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Welcome to the November 2010 edition of our eNewsletter.
In this issue, we have seven new articles from our team of industry veterans. Paul Hahn discusses how machine control has become a disruptive technology. Marco Cecala offers tips on how to troubleshoot a surface, and Jay Jones discusses site supervisor systems and the application-centric value to both surveyors and grading contractors. We find Nigel Adams of southern UK mining landfills for gold, and Ron Ciccarone drawing from recent experience with his advice about starting a digital terrain model from CAD.
I would like to welcome guest author Larry Trojack, who has the Spotlight in this issue with "Membership Has Its Privileges", and extend a heartfelt good luck to Chad Cooper who is sitting this issue out because his wife is expecting a new child. Lastly, I discuss the growing popularity of network corrections for 3D machine control applications, and the value this brings. I hope to follow up soon with an onsite video using network corrections with an excavator near Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Thanks to Ronald Rhonde (to the right of me in the above photo) for the invitation, hospitality and expertise!
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for November, 2010:

Randy Noland Network Corrections for 3D Machine Control by Randy Noland: – Network corrections for RTK positioning have been around for several years. I remember visiting Dr. Herbert Landau near Munich, Germany back in 1999 when I was working with Geotronics, AB. Dr. Landau was one of the first innovators if not the first, at least for which I was aware. The purpose of my trip in 1999 ...

Paul HahnMachine Control - A Disruptive Technology by Paul Hahn: – "Disruptive technology:" A disruptive innovation is an innovation that disrupts an existing market. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by lowering price, operating costs or designing for ...

Marco CecalaHow to Troubleshoot a Surface by Marco Cecala: – In previous articles, we reviewed the question of accuracy. Taking a look at the article again, you can see that everything is connected. If you think the parking stalls on the west end should not be as steep, you may need to make slope changes further to the east to keep things smooth. The best way to approach the process of …

Jay JonesMachine Control Site Supervisor Systems by Jay Jones, LS: – If you have worked on a construction project lately, or even driven down a road that is under construction, you know about the advent of machine control and how it has become the norm for typical construction projects. As someone who works with machine control on a daily basis as part of my business, I am ...

=Chad Cooper Having a Baby! by Chad Cooper: – While composing this month's newsletter, Chad and his wife are on edge awaiting the birth of their new child. Our best that all goes well and hope to see you back soon! (Review his past article - Speed vs Haste by clicking the above link) ...

=Nigel Adams Starting the Model…. Maybe? by Nigel Adams: – Again, I started another job and initial checking revealed that the CAD information was rotated about 30 degrees and the coordinates were not even close (which may be good, if they are too close you may not notice they are wrong). Well to start with the job was in international feet, so allowing for that, I entered the ...

Ron CiccaroneStarting the Model, Maybe by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Again, I started another job and initial checking revealed that the CAD information was rotated about 30 degrees and the coordinates were not even close (which may be good, if they are too close you may not notice they are wrong). Well to start with the job was in international feet, so allowing for that, I entered the ...

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