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Welcome. With our final newsletter of 2011, we extend our deepest sympathies to editor Randy Noland and his wife Bobbee for the loss of their precious infant daughter, Bonnie Marie, who passed away at home and in her daddy's arms on December 11th. Bonnie was born in September with a rare condition called Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia. The past three months have been very difficult for the family, as little Bonnie spent about seven weeks of her life in the hospital. Randy wrote about the events and thanked all who relayed support and condolences, here. Our hearts and prayers will continue to be with you, Randy and Bobbee and big sister Betsy, during this Christmas season and in the coming year. You have been an inspiration to us all.
Amazingly, in spite of the deep sadness they have experienced, Randy has still found the strength to continue moving forward on issues of technology and machine control. Check out his profile (#5) on Mitra 3D's website, highlighting his ever-growing film production capabilities. Randy produces many of our feature videos, making this recognition all the more exciting.
In this issue we have 2 new articles from our esteemed MCO authors along with a contribution from our friend Larry Trojak. As always, I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily.
Our concept of Machine Control Online began three years ago with the mission of bringing you the latest in machine automation. No pun intended, but we've just begun to scratch the surface!
Thanks again for your support. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Cheers to 2012,
Paul F. Hahn
Associate Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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Not Your Father's Jobsite
Today's construction site is changing almost before our eyes-morphing from one with a focus on surveying techniques, operator skills and the time-honored tradition of working off stakes, to one in which companies are increasingly looking skyward to GPS for their onsite solutions. While this migration began decades ago with the advent of GPS-based surveying equipment, it has undergone an unprecedented growth and maturity of ...
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Check out our video of the week, hand-picked by our editorial team:
A Bridge Too Far: Night Demolition (Time-lapse)
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New Articles from the Machine Control Online Authors...
Joe Sass Troubleshooting GNSS Hardware by Joe Sass: Over the past decade, the construction industry has embraced the automation, productivity increases and safety benefits that machine control offers. Never before has dirt been moved so efficiently. Heavy equipment of all shapes, sizes and brands are being outfitted with various positioning technologies that have the ability ...
Marco Cecala GPS is Underutilized, Part 8; the time factor by Marco Cecala: To anyone who uses GPS, the single biggest boost to production is the use of GPS for machine control. The automation or indicate guidance of a blade during the earthmoving portion of a project reaps huge benefits. The reduced need for stakes and improved finished surface make this a no brainer. With that
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Topcon announces SurveyMaster v1.3.2 and SiteMaster 9.2.1 Service Packs
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Caterpillar Foundation Partners With Water.org
Caterpillar to Sell Part of Bucyrus Distribution to Sime Darby Industrial
Carlson Software Video - Complete & Open Mining Solutions
Hemisphere GPS - Who we are
Hemisphere GPS Partner Receives Silver Medal at Agritechnica
Leica Viva Trade-In Ends Dec. 31
Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.
SITECH Dealer Established in Sweden for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Manufacturing Marvels: Hemisphere GPS
50 Years of Wirgten - Video! A Man and His Dreams
Peak performance 24/7 -- Wirtgen slipform pavers at BBI Airport
Machine Control Magazine's Video Interview with Matthias Fritz of Wirtgen
Waste Management and Safety: A Message from CEO David Steiner
Wirtgen AutoPilot SP 15 & SP 25 Slipform Pavers - Application Video
Topcon volunteers support Japan through TOGETHER program
GPS Guidance of Agricultural Machine Controls will Grow and Grow
Caterpillar Expanding Operations in India
AED Applauds Repeal of Government Contractor Withholding Tax
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