Editor's Note - Welcome Letter from Randy Noland

Welcome!  On behalf of the entire team at MachineControlOnline.com and Spatial Media, I welcome you. 

Our inaugural e-newsletter will focus on team introduction and our goals for what is sure to be new a fresh perspective and resource for the exciting, fast paced world of Positioning & Machine Control (P&MC). Our team of experts have the practical experience to guide and provide you with real world, application-centric tips and case studies whether you are new to P&MC, a veteran user or make your living manufacturing, training or selling the technology.

Not since the invention of hydraulics has a technology impacted productivity, accuracy and safety for earthmoving in construction and mining. Paul F. Hahn, Associate Editor, will focus on `The Bottom Line' providing ROI (return on investment) perspective.  This resource series will articulate the economics for technology adoption.

There are, however, many more components to P&MC that make those machines do what they do.  Marco Cecala, President of Takeoff Professionals, will present the importance of key components in his series, `Its All  About the Data.'  After all, the machines just sit there, like printers, waiting for the data.

Another effect this new technology has brought is a more intimate convergence for the civil engineer, the land surveyor and the grading and paving contractor. This trend has and will continue to reassign expertise provided by these disciplines.  Jay Jones, PLS has embraced this opportunity in his own practice. Jay's experience lends well to his column series, "Machine Control & and the Land Surveyor" sharing that journey.

As the adoption rate of 3D Machine Control accelerates, the demand for accurate and productive digital terrain models (DTM) will increase.  Several software companies provide these tools for designing and creating this data, all good and all with their own feature benefits.  Chad Cooper, BSCE, will author a series "Tips, Tricks & Techniques' illustrating the feature/benefits and short cuts offered by the packages.

And while we have assembled this team to provide a one stop reference for all things positioning, we want to hear from you.  Forthcoming are tools for you chime in, contributing your experience and feeding our collective `need to know.'

Please stay tuned and visit us often.   I am excited to share the passion and serve as managing editor for MachineControlOnline.com

Best Regards,

Randy Noland
Managing Editor & CoFounder

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