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3D machine control – How it may affect the future of building construction

What is 3D machine control?

No matter the experience of a machine operator, 3D machine control helps the machine operator to be more precise in the field. 3D machine control assists the machine operator to optimize and precise the work while also making it easier and faster. Additionally, it minimizes the risks of making mistakes, thus negating the consequence of starting over again. 

With 3D machine control, fewer people are required to be at the operating site, since the use of a surveyor isn’t necessary as it is already incorporated into the system. The surveyors may instead work on other assignments to optimize the time in the field, thus bringing the costs down and making it a good long-term investment.

Other benefits include a safer environment in the workplace. Workplace hazards may occur when there are slippery surfaces. These instances will be reduced, as the machine operator can spend more time in the excavator or wheel loader and use the tablet to observe where the work needs to be done. The work of the machine operator is solved faster, which also causes less weariness to the machine.

Is digitalization the future?

Molio, a Danish non-profit construction knowledge centre, made a report in 2020 about the digitalization of the construction industry. It is shown that nearly two-thirds of companies within the construction industry believe digitalization has more potential and much to gain from it. As technology is advancing, the construction industry also enjoys the benefits of technological advancement. Now, it is already an important part of a company’s planning, production and project management.

Companies expect that the issue digitalization faces is the challenge of understanding the new technology. Even though 3D machine control has been used for many years, the demand for it has become more popular in recent years, this may limit the knowledge a machine operator has on 3D machine control. However, things may start to change within a few years. The companies’ clients are beginning to demand digital processes and solutions. It is shown that 82% of the clients strongly agree to have digital solutions to public construction, while 17% agree and only 1% do not agree at all. It is a huge increase compared to 2018, and therefore shows that clients have higher requirements for digitalization and that we are moving towards a digitalized age.

The report additionally shows that there is a strong correlation between a company’s digitalization and its effectiveness and productivity. 

The barrier that prevents digitalization lies in the culture of the company of the organization. 3D machine control and digitalization are continuously being explored in the construction industry, which might be the reason for the barrier. Another obstacle is the investment it takes to digitalize it. The report shows it is often small companies with a few employees that use it the least, while medium-sized companies use it the most.

Finally, the report shows the biggest flaws with digitalization are linked to more quality and fewer mistakes. It makes the processes faster and more effective and creates a better relationship with the clients and suppliers.

How Unicontrol simplifies digitalization

Our solution to 3D machine control is less complicated than 3D machine control seems to be. At Unicontrol, we focus on being user-friendly and making technology simple to use. Therefore, we have worked on an easy system that takes around 20-30 minutes to learn, and you’re ready to use it.

Our solution is a combination of quality sensors and GPS antennas which makes it easier to see where the machine is localized. It will optimize the coordination with all your excavators and wheel loaders, without the need to take the project home, as it is in our cloud solution which is an extra component to the Unicontrol3D package. It gives you access to all your data on a platform that’s simple to use. That way, all your data for a building project is secured on the cloud.

The goal of 3D GPS machine control is to make it simple to use, without it taking days or even months to learn.

Michael Hansen from Øbakke says the following about Unicontrol3D:

“The feedback we have received from our customers is that Unicontrol3D is easy to use and understand, it is very user-friendly. Also, for the surveyor, it is easy to transfer and extract data. So overall Unicontrol is just easy to use, which is a substantial advantage for the system.”

We strive to develop all the time and to make it easier for the machine operator. That’s why our solution is developed with the help of feedback and user involvement from our clients, so we always know what our clients need. According to Molio, one of the challenges was also the investment it costs to digitalize. We have therefore at Unicontrol made the price affordable for all entrepreneurs and companies.

If you are interested in hearing more about Unicontrol, you are always welcome to give us a call at +45 898 00 240 or send us an email at contact@unicontrol.io.


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The machine industry wants even more 3D control, so Unicontrol now has a solution for wheel loaders

Yet another demand is met for the construction industry, with precise and efficient excavation work. Unicontrol in Odense now has a solution ready that makes it much easier to carry out grading using a wheel loader. Machine operators can now themselves level and set surfaces precisely using the wheel loader via drawings and GPS, without any assistance from a manual worker and a surveyor. The Unicontrol 3D machine control system is now available for excavators and wheel loaders. 

The shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry is a growing problem. Contractors are constantly looking for machine operators. Unicontrol meets this challenge using technology that ensures better utilisation of resources on construction sites, by making the individual machine operator more independent and productive. 

This is why even before Unicontrol launched its latest solution, it had already sold the solution to operators in the construction industry in Denmark and Sweden. Unicontrol’s new 3D solution for wheel loaders can be installed on all makes and types of wheel loaders. Unicontrol is the first company in the world that now supports articulated body sensor and installs antennas on the roof.    

Better machine utilisation 

3D machine control for wheel loaders was developed in collaboration with Unicontrol’s distributors and partners, including  Unicontrol’s dealer in Sverige, L5, who could see the potential and demand in the market.      

“There is often a wheel loader present on construction sites and our customers in the construction industry want to use wheel loaders for even more tasks than moving equipment and loading lorries. Using 3D machine control, the contractor can also use a wheel loader for several tasks, including when surfaces need to be levelled and set. And if the grading has meant that a manhole cover has become hidden, Unicontrol’s solution can quickly localise it without having to call in a surveyor. Overall, Unicontrol’s technology increases machine utilisation and productivity on the site,stated Johan Spector, partner at L5 Navigation. 

In Sweden, construction company M. Holmströms Entreprenad Ab has already ensured it has the new solution, which L5 Navigation supplies under the name L5 U3D-L. 

With Unicontrol 3D fitted on the machine, fast-tracking is ensured, so the system can always follow the machine and the machine operator can carry out the work precisely. This technology is now also available for loaders.          

Ehsan Ekhlas, CCO at Unicontrol

“We always develop our solutions based on user involvement and workflow analyses in the construction industry. There is a clear need for a user-friendly and simple 3D machine control system, and this is precisely why we developed a 3D machine control system that has a short training time and is sold at an affordable price. Our vision is to be the world-leading manufacturer of a simple 3D GPS machine control system. We will show that machine control can be made simple for the user,” said Ehsan Ekhlas, CCO at Unicontrol.

At construction company Gorm Hansen in Denmark, Technical Manager Henrik Vestergaard is very satisfied with the new technological possibilities that Unicontrol provides to the company’s machine operators: “Unicontrol 3D is an excellent tool for ensuring precise grading, no matter the level of experience the machine operator inside the cab has. At the same time, our machine operators like the fact that machine control allows them to work independently on the construction site. We reach our goals much faster now when it comes to levelling tasks.”     

In Denmark, S.D. Kjærsgaard A/S and HM Entreprenør A/S are also leaders in the use of the new Unicontrol solution for loaders.

Unicontrol was established in 2018 and has distinguished itself as the first developer of 3D machine control for all types of excavators and now sells its technology in more than 15 countries. 

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New partnership with the leading distributor of CASE machines S.D. Kjærsgaard

Unicontrol and S.D. Kjærsgaard have made a collaboration that includes Unicontrol3D being offered to CASE machines of S.D. Kjærsgaard. The partnership means the machine operators may use an easy and simple 3D machine control for their projects.
The CCO of Unicontrol, Ehsan Ekhlas says the following about the collaboration:

“We are thrilled to have this collaboration with S.D. Kjærsgaard, as they are leading CASE machines in Denmark. It means a lot to have them as partners since more machine operators will have the opportunity to use Unicontrol3D. Additionally, they have a great service network that is nationwide and therefore can provide quick service.”


CASE has many popular machines, and with their talented service technicians, it is expected to receive machines of high quality. CASE machines are influenced by much innovation, and their innovative upgrades will positively impact the machine operator.
Ekhlas is in no doubt that the collaboration has a bright future. Furthermore, he adds:

“The demand for machine control has grown – it’s the future. That’s why Unicontrol cares about simplifying the process, so it fits all types of companies and entrepreneurs, regardless of the experience.”

Finally, Ekhlas says the following:

“We are excited about the growth in the next few years. We already have a fantastic start with the machines of S.D. Kjærsgaard using Unicontrol3D. So we’re excited to see where the collaboration leads us. “

The popularity of 3D machine control has increasingly been growing in the last few years. Unicontrol has developed a user-friendly system for the machine operator, and it only takes 20-30 minutes to learn. Since Unicontrol3D was launched in 2019, the development of the system has gone fast. It has become more simple and improved with the help of user involvement.

An exciting time is ahead of us!

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A new exciting chapter begins!

We’re growing beyond the frames

We increased our turnover by 350 per cent in the second year of our journey, and we expect to reach around 22 million DKK in sales this year, with a new director and a million deposit for global growth.

Even though we are a new company, our progress is going faster than ever imagined. We have, after just two and a half years, 23 employees. We were the first ones to move into the villa of Visti Unlimited where we had our office in just one single room, and now, we’re filling up most of the downstairs area with challenges regarding office space.

We currently have dealers in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Belgium. We’re on our way into the Netherlands and even more European countries. However, our ambitions are global!

Thomas Visti’s past is with both Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots, and he has invested in Unicontrol with a former colleague, Lasse Kieffer and The Growth Foundation. Thomas Visti is very excited about the development and growth that we in Unicontrol are experiencing.

Ehsan Eklas is stepping into the role of CCO

Rapid growth requires a new structure and agility.

Ehsan Eklas was the director at Unicontrol, and he is now stepping into the role as CCO as he delegates the director post on to newly acceded Niels Bjerregaard.

As CCO, Ehsan can now focus on entering new markets, build up sales and still be the “face” of the company. Ehsan just returned from training our new distributors in Belgium, and when returning, he noticed that we had welcomed three new employees that he had yet to meet – this is why Niels is an excellent addition to our team.

Niels Bjerregaard as our new CEO

Niels has an economist education and a financial past. Previously he has worked for Danfoss and Elvstrøm Sails, and he has experience with growing global companies. After 21 years away from his birth town, Niels is now back in Odense, where he grew up. 

Niels is here to ensure that we have the foundation and structure to continue the growth and achieve the plans. We have to remove all the inefficiencies that generally follow a start-up, and we have to make sure that we have our core values in place.

We’re going from a start-up company to a scale-up – just as planned!

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Unicontrol signed a deal with the biggest Danish construction company, Aarsleff

Unicontrol is now the leading supplier of machine control for all compact excavators at Aarsleff.

Bo Mikkelsen, head of the machinery division in Aarsleffs construction and earthmoving department, says :

“We see Unicontrol and the team behind as an exciting bid for machine control with 3D solutions for excavators with a swingarm in our case. Pricing is reasonable, and they are the first movers in the area of smaller-to medium-sized excavators when it comes to 3D machine control systems. Simultaneously, it is a very userfriendly and attractive solution, especially in our 8-tonnes excavators, as this segment quite often has different operators, he says.

“To Aarsleff, it is essential that we have a reliable backup from our suppliers. Unicontrol is very strong in support and living up to our high expectations in their journey to become an established supplier of machine control systems”, he adds.

Frank Andreasen, machine instructor at Aarsleff, comments:

“We have for some time been looking for a system that fits into our small and midsized excavators. The systems that we use on our bigger excavators are too expensive and complicated for the smaller machines. The system from Unicontrol, on the other hand, fits because it is easily installed and reasonably priced. It is fast and easy for the operator to get comfortable operating the system, even when he has no previous experience with machine control – this is an essential issue in a busy everyday operation like ours”.

Ehsan Ekhlas, CEO in Unicontrol says:

“This is a breakthrough for us. The deal means that our products and solutions have been acknowledged and recognized by one of the major construction companies, even by northern European standards, and this can lift us to a higher level in development, both in Denmark and
internationally, he says, and he continues:

“And that is precisely our objective, set together with our investors and co-owners. Working with our system installed means improving efficiency because the system is developed on a high level of user-involvement and process-analyses of the construction industry’s workflow”.

Unicontrol has focused on research in concepts and processes in the construction sector to develop a userfriendly system. A smoothly integrated system into an existing workflow can improve excavating operations effectively by more than 30 per cent.

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Great results from our first customer survey!

We have just had our first anniversary since the launch of Unicontrol3D in September 2019. To mark the occasion, we decided to carry out our first in-depth customer satisfaction survey. As a start-up, having an ongoing dialogue with our customers is central to meet their needs and learn from their experiences. We take pride in co-creating Unicontrol based on customer input and feedback – and celebrate when a customer appreciates that we have taken on an idea or met a need. Our positive customer focus is reflected in our customer survey: Nearly 90% of participating customers rate our Service and Support with 4 or 5 stars – and there are no responses rating Service and Support below 3 stars.

The survey also confirms how timesaving Unicontrol3D is as a tool. 60% say they are cutting down work time on a job by 10-30%, 25% say 30-60% of timesaving when using Unicontrol3D on a job. The reduction in time – and resources, is due to Unicontrol3D accurately taking over duties and work by a surveyor and handman working outside the excavator.

It is crucial for the operator to feel comfortable working independently with the system to achieve the reduction in time and resources. And that’s where simplicity and user-friendliness become important. We couldn’t quite believe the results ourselves, but the survey shows that 99% of our customers say Unicontrol is extremely easy to use. A surveyor comments:

“One of my operators is challenged by numbers and letters, but he can work Unicontrol without problems.”

Of course, our customers had feed-back that will make us even stronger as a machine control system too. Tech-products must always be in constant development to meet the needs of users. The last year, Unicontrol3D has become even faster and increasingly stable – an ongoing development process motivated by a mission to create a navigation system tailored to the needs of the operator.

Our hard work to achieve this is reflected in the survey too: Nearly 90% of our customers rates us with 4 or 5 stars in terms of overall product satisfaction. We feel very privileged to have such positive feedback after just one year on the market – and will continue the process of developing the market’s most user-friendly 3D navigation system for excavators.

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We should have invested in 3D ages ago!

”Unicontrol3D has met my expectations beyond what I hoped for. We use it extensively and have already saved a lot of money by completing jobs faster. We should have invested in a 3D system ages ago!”R.S. Entreprenørfirma ApS

Investing in machine control is a big decision for most contractors. It may seem risky to put that much money into a tool and trust that it will provide the promised benefits necessary for a modern contractor.

R.S. Entreprenør ApS considered investing in machine control for years, but found the systems on the market too expensive for his needs and couldn’t quite see how much an investment would make a return. It took a new operator with machine control experience, who spoke highly of the benefits for R.S Entreprenør ApS to start researching seriously.

Rune and operator Jack were introduced to Unicontrol3D by our dealer Øbakke A/S – and our competitive pricing became the defining factor that made Rune decide to invest in Unicontrol3D. After a busy spring and summer, Rune remains very happy with this purchase – and is now convinced that machine control will be a necessary tool for contractors in the future.

“We use the system on most jobs – for example, drain surveys, setting of height and depts – and of course QA has become so much easier with Unicontrol3D”.

Another important aspect for Rune was the high level of user-friendliness, which Unicontrol3D offers:

“It has been really easy to get to know all functionalities of the system. The service from Unicontrol was excellent and got us up and running very quickly.”

If you want to know about Unicontrol3d please email us at kontakt@unicontrol.io or contact a dealer. We can help make your workday more productive too!

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New developer in our Polish team

This week we welcome our new full-time developer, Filip, who will be joining our team of developers working from Gliwice in Poland.
Whilst our central office is based in Denmark, Unicontrol was born as a global project with a remote team based in Poland. We have been thriving from this structure, which has not only ensured high-quality tech development – but also prepared us for expanding our company to other countries. We’ve done international teamwork right from the start and we’re good at it.
In Poland, we’ve got 2 heavyweight developers and one of our founding directors working on a new product, which we’ll launch in the autumn. The product will enable our customers to have greater data access and thereby take more control of analytics, reporting, and quality assurance when using Unicontrol3D.
With an impressive track record of developing multiplayer games and gamification concepts in the gaming industry, Filip brings a creative perspective to Unicontrol. This ability will be useful to make data storing and generating even more accessible for professionals working with excavators in the construction industry. Here is what Filip thinks about his new role:
‘This is an ambitious project, so there’s a lot to learn and opportunities to grow as developers. It’s great to work on a new product from scratch with such an experienced team. It’s also nice to resolve real industry issues instead of just provide some fun for players in the game world.’
Filip will be working alongside Jarek, who has years of experience from all over the world building and maintaining complex web-based solutions. Together with Zbigniew, one of our founding directors, they form a strong team of developers – and we’re looking forward to presenting their hard work when ready in the autumn: Watch this space!
Witam Filip!

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Getting Zero Height right the simple way!

One of the really big benefits that a 3D navigation system offers the operator is the ability to find the exact Zero Height independently regardless of the type of surface that a given excavator is working on. This opportunity is liberating for the operator – and one of Unicontrol3D’s core functionalities reducing the need for handmen radically. The operator can carry out a job all on his own, provided the correct data is available for the system.

The complex 3D mapping enables the system to direct the bucket to the exact point of a given depth from zero height. The simple and extremely user-friendly interface of Unicontrol 3D makes it even more straightforward for the operator to work independently.

We need to ensure a high level of user-friendliness with easy access to all functionalities. We know how busy an operator on-site is – and our mission is simply to make the operator’s job easier to do. Take a look at this short film clip of the Zero Height functionality here.

Please get in touch if you want to know more about Unicontrol3D and how we can make your workday more simple.

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Unicontrol 3D supports Rototilt tiltrotator

When investing in an excavator, tiltrotators have become a popular and mainstream attachment to further enhance flexibility and efficiency. Combined with Unicontrol 3D machine control it really can’t get much easier to complete an accurate and fully documented job.
Unicontrol 3D has supported Engcon’s tiltrotator since August 20. We’re developing fast in dialogue with customers, who gave us great feedback in this integration. Tiltrotators are different and require special attention to achieve the best integration. Thatøs why we’re pleased that we have now branched out to support Rototilt’s tiltrotator.
Please get in touch to find out more about Unicontrol 3D.