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Machine Control for Surveyors group is for professional land surveyors and LSU members who work with machine control devices and techniques in their daily lives.

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Using your state's CORS network to calibrate large scale jobsites

Started by Dean Brian Teska Jr.. Last reply by ePalmetto Dec 23, 2011. 1 Reply

I'm a big fan of being completely organized.  Therefore, I wanted to lay out my procedures for getting a jobsite set up for a highway project.  Some of these methods may help save time applying them…Read more →

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Reply by Dean Brian Teska Jr. on May 9, 2012 at 9:38am

Hey folks!  It's been a long, warm winter at my company, so here we go head first into construction season!  I found out today that Trimble Business Center - Heavy Construction Edition version 2.6 was released today, with a 30 day trial for free for FULL FUNCTIONALITY!!  This software is soooo powerful it is recommended to have at least 4 GB of RAM in you PC!!  It can do everything from post processing to point cloud to corridors, tunnels, and site 3d modeling.  It also is used to communicate to Trimble Connected Community (to wirelessly push data back and forth from your office to the collectors) and manage all of the data stored and staked.  The help menu's have full tutorials on how to _______ (fill in the blank with whatever you want to do!)  Get your trial version here today, and I am installing mine today, so if you have questions, I will also have all of the modules.  You can also import jpg files, pdf files and georeference them by matchline or known coordinates!!  You can also drag files from your desktop or whereever and drop right into the 'open' TBC window to import files!  This software can import just about ANY format!!  Get your trial version here!

Don't miss the boat on learning this software, this is the future of Trimble!

Reply by Dean Brian Teska Jr. on December 15, 2011 at 11:11am

Skip, does this Carlson Autograde system have an integrated radio (with vibration protection) or does it need to pick up a base station? (and if so, will it read data from a Trimble base?)

Can you elaborate when you say 'indicate'? Does that mean it uses a laser in addition?

Reply by ePalmetto on October 29, 2011 at 2:02am
Carlson AUTOGRADE system.....$12,500
How to get into MACHINE CONTROL for a low price..
Reduced to $10,500
This a indicate Dozer system, GPS ready with cross slope sensor, boom, external GPS antenna,all wiring, and the most rugged computer the X20. We can completely upfit this system  to work with your existing GPS or add GPS. Even upfit a StakeOut guy, or move to a supervisors truck, or ATV for a quicl TOPO profile.  We can also install and train your crew to be productive.
If you have any questions call Skip Farrow 843.518.8488


Carlson Grade  is a premiere 3. It supports most heavy machine types, most grading, mining, drilling and landfill operations and most sensors. It supports the world's largest GNSS library.

Carlson Grade can be mounted on a pick-up truck to provide mine foremen and supervisors with real-time position and height inspection capabilities. There is no need for converting site drawings; because, this product recognizes standard .dwg files.

Carlson Grade is ideal for real-time grading applications, since heavy equipment operators can grade sites without stakes, even in blinding conditions. Instead, they glance at a screen mounted in the cab and respond to cut/fill and position information. This gives instant feedback on design performance and allows operators to achieve the proper grade with the first pass, saving both time and fuel. This also eliminates excessive movement and tramming of the machine, which results in less maintenance and cost.

Benefits and Features

Supports many machines with single-user interface including dozers, excavators, graders, scrapers and more
Supports most all GPS/SNSS receivers
Flexible user interface as simple or as advanced as the user needs
Multiple views in profile, section and plan
Uses AutoCAD drawings and Carlson Civil surfaces, no conversion necessary
Real-time monitoring back at the office
Cut/Fill -- real time across entire project
Volumes daily, weekly or anytime
3D volume reports output to PDF
Direct import: .dwg, .dxf, TN#, GC3, LN3
Multi-purpose: one system for all equipment and applications (dozer, grader, excavator, drill, etc.)
Connectivity options (new Heartbeat)
Collect and stake out points
Load up to 50MB DTM
Customizable screens (UDI)
Build pads: flat, single/dual slope
Grade check for all machines
Indicate (guidance) and Automate (hydraulic control) options
Specialized Features for Construction, Mining and Landfill Applications
This is the X20 solid state computer


Reply by Scott D. Warner, PLS on April 29, 2011 at 5:20pm
You may very well be the "Dean of Machine Control" that we have been waiting for!  Way to go, brother!
Reply by Dean Brian Teska Jr. on April 29, 2011 at 11:09am
I suppose I should introduce myself to the group and give a little background, but my profile does that a little already.  I was lucky enough to fall into a role at a highway construction company to learn this industry.  After learning topcon and trimble methods, I quickly recommended that we stick with Trimble! (personal preference)  I will answer any questions to best of my knowledge, and no questions are dumb questions!  But if you are suspicious that it may be a dumb question, you can email me directly ([email protected]) to get your question answered and I can always re-write the post to be asked by an anonymous person. Machine control software is not just for grading contractors!!  Trimble SCS900 software for the TSC2 can increase even a surveyor's production in the field!!  Forget carrying around cut sheets, and telling contractors you don't have the storm sewer data with you that day, forget hours and days of data prep that had to be done yesterday!!!  Get it all done pre-construction, and have it with you where-ever you go. Revisions that come later are a breeze to change.  I will be creating some different discussions on the multiple categories of information . .regardless of your brand of equipment.  I hope to intrigue the people that know what they're doing, and I hope to educate people that don't know what they're doing!
Reply by Dean Brian Teska Jr. on April 29, 2011 at 10:34am
Phil, I imagine you probably found an answer since your question in October, but Grade Supervisor is one of the few systems I am not familiar with.  Did you resolve your issue? I would like to hear what you had to do, if you did figure it out.  What are the file formats used in grade supervisor? Are you able to export csv/ascii files from that system?
Reply by Phil Stevenson on October 9, 2010 at 10:37am
Let's agree that I am new at this. I just want to begin with something simple. I logged data with Carlson Grade Supervisor and I want to look at it in Carlson Survey. Who knows how to import the Grade Supervisor data into Carlson Survey?
Reply by Donald E Best on September 14, 2010 at 11:03pm
Hello! Machine control on freeways kind of sounds like some strange and complicated process that will take a long time to get hold of for practical use. It's not.
If you have ever set up a data controller for GPS or EDM with the 1) horizontal alignment, 2) the vertical profile alignment, and 3) the cross-section templates for a length of roadway---then you have the hard part done. Yes there are issues about how much and what part of the set-up you place at the equipment operator's use and whether you want quantity info. Those are individual project variations that need to be determined before starting control design. But summed up, your putting in the hands of the equipment operator what the surveyor
already has in his data controller/computer.

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