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AMW History

Founded in 1987

About the founders Mark and Alan

Mark Williams grew up in farming and construction families with his mother’s side being farmers and father’s being road builders. He worked on a dairy farm early in high school staying there through graduation and went on to work for his father and farmed for the next twenty-two years. During that time, he worked on aggregate and asphalt production, paving, earthmoving, and bridge building.

Alan also worked with his father and Mark’s family company before pursuing mathematics and computer science and graduating from the University of Michigan. Alan was a member of the Peace Corps and served in Africa teaching math and English and worked for Chrysler Corp., Knowledgeware, and other computer science companies.

Mark became interested in using computers to compare earth volumes and checking grade on earthmoving projects in 1985 and in 1987 Alan and Mark met at a family reunion and started talking about the possibilities of using computers in construction. By 1989 Alan had produced a program that would use a total station sending information to a computer and the race was on. In short order a program was developed that would crunch numbers fast enough to do machine control. They used this setup to grade roads that the company was building. It was a laborious task with an instrument man running the total station and sending radio message to the operator. However, precision grading could be done without stakes and grade checkers.

In 1993 Mark found Geodimeter and a 4000 robotic total station was purchased. This was used along with GPS/ laser hybrids until adopting RTK GPS. Over the next 25 years Alan and Mark worked with several companies improving the speed and accuracy of mobile mapping and machine control. Specialized programs and hardware were designed and built for construction and agriculture. After dozers and graders were automated their focus turned to water management for agriculture, paving in construction and compaction in landfills. Their work was copied by many firms that supply those industries today. During this time there was many disputes over intellectual property.

Alan and Mark started working with CHC in 2013 and found that their products were both innovative and stable. Over the next five years CHC and AMW worked together to improve GPS and associated hardware for construction and agriculture. In 2018 CHC and AMW joined forces under the CHC banner.

Major Milestones

A short story of AMW Machine Control as pioneers in the industry

1987

Company Founded

AMW Machine Control is founded by Mark and Alan in Michigan USA

1988

First Solution

First Total Station Machine Guidance solution for Road construction

1990

Caterpillar Offer

Caterpillar makes offer to license AMW IP but AMW declined

1994

First GPS Solution

First GPS / Laser based solutions for Layout, Coal piles and full MC for Tile Plows

1997

Grader & Dozer

First Grader & Dozer Machine Control Solution

1998

Tile Plow

First self propeller Tile Plow solution

1999

GPS Switch

Switch to only GPS based solutions

2000

Trimble Offer

Trimble Offers to license IP. Declined.

2001

More Solutions

Landfill compaction, Road building trimmers and scrapers

2004

Caterpillar Acquisition

Caterpillar attempts acquisition. Declined.

2006

Asphalt Pavers and Ditchers

GPS control of asphalt pavers and water management Ditchers for Agriculture

2008

Piping Solutions

Introduce Piping solutions for utilities and pipe burial

2010

Drainage Solutions

Introduce Pipe altitude solutions for drainage

2012

CHC Hardware

Add land shaping 3 axis solutions. Commence using CHC Navigation hardware.

2013-2017

Software Expansion

Expansion of WATERCOURSE, GRADE, DIRT, PIPE, DITCHJ, ROAD and LANDFILL Windows software

2018

CHC Acquisition

Acquisition by CHCNAV, moves from Windows to Android, turnkey CHC based solutions