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November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11
Doosan's futuristic concept excavator.

This Reddot Design Award was first started in 1955, and is managed by Design Zentrum Nordheim Westfalen in Germany. This award is given after the world’s biggest design competition, and is one of the world’s top three industrial design competitions along with the iF Design Award and the IDEA design award.

More than 2,733 designs were entered, from 61 countries and 206 were honored at the Reddot Design Award, which awards products that are creative, innovative, and superior in quality. Out of these awarded designs, only 15, including Doosan Infracore’s futuristic concept excavator, were presented with the Best of the Best Award.

Out of the 15 Best of the Best Awarded designs, only one will be presented with the honorary Luminary Award on November 24, 2009 in Singapore.

Doosan Infracore’s futuristic concept excavator was well received by the judges for its Eco-Transformer concept, which reflects four core benefits: ecology, safety, usability and efficiency. The excavator is designed to function at the highest level at various working sites, to be environmentally friendly with energy-efficiency, and to exhibit high performance even in severe conditions. Development of this futuristic excavator is targeted to finish by 2018. 770.831.2200, usa.doosaninfracore.co.kr

Topcon, Geospatial Holdings
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has entered into a strategic alliance with Geospatial Holdings Inc.

The purpose of the alliance is to jointly market Geospatial’s Smart Probe Pipeline Mapping Technologies with Topcon’s IP-S2, 3D aboveground mobile mapping system. With the combined technologies, municipalities, engineers, pipeline operators and utilities are capable of gathering and managing 3D geo-referenced surface features along with 3D underground pipeline data.

Geospatial utilizes proprietary technologies to economically locate and create accurate 3D maps of underground pipelines and conduits.

Topcon’s IP-S2 3D mobile mapping system travels the pipeline or utility corridor aboveground at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The cost savings over traditional ground-based data collection methodologies is exponential. Safety is greatly improved by removing personnel from vehicular traffic areas.

The IP-S2’s three laser scanners and a digital video camera system capture high-accuracy x,y,z point clouds and 360 degree spherical imagery. Topcon’s advanced software enables the simultaneous viewing of images and point clouds, enabling the system operator to accurately visualize and assess all terrestrial features along the corridor.