Residents of New Orleans had a terrifying sense of déjà vu this past September when Tropical Storm Lee stalled offshore, dumping more than 14 inches of rain on many parts of the city. While concerns were high about a repeat of the catastrophic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina six years ago, the city averted disaster, largely because of changes that have been made to its protective infrastructure.
With 14-decks, the Italian-made Costa Concordia cruise ship was a gargantuan-size vessel by any accounts. It measured 290 m 950-ft. (290 m) long, 116 ft. (35.5 m) wide, and weighed 114,500 tons. It was the biggest of a half-dozen “dream class cruise ships” owned and operated by Costa Crociere, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc.
PFG Australia is the new distributor of Topcon Precision Agriculture products. PFG is a leading supplier of tractors and farm machinery to the Australian and New Zealand agricultural markets and offers a wide range of products, sourced from leading world suppliers. “PFG is excited to be entering the precision farming arena with a prestigious line of products from Topcon, including their Systems 110, 150 and 350,” PFG Australia managing director Craig Maber said.
Topcon launches version 10.0 software for its 3D-MC2 software targeting broader range of equipment. The new software allows the grading system to be used on milling machines, trimmers, wide concrete pavers and curb an gutter machines.
Large-scale mining operations across the globe have become development and test sites for advanced positioning technology. Think of a mine or quarry site as a 50-year construction project on a very large scale. What is economically or chronologically unfeasible for the typical earthwork construction site can be deployed at a mine or quarry where cost and implementation factors can be spread out over longer periods of time.
In early September 2011, Global Infrastructure Surveys (GIS), in conjunction with Rapid Survey Solutions (RSS), used Topcon's IP-S2 mobile mapping system to rapidly and efficiently map flood-affected areas in central Queensland for risk assessment purposes.