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Welcome to the March 2011 edition of our eNewsletter. In this issue, we have 5 new articles from our exclusive MCo authors. Paul Hahn interviews a seasoned user of machine control technology, and Marco Cecala discusses education and if there is a need for both takeoff and data prep classes. Chad Cooper discusses tips, tricks and techniques in building a simple site.
Ron Ciccarone delivers part two of building a digital parkng lot, and Joe Sass writes about the need for standards and how furthering cooperation will benefit us all. And finally, Rebecca Muhlenkort is back as a guest author with a success story using 3D machine control to accelerate and deliver an on-site survey for a flood control project in Germany.
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for February, 2011:
Paul Hahn The Real World Impact of Machine Control by Paul Hahn: – This is the first in a series of articles on the real world benefits of implementing machine control. For this first article, I interviewed Grant Runyon, PE, PLS of Fox Contactors Corp., a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based contractor. Grant is a registered civil Engineer and Professional Surveyor. As Fox's Chief Engineer, he ...
Marco Cecala Some new things to see at ConExpo 2011 by Marco Cecala: – Topcon's New Road Profiling Solution RTP-300. A recent study of DOT's across the nation show that over 70% of their contracted work is in replacing asphalt pavement on existing roads. The issue of maintenance has always been present, but over the past four years it has been reduced to critical items only. With more …
=Chad Cooper Building a Simple Site - Breakthrough, Breakout, Pursuit by Chad Cooper: –It has been almost 67 years since a very big change occurred in Normandy, France. During the summer of 1944, the Allies had landed hundreds of thousands of troops in German occupied France. The terrain there was bad to attack against: sunken lanes, hedgerows (the famous Bocage of ...
Ron Ciccarone Modeling a Parking Lot Part 2 by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Time really flies, thought I had just finished writing Part 1. In review, I explained one of the areas that I feel is very important about a project that is familiarization with the site, engineering plans, plans details, the CAD file and mental planning before you start anything. Then you begin review the CAD file details, layers ...
Joe Sass Why Standards? Interoperability through RTCM and NMEA by Joe Sass: – Modern machine control techniques rely on the integration of various technologies to provide a worthwhile solution. Simply having a GNSS position is meaningless unless it can be combined with a software that makes use of that information. Machine control systems require various sub-systems ...
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