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Welcome to the mid-month August 2009 edition of our eNewsletter.
In this issue, we recap the latest news as well as new blog postings. Also worth mentioning, on the MCo website, we recently added an easy way to access all of the articles published by our authors and exceptional contributors.
Paul Hahn and I recently met with our partners, Marc and Allen Cheves (Editor & Publisher of The American Surveyor Magazine & Spatial Media, respectively), regarding MachineControlOnline. You can see each of us above, L-R: Marc, Allen, Randy and Paul. There are exciting new plans and opportunities coming soon. In our ongoing quest to provide the latest machine control information, we are excited to provide an expanded online education for engineers, contractors, and the final link in the chain, those folks who operate the machines that get the job done.
Stay tuned, as our September issue will feature more exclusive articles, videos and a new guided tour (of our site) I am finishing this weekend. Visit us often, as we update the MCo site daily.
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Randy Noland
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Machine Control Online

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

Paul HahnThe Bottom Line: 3D Machine Control in the Landfill Industry - We, as a people generate an incredible amount of trash. Where does it go? Some is dumped into our oceans, which the marine life isn’t crazy about. Other volumes of trash end up in landfills. These landfills...

Marco CecalaIt's All About the Data: Welcome to the world of data prep, “The Glamour Life”  - When I started doing data preparation years ago, a lot of my friends wanted the “Marco Deal”. What they said it meant, was they would roll out of bed at the crack of 8 in the morning, and put in a leisurely 9 to 5 shift in a converted bedroom in their house. These were guys that...

Jay JonesIf not the land surveyor, then who?: Keeping Pace with the Technology Race - I have received quite a bit of correspondence from land surveyors and it appears that more and more are entering the machine control market.† Many understand what machine control means to the construction industry and realize the opportunity for their land surveying business...

=Chad CooperData Prep: Tips, Tricks & Techniques: The Road that doesn’t lead to Contours  - In my previous article, I began my multi-article discussion regarding proposed grade contours. As I mentioned in that article, proposed grade contours are almost universal for every project. Your projects are more likely to contain this grading information than any other and the...

=Nigel AdamsSite Connectivity: Let’s All Get Along  Command and control – what does that make you think of? A slave labour workforce, your own robot army (yes please), kids that do what you want when you want? All highly plausible (except for the last, that will never ever happen, well not for me anyway!) And each having its own merits, but this is Machine Control...


Trimble Expands its Construction Layout Portfolio
Caterpillar® field test demonstrates 100 percent productivity increase, 43 percent fuel savings
The first Caterpillar® 836H landfill compactor reaches Scandinavia
Carlson Software Landfill Grade - GPS Landfill System
John Deere G Series motor graders released in Australia by Hitachi
Wastecon 2009 Approaches
Rebuilding Compactor Saves Money and Resources for Florida Landfill
Case IH Enhances Sprayer Lineup with Patriot 3230
Trimble's New AllTrak System Manages Construction Asset Usage and Reduces Loss
Trimble Introduces Digital Pen Solutions Designed Specifically for the Construction Contractor
Trimble Introduces the New Excavator Depth Display System Designed for Compact Equipment
Topcon introduces AES-25 for ag market
Topcon 3.4 G3 Firmware Provides ‘Next-Generation’ Tracking Technology
Virtalis Selects Pacific Geomatics as GeoVisionary Reseller
Trimble Introduces Performance Manager to Make Field Operations More Efficient
McGraw-Hill Construction Report Identifies Innovative Market Trends and Opportunities in Middle East
Caterpillar Refines Operator Experience of D6N
Sauer-Danfoss Inc. and Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. Enter Into New Phase of Relationship
The Era of Intelligent Compaction Has Arrived
NavCom Announces the Release of the SF-3050 Software Upgradeable GNSS Receiver and Sapphire™ GNSS OE
Trimble Introduces New Series of GNSS-Inertial OEM Modules for High-Precision Positioning and Orient


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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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