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Welcome to the October 2010 edition of our eNewsletter.
We're publishing today, live and on-site in Cologne, Germany. It has been a busy couple of weeks here in Europe, leading up to InterGEO. The show is a buzz with news and new products. However, this year is exceptionally exciting, given our announcement of Machine Control Magazine. That's right! You heard it here first, the press release is here. We're planning at least 4 digital editions for 2011, the result of steady contributions from each of our esteemed contributors. We couldn't have done it without you guys. And of course, you, the reader--your support makes it all work. Please check out our announcement when you can.
Our team of industry experts has authored 7 new articles in this issue. Paul Hahn reviews a well-conducted time study for machine contro, analyzing the technology benefits to traditional grading methods; Marco Cecala discusses the accuracy requirements of DTM's. Jay Jones again connects machine control to land surveying while Chad Cooper and Ron Ciccarone provide insight into the data prep side of the positioning and machine control. I would like to welcome Jeff Winke's return as guest author. Jeff's contribution, "Complex project is no fish story" is featured below as our Spotlight article.
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.
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Randy Noland
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Complex Project is No Fish Story
Even the best fishermen have the dream of, just once, casting a line into the teeming pond of a fish hatchery. But keep your fantasies to yourself, bud - it ain't gonna happen. To even get to the point of toting your pole and tackle to the fish hatchery, it has to be built. Here's where Badger Environmental & Earthworks, Inc., Westby, Wis. fit in. They are currently finishing up Phase II of the 160-acre Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery located in Wild Rose, Wis.– straddling State Highway 22. Wild Rose is 50 miles west of ...

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When we discuss 3D machine control and positioning applications, typically we look at large-scale highway projects or massive D11 dozers and bucket wheel excavators stomping across a mine site. But ...
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for October, 2010:

Paul HahnProductivity Report - CAT Road Construction - Report Discussion by Paul Hahn: – In December 2006 Caterpillar published and excellent Productivity Study. The Study compares and contrasts roadway construction utilizing the Accugrade machine control systems and traditional methods. The abstract from the Study provides more details: A productivity study on AccuGrade systems was ...

Marco CecalaHow Accurate does Data need to be? by Marco Cecala: – There is a natural progression a data builder goes through. The first is just learning the product. This relates to the actual button pushing and navigation. After that becomes easier to do, the user starts to begin to really see the 3D part of the process. It is one thing to think in 3 dimensions, and another to be able to tell a …

Jay JonesMachine Control and the Land Surveyor: Training the Clients by Jay Jones, LS: – Since I began writing articles for MachineControlOnline the most common question I am asked and the topic I keep coming back to and writing about is the opportunities for land surveyors in the machine control market. One of my first articles dealt with how machine control is affecting the ...

=Chad CooperBuilding a Simple Site - Speed vs. Haste by Chad Cooper: – During the Second World War our ground troops learned a lot of lessons about the best way to fight a war in the 20th century. Unfortunately, most of these lessons were learned under fire from our opponents. One of the early lessons learned was the difference between haste and speed. In combat, troops were ...

Ron CiccaroneWhen DO I Start Modeling? by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – If you read my article last month, I just got another site to model and it was rotated off north and in a bogus coordinate system. This should be one of the first things to check and notify your client. Someone will have to contact the engineer or surveyor. You can always model the site and later rotate and translate, but be sure ...

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Spatial Media Announces Machine Control Magazine; 4x in 2011
Carlson Software Announces New Line of GNSS Receivers
Machine Control and the Land Surveyor: Training the Clients
Topcon unveils two rugged, ultra-compact field controllers
John Deere Agri Services and Telvent DTN Announce Agreement
Trimble Announces Keynote Speakers for 5th International User Conference
Caterpillar Announces Plans for New Manufacturing Facility in Wujiang, China
SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Central Russia for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Caterpillar Announces Plans for New Manufacturing Facility in Wujiang, China
BRON Introduces New Attachment for Dozers
Farm Works Information Management Expands Product Offerings
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to open new auction facility in Fort Worth, Texas next week
Rio Tinto Alcan Moves Forward With US$347 Million Project
RDO Integrated Controls & Hennessy Surveying Announce New Partnership in Mining & Landfill Software
Hemisphere GPS Introduces miniEclipseTM - The Smallest Dual Frequency GPS OEM Board Available
SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Western Mexico for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Topcon’s Larranaga named software business development manager for Construction Business Unit
Caterpillar Wins Major Contract From U.S. Department of Defense
Britain 'could be mining landfill for gold in a decade'
CR Kennedy & Leica Machine Control in the Pilbara
Foor joins Topcon as Midwest regional construction sales manager
Trimble and Hilti Form Joint Venture for the Building Construction Market
Rijkswaterstaat has Named A-Lanes A15 Preferred Bidder for PPP Project to Increase Capacity of A15
Carlson Software First to Support Oregon Coordinate Reference System
Komatsu America Corp. Introduces the WA1200-6 Wheel Loader
Deere Responds To Customers’ Soil Challenges With New Construction Offset Disks
New Leica Construction Office Allows Contractors to Verify Design Data Before Taking it to the Field
Trimble Launches Global Safety Initiative to Help Fleets
Leica Geosystems Presents SP Technology – The Fastest, Most Precise Dozer Grading Solution
Trimble Acquires Cengea to Expand its Forestry Solutions
Thousands of Miners and Coal Supporters Heading to Washington, D.C.
Caterpillar Applauds Presidential Leadership on Infrastructure Investment
Hemisphere GPS Introduces Eclipse II Multi-GNSS Receiver Technology
Civil Engineers Respond to President's New Infrastructure Plan
Contractor Groups Urge Congress to Pass Highway and Transit Bill
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    This section is an update about machine control, positioning, construction or land development conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration. For more events, please visit our online calendar HERE.

    INTERGEO 2010 – Cologne, Germany: October 5-7, 2010
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    Trimble Dimensions 2010 - Las Vegas, Nevada: November 8-10, 2010
    NUCA Utility Constuction EXPO ’11: The Executive Experience: - January 18-21, 2011
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