From the Editor: The Daily Toolbox

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Over the past 10+ years, 3D machine control and positioning has earned its place on today's job sites. Applications include mining, heavy highway, site construction, solid waste landfills, dredging, drilling and more. Operators have adopted a higher level of technology as part of their daily toolbox. This phenomenon will continue to sweep the globe as the technology becomes more accessible, more affordable and the benefits continue to be realized as necessary to compete.

Global regions of adoption vary but the roots of 3D machine control are deep across Europe. I am currently on a business trip in Sweden and as I enjoyed the cab ride into beautiful Stockholm, I passed a lot of road construction. I counted 11 excavators out of 14 that had some type of GNSS guidance system mounted. Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Belgium are just a few areas where 3D positioning systems assist the majority of excavators. I am energized to see this technology revolution spread.

There is no better place to see these systems in action than at Intermat, 2012 in Paris April 16th ­ Saturday April 21st. Occurring every three years, 200,000 international visitors are expected. There will be a 30,000 square meter outdoor demonstration area to see all types of equipment, and many will be outfitted with the latest 3D machine control technology. I hope to see you there and if you are interested in a meet-up to talk shop, please drop me a line.

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Randy Noland
Managing Editor/Cofounder

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