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Welcome to the January 2010 mid-month edition of our eNewsletter.
I hope things are moving well for you out of the New Year's gate. I have already been on the road to Chicago, Dallas and Cincinnati, and to kick off February, will be attending World of Concrete Feb 2-6th in Las Vegas. I hope to see you there!
Because our exclusive articles and spotlight videos come out monthly, this issue again presents the 6 new articles and two new videos from our team of industry veterans. There's lots to learn from our experts, so if you didn't have time to check 'em out before, I hope you'll scroll down and do so at this time.
What's new in this newsletter is the News! A lot is happening in the industry, so please feel free to scroll down and check that out. I also have a new blog entry about industry nomenclature which is below the News.
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Here’s to a prosperous 2010!
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Randy Noland
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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for January, 2010:

Randy NolandSite Connectivity by Randy Noland: Positioning & Machine Control’s Next Technology Step - Our world is getting smaller. Connectivity is literally in the palm of our hands. Wireless and wired networks are everywhere as access through them expands. Advances in software, especially simpler user interfaces, make it possible for even grandma to get in on the action, video chatting ...

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line by Paul Hahn: Layout Tools - Even with 3D machine control systems on site, there still remains a need for construction layout. If you employ machine control, the number of stakes and check shots will definitely be decreased but some layout will still be needed. So what are the options and what capabilities are available with today’s modern layout systems? ...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data by Marco Cecala: Software Review: Carlson Construction 2010  - AutoCAD or IntelliCAD? I have had the chance to work with IntelliCAD (ICAD) some. It used to be buggy, but has been stable with recent releases. I usually run Carlson programs in AutoCAD for 2 reasons. I have become familiar with it, and research material is more readily available. If you have no ...

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor by Jay Jones: The Liability Issue - One of the most common questions I am asked at seminars is about the issue of liability for land surveyors that are involved in machine control set up and 3D model preparation. Many land surveyors are very concerned about the potential liability issues that could arise from mistakes on a site calibration or localization, or ...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques by Chad Cooper: How Do You Eat a Highway? One Piece at a Time  - Heavy highway. It is the only type of project I have ever heard of someone refusing to build data for. It is by far the most common type of project that we are called upon to rebuild after someone failed in their attempt to build it. And it still makes my stomach hurt when I hear ...

=Nigel AdamsMachine Guidance Systems by Nigel Adams: 2D and 3D Excavation Simplified For the newcomer, machine guidance can be a tricky business to understand, and the number of solution providers and system types can cause much confusion. As with my previous article over viewing the sensor options within machine guidance I would like to cut through the mumbo jumbo and give the ...

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Ashtech Introduces the ProMark 500 V4.0 GNSS Receiver, Adds Entry-level Offer
Learn How CORS Network Can Fit Precision Farming
Jigsaw360 Mine Management Solution
Trimble Introduces New Additions to Its Optical Total Station Portfolio
Hemisphere GPS Announces the New G100™ Integrated Auto-Steering and Guidance Solution for Agricultur
Hemisphere GPS Introduces the High Performance A22™ GPS Antenna for Precision Agriculture
Hemisphere GPS Announces New Centimeter-Level Auto-Steering for Precision Farming with Outback eDriv
Uranium Energy Corp Advances Permitting at Palangana and Goliad ISR Projects
Ameri-CAD Announces BIM Consulting & Implementation Services
CONSOL Energy Announces Sale of High-Vol Coking Coal from Bailey Mine to China
Waste Management Acquires City Wide Recycling, Grows Recycling Services for Builders
GoldSpring Purchases Obester Patented Mining Claims for Their Comstock Mine Project
CanAlaska Uranium executes drill contract for 2010 exploration
Economy loses 85K jobs as employers remain wary
Magellan® Professional Renamed Ashtech®
Showcasing Its Commitment to the Environment and Its Customers: Caterpillar Ships First Revolutionar
Sokkia Introduces the GRX1, Highly Versatile GNSS System
Reinhold Meister GmbH of Hengersberg consolidates on advance by latest machine technology!
Heavy Equipment : How Do I Become a Heavy Equipment Operator?
Trimble Connected Community - A quick look
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