Construction & Mining

Democratic Republic of Congo was one of world's top three diamond producers in 2020

AdobeStock 290312334webData analysed by Finbold indicates that only three countries produced 79.62% of all the estimated 54 million carats of natural diamond produced in 2020 globally with the Democratic Republic of Congo in third position

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TOMRA Sorting Mining widens its offer of digital services

TSMI Visual AssistTo help mining operations improve their efficiency and profitability, TOMRA Sorting Mining has widened its offer of digital services with the introduction of the new augmented reality tool for remote assistance, TOMRA Visual Assist

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Terex MPS introduces new options for MHS6203 and MHS8203

MHS8203 Wet 1Terex MPS has introduced new options for MHS6203 and MHS8203 screen modules, including a wash plant and a feed box and support structure

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Epiroc Sweden completes acquisition of software company for increased mine productivity

ATR Epiroc, a leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has completed the acquisition of MineRP, a software company specialising in increasing productivity for mines through integrated planning, execution and analytics

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Topcon unveils software for construction and survey professionals

MAGNET Topcon 1Topcon Positioning Group, manufacturer and distributor of precision measurement and workflow solutions for the global construction industry, has released its suite of software for the construction and survey professionals

MAGNET 7 is designed to utilise the strength that cloud-based connectivity can play in streamlining workflows through GNSS receivers, total stations, and other positioning tools and instruments, and addresses common needs to increase productivity, efficiency, and profitability levels across the job site spectrum. The software is also designed to improve accuracy while efficiently managing data and collaboration, in real-time, with the project team.

On a global scale, COVID-19-related demands placed on construction and survey professionals underscore a real need for comprehensive, integrated, software solutions to meet those challenges head on, according to Alok Srivastava, senior director, product management.

“The push to ramp up production levels and increase efficiency, while operating profitably, has never been greater,” he said. “Our suite, made up of field software, cloud services, tightly integrated office software and third-party integrations, is a key component of our digital ecosystem, all designed to enhance productivity in the field while helping the office efficiently manage the project dataset. It does so by tapping the power of integrated solutions to provide end-to-end workflows, superior data exchange and a far better level of collaboration.

Enhancements in the field version of the software were made to improve 3D model support, reporting, and interactivity in working directly on a visual map. Additionally, there are improvements in data handling for large and complex 3D projects.

Productivity-driven features within the upgraded office solution include an ability to connect to the newest version of the Sitelink3D job site monitoring and management system. Among other benefits, this will enable office personnel to send machine models via the web portal directly to machines on site. This new connection also allows access to the Haul Truck app, which dramatically improves efficiency in the mass-haul environment by sending real-time data — including haul volumes and truck locations — directly to the master schedule.

Additional benefits in the office include a new capability for calculating International Roughness Index (IRI), a valuable “key-performance indicator” for resurfacing projects. For added efficiency, IRI data exports directly to ProVAL formats, commonly used in the paving industry, to report and validate road surface smoothness against guidelines set by government transportation departments. Enhanced terrain modelling capabilities for surveyors and an overall increase in file-type capability for all users are also valued additions to the solution.

“The need for digital connectivity, both on site and between the office and the job site, has never been greater,” said Srivastava. “With the continued push toward digitisation in all facets of their jobs, today’s construction and survey professionals regularly risk loss of efficiency — and the financial costs associated with it — due to issues of incompatibility between equipment and systems. This upgrade of the MAGNET suite of productivity solutions takes the connected field and office management to a new level, making the long-sought-after ‘end-to-end workflow’ a reality while helping projects stay on schedule and under budget.”

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