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Welcome to the August 2011 edition of our eNewsletter.
Unless you live under a rock, you are aware of the turbulent economic climate that has dominated the global news. The US government's inability to make timely and bipartisan decisions regarding debt and deficits are at the epicenter of the storm. The US credit rating downgrade has impacted global markets putting strategy sessions into high gear-overtime. As business owners and workers, this instability breeds fear, confusion, anger; emotions that stem from a feeling of helplessness.
"What to do?" - That is the trillion dollar question.
Vol1No2 Looking inward at our own businesses, focusing on lean operation, cutting unproductive projects and processes, adjusting expense outlay and investments to reflect a percentage of available revenue and stopping long enough to study new technology are all steps in the right direction. Tightening belts and taking a hard look at how things can improve are prudent in both good times and bad. We have to start this process somewhere/sometime and taking action in our own businesses eases the feelings of helplessness putting us in control.
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Advances in technology have affected most areas of our lives, including construction and magazine delivery. Bottom line, we're doing everything we can to bring you quality information in a multitude of formats. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, we're committed to serve as your knowledge base.
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Randy Noland GNSS Interoperability - Mixing Receiver Brands on the Same Job Site by Randy Noland: –I have received several emails over the past few months asking about using different brands of RTK GPS receivers together on the same job site. Questions such as “Is it possible to use a..." Trimble base station with a Topcon rover? A Leica or Septentrio rover with a Javad GNSS base station? ...
Paul F. Hahn The Real World Impact of Machine Control-Part V by Paul F. Hahn: – C.D.C. Contracting, established in 1972, specializes in earth moving and utilities installation for residential, commercial and roadway projects. They are headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada. Progressive and forward-looking, C.D.C. first adopted machine control systems in 2008. By combining ...
Marco Cecala GPS is underutilized - Part 5 - All about Points by Marco Cecala: – Often times, the easiest answer is the best. In our quest as GPS field professionals, we sometimes do more work than necessary. Technology makes our work instantly quicker and easier. We sometimes do not go beyond the initial increase in efficiency offered by the equipment. Let's face it, the improvement …
Ron Ciccarone On the Road Again? - Roadway Data Prep by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – I am beginning a new series about developing models for roadways. Some of the current terminology is changing; the word corridor is being used quite frequently. Corridor is probably a good term, because it can be more than just a road. This could mean anything that has an alignment and a width, for instance, a ...
Joe Sass GPS Elevations - Improving Results Part 2 - Staying Out of Trouble by Joe Sass: – Typical measurements performed with GPS equipment yield results that are twice as good horizontally as they are vertically. Why? The simplest answer lays in the fact that satellite signals cannot be read from below the horizon; the geometric calculations do not provide the same angular strength of ...
Don Talend One-Two Punch - Dayton Airport by Don Talend: – Closing a runway at an international airport during the summer months-and milling and paving it under tight deadlines so that it can be reopened quickly-can put a lot of stress on a contractor. Barrett Paving Materials Inc.'s Dayton, Ohio-based Midwest Central Office recently faced just that kind of challenge and brought to bear ...
Larry Trojak All Things Great and Small - Houston Light Rail benefits from 3D Machine Control by Larry Trojak: – On a project to expand downtown Houston's light rail system, the versatility and value of GPS-based machine control becomes more evident with each passing day. Generally considered a boon to projects with vast open spaces and massive amounts of earthmoving, machine ...
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