The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North America-based international trade group. It represents off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with 1,000 plus companies in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The AEM Hall of Fame recognizes pioneers whose inventions, ideas, leadership and courage have contributed to the industry and our community’s quality of life. The AEM presented this year’s award to Bryn Fosburgh at AEM’s Annual Conference in Phoenix on November 12. “We congratulate Bryn Fosburgh of Trimble on his induction into the AEM Hall of Fame,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “He joins an elite group of esteemed industry leaders. Their innovative ideas and accomplishments continue our industry’s legacy of progress. Collectively, they enhance technology, productivity, sustainability, and economic and social prosperity.”
Recognition for SITECH, CAES and RTK
Among his contributions, Fosburgh led the creation of the SITECH network. This was the first fully dedicated global construction technology distribution network to sell, install and support 3D machine control systems for mixed equipment fleets. Then, he spearheaded Trimble’s first joint development project with Caterpillar called CAES. This is a 3D grade control system for ore mining machines. After that, Fosburgh was part of a team that pioneered the development and validation of high-accuracy, low-latency GPS systems. This included real-time kinematic (RTK) technology, for mining and construction machine control. In addition, Fosburgh served as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) RTK Team. There, he worked with Ben Remondi, a GPS RTK pioneer. He began his work in GPS technology and theory as a graduate student in civil engineering at Purdue University.
Alongside true pillars of the industry
“I am honored and humbled to stand alongside so many of the true pillars of our industry,” said Fosburgh. “I have had the good fortune to work with great teams at Trimble as well as collaborate with very talented industry peers who are dedicated to solving some of our biggest challenges. Together, we can continue to move our industry forward.” An independent panel of industry experts evaluates potential inductees, and honorees are publicly announced yearly and celebrated at AEM’s Annual Conference. More than 65 industry leaders have been inducted into the AEM Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.