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Noland
Welcome to the October 2011 edition of our eNewsletter.
I would like to thank Paul Hahn for editorial duties on our mid-September newsletter. I would also like to thank everyone for the kind wishes for the arrival of our new daughter, Bonnie Marie. We have a few challenges in front of us and hope to have her home soon.
Lightsquared, Wow! I have been amazed at the national coverage of what is being deemed by some as a political scandal. The Lightsquared issue is not going away soon. We will continue to bring you all the information as it comes to us. Never in my 26+ years in the industry have I seen such a hot topic.
In this issue we have seven new articles from our esteemed MCo authors and contributions from two guest authors, Daniel C. Brown and Jeff Winke. Both Dan and Jeff are old friends, having contributed before to MCo.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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New Articles from the Machine Control Online Authors...
Paul F. Hahn Review of a Must-Read GPS Book by Paul F. Hahn: – Some months back I was given a book on GPS that I had not yet read. The title is "GPS. The First Global Navigation Satellite System". Published in 2007, by Trimble Navigation Limited, it is a surprisingly easy read even for us non-"rocket scientists". Don't let its title confuse you; it is not out-dated and does cover the nuts and bolts of ...
Marco Cecala Intelligent Construction Systems & Technologies Wokshop by Marco Cecala: – During the first week of September, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop of the Intelligent Construction Systems & Technologies (ICST) in St. Louis. The event was hosted by the Federal Highway Administration and was well attended. There were representatives from State and Federal …
=Chad Cooper Nuts & Bolts Workshop - Offer for Help by Chad Cooper: – I currently live within a few miles of an active Air Force Base. Seems like whenever I am outside I see at least one plane up there mocking me. Their to do list for the afternoon: fly simulated combat at 25,000 feet. My to do list for the afternoon: write an online article that is read by two people. Dang - need to ...
Ron Ciccarone On The Road Again - Where Do We Begin? by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – I am beginning a new series of articles about setting up a road as a 3D model. There are different ways to create a 3D model from a road design. The road maybe a major highway, multi-lane, median with inter-changes, ramps, loops, and this is the project. The road could be part of a subdivision where you also ...
Joe Sass An Outdoor Activity - How Much Sky Does GNSS Require? by Joe Sass: – Global Navigation Satellite Systems rely on signals that are being broadcast at relatively low strength from satellites that are orbiting over 11,000 miles above the surface of the planet. Modern GNSS receivers are precisely tuned to listen for these signals and discriminate between the the satellite signals and ...
Winke Contractor Benefits from a Shift in Business Approach by Jeff Winke: – The expression, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," refers to the idea that any attempt to improve something that already works well is pointless, and may even be detrimental. Many established construction contractors abide by this idiom. Afterall, if they've been successfully making money for 15-, 20-, 30 ...
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Case Donates Skid Steer Loader to Chicago Children's Museum
Trimble Releases New Version of AutoBid
RDO Integrated Controls Celebrates Grand Opening in Bloomington, Minn.
Caterpillar and Dealer Ring Power Sign Agreement with APR Energy
Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) Opens New Coal Trading Office in Germany
Patriot Coal Announces New Agreements With United Mine Workers of America
Leica Geosystems launches new Cyclone v7.3 software
Lieca announces new reference server at INTERGEO 2011
Trimble Introduces Trident Analyst Software
Trimble Adds New Products to Surveying Portoflio
Topcon’s IS-3 enhances long-range scanning
Trimble Announces Trimble Point Creator for CAD and Autodesk Revit
Puda Coal Received a Resignation Letter from its CEO
Trimble to Deliver High-Accuracy CenterPoint RTX Correction Service to Farmers in Australia
New Duke Energy Center Offers Clear View of the Future
Caterpillar/Jewell Alliance Develops New Ultra-High-Demolition Excavators
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