Bobcat trials new 3D vision for GPS excavation

Bobcat trials GPS excavating system with 3D driver display on mini-ex

The E14 in transit to the trial - the 'ears' of the system are mounted above the cab
The E14 in transit to the trial - the 'ears' of the system are mounted above the cab

UK-company Infomap is trialling a GPS-guided excavating system on a Bobcat E14 mini-excavator.

The Prolec Digmaster Pro 3D machine guidance system and the Javad GNSS (or GPS) guidance hardware GPS uses GNSS-based technology to guide construction plant on site and can be used to lead excavators through the digging process. Sensors mounted on the E14 excavator accurately read the location, orientation and position of the equipment.

Key information is then relayed to the machine guidance module and displayed in real time 3D to the plant operator through a cab-mounted screen. By following the on-screen information, the plant operator is able to dig exactly to plan, ensuring the job is done quickly, efficiently and with precision.

Applications for system include mass excavation, landscaping and general earthworks; drilling and piling operations; road construction; grading; trenching and ditching; breakwater construction; waterway maintenance and dredging and quarrying.

When the machine is calibrated, every bucket needed can be measured and these values stored with an appropriate name in the bucket library. The system then detects which bucket is being used after being swapped.

“It results in faster, more efficient use of plant, shorter working cycles, reduced rehandling of material, no unnecessary over-digging, decreased fuel costs and reduces the impact on the environment,” claimed Infomap. “The system also cuts surveying and setting out costs and requires less staff to be present within the vicinity of working plant, which also improves workplace safety.”

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