra Precision, shows a  customer the features of a GL622 dual grade laser. Mike Denning (R), sales consultant of SITECH Chesapeake, talks to a customer about the presentation he completed on the Trimble 2D GCS flex system that was installed on a Cat 316E excavator. Mike Windsor, sales manager of SITECH Chesapeake, discusses the Trimble universal total station installed on a Cat 12M2 motorgrader to a group of customers via audio headsets.

SITECH Chesapeake held its open house on Sept. 17 at its location on 19 Thomas Ave. in Brooklyn, Md., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A pit beef, pit ham, and pit turkey lunch catered by the Cookout was enjoyed by all. More than 80 customers attended the event.

There were multiple demonstrations throughout the day including three live demos showcasing 2D and 3D machine control products. Products demonstrated included a Trimble GCS flex system on a Cat 316E excavator; an ATI level best box with dual laser grade and slope control on a Cat 277C; full Trimble 3D machine control systems on a Cat 336E excavator; a Cat D4K2 LGP bulldozer; and a Universal Total Station (UTS) controlling a Cat 12M2 motorgrader to within .02 accuracy.

SITECH Chesapeake had four sessions for this demo: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., and each demo was one hour long. The demos were threefold. Guests were separated into two different groups, 2D and 3D, and given separate demos; switched places to watch the demo they missed, and brought together for a final demo of the fine grade process. This process included the D4K2 bulldozer leveling the roadway to one-tenth of a ft. high, the Cat CS56 dirt roller accurately compacting with Trimble’s intelligent compaction system and the UTS controlling the Cat 12M2 and grading to within .02 of a ft.

Additionally, for customers’ estimating departments, two demonstrations of Trimble’s takeoff software, Business Center, Heavy Civil Edition (HCE) was presented by Scott Bridges at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Other demonstrations included a site positioning system led by Kevin Dunlap and a paving products display showcasing a 2D and 3D systems on a Cat AP1055E.

Throughout the day, customers had the opportunity to sign up for a personalized demo to enable them to use various pieces of equipment and test the software for themselves. They also had the chance to visit the vendor tables for Flora Surveying Associates/Data Pro, Spectra Precision, SECO and ATI.

Customers who attended received insight on application and how these products can make their operations more efficient and make them better at what they do on a daily basis, according to the company. Attendees also learned that Trimble technology is not exclusive to any one brand of OEM equipment and that there is a Trimble ready solution for all brands of construction equipment.

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