5 E Equipped with what is likely the first fleet of Komatsu intelligent Machine Control iMC equipment in the United States Thompson Excavation Ltd. is reaping big benefits in terms of getting the job done faster and more efficiently with fewer people needed at the jobsite. Everyone from company owner to machine operator is excited about the new technology which has cut the time required on some projects by 30 to 40 percent. With the Komatsu iMC equipment we can offer more value to our clients. The equipment allows us to add value because it is faster more productive and more efficient said Scott Thompson owner of Thompson Excavation and Thompson Concrete based in Carroll Ohio. Thompson Excavation recently purchased a Komatsu PC210LCi excavator as well as D51i and D61i dozers to add to their fleet. The companys PC210i excavator was the first of its kind to be used in the United States. Komatsus iMC equipment is the first to fully integrate machine control into the system greatly enhancing automation versus a regular machine with an aftermarket GPS unit. Using integrated Topcon technology the entire project can be modeled in 3-D so the excavator or dozer knows the grade and slope of the project the location of corners and edges of building pads and the depth to dig. There is no overcutting and no need to place thousands of stakes at the jobsite before work begins. The result is a big savings in time and money according to Nate Worthington operations manager for Thompson Excavation. As far as the excavator goes it increases pro- duction by 30 to 40 percent for utility work he said. On a recent storm sewer project in New Albany for instance an operator using the PC210i was able to lay 300 to 350 linear feet of pipe a day compared with the 200 feet a day the company had estimated when bidding on the project. The iMC dozers are able to fine-grade pads or roadways in 30 to 40 percent less time than with a conventional machine and no GPS he added. Anything you have to cut to a certain elevation the production efficiency is amazing. Site supervisor Wesley Worthington used one of the intelligent dozers at the Preserve at Winchester Crossing an Ardent Communities townhome condominium devel- Komatsu iMC dozers and excavator have both exceeded expectations on Thompson projects. Operations Manager Nate Worthington makes no bones of the fact We will never buy another trackhoe that is not an intelligent machine. CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT Thompson Excavation Ltd. SURVEYING THE BENEFITS OF A NEW EARTHMOVING PARADIGM Equipped with what is likely the first fleet of Komatsu intelligent Machine Control iMC equipment in the United States Thompson Excavation Ltd. is reaping big benefits.