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Welcome to the March 2012 edition of our eNewsletter.
Over the last month or so, there has been activity in our industry with regards to strategic alliances. We have posted press releases from John Deere, Leica GeoSystems, Topcon Positioning Systems, Carlson Software, and Hemisphere GPS in our news area at www.machinecontrolonline.com.
These announcements are good news as companies align, jockeying into position to greet this year's opportunities. I have written a brief overview discussing my thoughts about these new partnerships and what they might mean.
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In this newsletter, Joe Sass writes about the status of GNSS with a historical perspective. And Ron Ciccarone provides tips for roadway design, specifically vertical profiles. I want to thank the authors for continuing to bring exclusive content to our knowledge base and thank our readers for our 3rd consecutive month of record unique visitors.
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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Randy Noland Strategic Partnerships in Positioning by Randy Noland: –The reasons why companies form strategic partnerships and alliances vary greatly. Often the reasons are obvious but sometimes vague. An analysis often signals a shift in product direction or continued commitment to markets served. I chose this topic in lieu of recent press releases by Topcon, John Deere, Leica ...
Ron Ciccarone LS: 3D Data - Roadway Vertical Profiles by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – This is my next installment of articles on building a roadway model. The last article covered the parts of the horizontal alignment. Also, I am covering simple roadways such as for a subdivision. This type of road does not contain super-elevation, medians and lots of transitions. If I survive these articles, maybe ...
Joe Sass GNSS Status Update by Joe Sass: – In the beginning was GPS. The Global Positioning System deployed by the United States proved that space based radio navigation was not only possible, but robust, reliable and cost effective. Never before in the history of the planet had the globe been mapped from a single source and with such precision. Previous techniques relied ...
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