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Welcome to the April 2010 edition of our eNewsletter.
In this issue, we have eight new articles from our industry experts, discussing everything from safety to scanners to data prep to 3D drilling systems. Also, Shawn "Shag" Greer returns with part 2 of "Untangling Networks".
The weather is getting warmer and construction activity across the country is (finally!) beginning to stir. We are hearing from our readers about new projects and bidding opportunities. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, we hope you will use MachineControlOnline.com as your knowledge base.
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I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily. As always, please drop me a line if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information. I personally read every email!
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Randy Noland
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Machine Control Online

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Spaceport America & 3D Machine Control
Construction of a $27-million runway project for Spaceport America is on track for completion nearly two months ahead of schedule, thanks to machine control technology. The Spaceport project, located in a remote area 35 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences, N.M., will make space tourism a reality. The state of New Mexico and two local counties are ....
 
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Orchestrating a Mine
See how innovative technology is changing the mining industry. With hundreds of machines working simultaneously, Caterpillar's MineStar® Fleet Commander Technology is helping choreograph and manage the incredibly complex mining operation.
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for April, 2010:

Randy Noland 3D Drilling Systems: by Randy Noland - Heavy equipment such as dozers, graders and excavators sculpt and grade a site to an engineers design specs. But in many cases their work is made possible by drills. Drills play an important role from highway construction to mining and their contribution is critical for the downstream performance of other heavy equipment. ...

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line by Paul Hahn: Scanning, Monitoring and Mobile Mapping - Today’s modern total stations have evolved into incredibly versatile and productivity-enhancing measuring instruments with many applications for the construction site. However, other optical instruments have recently been introduced that can do even more in the specific applications ...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data by Marco Cecala: Do you need both Takeoff and Data Prep Training? As we get more classes filled for training, I seem to get one question that confuses potential students. “Why do I need a class in both Data and Takeoffs?” The two disciplines are related, but in practice are very different. I will breakdown some of the differences. Surfaces …

Jay JonesMachine Control and its Affect on the Engineering Profession by Jay Jones: - We all know by now that the increase in machine control use and its widespread acceptance has impacted the land surveying industry. But what impact has machine control had, if any, on the engineering profession? Are engineers being affected by the increase in machine control use?

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques by Chad Cooper: Highway Data Building – The Typical Part of Your Typical Highway   - It has been quite ironic that while I have been writing this series of articles on building data for heavy highways, I have luckily been in the middle of building a number of different heavy highways throughout our Nation. Nowhere in my ...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Systems by Nigel Adams: Safety and Machine Control Having recently been involved in an advisory capacity for a client in the application of safety systems in the construction environment I thought it worthy of considering the implications of safety and machine control. The Statistics: Regardless of what industry you are involved in, safety in ...

Ron Ciccarone3D Modeling 101: Triangulated Irregular Network History by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Before I begin this article, I would like to reference a document as recommended reading from my last article. The late Joseph Dracup wrote an excellent history of US surveying from the 1800’s forward. This is an excellent research of surveying in the US. It is located at the following NGS website ...

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Several rescued from China mine
XCMG enters global top 10
Carlson and TAG Form Strategic Partnership to Further Expand Machine Control
Caterpillar Announces Date of Annual Stockholders Meeting
City of Los Angeles Recognizes Komatsu Technology
Mobile Mapping - Technology Converges Creating New Powerful Capabilities
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