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Welcome to the February 2010 edition of our eNewsletter.
Associate Editor Paul Hahn, Marco Cecala and I are on the floor at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, seeing lots of old friends and checking out all the new technology at the show. We unveiled machinecontrolonline a year ago at this very show. Over the last year the team has been hard at work building a very valuable resource—and the newsletter reaches nearly 15,000 readers every two weeks. Thanks to everybody who has contributed to make the site and the newsletter a success.
In this issue, we have 7 new and exclusive articles from our team of industry veterans. Paul Hahn discusses reflectorless total stations and Marco Cecala reviews building data with AutoCAD. Other topics include project and grade management by Jay Jones and Chad Cooper brings us more tricks of the trade for model building.
We would also like to congratulate Nigel Adams for launching his new company, On Grade, across the big pond in Poole, UK. Nigel elaborates on his new business partnership with Gary Escott and where they are headed. My article discusses the business case and payback points I have compiled from discussions with managers and experts from the solid waste landfill industry.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter and please stay tuned visiting us often as we update the website daily. As always, please drop me a line if there is a subject you would like to see more information on.
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Randy Noland
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for January, 2010:

Randy NolandLandfill GPS Management Systems by Randy Noland: Business Case & Payback Points - For years, most landfill operators have tracked densities and compaction of waste by using aerial topography (fly overs) and ground surveys (topo’s.) While these methods can help track and improve a landfill’s performance, they can also be expensive, labor-intensive and ...

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line by Paul Hahn: Reflectorless Total Stations & Their Applications - Last month I wrote about modern layout techniques and focused on field controllers and application programs that enhance and speed up construction layout: This time I want to address a recent advancement in total station technology: the reflectorless measuring technique …

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data by Marco Cecala: Software Review: 3D Data and AutoCAD  - After my review of Carlson Construction 2010 for building data last month, I got a bunch of emails that asked this same basic question; why do I need to buy an add on program to AutoCAD, can’t I build data with AutoCAD? The answer is yes…sort of. Read on. We need to look at the …

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor by Jay Jones: Managing Your Grade and Your Project - I have noted many times in past articles, the advantages of using machine control on a project over traditional survey and construction layout methods for grading a project site. I don’t believe you can reasonably argue the fact that machine control, when properly utilized, will ...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques by Chad Cooper: Highway Data Building – Don’t Mess This Part Up!  - No seriously, don't mess this part up. Every data project has some critical factor that has to be right. If not, there can be significant down stream issues for the entire project. Other times, if an error is introduced into a component of your model it will only ...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Systems by Nigel Adams: New Year and New Direction Brining New Opportunities for Excavator and Landfill SystemsWell here we are, the holidays are over and it’s a brand new year, time to get serious so let’s get the formalities out of the way first – I wish a happy and prosperous New Year to you all. As with the start of any year, we are full of ...

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