Ashley Wakefield crops approximately 1,250 hectares (3,000 acres) of cereal grains, canola, chickpeas and lentils near Urania on the central Yorke Peninsula in Southern Australia. Over the past 10 years his precision ag equipment has evolved to include RTK guidance or autosteering on his tractors and combine, and all types of implement control.
Todd Orrock, owner/operator of Orrock Farming, grows wheat, barley, canola and peas on approximately 2,400 hectares in the Murraytown area of South Australia.
With three New Holland tractors and a New Holland combine, Todd likes to say, “We’re a bit blue.” Todd is a big user of GPS systems from Topcon Precision Agriculture, having “a couple of X20 consoles, a System 350 with the new X30 console and a System 150.”
On a major 8.5 mile highway extension project south of Reno, Nevada, Fisher Grading & Excavation, the general contractor heading up the job for Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), was hit with a last-minute change that would have floored most heavy/highway companies. But Fisher, which had recently purchased a Topcon 3D-MC from Nevada Transit & Laser for one of its motor graders, took the change in stride and found out just how invalu
A non-contacting asphalt paving system helped an Arizona contractor to achieve exceptional smoothness and a 70 percent increase in production on a race track south of Phoenix.
Ace Asphalt of Arizona Inc, paved two 6,000-foot straightaways with hot mix asphalt at the race track. The track is a nearly 6-mile oval that measures 39 feet wide with banked curves at the ends.
On a project which called for remediation of a waterfront and construction of a pair of breakwaters, Pacific Pile & Marine (PPM), turned to a Topcon X63 3D machine control system for help. Doing so afforded them a host of benefits including: a savings in time, a better degree of accuracy and a greatly reduced risk factor.
There are several logical places you might go to see a race. A runway construction site on a live airport, however, probably wouldn’t be one of them.
But factor in a tight window for completing the project — and an even tighter window when the work can actually be done — and it’s ‘Gentlemen, start your engines!’
Q and A with Ray O'Connor
In the boom-and-bust economy that has characterized the construction marketplace for the past several years, one thing has remained constant: Companies that invested in around-the-corner technologies when jobs were scarce put themselves in a position to charge full-speed ahead to capture a larger share of the market opportunities today … and in the future.