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RDO Equipment Co. News - April, 2017

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RDO Integrated Controls Grows Coverage of TopNETlive Network

RDO Integrated Controls Grows Coverage of TopNETlive Network

RDO Integrated Controls expands the Topcon TopNETlive network to 100% coverage of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN. Full coverage of the F-M metro area was completed with the installation and activation of three network receiver stations.

Just over a year ago, the initial expansion of the TopNETlive network brought coverage into Minnesota and North Dakota for the first time. Since then, RDO Integrated Controls has grown the network, most recently, adding four receivers to offer 80% coverage of the Twin Cities metro area.

According to Adam Gilbertson, General Manager, the team plans to extend coverage to cities around the Fargo-Moorhead area and continue expansion across North Dakota throughout the next several weeks.

“Immediate plans include coverage for Casselton, Hawley, and Lisbon, followed by major western cities Bismarck and Minot,” he said.

TopNETlive is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

Gilbertson is proud of his team’s ongoing efforts to grow the network, the largest in the country, saying, “There isn’t another network out there with the national coverage, reliability, and accuracy in machine control as offered with TopNETlive.” He encourages anyone interested in joining the network to contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.

The Topcon TopNETlive network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

In addition to Minnesota and North Dakota, RDO Integrated Controls offers TopNETlive coverage in California, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The added coverage builds on the existing network already established in 19 other states, making TopNETlive the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

Additional details on the Topcon TopNETlive network are available here.

April 27, 2017  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Named Topcon  Emerging Business Unit Dealer of the Year

RDO Integrated Controls Named Topcon Emerging Business Unit Dealer of the Year

RDO Integrated Controls was honored with four awards at Topcon’s annual sales meeting, Topcon Xperience. Among the awards, RDO Integrated Controls received one of the top honors, being named Emerging Business Unit Dealer of the Year.

The Emerging Business Unit is part of the Geo Positioning Solutions Group at Topcon, and includes areas such as mass data collection, mobile mapping, monitoring, networks, and UAV technology.

Kelly Gress, Vice President of RDO Integrated Controls, commented, “We are honored to receive this recognition from Topcon and know it’s because of the hard work of our team – a group dedicated to providing the most complete technological solutions and highest level of service to our customers.”

In addition to the Emerging Business Unit Dealer of the Year, RDO Integrated Controls received three other awards: Top 10 in Construction Sales; Top 10 in Positioning Sales; Top 3 in Emerging Business Unit.

All awards were presented at the Topcon Xperience. This annual event showcases the latest in Topcon technology and highlights what dealers can expect in the year ahead.

Contact the team at RDO Integrated Controls to learn more about Topcon solutions for your business.

February 9, 2017  |  Category:
Leap Second effect on Topcon GNSS Products

Leap Second effect on Topcon GNSS Products

International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) announced there will be an extra second added to the end of this year, so clocks will read 23:59:60 on December 31, 2016. Such leap seconds are occasionally needed to ensure Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the official measure of time, stays in sync with changes in the Earth’s rotation.

Topcon has been working hard to provide a firmware solution assuring Topcon receivers are not impacted. Without this firmware update users may experience issues acquiring or sustaining a fixed solution. In some cases position solution may resolve itself after a new almanac & ephemeris are downloaded however, it's strongly recommend you download the firmware update for GNSS receivers.

This leap second addition is global, affecting all GNSS receivers and should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Please visit www.topconpositioning.com/support to download the latest firmware for GNSS receivers. Receivers that are not on the list will not be affected by the leap second event, however it is important to update these receivers to the latest firmware available for that model.

An update for Machine Control GNSS receivers will be announced soon.

Receivers requiring firmware updates include:

Email us or call the RDOIC Solutions Center (877-90-RDOIC) for more information.

December 20, 2016  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls has completed its fourth Topcon TopNETlive network station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, increasing coverage to 80% of the Twin Cities metro area. Additionally, RDO Integrated Controls expanded the network to Duluth, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, and Virginia, MN.

Since the initial expansion of the TopNETlive Network into Minnesota earlier this year, RDO Integrated Controls has added and activated 15 network stations across the state. Adam Gilbertson, General Manager, says he’s proud of his team’s efforts to grow the network and offer customers access to the largest, most reliable network in the country.

“There isn’t another network out there with the national coverage, reliability, and accuracy in machine control as offered with TopNETlive,” he said. “We’re continuing our expansion to provide customers real-time network coverage for machine control across Minnesota.”

TopNETlive is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

“Our goal is to continue growth and expansion in Minnesota, and have 100% of the Twin Cities metro area covered by spring 2017,” Gilbertson said. “We welcome all customers interested in joining the network and expanding the co-op opportunity to contact us.”

The Topcon TopNETlive network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

In addition to Minnesota, RDO Integrated Controls offers TopNETlive coverage in California, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The added coverage builds on the existing network already established in 19 other states, making TopNETlive the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

Get more details on the Topcon TopNETlive network.

To join the Topcon TopNETlive network, contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

October 25- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting August 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule. As of October 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions to drone operators who applied after the rule’s effective date.


However, the agency has found that many applications have incorrect or incomplete information. Many applicants request too many waivers or request waivers for flights in types of airspace for which the FAA is not yet granting approvals. As a result, the agency has had to reject 71 waiver requests and 854 airspace applications.

It’s important for applicants to understand the information needed to make a successful safety case for granting a waiver. The performance-based standards are available here

For example, we clearly spell out the information required for a waiver to fly at night – one of the most common requests:
• Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
• Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and ground-based structures and obstacles during darkness.
• Applicant must provide a method by which the remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine the position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft (sUA).
• Applicant must assure all required persons participating in the sUA operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
• Applicant must provide a method to increase conspicuity of the sUA to be seen at a distance of 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

The other performance-based standards also list exactly what the FAA needs to consider a waiver. Operators must make waiver requests here

Without a detailed description of how the applicant intends to meet these standards, the FAA can’t determine if a waiver is possible. Operators should select only the Part 107 regulations that need to be waived for the proposed operation. Applicants also should respond promptly to any request we make for additional information. If the agency does not receive a response after 30 days, it will withdraw the request.

Operators must apply for airspace authorizations on the same web page. The required information is spelled out in the waiver/airspace authorization instructions document

As the FAA previously announced, operators who want to fly in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace don’t need FAA authorization. The agency is currently processing requests to operate in Class D and Class E airport surfaces. We will begin to consider requests for Class C drone flights after October 31 and for Class A airspace after December 5. Applications to fly in those areas before the indicated dates won’t be approved.

The Part 107 regulations provide a flexible framework for unmanned aircraft operations. Waivers and airspace authorizations are an important part of making the new rule work as intended. Applicants can help speed the process by making sure they make a solid, detailed safety case for any flights not covered under the small drone rule.

Article provided by the Federal Aviation Administration. 
FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

October 26, 2016  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

FARGO, ND (August 3, 2016) – RDO Integrated Controls has been named an Authorized OEM Machine Control Dealer by Topcon Positioning Systems. The new agreement goes into effect immediately and affects RDO Integrated Controls’ stores in the state of Arizona

A division of RDO Equipment Co., RDO Integrated Controls is already an established Topcon dealer in California, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This existing relationship, combined with a successful track record of sales and service, opened up the opportunity for the expanded agreement.

“While we’re honored to be recognized by Topcon and excited for the added opportunity in Arizona, the greatest impact of this agreement will be felt by our customers,” Dennis Howard, Vice President of the companies’ southwest region said.

Visit www.rdoic.com for more info on the full offering of Topcon positioning solutions now available at stores in the six states, or contact RDO Integrated Controls directly with questions.

August 22, 2016  |  Category: News

Skyward and senseFly Join Forces

Skyward and senseFly, global leaders in the UAV industry, are partnering to deliver a custom operations management software and consulting services package for senseFly aircraft.

The package, available for customers in North America through the senseFly distribution network, gives operators a preconfigured Skyward account with senseFly flight log import, senseFly manuals, customized preflight checklists, and other information specific to senseFly operations. These features are part of the Skyward drone operations management platform that includes up-to-date airspace information and tools to plan and log flights, manage personnel and equipment, flight hours, and meet regulatory reporting requirements. Customers will also have access to a team of regulatory and drone operations experts and benefit from Skyward expertise in order to define their flight operations procedures and write related operating manuals.

“Ensuring the highest level of safety and ease of use has always been essential in the design of our lightweight drones,” said Jean Christophe Zufferey, senseFly CEO. “By providing easy access to Skyward, we are now extending this seamless experience toward operation and fleet management. Our professional customers will get an elegant and efficient way to keep up with the constantly evolving regulations, while making sure they operate their fleet of drones efficiently and in full compliance.”

Operators using Skyward and senseFly together are able to easily meet regulatory compliance and insurance requirements. The partnership will create an end-to-end solution that delivers professional results for drone operators in mapping, surveying, GIS, industrial inspection, and agriculture.

“Businesses operate drones because they return value, and senseFly builds some of the best professional drones in the industry to provide that value,” said Jonathan Evans, Skyward CEO. “Many of our customers are flying eBee and albris drones already because, quite simply, they get the job done. We will continue to deepen the technical integration across our platforms to provide a seamless and elegant user experience for our joint users. ”

To learn more about the partnership and join the wait-list, visit www.skyward.io/sensefly.

Source: senseFly 6/29/2016

July 5, 2016  |  Category:

Keep Your Drones Away from Wildfires

There are lots of great places to fly your drones, but over or near a wildfire isn’t one of them. In fact, drone operators who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts are subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.

Here’s why it’s important: Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, just a couple hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as hobby and recreational drones. This creates the potential for a mid-air collision that could seriously injure or kill wildland firefighters in the air or on the ground.

As a result of unlawful drone operations near fires this year, fire managers have temporarily grounded all aerial firefighting aircraft on several occasions for safety reasons. Shutting down firefighting operations could cause wildfires to become larger and can threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.

The bottom line is “If You Fly, We Can’t."

Please fly responsibly – keep your drone away from wildfires.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration

June 29, 2016  |  Category:

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Topcon TopNet Live Network

Industry leader in Topcon solutions and support adds five states to coverage network

FARGO, ND (April 15, 2016) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., brings Topcon’s TopNet live network to Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. This expands RDO Integrated Controls’ footprint from California, and builds on the existing network coverage already established in 19 other states, making TopNet live the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

TopNet Live is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

“What we see on the horizon is deeper integration into live networks, and ease of use for clients to run machine control and survey equipment in a connected environment,” Adam Gilbertson, General Manager of RDO Integrated Controls said. “TopNet live gives our clients the most flexibility and reliability available on the market today from the largest network in the United States.”

The Topcon TopNet live network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

For more details on the Topcon TopNet live network from RDO Integrated Controls, visit www.rdoic.com/products/software/topnet

April 15, 2016  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

FARGO, ND (October 19, 2015) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., has received FAA approval to operate unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to conduct mapping, training, agricultural, and survey applications. The company is an authorized senseFly distributor and sells and supports various UAV units for customers across many industries.

The FAA approval comes in the form of an exemption to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA), which covers the operation and registration of aircraft in the national airspace. The Section 333 Exemption grants authorization for certain unmanned aircraft to perform commercial operations. These flights must occur at or below 200 feet by a UAV operator with aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds during daytime and be conducted within visual line of sight of the pilots while maintaining a certain distance from airports or heliports. Fewer than 2,000 Section 333 exemptions have been granted nationwide to date.

Matt Hayes, RDO Integrated Controls Mapping/UAV Product Supervisor, commented, “We are extremely pleased with the news. Receiving our exemption is a positive step towards expanding the benefits of this technology within the commercial marketplace.”

For more information about how RDO Integrated Controls UAV solutions can work for your business, visit www.rdoic.com/products/uav/.

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About RDO Integrated Controls
RDO Integrated Controls, founded in 2009, is a division of RDO Equipment Co. The division provides positioning solutions for customers in the construction, mining, engineering, survey, and landfill industries. For more information, visit www.rdointegratedcontrols.com

About RDO Equipment Co.
Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and support agriculture, construction, environmental, positioning, surveying, and irrigation equipment from manufacturers including John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon. With more than 75 locations across the United States, including partnerships in Russia, Ukraine, and Australia, RDO Equipment Co. is a total solutions provider. Learn more at www.rdoequipment.com

RDO Integrated Controls Sponsors First Ever DroneFocus Conference

On June 3, 2015, more than 130 attendees gathered at the Fargo Jet Center for Fargo’s first annual Drone Focus Conference, organized by Botlink and Emerging Prairie, and powered by RDO Integrated Controls.

“All drones, all day,” was the theme of the event. The intent was to gather professionals and enthusiasts to talk about drones.

RDO Integrated Controls jumped onboard as the premier sponsor. The one-day event featured a tour of the award-winning Fargo Jet Center (and site for the event), as well as a wide array of speakers from the UAS industry, varying from students, pilots, engineers, farmers, legislators, and more.

Matt Hayes, RDO Integrated Controls Mapping/UAV Product Supervisor, took the stage and showcased some of the latest drone technology that utilizes 2D and 3D mapping. He presented “eBee,” a fully autonomous fixed wing drone that specializes in mapping terrain. Through live simulations, he walked the crowd through the capabilities of these drones in mapping anything from stockpiles to corn fields, while also highlighting near-infrared and thermal applications.

“It was a great opportunity to educate the public on the amazing benefits the technology can bring to numerous industries,” said Hayes. “It’s really an exciting time to be involved with this industry.”

“This first-time conference was a real success for showcasing the opportunities for drones in the marketplace and how we can support our customers using this technology,” added Kelly Gress, Vice President of RDO Integrated Controls.

June 8, 2015  |  Category:
RDO Integrated Controls Urges Support of FAA’s proposed ‘micro UAS’ class

RDO Integrated Controls Urges Support of FAA’s proposed ‘micro UAS’ class

On February 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed new rules for the integration of Small UAS in the national airspace. senseFly congratulates the FAA on this effort since the body is proposing a safe, pragmatic and business-friendly approach to commercial drone use.

The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is the first public step in the rulemaking process. Now the FAA is inviting the public to comment on its proposals.

While RDO Integrated Controls believes the FAA’s proposals are a very positive starting point, the company is suggesting a few minor changes to its proposals. These changes specifically concern the FAA’s proposed additional ‘micro UAS’ class, which senseFly wholeheartedly supports since ultra-light systems such as the senseFly eBee pose low operator risk and are easy for organisations to integrate into their existing workflows.

RDO Integrated Controls has detailed its proposed revisions in a downloadable letter template (available here).

Members of the public who agree with RDO Integrated Control's proposed updates can submit these to the FAA — identified by docket number FAA-2015-0150 — via either of the following methods:·Online at http://www.regulations.gov

·By mail. Send comments to: Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001

·Hand delivery or courier: take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12- 140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

·By fax: comments can be faxed to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

March 24, 2015  |  Category:

FAA Proposes New Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

GPS World
February 17, 2015  - By GPS World staff

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system for commercial purposes.

“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for UAS under 55 pounds conducting “non-recreational” operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

The proposed rules also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for “micro” UAS under 4.4 pounds. The FAA is asking the public to comment on this possible classification to determine whether it should include this option as part of a final rule. The FAA is also asking for comment about how the agency can further leverage the UAS test site program and an upcoming UAS Center of Excellence to further spur innovation at “innovation zones.”

The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. The FAA also intends to hold public meetings to discuss innovation and opportunities at the test sites and Center of Excellence.  These meetings will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.

“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The proposed rule would require an operator to maintain visual line of sight of a small UAS. The rule would allow, but not require, an operator to work with a visual observer who would maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft. The operator would still need to be able to see the UAS with unaided vision (except for glasses). The FAA is asking for comments on whether the rules should permit operations beyond line of sight, and if so, what the appropriate limits should be.

Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (such as a private pilot license or medical rating).

The new rule also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground:

A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
The proposed rule maintains the existing prohibition against operating in a careless or reckless manner. It also would bar an operator from allowing any object to be dropped from the UAS.
Operators would be responsible for ensuring an aircraft is safe before flying, but the FAA is not proposing that small UAS comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. For example, an operator would have to perform a preflight inspection that includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS. Small UAS with FAA-certificated components also could be subject to agency airworthiness directives.

The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. Generally speaking, the new rules would not apply to government aircraft operations, because we expect that these government operations will typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.

In addition to this proposal, earlier today, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum concerning transparency, accountability, and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections for the Federal Government’s use of UAS in the national airspace system, which directs the initiation of a multi-stakeholder engagement process to develop a framework for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues concerning commercial and private UAS use.

The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit www.knowbeforeyoufly.org.

February 18, 2015  |  Category:

CADsoft Consulting Announces partnership with RDO Integrated Controls

CADsoft Consulting Announces partnership with RDO Integrated Controls
Representing innovative positioning technology solutions in the construction industry dedicated to Building Information Modeling (BIM)

FARGO, ND – CADsoft Consulting Inc., a proven leader in the implementations of Design and Construction technologies for the last 24 years, announced that they have signed a joint venture with the leading positioning distributor of Topcon’s field scanners and robotic technologies, RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co. This synergy is made possible primarily due to high level collaboration at the root level between Autodesk Inc. and Topcon. CADsoft and RDO Integrated Controls’ joint venture makes it possible for small and major construction trade partners to easily adopt and implement the most streamlined technology in the construction industry.

Topcon is a global leader in precision positioning technology and solutions and has designed their solutions to allow building and civil infrastructure construction customers to form a tighter, more seamless workflow that will increase on-site worker productivity, enhance jobsite safety, and improve quality control.  

Additionally, Topcon and Autodesk, a leader in cloud-based design and engineering software for the construction industry, have collaborated to allow products, such as Autodesk Point Layout and the new BIM 360 Layout iPad app, for BIM to more efficiently interact with Topcon’s LN-100 3D Layout Navigator.  This provides greater interoperability between Autodesk’s design solutions and Topcon field positioning hardware to connect workflows between the office and the field utilizing robotic total stations for construction positioning.  As an Autodesk Authorized Gold Partner and an Autodesk BIM 360 Advisor, CADsoft Consulting has the expertise to provide a complete solution and create jobsite efficiencies by helping contractors more easily connect BIM output to field based implementation.   These efficiencies reduce contractor error and re-work while speeding-up the overall installation process.


“By selecting to partner with RDO Integrated Controls, CADsoft Consulting continues to expand our innovative and advanced technology offerings to meet our customer needs,” said Lisa Duncan, Principal of CADsoft Consulting.  “Our customers are embracing BIM and have an immediate need for layout workflows to increase jobsite and project accuracy and substantially increase productivity as well. The LN-100 total station robot and Autodesk Point Layout software sits as the focus for the delivering these needs to our clients. With RDO Integrated Controls' expertise and guidance with positioning technology this can be quickly translated into real opportunities with our clients moving forward.”

”As part of our business philosophy to be a total solutions provider in the positioning industry, we are excited about the strategic advantage that this partnership will allow customers. This is an opportunity to extend our services and continue to deliver superior results that will truly benefit the work our customers do,” said Kelly Gress, RDO Equipment Co. Vice President.

About RDO Integrated Controls
RDO Integrated Controls, founded in 2009, is a division of RDO Equipment Co. The division provides positioning solutions for customers in the construction, mining, engineering, survey, and landfill industries. For more information, visit www.rdointegratedcontrols.com.

About RDO Equipment Co.
Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. is a family owned and operated company that provides and supports innovative solutions for John Deere agriculture, construction, lawn and garden; Vermeer; Topcon; and RDO Water customers. The organization, with headquarters in Fargo, N.D., employs more than 2,200 team members. The company has 70 sales and service locations in nine U.S. states and partnerships in Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and Australia. Learn more about RDO Equipment Co. at www.rdoequipment.com.

About CADsoft Consulting
CADsoft Consulting is a proven leader in the implementation of architectural, engineering, and construction design technologies and workflow.  With over 24 years of industry, business, and technical experience, CADsoft Consulting’s unique services are sought after by leading architectural firms, engineering companies, manufacturing and mining, government agencies, and academic institutions.  CADsoft Consulting is an Autodesk Gold Partner with specializations in Building, Civil Infrastructure, Advanced MEP, Advanced Structure, Process & Power, and Government. In addition, CADsoft holds Autodesk Consulting and Product Support Specializations and is an Authorized Training Center (ATC).  For more information visit www.cadsoft-consult.com.


Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and ATC are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

February 5, 2015  |  Category:
RDO Integrated Controls Takes Top Awards at Annual Topcon Event

RDO Integrated Controls Takes Top Awards at Annual Topcon Event

RDO Integrated Controls took home several awards at Topcon Xperience 2014, the manufacturer’s annual sales awards event.

The RDO Integrated Controls team was the recipient of six awards, including:
1. Top 10 Construction Sales Dealer
2. Top 10 Survey Sales Dealer
3. Top 3 Emerging Business Sales Dealer
4. Top 5 Market Performer for Construction
5. Emerging Business Dealer of the Year
6. Construction Business Dealer of the Year

Blair Schneibel, Bloomington Regional Sales Manager, and Chris Jeffers, Anaheim Account Manager, were also recognized by Topcon for a standout year. This award, called, “Coffee for Closers,” comes from the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. Topcon has been doing this award for several years, and award winners a plaque and $50 Starbucks gift card.

Kelly Gress, Vice President of RDO Integrated Controls, commented, “We have made significant accomplishments this past year and it was great to be recognized as an industry leader by our manufacturer partner. Providing great technological solutions and best-in-class service to our customers remains our primary goal. Being recognized by Topcon means we will be able to continue to do this with the additional leverage we gain as a top dealership.”

He added, “None of this would be possible without the dedication, innovation, and hard work of the entire RDO Integrated Controls team.”

November 28, 2014  |  Category:

Orbit GT and RDO Equipment Co., USA sign Reseller Agreement

Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is proud to announce that RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., USA has been appointed as Reseller of Orbit GT Mobile Mapping and UAS Mapping software products. 

“We are very happy to have signed a Reseller Agreement with RDO Integrated Controls, a leading provider of integrated solutions in the US”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “Their excellent reputation and highly specialised team makes RDO Integrated Controls a perfect match to Orbit GT in a growing mobile and uas mapping business. We are convinced that together we are building a strong partnership that will offer the best solutions for customers.”

Kelly Gress, Vice President of RDO Integrated Controls, added, “With the partnership of Orbit and RDO Integrated Controls, we will be able to provide our customers a unique and limitless mobile mapping solution.”

November 19, 2014  |  Category: News

RDO Integrated Controls Assists at CLSA Trig Star Contest

Trig Star is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of trigonometry.  Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Land Surveying and Mapping.

Professional Land Surveyors’ use the Trig Star program to advance communication with the communities they serve. Local Land Surveying and Civil Engineering companies provide resources.

What happens during the Trig Star Contest? A presentation by a Land Surveyor to help participants understand the Land Surveying/ Geomatics Profession. The exam is a timed exercise, during which students must solve trigonometric problems that incorporate the use of the right triangle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines. The student with the highest score and fastest time will be named the "Trig Star" for each high school participating in the program.

Whitney Smelser, Account Manager, assisted at the San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter event. He demonstrated optical instruments to the high school students.

According to Whitney, the students were very interested on getting hands on exposure to the equipment.  Many of the students and teachers had a whole host of questions about the engineering profession in general, and raised questions about equipment positioning manufacturing process in terms of applied physics.

“Interacting with these young enterprising students was a pleasure and overall fulfilling experience. It was amazing how quick they understood concepts. That day the teacher learned from the students!” commented Whitney.

June 17, 2013  |  Category: Events