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Welcome! On behalf of the entire team at Machine Control Online and Spatial Media, I welcome you. This inaugural e-newsletter will focus on team introduction and our goals for what is sure to be new a fresh perspective and resource for the exciting, fast paced world of Positioning & Machine Control (P&MC).Our team of experts have the practical experience to guide and provide you with real world, application-centric tips and case studies whether you are new to P&MC, a veteran user or make your living manufacturing, training or selling the technology.
Not since the invention of hydraulics has a technology impacted productivity, accuracy and safety for earthmoving in construction and mining. Paul F. Hahn, Associate Editor, will focus on 'The Bottom Line' providing ROI (return on investment) perspective. This resource series will articulate the economics for technology adoption.
There are, however, many more components to Positioning & Machine Control that make those machines do what they do. Marco Cecala, President of Takeoff Professionals, will present the importance of key components in his series, "It's All About the Data". After all, the machines just sit there, like printers, waiting for input! Click here to read Marco's informative intro.
Another effect this new technology has brought is a more intimate convergence for the civil engineer, the land surveyor and the grading and paving contractor. This trend has and will continue to reassign expertise provided by these disciplines. Jay Jones, PLS has embraced this opportunity in his own practice. Jay's experience lends well to his column series, "Machine Control & and the Land Surveyor" sharing that journey. Jay's complete intro is here.
As the adoption rate of 3D Machine Control accelerates, the demand for accurate and productive digital terrain models (DTM) will increase. Several software companies provide these tools for designing and creating this data, all good and all with their own feature benefits. Chad Cooper, BSCE, will author a series "Tips, Tricks & Techniques' illustrating the feature/benefits and short cuts offered by the packages. Chad explains more about his intentions here.
And while we have assembled this team to provide a one stop reference for all things positioning, we want to hear from you. Forthcoming are tools for you chime in, contributing your experience and feeding our collective 'need to know.'
Please stay tuned and visit us often. I am excited to share the passion and serve as managing editor for
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Randy Noland
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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Machine Control Online is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting the Machine Control business.. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature February was busier than ever for us. In addition to unveiling our new website and plans (See "Industry Veterans Team to Launch Machine Control Online", we spent a lot of time catching up on the latest and greatest at World of Concrete and Trimble Dimensions.

If you couldn't make it, check out our show photos..

We shot quite a bit of HD video at both shows, capturing demos of new systems from the likes of Leica Geosystems, Trimble Navigation, John Deere and more.. Click here to watch equipment demos from the show.

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

paul hahnThe Bottom Line - The decision to invest in Machine Control -A leap of faith or just a matter of doing the math? - Before making a capital investment, a thorough investigation of all the cost and benefits is prudent.  Determining how such a purchase will affect your productivity and your profitability is paramount.  One way to arrive at an informed decision is to perform a Return on Investment (ROI) analysis.  A ROI analysis (also called a cost-benefits analysis or rate of return) is one of several approaches to building a financial business case. It is a way to compare the magnitude, and timing, of expected gains to the investment costs. Read on for more in this first column from Paul F. Hahn.

It's All About the Data - What is the best software for data preparation?  - In case you were wondering, yes this is the question I am most often asked. In case you are thinking about jumping to the end to see what software you should use for data, forget it, there is no clear answer. What I will do though, is provide you with my years of frustration, experience and wisdom with software. Read on for more in this first column from Marco Cecala.

How is 3D Machine Control Technology re-defining the role of the Land Surveyor? -  In some instances, it does not affect the industry at all.  It certainly does not affect the Industry from a boundary surveying point of view. If you are a land surveyor and you only perform boundary surveying, I don't see machine control affecting your business at all.  The world will still need professional land surveyors to complete boundary surveys. Read on for more in this first column from Jay Jones, PLS.

chad cooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques - So you want to start building Data?  - I have a very unique job in that I build data (3D models for use with GPS machine control) all day, everyday. That's all I do now. These projects range in size from the gas station down the road to Department of Defense projects, consisting of thousands of acres. Creating the digital terrain model (DTM) for these projects can take anywhere from one hour to several weeks to complete. Read on for more in this first column from Chad Cooper (BSCE). 


State by State Map of National Transportation Projects
New John Deere Graders Offer Unrivaled Choice, Productivity
Magellan Announces New GNSS Machine Control Receiver
Maxwell Systems Quest Machine Control Wins Top New Product
Five Points the Government MUST Consider Before Doling Out Billions to the Construction Industry
Cat Upgrades AccuGrade
Solicitation - Fuel Cell/Corrosion Control Hangar
Magellan Professional and Carlson Software Team for Machine Control Solutions
Hemisphere GPS Releases New Software for Outback S3
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and AGCO partner to help farmers
Leica Geosystems acquires leading machine control distributor
Trimble Tablet - A New Breed of Rugged, Portable & Conntected Field Computer
New Book Explains All the Details of Construction “Machine Control”
Will the Strategy of Spending Our Way Out of Recession be Money Well Spent?
Leica Geosystems Partners with Maptek for Long Range, Mine Scanning Products
ABC Supports Efforts to Curb Waste in Construction Stimulus Spending
Leica Geosystems Announces 2D & 3D Machine Control Interface Solution
Hemisphere GPS Introduces Outback Sts Precision Farming Guidance System
ABC Denounces Executive Order That Discriminates Against 84 Percent of the Construction Workforce
ABC Says Stimulus Should Focus on Investment in Construction
Nonresidential Construction Employment Hits 20-Year Low
New Bobcat Laser-Guided Grading Receivers Allow Grade Elevation Adjustment From the Cab
Bobcat Introduces First Steel Track Undercarriage Option for Compact Track Loaders
Bobcat Adds Roller Suspension System Option to Two Compact Track Loaders
Kubota Adds Zero-Tail Swing U17 to Compact Excavator Line
Industry Veterans Team to Launch
Carlson Software Upgrades Grade Supervisor to v1.10
Stay Connected with HeartBeat from Carlson Software
Topcon’s Z63 & G63 Kits Expand 3D Control Flexibility for Dozers and Motor Graders
Topcon LS-B100 Series Sets New Standards For High-Value, Machine Control Sensors
Randy Noland: Optimize Your Roadway Stimulus Funding
Paul Hahn: Colorado Submits 18 Projects for Stimulus Funding
Randy Noland: ‘Green’ 3D Machines... the Color of Money?
Paul Hahn: Resistance to Change
Paul Hahn: The Impact of the Stimulus Package
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