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Happy New Year and Welcome to our first eNewsletter of 2011. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a chance to recharge personal and professional batteries for the New Year.
We are kicking off 2011 with 9 new articles, 8 from our team of expert authors. These are listed below and are also available from the home page at
I would like to welcome Joe Sass to the MCo author team. Joe has many years of experience in supporting and selling GNSS technology. He also has a knack for being very detailed, yet communicating the intricacies in easy-to-understand language. Joe's first article is "Global Navigation Satellite Systems: RTK Data Links" and I hope you enjoy it.
I also would like to thank Don Talend for his MCo Top News article, "Time and Accuracy of the Essence." This is Don's fourth contribution to MCo and we hope to hear a lot more.
I hope to see you at both the World of Concrete and ConExpo in the coming months. Please contact me if you like to meet for coffee and technology discussions.
We continue to hear from our readers about new projects and bidding opportunities. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, welcome. is committed to serve as your knowledge base.
As always, I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily. Please drop me a line if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information. I personally read every email!
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for January, 2011:

Randy Noland PAVING and 3D Machine Control (Part 1) by Randy Noland: – The applications for 3D positioning and machine control continue to expand. Paving, milling and curb and gutter applications are no exception. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief history and evolutionary overview for positioning technology as it relates to paving and why this will translates to millions of dollars in ...

Paul HahnTrimble Dimensions - Revisited by Paul Hahn: – Last month, I wrote about Trimble Dimensions from my point of view. A more important view is that of a paid attendee. Recently, I spoke with Greg Ball of DPR construction. DPR is a multi-billion dollar general contractor specializing in commercial construction. With 10 regional offices in 8 states and the District of Columbia, they ...

Marco Cecala GPS is Underused (Part 1) by Marco Cecala: – I have the opportunity to visit with contractors all over the country. There have been some contractors who own, but are not using their positioning equipment. Upon talking with the contractors, I have found there are specific reasons they are not using GPS in any form on their jobs. Further investigation shows three main …

Jay Jones Machine Control and the Land Surveyor - Is now the time for a Data Preparation Association? by Jay Jones, LS: – I am a member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS). I began as a student member and I have been a member ever since. I did let my NY membership lapse while attending school in Michigan and Indiana, but ...

=Chad Cooper Building a Simple Site - Moral of Armed Struggle by Chad Cooper: – Recently I have been reading Utah Beach by Joseph Balkoski. It is a history of the American involvement in and around what was called Utah Beach, which was one of five invasion beaches of Operation Overlord during World War Two - more commonly known simply as D-Day. Balkoski is a great author - have ...

=Nigel Adams Machine Control ROI Software Calculator! by Nigel Adams: – Firstly, let me take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We have certainly experienced some interesting economic times over the past couple of years and the future, though uncertain, does seem to offer some more positive potential than we have recently seen, but, as it seems with ...

Ron Ciccarone Quality Control for 3D Data by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Quality Control is a love hate concept. You love to have it, but hate the ones doing it. Everyone thinks Quality Control is important and it is needed. Does everybody want it? Yes. Does everybody need it? Yes. Who is going to do it? Nobody!
Definition: Quality control is a process by which entities review the quality ...

Joe Sass Global Navigation Satellite Systems: RTK Data Links by New Author Joe Sass: – Global Navigation Satellite Systems, or GNSS have systematic errors in the range of 10 meters. That is to say if a user turns on a GNSS device and there is no additional input other than the signals from the navigation satellites, the receiver's position on the planet can be calculated with some ...

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Miller Energy Resources Secures $5 Million to Expand Operations in Alaska
World's Highest Fireworks Burj Khalifa Welcome New Year
Skype 3.0 for iOS Brings Video Calling from iPhone / iPad / iPod touch to PC / Mac and Vice Versa
Time and Accuracy of the Essence
Puda Coal Completes Acquisition of Four Coal Mines Under Pinglu Project Phase II
Peabody Energy Issues Force Majeure Notices in Australia on Record Rainfall and Flooding
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Goldcorp Announces Completion of Acquisition of Andean Resources
Carolinas AGC Construction Barometer(TM) Improves a Degree
Manufacturers' News Releases List of Top U.S. Cities by Number of Industrial Jobs
Luna Gold Announces Armed Robbery at Aurizona
New Reports on Future of Construction Equipment Markets in Various Countries Published MarketPublish
California Gold Corp. Announces Closing
Buckingham Exploration Inc. Announces Private Placement of Fifteen Million Units
Caterpillar Facilities Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill in 2010
Caterpillar Announces New Parts Distribution Center in Dubai
TopSURV 8 sets new industry standards for field data collection and control
SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Indonesia for Heavy and Highway Contractors
SITECH Technology Dealer Established in the Philippines for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Ritchie Bros. sells US$41 million of equipment in fifth Dubai auction of 2010
Puda Coal Closes Public Offering with $101.5 Million Gross Proceeds
Short Technology Learning Curve on World’s Longest Highway
Caterpillar Announces New Vice President
MAX drills 9.1 metres of 1.092 g/t gold at Table Top in Nevada; additional assays pending
HiPer ‘revolution’ upgrades with new receiver: HiPer II
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