2D or 3D?

2D machine control involves the use of slope sensors, laser and / or sonic trackers to provide a height reference and / or slope reference to the operator. 2D systems can support the use of automatic or indicate (manual) control, depending on the machine type and operator preference.

3D machine control is a more premium solution designed for complex engineering designs. It involves the use of GPS, mmGPS or LPS to calculate a 3D position for the machine's blade or bucket tip. This position is then used by the machine control system to automatically or manually guide the machine operator to the 3D design they are working to.

Which one is right for my application?

2D machine control systems provide the basis for 3D positioning technology and there is a lot of cross over between the two depending on the specific job you are working on. 

Broadly speaking, if the job site requires the use of multiple machines working to the same engineering design, with requirements for design updates and the ability to know where you and all the other machines are on the job, you need 3D machine control.

For many other applications such as bulk earthworks, house pads, sports ground and some road activities, 2D machine control is more suitable.

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