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Welcome to the April 2009 edition of our eNewsletter, our 2nd. Thanks for all the notes and well-wishes! We're equally excited about our new venture.
Spatial Media would like to welcome Leica, Trimble, Topcon and Caterpillar as new advertisers and thank them for their support.
Today's edition follows the stimulus package as it relates to infrastructure. You will also find all-new original content from our expert columnists.
We've spent quite a bit of time on the road recently. One of the recent shows I attended was the National Utility Contractor Association convention in early March. Not surprisingly, attendance was a bit light but the content was very informative. Caterpillar, John Deere and Komatsu prepared a joint presentation on machine control and telematics and Magellan Professional introduced a new GNSS receiver, the ProFlex, for machine control. You will find more information on these items as well as others at our exclusive video library.
Enjoy the newsletter and visit us often, we update the site daily. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
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Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Machine Control Online is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the Machine Control business.. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature April Video Exclusive: The Anatomy of a 3D Dozer

This video (from Randy Noland, Managing Editor) discusses the anatomy of components for a 3D Dozer Machine Control System. We'll cover the system components and their placements moving through scaleable options provided by the system technology. These include the Control Box (computer, touchscreen display with machine control software), axial sensors, GNSS receiver box, GNSS antennae and the blade mast.

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New Articles for April, From the Machine Control Online Authors...

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: When to Invest in New Technology - The investment in productivity-enhancing technology can either be a necessary evil (just to keep you in business) or provide you with a competitive edge; the difference is a matter of timing. A new technology that changes the methods we use to accomplish long-standing tasks can be described as disruptive or paradigm changing. If it helps you get the job done better, faster and more profitably, then it is worth investigating; but when? As it turns out, different organizations do this at different times...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Integrating GPS Data Into a Construction Project  - Over the next several articles, I will deal with the uses for data and how to integrate them into your jobs. This issue will address how to get the correct data into the field for use by machines and rovers on the site. First, let's look at a typical legacy job site, one not utilizing GPS in the hands of the contractor. At this point, the job has been bid, won, and plans are in hand...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: Opportunities for the Positioning Expert - If your land surveying business, or even part of your business is comprised of construction layout, you most certainly have been affected by machine control technology. If you haven't seen the effects, you definitely will in the near future. Machine control technology is here to stay and its impact on the land surveyor is only going to increase as time goes by...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: The Value of Data Preparation Services  - We build a lot of data for heavy highway and site construction projects. Over the years working with clients, engineers, grading contractors and fellow data builders, I am asked many questions. While some are unique, there are a handful of questions that come up, time and time again. One of those questions is: "Should engineers provide DTM data for construction?"...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Sensors: An Overview  - Choosing and purchasing the right Machine Guidance system is an extremely important process (as well as expensive!) and you want to get it right. Part of the decision process when choosing your new Machine Guidance system is based on how well you appreciate the product and its capabilities as defined in the product specifications...


New Catr 314D CR and 314D LCR Excavators
Leica Geosystems Very Own Receives 2009 Outstanding Partnership Award From The New Jersey Institute
3.2 Megawatt Installation: Project of the Year by EPA
GPS providing agricultural breakthroughs
New Cat 314D CR and 314D LCR Excavators Combine Compact Working Envelope with More Power
Dewberry Engineer to Present Keynote at Carlson User Conference
RFP - Demolition B3, B3 Annex, B5(P), B13, B47, B53, & New Construction
RFP - Downstream of South Post Oak to Bathurst Drive, Channel Rectification
New Web-based Telematics Service Targeted at Construction Workers
Radio modem compatibility across manufacturers improved
Leica Geosystems Adds New INEX Mapping and Guidance Display
Tip - State Recovery Sites and information about how each state is spending its stimulus money
Hyundai Heavy Industries Selects ORBCOMM Satellite Network For Heavy Equipment Telematics App
GPS Networks & Services to reach $ 504m US by 2013
Topcon Tierra solution selected by AGCO to provide advanced telematics technology
Vice President Biden, Railroad Administrators, members of Congress Announce Funding for AMTRAK
Magellan ProMark Site Management for Construction
Allen Precision Equipment (APE) Acquires Leading Distributor in Construction and Geomatics Market
Randy Noland: Landfills - A Source of Energy & Candidate for 3D Machine Control
Paul Hahn: State Recovery Sites: Access State by State allocation of ARRA Funds
Marco Cecala: What kind of camera you got?
Paul Hahn: U.S. Government RFP's on Machine Control Online
Randy Noland: GPS Networks & Services to Double over next 4 Years!
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