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Welcome to the end of summer and the next edition of our eNewsletter. I hope you have survived the brutal heat this summer without too much wear and tear!
As mentioned in the last newsletter, and shown below, I just returned from a speaking engagement in Eugene, Oregon where I participated in the Oregon DOT's "Design to Dozer" two-day seminar. You can check out our flickr pics HERE.
Ron Singh, ODOT's Chief of Surveys, led the event and with 140 attendees on Tuesday and 110 on Wednesday, everybody considered it to be a success. "We want to raise awareness of the benefits 3D machine control and positioning technology provides," says Ron. "I have been a proponent for many years and although adoption has lagged, I believe it is here to stay."
ODOT is talking about holding a follow-up classroom version sometime this winter that will drill deeper into digital workflow and processes across the design-build lifecycle. I will be writing a more detailed article in our September newsletter as well as producing a video of the sights and sounds from the event.
I am happy to promote these educational events and believe they are of huge value. If your DOT or other organization wishes to promote a similar event, please contact me at
In case you didn't check 'em out in the last issue, we again have the articles from our exclusive MachineControlOnline authors, which you can see by scrolling down. I hope you'll find value for your business. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, welcome. is committed to serving as your knowledge base.
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!
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Randy Noland
Managing Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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From the Machine Control Online Authors... New Articles for August, 2010:

Randy Noland LiDAR and 3D Machine Control by Randy Noland: – 3D Machine Control is comprised of various sensors. These sensors converge and define the system's core capabilities. The sensors gather and communicate data to a control box (computer) that is loaded with application software. The software analyzes this data presenting appropriate application centric feedback to the ...

Paul HahnWhat's up with this SITECH business? by Paul Hahn: – Sounds a lot like a Jerry Seinfeld line, but a lot of people have been asking this lately. The establishment of SITECH Technology Dealers has sharply accelerated in the last few months. If you have been following Machine Control Online's "Latest Machine Control News" section, you have seen announcements for ...

Marco CecalaSoftware Review - Trimble Business Center, New Features by Marco Cecala: – Last month I submitted my review for Trimble Business Center, (TBC). Shortly thereafter, I had a remote meeting with Trimble's Alan Sharpe and he walked me through some of the new features of the program as well as what we can expect in the future. My initial impression was that the …

Jay JonesMachine Control and the Land Surveyor: What’s Next? by Jay Jones, LS: – Site Prep Magazine recently published its "Third Annual Machine Control Report." It is noted in the article that it is one of the few reports on the machine control market that includes information about the types of heavy equipment being utilized with machine control and the purchasing trends of the ...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques- Building a Simple Site - Paper and CAD by Chad Cooper: – To kick off my multi-article series on Building a Simple Site, I wanted to cover the first step you take as a data builder. This first step is a common step with all other project types, but so are nearly all of the steps for building a simple site. Which, again, is why mastering the ...

=Nigel AdamsOffshore Machine Control by Nigel Adams: – The majority of machine control articles in the press and associated advertising literature focus on land based civil construction applications. This isn't a surprise as that is where the bulk of the work is and has kept machine control suppliers happily in business for many years. However as well as providing solutions for dozers, excavators ...

Ron CiccaroneRin Tin Tin Barks Again by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – If you get to the point where you have done all of the general settings and you still have issues with the shape of the model, which in most cases you will. Then you must get even more involved with extra points or breaklines or both. The process can be very tedious, but the results are a more accurate surface to use on ...

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Leica Geosystems Announces the Opening of Five More Leica Geosystems Solutions Centers
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Construction Materials Prices Inch Lower in July
USGS Awards IDIQ Contract to JAVAD GNSS
Caterpillar Foundation Donation to Help Clean Up Port-au-Prince
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Leica PowerDigger 2D Excavator Guidance System Features Automatic Elevation And Dual Slope Control
Hemisphere GPS Announces New A52 and A21 Precision GPS Antennas
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Trimble Acquires Accubid Assets to Expand Its Building Construction Solutions
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Caterpillar to Expand Manufacturing and Increase Employment in the United States
Hemisphere GPS and Summit Liability Solutions Sign Agreement to Provide Customized Outback S3 System
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Hemisphere GPS Supplying TECHNOMASTER with LV101 GPS Compass
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Topcon Corporation appoints Di Federico to executive committee
Caterpillar Announces New Engineering Design Center in South Dakota
Bryan Griesbach Joins GeoShack North America
LiDAR Used in Radiohead's House of Cards Music Video
Caterpillar Continues Expansion of Mining Operations; Announces New Facility in North Carolina
Design to Dozer - OR DOT Machine Control Seminar Announced
Mike Rowe is Ready to Hit the Dirt with Caterpillar Customers and Dealers
Ashtech Introduces the MobileMapper 100, Handheld GNSS Accuracy for GIS
Caterpillar Second-Quarter Profit up 91 Percent, Sales and Revenues Increase 31%
O’Connor promoted to managing executive officer of Topcon Corporation
RDO Integrated Controls Receives Carlson Commander Tier 1 Service Certification
Estimated 5,000 New Jobs To Be Created
SITECH Technology Dealer Established in Brazil for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Trimble Announces Second Quarter 2010 Earnings Call and Web Cast
Topcon announces IP-S2 HD Mapping System
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