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Welcome to the mid-December 2009 edition of our eNewsletter.
This is our last newsletter for 2009. Thank you all for your support. The site traffic on has surpassed our expectations and we are looking forward to a strong 2010.
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In this newsletter, please find 7 exclusive articles from our regular esteemed authors. I would like to welcome Daniel C. Brown and his article contribution, "Machine Control Technology Helps Meet Accelerated Airport Schedule in South Carolina." The article offers a solid testimonial to the benefits of 3D machine control technology, and we hope you check it out.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer a heartfelt thank you to Paul Hahn, Marco Cecala, Jay Jones, Chad Cooper and Nigel Adams for their contributions. Without their expertise and timely submissions, MCo would not exist. I would also like to thank the Cheves Family—Allen, Joel and Marc—and all of the Spatial Media professionals. Thank you, thank you!
A happy Holiday Season to you and your families.
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Machine Control Technology Helps Meet Accelerated Airport Schedule in South Carolina
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The latest-generation machine control equipment is helping a South Carolina contractor to slash by one-third the time such a runway project would take with conventional survey crews and manual machine control. Removing old Runway 03-21...

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

RandyData: The Fuel for 3D Machine Control & Guidance - 3D machine control is quite the technology “buzz” for site and road construction, mining, drilling and solid waste landfills. Call me a nerd, perhaps strange, but it is sexy to watch these machines automatically sculpt the earth with such precision. The components: axial sensors, GPS receivers, hydraulic controls, inertial...

Paul HahnOld Dogs/Young Pups: Balancing Experience and New Technology - Most companies are made up of a diverse group of workers with varying experiences and different strengths and weaknesses. This is a blessing when it comes to adopting new, productivity-enhancing technologies like machine control. I am sure most companies have established mentoring programs …

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Software Reviews, Rating the Players  - Over the next many months I will be reviewing software related to take-offs and machine control data prep. Having worked with virtually all current (and some former) software brands, I have practical knowledge with their inner workings. At any one time I can be working with 3 different software brands...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: Hands On Training for Contractors & Land Surveyors - During the past month of November, I had the opportunity to be part of a two day demonstration of machine control technology presented by the Syracuse, NY branch of Milton CAT. The demonstration took place at a large gravel pit near Milton CAT’s office. This setting allowed the participants...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Just Build it off the CADD  - Just Build it off the CADD. It's something that eventually everyone who builds data will hear from their client: "Just build it off of the CADD". In an ideal world, you would always have a set of paper plans along with your CADD files before you started working on any...

=Nigel AdamsNew Technology: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions… (Do they need machine control?)  - A few miles from where I live, they are building a new road. (If you live in the UK you will know that due to government policy and high profile pressure groups, new road construction is as likely as coming across a unicorn being ridden by a yeti). The purpose of...

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Machine control technology helps meet accelerated schedule at airport construction project.
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