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Welcome to the mid-month September 2009 edition of our eNewsletter. I just returned from Washington D.C. where I attended a film school boot camp. I was lucky that the Tea Party march on the Capital was the same weekend so my task to shoot "characters" was a no brainer - they were everywhere. One of my goals for attending the boot camp is to bring more robust and educational video content to about the exciting world of positioning.
I have finished the first iteration of our MCo Guided Tour. I hope you will check it out. The link is below under “Current Articles”.
The week of September 21st is a busy one regarding trade shows. InterGEO will be underway in Karlsruhe, Germany as well as the ION Show in Savannah, Georgia. I personally will be at ION and hope to bring you information from that show. InterGEO will also be covered as Marc and Allen Cheves (of The American Surveyor Magazine and Spatial Media) will be in attendance.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter and please stay tuned visiting us often as we update the website daily.
Best regards,
Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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The Perth to Bunbury four lane highway project is under budget and ahead of schedule. Much of the credit is attributed to the productivity benefits of 3D Machine Control technology. This news report from Australia delves deeper.
New Articles for September, From the Machine Control Online Authors...

Randy NolandA Guided Tour of - This video will guide you through some of the departments and features of As the site continues to evolve, so will this guided tour. In this version, we cover News, Authors, Newsletter, and our Video sections. Please email if you have any questions or requests:

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: Machine Control and American Transportation Agencies - I recently had the opportunity to speak at a committee meeting of†the Transportation Research Board (TRB), near my home in Colorado. This committee is very focused on construction machine control, which they refer to as Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) ….  

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: BIM to CIM, the Acronyms Demystified  - For some time, the vertical builders have been toying with BIM. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in ….

Jay JonesMachine Control & the Land Surveyor: The Law - As machine control technology advances, the use of machine control technology by construction personnel is starting to generate some questions and concerns, especially by many in the land surveying profession. On the forefront is the question of whether machine control guidance and construction layout ....

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Clearance Sale on Contours  - For my third article on contours, I wanted to cover the second, and for most data builders, the most common project type: the simple site. I would argue that no matter where your beginnings as a data builder were, you cut your teeth on simple site projects. They are small. They are ….

=Nigel AdamsMachine Control Design: The Basics  - I have recently been updating my knowledge of the various excavator machine guidance solutions available. This has involved reviewing all currently commercially available products within this genre and it has been of great personal benefit in doing so – something I strongly recommend anyone involved in ....


Walkthrough of Bobcat Loader - Video 3 of 3
Roboticizing the Bobcat Loader - Video 2 of 3
Robot Kit for Bobcat Loaders - Video 1 of 3
New ProFlex™ 500 GNSS Receiver Offers Enhanced Capabilities for Machine Control and Guidance
Magellan® Professional Introduces the ProFlex™ 500 Base Station for Real-time Network Applications
New Version of Trimble Grade Control System Benefits Road Resurfacing Contractors
Housing construction hits highest in 9 months
Topcon's NET-G3A for high performance tracking
RFP - RECOVERY - Tier III Data Center New Construction
RFP - RECOVERY--Z--Maintenance Dredging in Charleston Entrance Channel, Charleston Harbor
RFP - RECOVERY--Z--Repairs and Renovations, Placement Are Nos. 8 and 11, Sabine Neches
Laser Technology in Construction
Construction Materials Prices Edge Up in August
Leica Expands Connectivity To Growing GPS CORS Network
Construction software for Topcon's GRS-1 rover
Trimble Heavy Highway Dealer offering protection for your machine control investment
MachineControlOnline - Guided Tour
Trimble Expands the Reach of its VRS Now Service to Include the Czech Republic and State of Mississi
RFP - RECOVERY: Replace Asphalt Roads Various LocationsNon-Recurring maintenance projects
RFP -RECOVERY: Replacement of culvert crossing at Pitt Spring Run on FSR 375


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Marco Cecala: I See Some Stimulus Results Out There
Paul Hahn: How the DOT’s view Machine Control
Randy Noland: Landfill GPS Compaction Systems - Is a Government (EPA) Mandate on the Way?
Marco Cecala: Business is Good…..Sort of
Chad Cooper BSCE: Never Hurts to Ask
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    This section is an update about machine control, positioning, construction or land development conferences, training, seminars, webinars and other relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration. For more events, please visit our online calendar HERE.

    ION Show - Savannah, Georgia - September 22-24, 2009

    InterGEO - Karlsruhe, Germany: Sept. 22nd-24th, 2009.
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    Leadership in Construction - Workshop by AGC: Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st, 2009

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