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Welcome to the mid-January 2012 edition of our eNewsletter.
World of Concrete is next week and we're excited to see all the new products. For sure stay tuned, as we'll be posting press releases and our thoughts on all the developments.
As announced in our last newsletter, we are especially excited to publish the first printed edition of Machine Control Magazine, to be released on-site at the show. It's been three years since we unveiled Machine Control Online, at a previous World of Concrete. Like most other exhibitors, we use the event as an annual benchmark to unveil our latest and greatest. Scroll down for pre-show announcements, providing a glimpse of what's in store.
If you can't make it, there's no need for concern. We'll be sending print subscription invitations to all newsletter subscribers shortly. We'll also have the digital edition, accessible through your tablet or PC.
For those on-site, we'll have copies placed in the following booths so please stop by and support our partners. More partner booths will be posted on our website soon. Drop me a line if you would like to meet up and talk shop.
• Hemisphere GPS - Booth 031354
• Leica Geosystems - Booth C5960
• Topcon - Booth C5070
• Wirtgen America - Booth C4337
In this issue, you'll find seven articles from our esteemed columnists as well as two guest authors. A special thank you to Paul F. Hahn, Marco Cecala, Chad Cooper, Ron Ciccarone, Joe Sass, Don Talend and Jeff Winke for their contributions. Look for brand new articles from these gentlemen and more in the print edition.
As always, I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily. Please drop me a line if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information, I personally read every email.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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Construction techniques are constantly evolving as newer, more efficient technologies and innovations emerge. This migration has taken us from the days of manpowered implements to animal assisted techniques through the industrial revolution when motors were introduced to our present day where computers, sensors, hydraulics and software are integral to maintaining acceptable levels of efficiency and productivity. Global Navigation Satellite ...

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Paul F. Hahn Qualifications and Motivation by Paul F. Hahn: – I started out in the precise positioning industry as a land and construction surveyor in 1978. I found that construction surveying interested me the most. In fact, I spent so much time on construction sites that the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors denied my application to sit ...
Marco Cecala Planning for the Future - Data Prep: 3D Machine Control by Marco Cecala: – In the future, demolition of existing underground utilities and installations will be easier. The reason is owners and government agencies are recording sub-surface conditions. These real time locations are then stored and mapped to insure that these items can be located in the future. The umbrella …
Chad Cooper Data Prep: Nuts & Bolts Workshop - Finger Island by Chad Cooper: – As promised long, long ago, it is time for the first article in my Nuts & Bolts Workshop. As stated in my previous article, the aim of this new article series is to give specific, actual examples of how to correctly built data. What I want to include is some commonly occurring situations where it is easy to make ...
Ron Ciccarone Building A Road Model - 3D Machine Control by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Well I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year. I had a great time, did a polar bear motorcycle ride (BRRR, actually it was 60 degrees) for dinner on New Year’s Day. In the previous article we dealt with developing a road model from contours. To me, this is the least desirable unless it is a really simple ...
Joe Sass Machine Control Embraces GNSS Infrastructure by Joe Sass: – Construction techniques are constantly evolving as newer, more efficient technologies and innovations emerge. This migration has taken us from the days of manpowered implements to animal assisted techniques through the industrial revolution when motors were introduced to our present day where computers, sensors ...
Don TalendTopcon volunteers lend physical and moral support to Japan recovery by Don Talend: – Several individuals at Topcon Positioning Systems, Livermore, Calif.—a subsidiary of Topcon Corp, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan—were so moved by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Tohoku (northeast) district of Japan that they wanted to do even more ...
Winke Major Roadwork Corrects Deadly Stretch by Jeff Winke: – With four generations of the family having worked in construction, Wiltech Developments, located in West Kelowna, British Columbia, has tremendous depth of experience and knowledge to tap into. The company has grown and evolved since it was founded as a mining, road building, and logging construction company ...
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