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Welcome to the mid-April edition of our eNewsletter.
I woke up this morning with confirmation of what I suspected at bedtime: Compliments of Mother Nature, my flight to Munich, Germany for Bauma was canceled due to the Icelandic ash cloud. I have a dozen or more meetings scheduled at the show, and I was lucky to secure a flight arriving Wednesday, but that, too, appears to be in jeopardy.
In this issue, we have two new articles. The first, by Don Talend, is featured in our MC Top news. "Return on Investment: GNSS & Profitable Heavy Equipment Utilization" offers an excellent payback perspective. And we are pleased to have Juergen Reineke back with a special application of 3D machine control to a unique excavator configuration. Please see "Unique Excavator Benefits from 3D Machine Control."
We also have the 8 new articles—posted April 1st—which discuss everything from safety to scanners to data prep to 3D drilling systems. You can link to each article below under Current Articles. Please also check out our cool Video of the Week, which shows an excavator doing something you probably didn't know it could do!
I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily. As always, please drop me a line if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information. I personally read every email!
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Randy Noland
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Return on Investment: GNSS and Profitable Heavy Equipment Utilization
Heavy equipment represents a major capital cost in companies within industries such as construction and agriculture. In recent years, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology, which uses signals from U.S. Global Positioning System and the Russian Glonass satellite system constellations, has been used ....

Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
Amazing Excavator Climb - Liebherr
Amazing footage of a Liebherr excavator climbing a steel tower.
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for April, 2010:

Randy Noland 3D Drilling Systems: by Randy Noland - Heavy equipment such as dozers, graders and excavators sculpt and grade a site to an engineers design specs. But in many cases their work is made possible by drills. Drills play an important role from highway construction to mining and their contribution is critical for the downstream performance of other heavy equipment. ...

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line by Paul Hahn: Scanning, Monitoring and Mobile Mapping - Today’s modern total stations have evolved into incredibly versatile and productivity-enhancing measuring instruments with many applications for the construction site. However, other optical instruments have recently been introduced that can do even more in the specific applications ...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data by Marco Cecala: Do you need both Takeoff and Data Prep Training? As we get more classes filled for training, I seem to get one question that confuses potential students. “Why do I need a class in both Data and Takeoffs?” The two disciplines are related, but in practice are very different. I will breakdown some of the differences. Surfaces …

Jay JonesMachine Control and its Affect on the Engineering Profession by Jay Jones: - We all know by now that the increase in machine control use and its widespread acceptance has impacted the land surveying industry. But what impact has machine control had, if any, on the engineering profession? Are engineers being affected by the increase in machine control use?

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques by Chad Cooper: Highway Data Building – The Typical Part of Your Typical Highway   - It has been quite ironic that while I have been writing this series of articles on building data for heavy highways, I have luckily been in the middle of building a number of different heavy highways throughout our Nation. Nowhere in my ...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Systems by Nigel Adams: Safety and Machine Control– Having recently been involved in an advisory capacity for a client in the application of safety systems in the construction environment I thought it worthy of considering the implications of safety and machine control. The Statistics: Regardless of what industry you are involved in, safety in ...

Ron Ciccarone3D Modeling 101: Triangulated Irregular Network History by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Before I begin this article, I would like to reference a document as recommended reading from my last article. The late Joseph Dracup wrote an excellent history of US surveying from the 1800’s forward. This is an excellent research of surveying in the US. It is located at the following NGS website ...

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Trimble Unveils Portfolio of GNSS Receivers for Construction Site Positioning and Machine Control
Trimble TCA1 and SCS700 Site Controller Software Empower More of the Construction Workforce
RDO Integrated Controls & Carlson Form Exclusive Partnership for Mining & Landfill Machine Control
BAUMA Update: Germany closes all airports because of ash cloud
Brandt Tractor Ltd. of Regina, Saskatchewan has purchased LMS Land Measurement Systems Inc.
Power Curbers Announces Stringless 3-D Control
Caterpillar Inc. Maintains Dividend Rate
Efforts to Recover Miners from Upper Big Branch Mine Concluded
Digmaster Pro GPS Baggersystem Illig Lasersysteme
RFP-Lake Davis Trail Sec 1 Construction
RFP- Old Ridge Route Construction
Gemcom to Speak at the Caving 2010
Caterpillar Inc. to Announce First-Quarter 2010 Financial Results on April 26, 2010
Trimble Raises the Bar for GNSS Infrastructure, Earth Science and Network Applications
Liebherr - Amazing Excavator Climb
Sokkia releases the Series 50X Total Stations
RFP- Construction of a 1.0 MW Wind Generator
iPad Stress Test - MacWorld Video
Carlson and TAG Launches Commander™ Machine Control PC
Machine Automation Open House 2006
Leica GradeSmart 3D Simulator
John Deere 8320R Tractor Sets Fuel Efficiency Records at Nebraska Test
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