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Welcome to the June 2011 edition of our eNewsletter.
In this issue, we have seven new articles, six from our exclusive MCo authors and one from Don Talend who is with us again as guest author. Don's article, "No Project Too Small" is a testimonial for the return on investment machine control can bring to any size project or firm.
Paul F. Hahn brings us his third submission in his series, "The Real World Impact of Machine Control." Marco Cecala adds two instructional videos to his article "Producing AsBuilt Files," the fourth submission in his series, "GPS is Underutilized." Chad Cooper and Ron Ciccarone—both experienced data prep professionals—discuss their approach on two different applications, and Joe Sass discusses the importance of accurate localizations in "GNSS Ground Localizations - Best Practices." Finally, I have written an article titled "Machine Control Site Connectivity Using a Smartphone."
We are excited about and hard at work on the second issue of Machine Control Magazine, due at the end of June. If you are have an article you would like considered for this issue please drop me a line at If you are interested in advertising, please contact us.
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... Articles for May:
Randy Noland Machine Control Site Connectivity Using a Smartphone by Randy Noland: – As the world becomes smaller, connectivity is literally in the palm of our hands. Wireless and wired networks are everywhere and access is expanding. Advances in software, especially simpler user interfaces, make it possible for even grandma to get in on the action by video chatting with family across the globe ...
Paul F. Hahn The Real-World Impact of Machine Control- Part IV by Paul F. Hahn: – Graystone Construction made the decision to invest in machine control three years ago and has been glad they did since “Day One”. I had a chance to speak with owner, Randy Gray on his decision to take the plunge. It was not a casual decision, taking three years to evaluate the available systems and ...
Marco Cecala GPS is underutilized - Part 4 - Producing AsBuilt Files by Marco Cecala: – There are many layers to discuss regarding the topic of AsBuilts for a civil project. Let’s look at a definition first. AsBuilt files and print deliverable are specifically outlined in specifications. They however follow several standard rules. The contractor will provide 3 dimensional points taken in the …
=Chad Cooper Building a Simple Site - Cops and Breaklines by Chad Cooper: – A number of years ago a close friend of mine who is a police officer had some free time on his days off. Almost as a joke, he suggested working with me in his free time. His experience with surveying, CAD, engineering principles, or anything else engineering related was zero: he was a police officer through and ...
Ron Ciccarone Modeling a Parking Lot Part 5 – The End (but not really) by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – We have now arrived at the end of a 5 part series. I think I can remember how it started, somebody wanted to grade something. We have finished the model and taken a day or so to let our brains cool, then go back with the plans and make a final review. Quality, Quality, Quality. Now let’s make sure ...
Joe Sass GNSS Ground Localizations - Best Practices by Joe Sass: – A GNSS coordinate localization is an attempt to take space based measurements and turn them into useful northings, eastings and elevations on the ground. There is no perfect technique to accomplish this transformation. Several methods exist, but none are exact in the conversion and all have limitations. This ...
Don Talend No Project Too Small by Don Talend: – Rural Arkansas isn’t located too far beyond the reach of federal economic stimulus initiatives to receive funding to fix a two-lane county road under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Judging from the recent utilization of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-aided automated grade control on a 2.51-mile stretch ...
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