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Welcome to the mid-month edition of our e-newsletter. I want to thank Paul Hahn for writing the introduction to the last newsletter and seeing to it that it got sent. My wife and I were out of pocket having our first child, a healthy daughter, Betsy Caroline Noland. Forgive my new father enthusiasm but having your first child at age 46 is a wonderful experience. Thanks to everyone for all the nice wishes.
Turning our attention to this newsletter, in this issue we have 5 articles from our regular columnists. As always, they deliver well-rounded perspectives for adopting and using 3D machine control. Also, for those of you wanting to quickly get up to speed, please click on the "Past Articles" menu item at the top of our home page. Here you will find 60+ exclusive articles and columns.
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Randy Noland
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New Articles for November, From the Machine Control Online Authors...

Randy & PaulThe True Cost of Machine Control - When considering your technology investment in machine guidance and/or automation several questions come to mind ...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Back to Basics: File Safety  - Recent happenings at our company have prompted me to write this installment. Two of us have had computer problems which required a change in hardware. In other words, computers have died. Over the years we have developed methods of backing up ...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: It's All About the Cost - The more land surveyors I talk to, the more I realize that 3D machine control adoption is really hitting full steam. More and more land surveyors are seeing a dramatic decrease in their construction layout business. The various machine control ...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Double Checking the Double Check  - As I stated in one of my first articles, as a data builder you are doing providing two critical things to your client. First and foremost, you are providing the data model that your client is going to use in the field. This is the most obvious thing you are providing ...

=Nigel AdamsNew Technology Spotlight: GPS Compass Sensor  - In my first article for Machine Control Online I explained in some detail the various sensor options available for excavator machine guidance solutions. One area that was covered was that of Rotation / Slew sensors and to recap ...

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Tax Incentives for Upgrading Software before 12/31/2009
Watch Movies - New Carlson Construction 2010 Data Prep to Machine Control Software
Introducing All New Carlson Construction 2010!
Tons of New Products Were Introduced at Intergeo in Germany
Performance Enhancement of the Sokkia NET05 and NET1 Automated 3D Stations
Trimble Develops Next Generation 3D Laser Scanner for Industrial Plant Applications
Economy Grew 3.5% signaling end of Recession
Autodesk Constructware 2010 Offers New Features to Improve Construction Project Management
Maxwell Systems Ranks on Deloitte's Fast 50 List for Greater Philadelphia for Third Consecutive Year
MachineControl Second October industry newsletter now available
Topcon’s new office software provides construction survey solution
British Gas Selects Trimble to Deploy GeoManager and Vehicle Diagnostics Solution
New ProFlex™ 500 GNSS Receiver Offers Enhanced Capabilities for Machine Control and Guidance

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Paul F. Hahn: The Pitfalls of In-House Training
Randy Noland: #1 Challenge for Machine Control Adoption
Paul Hahn: Grading on the Edge
Paul Hahn: Useful Book on Machine Control
Randy Noland: Better Video for MachineControlOnline.com
Marco Cecala: Don’t be a Fanboy
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