2D uses a laser, slope sensor, and/or sonic tracker to control the cutting edge.* These technologies have been widely used since the 1980's. o Initially on motorgraders, pavers and AG machines. o Then on dozers, excavators and milling machines.* Laser and/or slope applications are typically limited to large planer areas. o Tennis courts, Athletic fields, Running tracks, Airport runways and taxiways.* Sonic and/or slope applications typically are for road and parking lot construction.3D uses GPS technology to control the cutting edge.* These technologies have been in use since the beginning of the 2000’s.* GPS reduces stakeout dramatically.* GPS use is not limited to large planer areas, roads, and parking lot construction.* GPS machine control can be used to cut the grade of any design shape, including planer areas. o Basins, swales, berms, cones, steep slopes. o GPS reduces stakeout on 100% of the jobsite area.* GPS machine control is a much larger investment than 2D machine control.
Because Machine Control produces a substantial return on inverstment for contractors.* You have the entire job on a stick.* Reduced stakeout results in lower engineering costs.* Control material tolerances to your cost advantage.* No more waiting for markout - keep on working.* Cut grade right the first time - no rework.* Grade checker becomes an inspector which reduces labor costs.* GPS provides instant calculations of material quantities.* Calculate quantities on a daily basis - your GPS rover becomes a billing tool.* Cutting grade in fewer passes results in: o Increased production. o Lower machine costs. o Lower machine hours.* Increased accuracy and smoothness produce a higher quality job than traditional methods.
* Step one is to attain a 3D model of your jobsite. o This can be done yourself if you possess the proper software and personnel. o This 3D data can also be easily purchased www.mesh-consulting.com* Step two is have a licensed surveyor layout NEZ control points on your jobsite that match your 3D data files.* Start your base station. o Setting up a permanent, fixed mounting post will eliminate the need to localize daily.* Localize your jobsite by shooting Lat, Lon and Elevation GPS points over your NEZ control points with the GPS rover.* Your survey rover is now ready to work.* Copy your localized control point file, 3D surface and linework files onto a CF card, or USB stick. Then copy them to the hard drive of your GPS machine.* Start cutting stakeless grade!
* Of course there are details not listed above, such as equipment profiles, proper radio settings and all the functions of Pocket 3D.* Your local Topcon dealer will make it simple and easy to use by your chosen employees.* Once your job is localized, rovers set up and training complete, you simply turn it on each day and go!
* Indicate only laser systems start for as little as $2000, including laser level!* Automatic 2D single fuction (laser only) systems start around $14K.* Automatic 2D dual function systems (laser/laser,laser/slope, sonar/slope) start around $19K.* RTK base/rover kit with collector start at $26K.* Indicate 3D GPS machines start at $35K.* Automatic 3D GPS machines start at $55K. o The price difference from one machine to another is dependent on the type of Hydraulic System used.
* If you are based out of New Jersey or New York Metro you can buy Machine Control directly from us. Cleary Machinery offers a turnkey solution, including support and operator training.* If you are outside this area please see your local Topcon dealer. Topcon has a dealer locator by zip code at www.topconpositioning.com* Please continue to explore our site, and email your machine control questions here