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Welcome! We're back from Las Vegas after our fourth World of Concrete (WOC) as Machine Control Online. In my opinion, this year's WOC was the best since 2008. The exhibits and attendance have been trending lower (since 2009), but this year I noticed a refreshing difference; optimism. Scroll down for news and a link to images from the event.
At the show, we unveiled the first printed edition of Machine Control Magazine. This issue includes 9 new articles in addition to my editorial.
Scroll down for links to individual articles (text or PDF); you can also click the cover image (to the right) for the complete magazine. I hope you find this information beneficial to you and your company. We're committed to serving as your knowledge base.
Our next print edition will be released this spring at Intermat (Paris, April 16th-21st). Production starts later this month, so drop us a line if you'd like to be a part of it. Be sure to claim your print copy by subscribing here.
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World of Concrete 2012: Seize the Opportunity
World of Concrete 2012 was a success. 52,088 total registrants took in a showcase of more than 1,200 indoor/outdoor exhibits. The exhibition covered 552,500 net square feet, an increase of 40,000 net square feet over the 2011 show. We took this year's theme of "Seize the Opportunity" to heart, distributing print copies of Machine Control Magazine to attendees and exhibitors. Click for images on our Flickr account ....

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From The Editor: Construction Publishing
Three years ago, at World of Concrete 2009, we launched our website, Market conditions were anything but rosy, with the construction economy in a full-on tailspin. Still, we remained optimistic knowing that machine control technology would become more ....
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Autonomous 3D Machine Control for Slipform Pavers
As we have discussed in previous articles, 3D machine control and positioning enhance many applications by assisting specific machines. The fundamental principals of monitoring and measuring a machine's movements as well as its heading and location provide basic positioning. Of course, there ....
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Help From Above
In the last 20 years or so, the face of the mid- to large-scale farming operation has undergone a dramatic change. From the use of satellite imagery to enhance irrigation efforts, to the use of computer technology to know the precise egg production of each laying hen, to truly ....
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Guidance System Can See Underwater
Any job is easier when you can see what you're doing, and so it is with excavating underwater. That's what happened last summer when contractor M. Bowling Inc., Henderson, KY, found a way to "see" underwater as the firm widened and deepened the upstream approach to the John T ....
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Technology Saves Significantly in Costs
It's not an understatement to say that construction on Hawaii is a Kevlar-tough challenge. The islands are volcanic rock that has been pushed to the surface by a still active undersea magma source making the surface one of the toughest geologies on the planet to excavate and ....
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Troubleshooting Complex Systems
Our lives are being saturated with technology. Cell phones have become mini-computers, iPODs are replacing radios, Kindles are replacing books and hotspot, http and mpeg have become common terms. Technology breeds complexity. The instruction manual for using your television ....
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The Decision to Invest in Machine Control: A Leap of Faith
Before making a capital investment, a thorough investigation of all the cost and benefits is prudent. Determining how such a purchase will affect your productivity and your profitability is paramount. One way to arrive at an informed decision is to perform a Return on Investment (ROI) ....
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Landfill Machine Control: Site Software and System Benefits
Welcome to the final part of the series about Landfill and machine control. So far we have covered landfill fundamentals, and an appreciation of landfill machine control from the system and user perspective. This final article will conclude with a look at the office software suite, its ....
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An Interview with Machine Control Users
I thought it might be a good idea to talk to some of my machine control customers and get their comments and experiences. I do most of my contact with my clients by phone and internet. I have personally only met a couple of them. Interesting how business has changed in the digital ....
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Data Management Strategies: Going Beyond the Model
One of the big advantages of our magazine is the talent. Industry leading experts are always providing the user with newer and better ways to build data. As my role at Take-off Professionals has progressed from full time data building to some data and more management, I get a chance ....
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Construction Industry Unemployment Rises to 17.7 Percent in January
GLONASS support in Sony's latest Xperia™ phones
Nonresidential Construction Spending Up 1.9 Percent in December
Trimble Introduces New Universal Construction Laser Tool
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From The Editor: Construction Publishing
Topcon machine control upgrade – v10.0 – now available
Topcon’s Millimeter GPS now for concrete paving
New 2LS brand of lasers and levels announced
Caterpillar Reports Record Sales and Profit for Q4 and FY 2011
Leica Geosystems releases Leica PaveSmart 3D v3.0 at World of Concrete
Topcon RL-SV2S laser has power, range for even the biggest jobs
Intelligent CONstruction: Leica iCON Revolutionizes Positioning Work on Any Construction Site
Construction Materials Prices Decrease 0.2 Percent in December
Trimble Expands the Connected Farm with Online User Portal
Trimble and Manitowoc Cranes Enter into a Development Agreement to Enhance Crane Productivity
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