Taking out the guesswork


Leica Nova MultiStation, Leica iCON and SmartNet are helping to build a major connection between the United States and Canada.

Canada’s new Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway isn’t a typical transportation project. The six-lane, seven-mile curvaceous expressway on Canada’s busiest land border crossing will eventually connect to a bridge in Detroit, serving as a primary entrance and trade corridor between the U.S. and Canada. The total cost for the project isan estimated 1.4 billion CAD (1.07 billion Euro).

The project has a lot of layers, from excavation to open graded drainage, asphalt and concrete. Getting the dimensions, grading and paving right on the first try is imperative. Dominic Amicone, president of Amico Affiliates, the civil contracting firm leading the parkway’s construction, was looking for something exceptional – a machine control system to take them through the construction process that provided the flexibility they needed to be accurate and efficient.

After evaluating several industry leading providers, they chose Leica Geosystems as their strategic technology partner and began using the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation and SmartNet RTK correction network to continuously check grades and refine information in real-time.

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