Turning Points: May 2004

Topcon's agreement with Komatsu, Carlson's new hires, and more.

Topcon Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, announced an agreement with Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, to allow new Komatsu motor graders and bulldozers to be purchased with the desired Topcon automated machine control system as a factory-installed, standard equipment option. This agreement covers the Komatsu distribution network worldwide, and three-dimensional (GPS- and LPS-based) and two-dimensional (laser- and sonic-based) machine control systems manufactured by Topcon. All "on-machine" components of the Topcon systems can be ordered directly from Komatsu, arriving at the Komatsu distributor pre-installed and ready to use. The Komatsu distributor will purchase "off-machine" components (GPS base stations, robotic control instruments, laser transmitters, etc.) from the local Topcon distributor. In-field support can be provided by Komatsu or any authorized Topcon distributor.

Carlson Software, Maysville, Ky., added three new staff members to its team: Ken Trent, Butch Herter and Mark Bellamy. Trent is a software engineer and designer with more than 15 years of experience. Herter is a technical sales and support specialist for all Carlson products in North and South Carolina. Bellamy is a software engineer who works on desktop and data collection applications.

Surveyors Service Company, Costa Mesa, Calif., appointed Bob Elliott to the position of construction products division manager. Elliott oversees all sales and support activities related to construction products. Elliott joined Surveyors Service Company in 2000 and is based out of the San Diego office.

Pacific Crest Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif., welcomed Werner Kozel as director of engineering. Kozel holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and advanced studies in industrial engineering with emphasis in quality control.

Burgess & Niple Inc., Chantilly, Va., named Richard E. Ziems, LS, as survey division director. Ziems joined Burgess & Niple in 1976. He is responsible for managing project operations, training, and administrative and marketing tasks supporting land surveying activities in the firm's Mid-Atlantic region.

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