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Welcome to the end-of-April 2011 edition of our eNewsletter. Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend. Spring is here, and construction activity is increasing!
The dust has barely settled on ConExpo and new product announcements, and the acquisitions continue; namely, Trimble's announcement that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ashtech, a technology leader founded more than 25 years ago. You can read about the company's history HERE. It will be interesting to see how the acquisition plays out within Trimble. I am optimistic it will benefit the markets they serve with a broader product portfolio. I interviewed Francois Erceau of Ashtech while visiting their corporate headquarters last May. Watch the video here.
In this newsletter, we revisit 5 articles written by our exclusive MCO authors. Marco Cecala reviews ConExpo from his perspective. Paul F. Hahn follows up his last article with a second installment of "The Real Impact of Machine Control" interviewing an early adopter. Nigel Adam discusses the safety benefit of machine control technology and Ron Ciccarone continues with part 3 of "Modeling a Parking Lot." Joe Sass has written a compelling call-to-action article "Is GPS In Jeopardy?" This is a valid question and I hope you have the time to check it out and get involved.
Also, if you haven't had the chance, I hope you will take a moment to view our new Machine Control Magazine Digital Edition. There are 11 articles and plenty of products to explore.
We continue to hear from our readers about new projects and bidding opportunities. If you are considering positioning and 3D machine control technology, welcome. is committed to serve as your knowledge base.
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Paul Hahn The Real World Impact of Machine Control-Part II by Paul Hahn: – Machine Control Online has published several articles on the appropriateness of machine control technology for the small to medium size contractor. In May, 2010 I wrote such an article that can be found here, entitled “Is Machine Control Just For The Big Guys?”. So I wasn’t surprised when the company I interviewed this ...
Marco Cecala Review: ConExpo 2011 by Marco Cecala: – I attended ConExpo in Las Vegas the week of March 21st. In addition to the show, I also had the opportunity to speak at the annual AGC (Associated General Contractors) meeting that was held concurrently. We do business in the United States and many foreign countries; my insight is based on a broad swath of geographic …
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Ron Ciccarone Modeling a Parking Lot Part 3 by Ron Ciccarone, LS: – Well, we are now at the 3rd installment of parking lot modeling. In review, I spent some time just reviewing the plan files and the cadd file. Deciding what information we had and how the parking lot should look. It is a good idea to get a 3D picture in your mind of how the model should look. Then I proceeded to examine the ...
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