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  • Topcon announces Pacific Northwest addition to Topcon Solutions Store network
    Topcon announces Pacific Northwest addition to Topcon Solutions Store network

    Posted: 9/13/2017
    LIVERMORE, Calif., U.S. - September 13th, 2017 - Topcon Positioning Group announces a new addition to the Topcon Solutions Store distribution network. PPI Group, now known as PPI Group, a Topcon Solutions Store, is the latest positioning distributor to join the network with two locations in Portland, Ore. and Kent, Wash., bringing the total to 13 locations in North America.

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  • R.A. Mancini Replaces High School Athletic Fields Using Dozer Control Systems
    R.A. Mancini Replaces High School Athletic Fields Using Dozer Control Systems

    Posted: 8/1/2017
    Replacing the athletic fields at William Fremd High School Athletic Fields in Palatine, Illinois, has progressed smoother with the use of a Topcon dozer control system.

    "It's increased our production exponentially," says Rick Mancini, President of R.A. Mancini of Lakemoor, Illinois, general contractor for the project. " It's eliminated the need for staking."

    Work began when school ended this spring. The scope entails demolition of the existing ball fields, diamonds, fences, goal posts and practice fields. R.A. Mancini is installing an underground detention and drainage system and then will grade and replant grass for the fields.
    The Township High School District 211 decided to improve the drainage and overall field quality for its baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball teams, which serve nearly 400 children. Drainage issues had placed the student athletes at a disadvantage, said Kurt Tenopir, Principal of the school. Weather often forced cancellations of practice sessions and games. The school district began planning for the project in fall 2016 and hired Manhard Consulting engineers of Vernon Hills, Illinois, to design the new fields, with suggestions from coaches.

    In addition to solving the drainage issues, the school wanted to configure the new fields to meet current and future needs as the school?s population grows. The new layout will add to the fields and allow every sports team to practice on site.

    Additionally, Mancini says, the surfaces had become hard, increasing the risk of injuries. The replaced fields will have softer sod and base. The detention system will wick the moisture away from the surface.

    Topcon Speeds Construction

    R.A. Mancini is using the Topcon 3D-MC2 dozer system mounted on a John Deere 750 Dozer. The system works with a Topcon HiPer lite base rover GPS system. Mancini purchased the base and rover last year and then added the dozer system with this job in mind. He tries to keep pace with technological advances.

    "The 3D-MC2 is the top of the line, the mac daddy," Mancini says. "This was definitely the right project to use it for."

    R.A. Mancini received CAD drawings from the engineers on the project. Those drawings are uploaded to a computer on the dozer and a model of the site is produced. Topcon Solutions met with Mancini and showed him how to use the system.

    "Within an hour, I was up and running, and within a couple days, I could make changes," Mancini says. "It's easy to use and user friendly. I really like it."

    Mancini adds that the Topcon Store and Topcon support are a telephone call away and have been helpful as he learned the system. He anticipates the unit will become even more valuable as he learns how to use even more of the Topcon features.

    Topcon reports that the 3D-MC2 dozer system can double production and is four times faster than a standard dozer. Grading accuracy is similar to motor graders. Fewer passes are needed, so the dozer operates using less fuel and with less wear and tear on the machine. The MC2 sensor and software provide position updates 100 times per second. The sensor measures X, Y and Z positions; roll; pitch yaw; and dozer acceleration.


    Posted: 7/5/2017
    Tired of being at the mercy of curbing subcontractors, Jacob Cunningham, co-owner of Cunningham-Delaney Construction (CDC), purchased a GNSS-based curbing machine in 2015. He did so knowing that facet of his operation would at last be under his control. He also was certain that putting down curb and gutter, once a slow and cumbersome stringline process, would now be made dramatically better. The chance to prove it came with a bid to create a major Alabama resort destination called OWA near the state?s Gulf Coast. Faced with a daunting list of concrete pours ? and an extremely tight window in which to do them ? CDC drew upon the strengths of its new technology to meet the challenges head on. That performance (in many cases doing work in a fraction of the previous time) not only kept the project on track, it totally validated their decision to go stringless.
    Cure for concrete woes

    As site contractor for the OWA project, CDC is responsible for all rough grading, water, sewer, telecom conduits, power conduits, roadways, asphalt, finished grade and curb/gutter/sidewalk work. Given the time constraints, it is that last item that, in the past, could have presented a problem.

    "This was precisely the type of project we had in mind when we decided to commit to 3D paving," said Cunningham. ?We knew that replacing the traditional hand-forming or stringline approach with a Power Curbers Model 5700-C equipped with Topcon Millimeter GPS would position us for a ?fast-track? project like this. In fact, having this capability gave us the confidence to bid this job, and others like it, more competitively."

    The sheer volume of concrete work CDC needed to perform at the OWA site was impressive, to say the least. All told, their work alone included more than 12.5 miles of curb and gutter, 125,000 square feet of sidewalk, and island pours on parking lots with 2,000+ total spaces.

    "For those lots, there are more than 100 islands, each with a circumference of about 85 feet, that need to be poured," Cunningham said. "Keep in mind that none of the islands are flat - they all have high points and low points, and while the dimensions are all the same, the slope and the pitch differ for each one. But, because of the technology we are using, all that data is all loaded into the plan, the machine takes over and the accuracies are never in question."

    Teaming the Power Curbers' paving strengths with a Topcon Millimeter GPS Paver System brings CDC the benefits of GPS positioning technology with a zone laser reference for both accuracy and productivity. On the islands alone, said Cunningham, what they now do in one day, would have taken them a week to do with a hand-forming curb crew. "Even doing it using stringline would have taken us 2-3 times as long, given all the tedious setup time needed to get the line set," he said. "That kind of delay would have made it nearly impossible to finish the job on schedule. Going stringless has been a game-changer for us."

    Smaller but more productive

    Cunningham's decision to go with the GNSS curbing approach stems from the fact that so many machines in his fleet - dozers, motor graders, and excavators - were already running Topcon machine control systems, so data could be shared between all parts of the project.

  • Hybrid GPS and Total Station in Action
    Hybrid GPS and Total Station in Action

    Posted: 6/11/2017
    When Piggush Engineering, Inc., in Bourbonnais, Illinois, embarked on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey for Olivet Nazarene University around the corner from their office, they encountered numerous challenges. "It was definitely the most in-depth ALTA survey we?ve done," said Jonathan Cross, Land Surveying Department Manager. "We've completed surveys with larger acreage, but because of all the landscaping and architecturally unique buildings we needed to shoot and locate, this became a very complex project."
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  • BIM Gaining Ground in Transportation Infrastructure
    BIM Gaining Ground in Transportation Infrastructure

    Posted: 5/19/2017
    NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A new SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics shows that the use of building information modeling (BIM) is increasing in the horizontal construction market. The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure 2017 SmartMarket Report -produced in partnership with Autodesk, and with support from Deloitte ? analyzes how engineers, contractors and owners are using BIM for transportation infrastructure projects in the US, UK, France and Germany. It shows that commitment to BIM is skyrocketing among firms who use it, with 52% now reporting they deploy it on over half their projects, versus only 20% of them implementing it at that high level just two years ago. The report is available for free download here.
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  • Topcon Announces Expansion to Topcon Solutions Store Network
    Topcon Announces Expansion to Topcon Solutions Store Network

    Posted: 4/25/2017
    LIVERMORE, Calif. - April 25, 2017 - Topcon Positioning Group announces the newest addition to the Topcon Solutions Store distribution network. Griner and Schmitz Incorporated, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest positioning distributor to join the network, which brings the total to 11 locations in North America since its creation in early 2016.
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  • Complete In-Motion Dozer Control Defines Cutting Edge
    Complete In-Motion Dozer Control Defines Cutting Edge

    Posted: 3/31/2017
    Automated grade control using GNSS signals has transformed how earthmoving contractors get work done. Through the engineering efforts of its innovators and developers, machine control technology has been improved and refined over the years.

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  • Topcon Announces New Wi-Fi Capability for Imaging Station
    Topcon Announces New Wi-Fi Capability for Imaging Station

    Posted: 3/8/2017
    LIVERMORE, Calif., USA/ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, The Netherlands - March 7, 2017 - Topcon Positioning Group announces the addition of advanced connectivity options to its DS-200i direct aiming imaging station. The DS-200i, now with Wi-Fi access, provides real-time, touchscreen video and photo imaging to capture measured positions.

    "The ultra-wide 5 MP on-board camera provides photo documentation in the field and can now transmit live video using either LongLinkTM or high-speed WLAN as an access point, which allows the FC-5000 or Windows 10 tablets to easily connect," said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products.

    "The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity offers convenience to the powerful video capabilities of the DS-200i. The system allows for non-prism measurements to be aimed and measured to remote objects - saving time without having to return to the tripod," Kerwin said. "The live video allows a remote user to know exactly what is being measured."

    Additional standard features include Hybrid Positioning functionality, Xpointing technology for quick and reliable prism acquisition, TSshieldTM telematics security and maintenance technology, and a rating of IP65 for water-resistant construction.

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  • Construction CAD Systems Grows Rapidly with LiDAR Technology
    Construction CAD Systems Grows Rapidly with LiDAR Technology

    Posted: 2/11/2017
    The ability to Identify, accept and then embrace new technologies is a hallmark of most successful business enterprises. Companies that refuse to do so, clinging to outdated practices, are often relegated to the dust-heap in favor of those who find better solutions to help them move forward. When Construction CAD Systems (CCS), a Chicago-area engineering firm, reached a certain point in their development, they recognized that a move toward a GNSS-based solution could benefit them tremendously, made that move and benefited from it. The company has continued that progression, embracing LiDAR technology?s strengths in a mobile mapping effort that sets them apart from the competition. Today, the company is one of the area?s most in-demand telecom design houses, has grown to more than 100 employees and is about to apply the CCS approach on an international scale with work both north and south of the border. Status quo does not apply here.
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  • Versatility the Focus of New Topcon GNSS Receiver
    Versatility the Focus of New Topcon GNSS Receiver

    Posted: 2/9/2017
    Topcon Positioning Group is offering a new modular GNSS receiver system - the MR-2. The system combines all current and planned constellation tracking with a comprehensive set of communication interfaces. It is designed to service any precision application requiring high-performance RTK positioning and heading determination.
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  • Topcon Announces New ES Series Total Station
    Topcon Announces New ES Series Total Station

    Posted: 1/25/2017
    LIVERMORE, Calif. - January 24, 2017 - Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the latest addition to its ES total station series in the Americas, the ES-60. Featuring advanced reflectorless capabilities and an upgraded data transfer functionality ? the new ES-60 is designed to provide an entry-level total station option with a fast and powerful EDM.

    "The ES-60 is an excellent solution for customers looking for the dependability and accuracy of the ES series in an entry-level package," said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products. "Incorporating all the time-honored expectations of the ES series along with a reflectorless EDM of up to 350 m, and 4000 m with a prism - the instrument also offers a USB option for quick and easy data transfer."

    The ES-60 offers 2 and 5 arc second accuracies. "It's ideal for land surveying, topography, construction layout, foundations and exterior job sites as well as as-built projects," said Kerwin.

    Additional features include 10,000 points of memory, a battery life of up to 15 hours, dual axis compensation, a waterproof design, and a laser pointer.

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  • Topcon Announced Next Generation of Online Support and Training
    Topcon Announced Next Generation of Online Support and Training

    Posted: 1/5/2017
    LIVERMORE, Calif., USA/ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, The Netherlands - Topcon Positioning Group announces the launch of the myTopcon support and training site. The site - an extension of the Topcon Positioning Systems public site - is designed to offer in-depth product information and engagement resources for Topcon customers and distributors managed through the newly developed Professional Services team.

    Ron Oberlander, senior director of Professional Services, said, "The industries we serve are evolving to be very digital centric, continually turning to the Internet as a resource. Topcon has been evolving even faster with the amount of products and solutions that we offer to address customer needs and the rapidly changing technology on job sites. It is our corporate responsibility to ensure that users have information readily available to them when they need it and myTopcon is a powerful step in that direction."

    The mobile-friendly site includes the ability for users to customize their learning experience. "If a user sees a support or training article that they like, they can simply add it to their library of articles or even customize a localized training curriculum for their organization. Any number of videos, articles or documents can be added to various combinations of libraries, which can be shared inside or outside their organizations," Oberlander said.

    The previous support site is being automatically redirected to the new one. New users can sign up directly on the myTopcon homepage.

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  • Technology Steers Hennessy Surveying in New Directions
    Technology Steers Hennessy Surveying in New Directions

    Posted: 12/10/2016
    With decades of survey experience under his belt, Barry Hennessy is no stranger to, nor is he resistant to, change. He has seen the industry, the technology that supports it, and his business evolve over time. So when presented with the opportunity to employ new laser scanning technology, it's not surprising that he embraced it for the opportunities it presented. Today that technology ? first, a Topcon GLS-1000, today a GLS-1500 - is a major part of his Fort Branch, Indiana-based construction and land surveying business and has, in fact, taken it in directions he never foresaw.
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  • Dixie Construction Gains Efficiency with New Job Site Management Strengths
    Dixie Construction Gains Efficiency with New Job Site Management Strengths

    Posted: 11/10/2016
    With GNSS quickly becoming the de facto technology for efficient grading, layout, excavation, etc., the focus for many construction professionals is toward finding the best way to manage onsite assets and productivity. Companies for whom the volume of those assets is large, or the resources to manage them are minimal - or both - are looking for solutions designed to rein it all in and allow improved efficiencies and true control. For Dixie Construction, the need to do so was serious: on average the Maryland-based company can be found working 40 active projects at any given time, jobs which typically represent more than 14 pieces of iron at work. One person at Dixie is charged with heading up the entire GPS effort and after finding the ideal tool to provide the asset management solution needed, he says they are not only a more productive and responsive company, they are finding uses for the technology they never anticipated.

    Anniversary is Golden
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  • Topcon MAGNET for New High-Rise
    Topcon MAGNET for New High-Rise

    Posted: 10/7/2016
    New High-Rise Squeezes In

    With beginnings in 1636, the city has undergone war, epidemics, fires, and economic depression to grow into the state's second largest city, the region's economic hub, and home to the United States Naval Station - the largest Navy base in the world, spanning approximately 3,400 acres.

    The city's building stock and architecture have evolved. The Colonial town's first medieval English-style wood and frame construction with wide chimneys and thatch roofs were replaced in time by the iconic Neoclassical federal style architecture with elements of columns in the porticoes and classic motifs over doorways and windows, which exist today in the city's many preserved red brick public buildings and residencies.