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Welcome to the mid-month January 2011 edition of our eNewsletter. Our team will be joining many of you at World of Concrete this week in Las Vegas. Please drop me a line if you would like to meet and talk shop with MCo.
The publishers are still hard at work preparing the soon-to-be-released Machine Control Magazine. We'll have four digital issues this year, with the first being released at ConExpo 2011. Don't miss the inaugural issue and please contact us for more information.
Below, we have the previous eight articles from our exclusive MCo authors. These articles are also available from the home page at the website. Jeff Winke brings us this week's MCo Top News article "Critical Accuracy Required at Berlin Airport Expansion." Also in this edition is a WOC 2011 video.
We continue to hear from our readers about new projects and bidding opportunities. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, welcome. is committed to serve as your knowledge base.
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Critical Accuracy Required in Berlin Airport Expansion
Visit the Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) website and you can read a blog written by Armin the Ant, who writes regular updates about the current massive construction project. Armin provides "an insider's view of the site through his commentary and live webcam" and does a great job of keeping readers up to date on the BBI construction progress. Berlin Brandenburg International is the expansion of Schoenefeld Airport, which is being extended ...

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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for January, 2011:

Randy Noland PAVING and 3D Machine Control (Part 1) by Randy Noland: – The applications for 3D positioning and machine control continue to expand. Paving, milling and curb and gutter applications are no exception. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief history and evolutionary overview for positioning technology as it relates to paving and why this will translates to millions of dollars in ...

Paul HahnTrimble Dimensions - Revisited by Paul Hahn: – Last month, I wrote about Trimble Dimensions from my point of view. A more important view is that of a paid attendee. Recently, I spoke with Greg Ball of DPR construction. DPR is a multi-billion dollar general contractor specializing in commercial construction. With 10 regional offices in 8 states and the District of Columbia, they ...

Marco Cecala GPS is Underused (Part 1) by Marco Cecala: – I have the opportunity to visit with contractors all over the country. There have been some contractors who own, but are not using their positioning equipment. Upon talking with the contractors, I have found there are specific reasons they are not using GPS in any form on their jobs. Further investigation shows three main …

Jay Jones Machine Control and the Land Surveyor - Is now the time for a Data Preparation Association? by Jay Jones, LS: – I am a member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS). I began as a student member and I have been a member ever since. I did let my NY membership lapse while attending school in Michigan and Indiana, but ...

=Chad Cooper Building a Simple Site - Moral of Armed Struggle by Chad Cooper: – Recently I have been reading Utah Beach by Joseph Balkoski. It is a history of the American involvement in and around what was called Utah Beach, which was one of five invasion beaches of Operation Overlord during World War Two - more commonly known simply as D-Day. Balkoski is a great author - have ...

=Nigel Adams Machine Control ROI Software Calculator! by Nigel Adams: – Firstly, let me take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We have certainly experienced some interesting economic times over the past couple of years and the future, though uncertain, does seem to offer some more positive potential than we have recently seen, but, as it seems with ...

Ron Ciccarone Quality Control for 3D Data by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Quality Control is a love hate concept. You love to have it, but hate the ones doing it. Everyone thinks Quality Control is important and it is needed. Does everybody want it? Yes. Does everybody need it? Yes. Who is going to do it? Nobody!
Definition: Quality control is a process by which entities review the quality ...

Joe Sass Global Navigation Satellite Systems: RTK Data Links by New Author Joe Sass: – Global Navigation Satellite Systems, or GNSS have systematic errors in the range of 10 meters. That is to say if a user turns on a GNSS device and there is no additional input other than the signals from the navigation satellites, the receiver's position on the planet can be calculated with some ...

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Leica Geosystems Launch Terrestrial GPS Augmentation Network
Chilean Miner Edison Pena Guest Stars in Viva ELVIS at ARIA Resort & Casino
Peabody Energy Announces New International Government Relations, Office of CEO Appointments
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Critical Accuracy Required in Berlin Airport Expansion
GOMACO to Develop Stringless Machine Control System
Topcon’s new GTS-240NW total station series designed for ‘unmatched functionality’
Two Additional SITECH Technology Dealers Established in Brazil for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Caterpillar Inc. to Announce Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2010 Financial Results on January 27, 2011
Mining deaths rise in 2010
Free Webinar: 3D Data Prep with Carlson Construction 2011
Trimble Introduces New Field Layout Software Suite That Includes Trimble Field Link
Breaking News: US unemployment rate falls to 9.4%
Leica Geosystems’ Grade Control System Speeds Drainage Pipe Laying by 10 to 20 Percent
US Labor Department, Massey Energy reach settlement agreement
Peabody's Farmersburg Mine Recognized for Stream Restoration With Major Indiana Honor
Topcon GPT-3200 series of total stations for enhanced performance
Puda Coal Signs Agreements to Acquire Remaining Coal Mines under Pinglu Project Phase II
Joe Sass joins MachineControlOnline as contributing author
Miller Energy Resources Secures $5 Million to Expand Operations in Alaska
World's Highest Fireworks Burj Khalifa Welcome New Year
Skype 3.0 for iOS Brings Video Calling from iPhone / iPad / iPod touch to PC / Mac and Vice Versa
Time and Accuracy of the Essence
Puda Coal Completes Acquisition of Four Coal Mines Under Pinglu Project Phase II
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