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Welcome to the September 2010 edition of our eNewsletter!
As Fall begins, the news continues to revolve around sputtering results regarding the global economy. There is no shortage of opinions as to what strategies should be employed, but most experts—supported by historical data—agree that investing in productive technology tops the list. I hope you'll find valuable information in this newsletter—and on our site—that will help you arrive at effective business strategies.
We have 7 new articles this month, 6 from our expert MCo authors and one from a guest author. I would like to thank Jeff Winke for his contribution to this issue. Jeff's article, GPS Technology Boosts Road Builders Productivity, offers excellent insight about the use of 3D machine control on a large 4 lane highway project in Kansas. We hope Jeff will return with more articles in the future. Our regular authors discuss topics from motion study to Civil Integrated Management (CIM) to data prep. Also, Nigel Adams has some tips on how to keep your machine control sales representatives on their toes, and providing you with solid and accurate information.
We continue to hear from our readers about new projects and bidding opportunities. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, welcome. is committed to serve as your knowledge base.
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GPS Technology Boosts Road Builders Productivity: By Jeff Winke
In early summer 2009, officials proudly announced the first road-building project in Kansas funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009-the construction of a new 22-mile stretch of the K-61 highway corridor, running diagonally from McPherson southwest to connect with Hutchinson, Kansas. The new $64 million road project stretches from McPherson County into Reno County. The four-lane highway project is a new road alignment just west of the original two-lane K-61 Highway. One of ...

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Trapped Chile miners speak to loved ones
It's been more than three weeks since the miners were trapped in a mine in Chile. The authorities are planning a rescue mission. But for the families of the miners it's been a long wait...
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for September, 2010:

Paul HahnTaking Control of Your Bottom Line by Paul Hahn: – Back in the 1980's I was working as a field surveyor in Seattle Washington. One of our projects was quality assurance on a freeway bridge in West Seattle, WA. The prime contractor was Peter Kiewit and Sons (PKS). It was the first of many Heavy and Highway projects I got a chance to work on and was a ...

Marco CecalaCivil Integrated Management, (CIM) A New Acronym by Marco Cecala: – For some time now the "vertical" or architectural building community has been using the acronym, BIM, (Building Information Model). The building information model provides a true 3-D look into how the job will be put together. Some of the benefits of this include routing utilities such as electrical …

Jay JonesAnother Use for Machine Control Technology by Jay Jones, LS: – I have written many times about how machine control is reducing the amount work traditional provided by the land surveyor and land surveying companies, especially on projects that require a lot of site work. However, I have continually indicated that the building contractors will still need ...

=Chad CooperBuilding a Simple Site - Finders, Keepers by Chad Cooper: – In this third article of my Building a Simple Site series, I wanted to discuss on old adage that most of us learned as a child: finders, keepers. While this made for fun times when scrounging for things to play with as children, its basic principle also applies to building a simple site. Namely, the fact that the engineer ...

=Nigel AdamsWhat do I want with Machine Control? by Nigel Adams: – As an addendum to my recent article "Don't sell machine control short" I am putting forwards some of the arguments against machine control from the point of view of potential customers that I have encountered over the past year or so. I am certain that those who sell this stuff on a daily basis are familiar with these ...

Ron CiccaroneWhere Am I? by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – I am changing topics for at least one article. The title might be confusing, but I thought I would cover some issues that have happened to me recently while preparing data for a few different clients. When the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland answered Alice's question about which fork in the road to take, he first asked a question ...

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Trapped Chile miners speak to loved ones - Video
Hemisphere GPS Announces New R131™ DGPS Receiver
New MOBA Company now created in the United Kingdom
Private Nonresidential Construction Spending Higher in July
New Exhibitors at 3rd Carlson Software User Conference, Nov. 7-10
Topcon Announces New European Precision Agriculture Headquarters
Caterpillar Expands in Brazil-Announces Location of New Facility & Investment in Piracicaba Operatio
NovAtel Announces SMART-MR10TM GNSS Receiver/Antenna
AutoCAD coming to iPad, iPhone, returning to Mac
Trimble Introduces New CFX-750 Display for Affordable Guidance, Steering and Precision Agriculture
Trimble Adds EZ-Remote Joystick for Fingertip Control of Trimble In-Cab Agriculture Displays
Trimble Announces Expanded Capabilities for Field-IQ System
Ritchie Bros. sells US$9 million of cranes in unreserved Houston auction
China Industrial Waste Management Expands Industrial Waste Mgmnt Capacity w/Cooperation Contract
Black Hawk Exploration Announces Dun Glen Drilling Results
2011 World Underground Mining Conference / The New Horizon of Underground Mining
Three SITECH Technology Dealers Established in Australia for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Deere & Company Announces Quarterly Dividend
Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) Announces Completion of Early Tender Period
Arch Coal Foundation Continues Education-Support Programs in Four States
Hemisphere GPS Launches New Earthworks X300 Excavator Machine Guidance System
Carlson Grade Supervisor 2.0 Just Released
Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman Outlines Aggressive Plans for Growth
Leica Geosystems Announces the Opening of Five More Leica Geosystems Solutions Centers
Vista Gold Corp. Announces Estimated Mineral Reserves of Two Million Ounces
Construction Materials Prices Inch Lower in July
USGS Awards IDIQ Contract to JAVAD GNSS
Caterpillar Foundation Donation to Help Clean Up Port-au-Prince
Caterpillar Receives EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB Engine Certification
Leica PowerDigger 2D Excavator Guidance System Features Automatic Elevation And Dual Slope Control
Hemisphere GPS Announces New A52 and A21 Precision GPS Antennas
New PowerDigger Lite Guidance System Increases Machine Productivity For Backhoes And Mini Excavators
Trimble Acquires Accubid Assets to Expand Its Building Construction Solutions
Germany Drives Euro-Zone Economic Growth
Caterpillar to Expand Manufacturing and Increase Employment in the United States
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