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Welcome to the September 2011 edition of our eNewsletter.
As we near the last day of summer, many companies are working toward wrapping up this year’s business season. As the U.S. economy continues to stumble, clawing its way to better days, success metrics are best kept relative to the last couple of years. Still, there have been bright spots from many of you, and I appreciate your e-mails.
In this newsletter we have five new articles from our team of expert industry veterans, and one exclusive video. I recently tallied our columns and articles from the past 30 months since starting MachineControlOnline. There are more than 250 unique items—the largest knowledge base of its kind—providing a laser focus on 3D machine control and positioning Vol1No2 technology. I would like to thank all the contributors, sponsors and readers who have helped make this possible.
Also, if you haven't seen our second issue of Machine Control Magazine, please click on the cover for 9 articles and a wealth of product resources.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information.
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Randy Noland
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Machine Control Online

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GPS Is Underutilized-Part 6
In my last article, I talked about the value of points as they relate to laying out surface features. I thought about submitting the article regarding lines first, but it may have led some users to believe GPS is not precise. This article will explain the advantages and disadvantages of using lines for 3D data and field layout work. We first need to define what a line is. A line is a string of colored pixels on a screen, nothing more. Lines can be ...

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New Articles from the Machine Control Online Authors...
Paul F. Hahn The Real World Impact of Machine Control-Part VI by Paul F. Hahn: – A mid-sized general contractor in Middle River, Minnesota, Spruce Valley Corporation first adopted machine control systems in 2007. Spruce Valley Corp. was established in 1993 and now employs around twenty-five people on a full-time basis and owns fifty pieces of heavy equipment. Their ...
Marco Cecala GPS Is Underutilized-Part 6 by Marco Cecala: – In my last article, I talked about the value of points as they relate to laying out surface features. I thought about submitting the article regarding lines first, but it may have led some users to believe GPS is not precise. This article will explain the advantages and disadvantages of using lines for 3D data and field layout work …
=Chad Cooper Building a Simple Site - Pack it up and Ship it out by Chad Cooper: – It is now finally time for me to wrap up this simple site series and therefore, it is now also finally time to finish up your work on a simple site. Up to this point we have seen it all: organizing and collecting paper and CAD files, obtaining instructions from your client, cleaning up your CAD files, establishing clean and ...
Joe Sass GNSS Positioning Modes Real-Time Kinematic versus Post-Processing by
Joe Sass
– The Machine Control industry has become increasingly dependent on the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning capabilities provided by the various Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Real-time positioning integrated with sophisticated software packages allows machine control ...
=Nigel Adams Construction Equipment Technology Alliance - Inaugural Event by Nigel Adams: – My last article focused on the benefits of “co-opetition” and the announcement of a new initiative amongst a small group of like-minded people within the UK to form an alliance known as CETA (Construction Equipment Technology Alliance). The main aim of CETA is the promotion of ...
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Private Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls 0.4 Percent in July
Trimble Introduces High-Accuracy Assisted Steering System for Agriculture Market
John Deere Factory Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Peabody Energy, ArcelorMittal and Macarthur Board Agree to Terms for Recommended Takeover of Macart
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Trimble Expands Harvest Solution to Include Yield Monitoring and Row Guidance
Trimble CCSFlex - Affordable Compaction Mapping System
Leica PowerDigger 2D Named Equipment Today Magazine’s “Contractor’s Top 50 Products”
Deere Reports Third-Quarter Earnings of $712 Million
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