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Position and Location

Listed below are just some of the applications for which CBIL has provided solutions:


Civil engineering and mining machinery control

  • Accurate navigation and machine control, including 3D location control of road laying equipment; and navigating the teeth on a digger bucket to enable level benches to be cut and profiles to be maintained.
  • Road surface wear measurement at normal traffic speed.
  • Trajectory surveying for faster production of cut and fill requirements.

Deformation monitoring

  • Dam and bridge deformation monitoring.

Vehicle performance measurement

  • Vehicle dynamics sensors for use in ABS brake development, steering, stability control, inter-vehicle distance measurement and tyre performance.

Military and emergency services

  • Position control of robotic vehicles.
  • Tracking manipulator arms.
  • Positioning of assets in hazardous areas.
  • Mine-field mapping and automated clearance.

Stock control and asset management 

  • Optimisation of open-air stock yards, including container parks, through precision location of transporting machinery.


Civil and Military Navigation

  • Dynamic positioning – keeping a vessel stationary despite currents and weather conditions.
  • Replenishment at sea – relative navigation.
  • Ship handling in confined water.
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Survey Navigation

  • Hydrographic surveying with real time tide correction.
  • Control of dredger cutter head position.
  • Placement of underwater structures.


  • Trajectory tracking in three dimensions.
  • Range instrumentation (position and precise time).
  • External navigation aid calibration.
  • Flight Management System verification.
  • Airframe flexing measurement.
  • Control of Unmanned Air Vehicles, both autonomous and remotely piloted.
  • Clandestine tracking for drug enforcement.
  • In-flight refuelling.
  • Automatic landing of helicopters on ships.
  • Flight guidance for carrier based aircraft.
  • Formation flying.
  • Tracking of weapons after release from aircraft.
  • Movement monitoring on airfields.
  • Flight testing (position and velocity).
  • Attitude control.
  • Remote sensing.
  • Photogrammetry.