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Fat Buddies
Welcome to the September 2009 edition of our eNewsletter.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone that is supporting the site. July was our highest traffic month yet and August surpassed July by 22%, fantastic! Please keep passing us along to your colleagues and I assure you, we will keep doing our part.
This issue has 5 new articles from our regular, esteemed contributing columnists, keeping us all informed about all things positioning. I personally would like to welcome this issue's guest author, Don Talend. His article, “Beating a Winter Deadline” is featured in MC Top News.
Oh yes, and the picture above is Marc Cheves, myself and Allen Cheves getting ready to eat at Fat Buddies in Western North Carolina, a great place.
Stay tuned, as our next edition will feature more exclusive articles, videos and a new guided tour (of our site) I am finishing this weekend. Visit us often, as we update the MCo site daily.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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Beating a Winter Deadline
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by Don Talend
"Construction technology is getting so advanced that once-novel aspects of projects such as state-of-the-art measurement precision and fast-track scheduling are becoming the rule rather than the exception."

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

Randy NolandThe Bottom Line: Machine Control and American Transportation Agencies - I recently had the opportunity to speak at a committee meeting of†the Transportation Research Board (TRB), near my home in Colorado. This committee is very focused on construction machine control, which they refer to as Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) ….  

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: BIM to CIM, the Acronyms Demystified  - For some time, the vertical builders have been toying with BIM. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in ….

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: The Law - As machine control technology advances, the use of machine control technology by construction personnel is starting to generate some questions and concerns, especially by many in the land surveying profession. On the forefront is the question of whether machine control guidance and construction layout ....

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Clearance Sale on Contours  - For my third article on contours, I wanted to cover the second, and for most data builders, the most common project type: the simple site. I would argue that no matter where your beginnings as a data builder were, you cut your teeth on simple site projects. They are small. They are ….

=Nigel AdamsMachine Control Design: The Basics  - I have recently been updating my knowledge of the various excavator machine guidance solutions available. This has involved reviewing all currently commercially available products within this genre and it has been of great personal benefit in doing so – something I strongly recommend anyone involved in ....


Trimble Expands the Reach of its VRS Now Service to Include the Czech Republic and State of Mississi
RFP - RECOVERY: Replace Asphalt Roads Various LocationsNon-Recurring maintenance projects
RFP -RECOVERY: Replacement of culvert crossing at Pitt Spring Run on FSR 375
Topcon unveils new grader, dozer slope sensor
New Leica ScanStation C10 Gives Surveyors a Competitive Edge with High-Def Laser Scanning
Trimble Introduces Ag3000 Modem to Access VRS Networks for High Accuracy Farming Applications
Trimble Introduces New FmX Functionality for Agriculture Guidance Applications
Topcon Pocket 3D software
Applanix Introduces POSPac MMS 5.3 For Mobile Mapping
Topcon Offers new Electric Steering Product
Hemisphere GPS and Outback Guidance Data Formats Supported by Ag Leader SMS Software
Trimble to Focus on Comprehensive Initiative for the Utilities Industry
New MachineControlOnline Newsletter for August
Western Canadian Coal Announces Xtract Energy Operations Update
National Civil Engineering Society Elects New Officers
ICUEE 2009 Update: New safety demos, New "smart grid" education speakers
Trimble Expands its Construction Layout Portfolio
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Marco Cecala: I See Some Stimulus Results Out There
Paul Hahn: How the DOT’s view Machine Control
Randy Noland: Landfill GPS Compaction Systems - Is a Government (EPA) Mandate on the Way?
Marco Cecala: Business is Good…..Sort of
Chad Cooper BSCE: Never Hurts to Ask
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