GPS excavator system guides digging from satellites

Now Topcon has created a GPS control system for excavators, the 3Dxi. The system includes a GX-60 display and Topcon’s MC-A1 antennas. Real-time movement of the bucket, stick, boom and machine is displayed in the cab. Unlike laser-based excavating systems, the GPS-guided 3Dxi provides the operator with instant visual reference of the bucket’s relation to the planned grade – enabling precise positioning over utility centerlines. Plan, profile and section views can be selected singly or in combination to suit individual preference. Operating features include Ethernet and Bluetooth capabilities for communication with other site management systems, and the system’s software allows you to store up to six different bucket configurations.