Designed to quickly move large quantities of materials on construction sites, dozers, with their enormous size, can cause serious injury if not operated properly. The new iGD CoPilot from Leica is designed to increase productivity and ease operation on construction sites, reducing the risks of dozer operation by helping to decrease fatigue and stress on operators.

Morten Nissen, Leica Geosystems Machine Control Division product specialist, said the new iGD CoPilot is designed to simplify dozer operations on construction sites when not using 3D or 2D machine control, and can be used by all dozer operators, no matter their training level.

“We designed this new function for three reasons: to improve the productivity of new operators; to decrease the learning curve of less experienced dozer operators; and to decrease fatigue and stress on all dozer operators.”

Mr Nissen said the iGD CoPi makes sure that the dozer will make a straight smooth push, without any waves.

“This can be used in any situation where a flat surface is needed or material is needed to be moved.

“This function will make less experienced operators more effective, it will make experienced operators even more productive, and remove some of the daily stress. Further, site safety levels will be increased due to having less fatigued operators running dozers.

“A more focused and alert operator is a much safer operator, decreasing the risk of accidents and increasing the general safety level of the job site.”

Mr Nissen said this function is unique to the iGD CoPilot, and is a revolutionary design for dozer operators.
“Now the engineer, manager or surveyor can operate the dozer without totally destroying the surface.”

Mr Nissen said it can be used on an existing Leica iGD2 solution or for a new installation only with iGD CoPilot.

“The new functionality will be available in Leica iCP32 software as of August 2017 to selected markets. Customers can download the new version of software from myWorld.”

Intelligent 2D grading solution

The new iGD CoPilot will also available as part of the new Leica iCON iGD2 software which utilises SP14, a state-of-the-art inertia sensor.

This dual axis high speed sensor combined with iCON software technology enables the dozer to establish and maintain a height and slope by referencing the blades’ current or set position.

This adds an extra mast and laser sensor, allowing operators to work independently of the slope
direction if needed.

The iCON iGD2 software is a stand alone system requiring no other reference meaning, no laser or GPS/TPS (3D) use.

The machine can be set to a site reference benchmark or pre-defined height and cross slope. Once set, the automatic blade control takes over and all operators have to do is concentrate on steering the machine.

The Leica iCON iGD2 system can dramatically increase machine utilisation, productivity and optimise material usage on any earthmoving and fine-grading contract. It can be used with a wide range of sensors and combines ease-of-use, and unrivalled flexibility with a powerful and intuitive user interface.

The key to the Leica iCON grade iGD2 system lies in its unique PowerSnapTM concept – a single docking station allowing operators to easily and quickly exchange machine sensors and control panels, depending on the project needs.

This partner content is brought to you by CR Kennedy. For more information, visit survey.crkennedy.com.au.

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