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MeasureOn app gives clear digital view of project details

Lose the pencil and paper; ditch the project binder. With the new Bosch MeasureOn app, users get a clear digital overview of all project details – including floor plans, measurements, photos and notes. These features are all viewable with a smartphone or tablet in one app. MeasureOn is free to download and free to use. The app will be available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Commander IIIx: extreme radius slipforming

The new three-track Commander IIIx will be on display at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Booth C30380.

The new Commander IIIx features extreme turning capabilities, allowing it to slipform a 24-inch (610-mm) radius. It is unlike any other Commander ever built by GOMACO. It uses the new Xtreme Package for multi-application pavers, which includes rotary-sensored slew drives on each of the three tracks for steering, sensored leg positioning, independent travel circuits to each track, radius software, GOMACO’s three-sensor radius system and repeatable mold offset. 

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Volvo launches Dig Assist in North America, an intuitive machine control solution for crawler excavators

Volvo Dig Assist unlocks the full potential of an excavator’s productivity. Utilizing Volvo Co-Pilot — the award-winning in-cab interface with 10-inch high-resolution touch screen — Dig Assist allows operators to easily input job specifications and track progress along the way to ensure the job is done right the first time, every time.

“We’ve designed Dig Assist in a way that is very easy to learn and very intuitive to use — requiring as little as 10 minutes of upfront training and only a few touches to get started with a new job,” said Matt McLean, product manager, GPE products at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Once you’re up and running, there’s no more guesswork. You can design and track progress in real time — thereby reducing the need for on-site engineers, surveyors, and manual grade and depth checks. It’s very simple to use, but can make an enormous impact to productivity and job profitability.”

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Framework equipped with sensors to measure qualities of fresh concrete

Doka has launched a new innovative product lineup of internet-connected sensors. Concremote is integrated in Doka formwork and measures real-time compressive strength gain of fresh concrete. Reliable performance data is vital to support decisions for subsequent construction works. Reference cases underpin optimization of construction schedules and costs while simultaneously enhancing concrete durability.  

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Topcon updates 2D indicate system for excavation

Topcon Positioning Group has announced an update to its entry-level machine control system for excavation – the X-52. The 2D system is designed to offer cost-effective indicate grade control. “The X-52 system features the all-new MC-X1 controller, which offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators,” said Kris Maas, director of construction product management. “Operators with limited exposure to machine control systems will find the system intuitive and very easy to use. Its reliable and rugged TS-i3 tilt sensors detect the precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times.”

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John Deere and Kespry enter strategic alliance to simplify drone integration on construction jobsites

John Deere and Kespry today announced an exclusive global strategic alliance through which John Deere Construction & Forestry dealers will provide the Kespry Aerial Intelligence System to their customers on jobsites around the world. Starting in North America, the alliance enables John Deere customers to use Kespry’s fully integrated industrial drone platform to capture topographic data in minutes with survey-grade accuracy.

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Topcon announces agreement to bundle Bentley reality modelling software with UAS software solutions

Topcon Positioning Group has introduced Topcon ContextCapture, powered by Bentley Systems, a reality modelling software solution that will be offered with Topcon UAS (unmanned aerial systems). The system is designed for mapping, construction and surveying professionals, to quickly turn simple photographs and/or point cloud data into true-to-life, highly detailed 3D models for use throughout a project lifecycle.

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Volvo launches Dig Assist in North America, an intuitive machine control solution for crawler excavators

Volvo Dig Assist unlocks the full potential of an excavator’s productivity. Utilizing Volvo Co-Pilot — the award-winning in-cab interface with a 10-inch high-resolution touch screen — Dig Assist allows operators to easily input job specifications and track progress along the way to ensure the job is done right the first time, every time.

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Caterpillar Launches Cat Connect Productivity Services

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Caterpillar will add Productivity Services to its portfolio of technology enabled Cat® Connect Services.  Caterpillar and the Cat dealer network have provided technology enabled services for years, including Equipment Management and Safety Services.  With the launch of new Productivity Services, Caterpillar and Cat dealers will bolster existing services while helping customers further streamline operations, control costs and reduce risk.

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VisionLink expands its mixed-fleet integration capabilities with support of new AEMP 2.0 / ISO 15143-3 telematics standard

VirtualSite Solutions, the leading provider of software solutions for the heavy construction industry, has expanded VisionLink’s mixed-fleet integration capabilities by supporting the new ISO 15143-3 (AEMP 2.0) telematics standard.  VisionLink is one of the first software solutions in the heavy construction industry to support the additional telematics data provided by this new ISO standard.  

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Caterpillar Ventures announces investment in software development firm busybusy

Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., announced today a strategic investment in busybusy, a software development firm that helps customers optimize operations, specifically addressing real-time tracking of jobsite labor costs. The unique software application developed by busybusy helps drive efficiencies and productivity on customers’ jobsites. 

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Trimble Introduces the Next Generation of Grade Control for Excavators and Dozers

Trimble has announced its new Trimble®Earthworks for Excavators and Trimble Earthworks for Dozers . Trimble Earthworks is transforming machine control with an integrated 3D aftermarket excavator automatics capability. In addition, a new dozer configuration moves the receivers from the blade to the roof of the cab. Reengineered from the ground up, Trimble’s innovative, next generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. State-of-the-art software and hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively than ever before.

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B2W Software to Introduce New Scheduling and Dispatching Solution for Heavy Construction at CONEXPO/CON-AGG

B2W Software, a innovating provider of heavy civil construction management software, will introduce its B2W Schedule solution at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017.  As an addition to the company’s unified ONE Platform for estimating, operations and business intelligence, B2W Schedule enables contractors to manage resources more effectively across job sites and over time, by centralizing the scheduling and dispatching process and connecting it with field management and maintenance workflows.

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Topcon leaders featured as speakers for CONEXPO 2017 presentations

Topcon Positioning Group has announced that two of its leaders have been selected for speaking engagements at CONEXPO 2017. The sessions will include discussions with John Dice, director of Professional Services, and Dave Henderson, director of Geospatial Solutions, who are presenting on topics titled, “Machine Control Technology in Paving and Milling” and “Commanding Your Star Fleet: FAA Regulations Update” respectively.

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New Cat Connect hardware and software debuting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles. New Cat Product Link technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.

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Caterpillar Ventures Invests in Airware to Advance Work Site Intelligence through Aerial Data at Scale

Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, announced today that it has secured a strategic investment from Caterpillar Ventures. The investment allows Airware to accelerate programs that enable dealers to offer solutions and services within the construction, mining, and quarrying industries, and highlights Caterpillar’s commitment in leading the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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