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Welcome to the June 2009 edition of our eNewsletter. I just returned from a 3 week business trip in Australia. I visited several coal mines that use 3D machine control. Much of construction machine control technology is developed first at open pit mines, dealing with machines of an entirely different scale. One site has 5 bucketwheel excavators fitted with 3D GNSS machine guidance systems standing 6 stories each. It is an awesome sight! I hope to have authorization to publish a handful of videos I shot while "down under" so please stay tuned.
As usual, please scroll down for original content from our expert columnists. We've got a couple guest authors developing pieces for our next edition (already), you can count on us for fresh, insightful content each and every month.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter. Please stay tuned, visiting us often, as we update the website daily.
Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, case studies or pictures/videos you would like us to consider for publishing.
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Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
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I've spent quite a bit of time on the road over the last month. To the right, you can see the sheer size and power of the machines many mining operations deal with. New machine control technologies are making better use of these machines every day. Pending clearance, I should have several informative videos (from my visits to Australian construction sites) posted to the site in the coming weeks. Until then, feel free to check out our current archive of videos, half-way down the homepage. I personally select and add new segments each week..

You can browse many more videos (in our library), just click on through.

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

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: Re-Thinking Return on Investment Analysis - Most frequently, Return on Investment (ROI) is thought of in terms of a payback timeline. "How long will it take to pay for itself?" is one of the questions that express this kind of thinking...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Data to the Rescue  - There is something that bothers me about some magazine articles. I see the title and expect to learn about the subject. After reading I find myself wanting more, there was nothing for me to sink my teeth into, I always try to give you some real information. My last two submissions dealt with getting data to...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: What do I Need to Know to be Involved With Machine Control Technology? - Over the last few articles I have shared my experiences working with 3D Machine Control from a land surveyor's perspective. I have shared what I believe to be opportunities for our profession...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Organization  - I have spent the past three articles addressing what I see as important fundamental issues pertaining to the challenges faced by anyone who builds data. Building data for the sole purpose of GPS machine control use is still new enough that there is still a general lack of information or proper training...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Sensors: 2D & 3D Excavation Simplified  - For the newcomer machine guidance can be a tricky business to understand, and the number of solution providers and system types can cause much confusion. As with my previous article over viewing the sensor options within machine guidance I would like to cut through the mumbo jumbo...


Topcon, Sokkia Create New Survey Business Unit for Americas
Hemisphere GPS Guidance and Automated Steering Technology
Trimble VRS Now Service Launched in Estonia for High-Precision GNSS Positioning
Trimble Acquires Accutest for Vehicle Diagnostics and Telematics to Expand its Fleet Management Solu
New Version of Trimble Grade Control System
RFP - Colorado River and Tributaries, Texas, Mouth of Colorado River in Matagorda County
RFP - Dike Raising and Disposal Area Improvements Savannah Harbor, Georgia
Trimble Acquires NTech Industries to Extend Its Precision Agriculture Solutions Business
BorgSolutions Revolutionizes Fleet Industry with Free Starter Edition of Borg Fleet
Volvo Dealer Rudd Equipment Adds Volvo Road Machinery
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Topcon LS-B100 series
RTK Freedom Network Merges with Crop Circle RTK
Topcon GRS-1 and GeoAge FASTXchange
Topcon makes initial purchase of Italian software, hardware company


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Marco Cecala: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain
Paul Hahn: Stimulus Update
Randy Noland: Construction, Civil, Survey and GIS Converge to Define Positioning
Chad Cooper: The First Thing I Do When Building Data
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