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Welcome to the October 2009 edition of our eNewsletter. I have had a busy three weeks of travel. I have been in Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Kansas City, Savannah and Ft. Myers, Florida. All trips business related, of course. I will be posting videos from my travels, including a 3D Machine Control user testimonial and footage from the grand opening of a new John Deere dealer facility, NorTrax, in Ft. Myers, Florida. These videos will be forthcoming in our next newsletter.
In this issue, our theme is training, training, and more training. We have listed 10 companies offering education from 3D machine control operation to data prep. Please see the article below from Paul and I, "The Value of Training." We have 4 additional exclusive articles from our regular contributing authors. I hope you will give these all a read.
I would also like to welcome Bill Crumb of Machine Control Technologies as our guest author. Bill shares his vast experience in his article, "New Technology Tools & Old Dirt Moving Methods."
I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please stay tuned, visiting us often, as we update the website daily.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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"In this article we’ll discuss the art of moving dirt without automation. Then we will venture into applying lasers, cross-slope systems, sonics & GPS..."

Guided Tour
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New Articles for September, From the Machine Control Online Authors...

Randy & PaulThe Value of Training - Would you hire a machinist who wasn’t exactly sure how to use a lathe? What about a mechanic who knew only "a little" about tuning a car?   It takes good tools and good skills to do any job well. Yet even with this knowledge, companies routinely ask their highly paid technical employees to use ....

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Training the Trainer  - I am in the process of preparing training manuals for software training classes we are going to begin soon. The good news is we have years of experience with thousands of jobs under our belts, the bad news is we have too much information. I know you don’t care to learn how I wrote a script to translate and ….

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: How Do I Charge for building 3D Machine Control Data? - Over the past few weeks I have been teaching a seminar titled "Stake Your Claim in Machine Control Guidance and Digital Terrain Modeling" in conjunction with another licensed land surveyor and the sales manager for a machine control dealer. The Associated General ....

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Contours You Could Live by  - To continue my discussion of contours, I want to address the last type of project: subdivisions. Subdivisions are somewhat unique in our project types in that they can vary greatly in both detail and scope. A subdivision in Arkansas may have only a series of roadways and no detail for the lots once you ….

=Nigel AdamsNew Technology Spotlight: Wireless-2D Excavator System - New Price Point!  - In my previous article I announced that I had been researching the various excavator machine guidance products as a means of bringing me up to speed with the latest available product and technologies. Subsequent to this I decided to narrow my focus and look for products that would ....

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Nortrax to hold grand opening in Fort Myers
Leica Geosystems Acquires Leading Machine Control Distributor in the Construction Market
Leica GS09 Designed to Grow with Construction Business
Check out Precision Agriculture At Sunbelt Ag Expo
Inergraph(R) Releases SmartPlant(R) Construction Developed from Industry Best Practice Work Process
Western Coal to grow production to 10 million tonnes
Leica Geosystems Announces Leica GS09 - the Scalable GNSS
Leica DozerNav JS pushes productivity
RFP - RECOVERY--Y--PROJECT NUMBER 7330, Harlan County Lake, NE - Critical Road Repairs
Kuker-Ranken Announces the Launch of
Leica Geosystems Announces Leica Viva - A New Generation Measurement System
Hemisphere GPS Introduces A220™ and A221™
Hemisphere GPS and Handheld Group Announce Strategic Partnership and A New DGPS Receiver
Tip - EPA Economic Stimulus and Recovery Efforts Map
Cat® D6N Refinements Combine with Premium Standard Features to Boost Performance, Enhance Operator C


Paul Hahn: Grading on the Edge
Paul Hahn: How the DOT’s view Machine Control
Randy Noland: Better Video for
Marco Cecala: Don’t be a Fanboy
Marco Cecala: I See Some Stimulus Results Out There
Chad Cooper BSCE: Never Hurts to Ask
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