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John Deere adds grade guidance to 210G LC excavator and makes customer-driven updates to 130G - 470G LC models

John Deere has added grade guidance technology to the 210G LC excavator and made numerous other customer-inspired updates to improve productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs on the 13 to 47 ton models. The grade guidance system provides operators with information on the bucket's location with respect to a 2D reference or 3D design surface and is ideal for digging trenches for pipe, shaping ditches or slopes, or digging structure foundations. The system was developed in cooperation with Topcon.

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Topcon tackles infrastructure deficit through expert summit

The Technology Roadshow features an array of hands-on demo opportunities with Topcon equipment, including machine control of various types.

Topcon's touring Technology Roadshow stopped at the company's home base of Livermore, California recently for a special event that drew media and guests to hear a panel of experts speak on how technology can help narrow North America's infrastructure deficit.

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Topcon completes full acquisition of virtual design and construction software developer

Topcon completes full acquisition of virtual design and construction software developer

Topcon Positioning Group announces the complete acquisition of Viasys VDC, an innovative infrastructure construction software development company based in Espoo, Finland. The purchase is designed to strengthen Topcon software development expertise and support delivery of advanced Topcon VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) solutions with seamless BIM (Building Information Modeling) interoperability for customers worldwide.

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Bentley Systems acquires geotechnical and soil engineering software providers

Bentley Systems has acquired PLAXIS 3D, a provider  of geotechnical software.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Plaxis, the leading provider of geotechnical software, based in Delft, Netherlands, and the agreement to acquire soil engineering software provider SoilVision, based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The acquisitions, with Bentley's market-leading borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals "going digital." Finally, BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.

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Hemisphere GNSS shows flexible and scalable GradeMetrix machine control toolkit for OEMs at Intermat

At IntermatHemisphere GNSS has introduced significant achievements of its GradeMetrix OEM toolkit for high-precision GNSS-based machine control and guidance applications and systems. Hemisphere has expanded its portfolio of hardware offerings, including the recently announced A222 Scalable GNSS Smart Antenna, and made significant strides forward with its next-generation GradeMetrix OEM application software platform. Whether it is grading, mining, excavating, piling and drilling, or compaction applications, heavy equipment manufacturers can rebrand the solution and drive feature requirements to sell as their own.

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Trimble and Kobelco Announce Trimble Ready Option for Select Kobelco Excavator Models

Trimble  and Kobelco have  announced  the introduction of a Trimble Ready option for select Tier 4 Final Kobelco excavator models. Select excavators that ship from the Kobelco factory are now ready for the installation of the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for excavators, which can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of the installation for the contractor.

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Survey eye in the sky: drone popularity for construction applications takes off

Survey eye in the sky: drone popularity for construction applications takes off

It has been a relatively short few years since unmanned aerial vehicles – better known as drones – have moved out of the domain of the military and government, and down to the everyday consumer. In that time, one of the most enthusiastic industries in the adoption of this technology has been construction, which came to an early realization that aerial surveys of everything from buildings to gravel stockpiles could improve the way in which pit operators and contractors managed their businesses.

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Topcon's new laser series is designed for distance and accuracy in construction projects

Lasers in Topcon's RL-H5 series include options in working range of up to 800 metres and up to 100 hours of battery life.

Topcon Positioning Group has added to its RL-H line of self-levelling rotating lasers. The RL-H5 series is designed for high accuracy and long working range in laser applications for grading, excavating and general construction projects. The new offering includes instruments to support diverse jobsite demands.

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InEight acquires QA Software and TeamBinder document management solution

InEight acquires QA Software and TeamBinder document management solution

InEight, a developer of construction project management software, today announced that it will acquire QA Software. This includes QA Software's flagship product, TeamBinder, the comprehensive document management and collaboration solution for the engineering and construction industry. The acquisition combines InEight's project management solutions with QA Software's comprehensive document management tools, creating world-class solutions for key project stakeholders including contractors, owners and engineers.

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Airware launches new advanced drone analytics capabilities

Airware has announced the launch of enhancements to the Airware Mining and Quarrying solution. Airware's solution is built on the secure and scalable cloud-based Airware platform. This solution leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to help mines and quarries digitize their business and improve operations with visualization, collaboration, analysis and reporting on drone-captured data.

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New HCSS Plans delivers simple uploads, field calculators for project drawings

Featuring Web and mobile applications, the new HCSS Plans digital plan management solution from construction industry software developer, HCSS connects the office to the field to avoid costly mistakes and rework. Built specifically for heavy civil construction, HCSS Plans allows superintendents and project managers to efficiently manage changes and markups to project drawings and plans, ensuring that field superintendents are working with the latest project information.

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Fieldwire partners with Hilti to bring construction management software to field workers

Mobile field management platform Fieldwire has announced a strategic partnership with the Hilti Group, a manufacturer and supplier of construction technology. As part of this partnership, Hilti has made an undisclosed strategic investment into Fieldwire and joins the Fieldwire board. "Fieldwire's approach to jobsite productivity stands out in the construction tech scene and aligns very well with Hilti's mission," said Joerg Kampmeyer, Member of the Executive Board and CFO at Hilti. "We were impressed by Fieldwire's leadership, and our investment in the company is a first step in establishing a long-standing strategic partnership."

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