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Welcome to the December 2009 edition of our eNewsletter.
It’s the last month of the year, and what a year it has been! Truly, our survival skills have been put to the test. But from challenges emerge new vision and new technologies to augment our ability to compete. Keep your mind and eyes open for these solutions.
In this issue, we have seven new and exclusive articles from our team of industry veterans. I also would like to extend a warm welcome to Gary Escott who authored this month's MC Top News article on excavators. Please take a look at the new articles. We are sure that you will find something beneficial for you and your company.
I hope you enjoy this newsletter and please visit us often because we update the website daily.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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Machine Control’s Golden Goose ‘The Excavator’
by Gary Escott
Is the jobsite workhorse about to become the golden goose of machine control?  This is my first article for machine control online and given my background, I will not be straying too much into the technical arena. I will instead try to focus on some of the sales and marketing challenges facing an industry still ...."

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Autonomous (Unmanned) Dozer Ripping
A Cat D10T bulldozer, equipped with ASI's Dozer Automation Kit, performing ripping operations. The video shows how automatic ripper control keeps the dozer from getting hung up on large rocks underground. (The footage was shot during testing, sometimes with a person in ...
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New Articles for November, From the Machine Control Online Authors...

RandyData: The Fuel for 3D Machine Control & Guidance - 3D machine control is quite the technology “buzz” for site and road construction, mining, drilling and solid waste landfills. Call me a nerd, perhaps strange, but it is sexy to watch these machines automatically sculpt the earth with such precision. The components: axial sensors, GPS receivers, hydraulic controls, inertial...

Paul HahnOld Dogs/Young Pups: Balancing Experience and New Technology - Most companies are made up of a diverse group of workers with varying experiences and different strengths and weaknesses. This is a blessing when it comes to adopting new, productivity-enhancing technologies like machine control. I am sure most companies have established mentoring programs …

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Software Reviews, Rating the Players  - Over the next many months I will be reviewing software related to take-offs and machine control data prep. Having worked with virtually all current (and some former) software brands, I have practical knowledge with their inner workings. At any one time I can be working with 3 different software brands...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: Hands On Training for Contractors & Land Surveyors - During the past month of November, I had the opportunity to be part of a two day demonstration of machine control technology presented by the Syracuse, NY branch of Milton CAT. The demonstration took place at a large gravel pit near Milton CAT’s office. This setting allowed the participants...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Just Build it off the CADD  - Just Build it off the CADD. It's something that eventually everyone who builds data will hear from their client: "Just build it off of the CADD". In an ideal world, you would always have a set of paper plans along with your CADD files before you started working on any...

=Nigel AdamsNew Technology: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions… (Do they need machine control?)  - A few miles from where I live, they are building a new road. (If you live in the UK you will know that due to government policy and high profile pressure groups, new road construction is as likely as coming across a unicorn being ridden by a yeti). The purpose of...

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Caterpillar Celebrates Opening of Research and Development Center in China
Carlson Takeoff 3.0 (T3) Built on AutoCAD 2010 Released
Hemisphere GPS Forms Alliance with Third Eye Maps for Aerial Imagery Services
Caterpillar Announces Acquisition of JCS Co., Ltd.
Machine Control's Golden Goose: The Excavator
U.S. Crude Oil Production in 2009 Poised To Show Biggest Jump in Almost 40 Years: Platts Analysis
Global woes hit Dubai's fragile economy
Deere Completes Profitable Year in Face of Historic Economic Slowdown
Carlson Releases AgStar 2010 - Land-leveling software designed for farmers, contractors, & surveyors
Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to 466,000, Lowest Level in Over a Year
John Deere Hits 52-Week High After Morgan Stanley Upgrade
Queensland contractor Baden Civil buries no regrets with its Topcon switch
U.S. Economy: Existing Home Sales Jump as Prices Fall
Delegates See Market improvement at MIPIM Asia 2009
Trimble(R) Pairs AgCam(R) With AgGPS(R) FmX(TM) Integrated Display
Trimble Expands EZ-Office Agriculture Software Capabilities for Field and Office
RJS Construction Using High-Speed Dozer with GPS Machine Control
ABC Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) up 3.2%
Canada's GPS system to boost farming in India
Magellan Professional New MB 500 GNSS Board
Compaction: Productivity Plus Quality Control
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