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Welcome to the August 2010 edition of our eNewsletter.
It is hard to believe that August is already here. My family has settled into our new home outside of Cincinnati, Ohio and are enjoying our new surroundings.
On August 16th and 17th in Eugene, Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting an educational event called "Design to Dozer - Computer Controlled Heavy Equipment Demonstration." Speakers include Ron Singh, Chief of Surveys/Geometronics Manager, ODOT, and Murray Lodge, VP Construction, Topcon Positioning, as well as representatives from Autodesk, Bentley, other ODOT representatives, Carlson Software, Trimble and yours truly. This event is designed to educate, offering brief seminars and hands-on demonstartions of machine control technology. I do hope to see you there! For more info please click HERE or email
In this issue, we have 8 new articles. 7 articles come from our exclusive MachineControlOnline authors. Topics range from offshore machine control to a software review of Trimble Business Center to more data prep insight to LiDar to the new SITECH distribution. I would also like to welcome back guest author Don Talend. His article, "Excavator Systems, A Flexible Upgrade" is featured in Today's Spotlight below. Please scroll down to see all the new articles. I hope you find value for your business!
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 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. As always, 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
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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 Dealer's 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: – 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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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
John Deere Introduces SeedStar™ XP Monitoring System for Planters
Trimble Unveils State-of-the-Art Mobile Spatial Imaging System
Sunshine Village Ski Resort Outfits Snowcat Fleet With Hemisphere GPS Snow Grooming Guidance System
Bluetooth 4.0 Devices Could Run For Years Without Recharging
Open Protocols Facilitate the Successful Integration of Building Facilities in Europe
Intergraph Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Hexagon AB
RFP-Jeffery Cemetery Road Reconstruction on the Hoosier NF
RFP- Potash Lake Weir Repair, Oakland NJ
Caterpillar Expands in Brazil
SITECH Technology Dealer Established for Heavy and Highway Contractors
FAQ about - Update 2010
Carlson’s All-in-One Surveyor+ GPS System is Here
JAVAD GNSS Triumph VS -Part 1
Construction Industry Confident for Recovery in 2011, Says Engineering News-Record Survey
Caterpillar Announces Plans for New Manufacturing Facility in Brazil
Velodyne HDL-64E Laser Rangefinder (LIDAR) Pseudo-Disassembled
Caterpillar to Increase Excavator Production in China
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million
Heavy Precision
Carlson Software 3rd Annual User Conference, Nov. 7-10
Caterpillar, Wacker Neuson SE Announce Strategic Alliance
Leica Geosystems’ Guidance System Speeds Channel Repair Project by 15 Percent
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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.

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