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Machine control

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In civil engineering, machine control is used to accurately position earthwork machinery based on 3D design models and GPS systems, and thus aid machine operators to e.g. control the position of a road grader's blade.[1] Many machine control systems utilize the Real Time Kinematic (RTK) system to improve the positioning accuracy.

There are five dominant manufacturers of machine control systems: Leica Geosystems, MOBA Mobile Automation AG, Trimble Navigation Limited, Unicontrol and Topcon Positioning Systems. In 2010, The Kellogg Report[2] was published to serve as a resource for comparing the systems from these and other manufacturers.

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  1. ^ Heikkilä, Rauno; Jaakkola, Mika (2003), "Intelligent Road Construction Site - Development of Automation into total Working Process of Finnish Road Construction" (PDF), 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, retrieved November 8, 2010
  2. ^ The Kellogg Report LLC (2010). Article: The Kellogg Report. Retrieved December 15, 2010 from [1]