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Welcome to the August 2009 edition of our eNewsletter. In this issue, we have 5 new articles from our regular authors ranging from the use of machine control in landfill applications, to data prep tips, to site connectivity. I hope you have the chance to read them all. In addition, we are happy to welcome a new guest author, John Wallace. His article discusses the benefits of 3D machine control technology as it is applied to a dam project in Tennessee.
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That Dam GPS!
Reedy Creek Dam Project

by John Wallace
“Knowing and being able to verify how much dirt you’ve moved is critical. Ten thousand yards of dirt can be a relatively small fraction of the overall project, but it can represent a whole day’s run … and that can mean several thousand dollars.”

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

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: 3D Machine Control in the Landfill Industry - We, as a people generate an incredible amount of trash. Where does it go? Some is dumped into our oceans, which the marine life isn’t crazy about. Other volumes of trash end up in landfills. These landfills...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Welcome to the world of data prep, “The Glamour Life”  - When I started doing data preparation years ago, a lot of my friends wanted the “Marco Deal”. What they said it meant, was they would roll out of bed at the crack of 8 in the morning, and put in a leisurely 9 to 5 shift in a converted bedroom in their house. These were guys that...

Jay JonesIf not the land surveyor, then who?: Keeping Pace with the Technology Race - I have received quite a bit of correspondence from land surveyors and it appears that more and more are entering the machine control market.† Many understand what machine control means to the construction industry and realize the opportunity for their land surveying business...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: The Road that doesn’t lead to Contours  - In my previous article, I began my multi-article discussion regarding proposed grade contours. As I mentioned in that article, proposed grade contours are almost universal for every project. Your projects are more likely to contain this grading information than any other and the...

=Nigel AdamsSite Connectivity: Let’s All Get Along  Command and control – what does that make you think of? A slave labour workforce, your own robot army (yes please), kids that do what you want when you want? All highly plausible (except for the last, that will never ever happen, well not for me anyway!) And each having its own merits, but this is Machine Control...


Topcon selected to provide GPS reference stations for the Japanese CORS ‘GEONET’
Caterpillar Moves Forward with New Large Mining Trucks
Bentley Annual Report Available
Caterpillar CEO Calls For More Spending In Highway Bill
Topcon (Tierra) and Qualcomm Announce New Alliance
Hornstra joins Topcon as product planning senior VP
Autodesk and Vela Systems Collaborate to Provide Building Information Modeling for the Field
Caterpillar, Deere & Co. and Terex Investor Favorites
Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Jim Owens Discusses Future Profit Targets for Various Economic Scenar
Ag & Turf Products Win Agricultural Innovation Award
Autodesk Extends Invitation to Join Its Second Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results
State of ARRA Projects in Colorado - A Status Report
Trimble Cites Positive News in Second Quarter Report
MOBA Machine Control Competence Meets Carlson Software Experience
Second Quarter GDP: Better than Anticipated
iPhone: Essential Equipment for Construction Rental Business
Trimble Reports Second Quarter 2009 Revenue of $290.1 Million and Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.


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Marco Cecala: Business is Good…..Sort of
Randy Noland: Get New Business: Giving better presentations
Paul Hahn: Government Spending Continues
Chad Cooper BSCE: Splitting Hairs
Randy Noland: Augmented Reality Browsers: Implications for 3D Machine Control & Positioning?
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