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Welcome to the July 2009 edition of our eNewsletter here at Summer is well underway in most of the world and we are getting mixed reviews for job opportunities. Hang in there, work smart and adopt technology that makes you lean.
For this edition, I have produced a video from footage gathered in Australia to support the article on Bucket Wheel Excavators. I hope you are able to check out these mammoth machines.

In addition to 6 new articles from our contributing authors, there are two guest articles. First, "Now Is the Time to 'Buy' Advanced Technology", by C. Jason Smith, PhD.

Additionally, "Stringless Concrete Slip Form Paving Using GPS Controlled Spreaders", by Daniel E. Galbraith, PSM, PLS. I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, case studies or pictures/videos you would like us to consider for publishing. 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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Editor's Note: Bucket Wheel Excavators
3D Machine Control on a Large Scale

From Managing Editor, Randy Noland: During a recent business trip to Australia, I had the pleasure of visiting several open-pit, coal mines. These operations are colossal in scale. Because of their enormity, constant analysis of productivity is extremely important. Even small improvements in their processes yield big dollars. Click here to learn how 3D Machine Control can improve the Bucket Wheel Excavator’s productivity.

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

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: Position, Information and Communications Create Endless Possibilities - In the mid nineteen-nineties, I sat in a meeting with the country’s largest transportation contractor. We had made several presentations on the newest machine control technologies (your typical “death-by PowerPoint….

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Who Can Build Data for Machine Control?  - Like most of you I wear a lot of hats. For this offering, I will attempt to wear two at the same time; that of an employer and observer. We get resumes and calls all the time from people looking to build data. Not many of them are qualified to do the type of work that makes the customer want to....

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: Keeping Pace with the Technology Race - In my last article at, I stressed the importance of understanding the construction process. I want to continue discussing skill sets and challenges I feel are important to the successful implementation of 3D Machine Control. Land surveyors possess the...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Don’t Take Contours from Strangers  - At one point or another, most everyone who builds data has been tempted to do it. You’re under the gun to finish your model quickly. Time races toward the deadline, when all of a sudden a shimmer of hope; you feel like you have found a break and fortune has smiled upon you as...

=Nigel AdamsExcavator Machine Guidance : Applications  - My previous articles have focused upon the technical educational content and have therefore been rather verbose and possibly heavy going (albeit highly informative!). So this month I’m giving us all a break and taking it a bit easier by describing some of the applications for machine guidance that we at Prolec have encountered...


JAVAD GNSS tracking 216 Channels
Hemisphere GPS Offers 23 New Outback eDrive™ Hydraulic Steering Kits
Biden: $19B in highway stimulus already set aside
Stringless Concrete Slip Form Paving Using GPS Controlled Spreaders
Now’s the time to ‘buy’ into advanced technology
Bucket Wheel Excavators: 3D Machine Control on a Large Scale
Excavator Machine Guidance - Applications
Data Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Dont Take Contour from Strangers
Machine Control & the Land Surveyor: Keeping Pace with the Technology Race
Its All About the Data: Who Can Build Data for Machine Control?
The Bottom Line: Position, Information and Communications create endless possibilities
Tracker Mobile and the AutoPilot GPS Ready Control Panel named to AE50
Valley GPS Guidance
Initial and continuing jobless claims fall in US
Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Up in May
Trimble Construction Manager Offers Google Maps and a Rugged New GPS Locator Unit for Asset Mgmt
RFP - Mann Creek Road reconditioning
RFP - State Highway 288 to Mykawa Road, Sediment Removal and Channel
Western States Cat Opens New Facility in Idaho


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Randy Noland: Augmented Reality Browsers: Implications for 3D Machine Control & Positioning?
Paul Hahn: Twittering from the tractor: smartphones sprout on the farm
Chad Cooper: Splitting Hairs
Marco Cecala: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain
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