3D Grade Control Puts Designers Right in the Operator's Seat

Hampton, Tudor
October 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;10/3/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 13, p44
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the use of global positioning system (GPS) in earthmoving machine. More jobsites are using the positioning systems to pinpoint survey stations and guide machinery with millimeter accuracy. But automation is putting everyone to the test. The GPS, which guides automatic grade controls on earthmoving machines, is well on its way to becoming an industry standard for survey, design and construction. Automation is closing the precipitous gap between the drawing board and the field. It is changing the way engineers design infrastructure, just as much as it is changing the way operators drive dozers.


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