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Increased Productivity from Machine Control

This month Machine Controil Online posted a very good article by Don Talend entitled “Leveling the Field”.  Not only is Don an excellent writer, but he obviously understands applications and the workflows of grading contractors.  In his story (found at ) he highlights the utilization and financial benefits of  machine control. In the article [...]

February 23, 2012 in Paul's Blog
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Understanding GPS Basics

The American Society of Civil Engineers recently announced a new book on understanding GPS

August 15, 2011 in Paul's Blog
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New Series of Articles

At the request of many; I have begun an independent investigation into the production increases achievable with machine control technology.  I will interview multiple customers using all brands of machine control.  In doing so, I will try to extract the realized increases in productivity and profitability they have experienced on real-world projects.  Equally important is the impact machine [...]

March 7, 2011 in Paul's Blog
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More Activity on the SITECH Front

Back in August of 2010 I wrote an article called “What’s up with this SITECH Business” on Machine Control Online.  This was due to a rash of press releases announcing the establishment of new SITECH locations in Germany, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Australia, Brazil and the USA.  In 2010 we saw releases on 10 [...]

February 15, 2011 in Paul's Blog
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Trimble Dimensions Re-Visted

This month’s article is about the 2010 Trimble Dimensions conference from an attendee’s point of view.  The man I interviewed  had lots of interesting perspectives on the conference and the advantage of being supported by a very forward-looking and progressive company.  They are one of those companies that believes in investing in its people and technology. [...]

December 31, 2010 in Paul's Blog, Uncategorized
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Trimble Dimensions 2010

Last week I traveled to Las Vegas to attend Trimble Dimensions User Conference.  I was one of 2900 attendees and was quite impressed , but not surprised, with the professionalism shown in the preparation and presentation of the conference. Trimble reports that the attendees came from 67 countries around the world.   This year’s theme was [...]

November 15, 2010 in Paul's Blog
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Continous Process Improvement

Last month I wrote about my first exposure to the concept of continous process improvement (Taking Control of Your Bottom Line).  This month I am following up that article with one about productivity studies, which are closely related.  Whenever possible, I prefer to write articles based on my own experiences or those of my colleagues.  In [...]

October 4, 2010 in Paul's Blog
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The Investment in Machine Control-is it worth it?

I read a recent reader’s poll on machine control recently.  When asked how many existing users planned to purchase more machine control in the future; seventy-nine percent indicated they will buy more in the next year.   As I have written many times in the past; machine control technology provides an excellent return on investment [...]

July 1, 2010 in Paul's Blog
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World of Concrete 2010 Notes

I attended the World of Concrete on behalf of Machine Control Online this past February.  As the name of the show suggests, there weren’t a lot of earthmoving machine control solutions on display.  However, there were many new and improved products for paving.  I was impressed in how many new companies had integrated machine control [...]

March 23, 2010 in Paul's Blog
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Future Articles on Positioning

In the January issue of Machine Control Online I will write about modern positioning technologies for construction layout.  This will be the first of three articles on this subject.  Initially, I will write about application programs that reside in the new, modern data collectors/field controllers. The following articles in this series will address reflectorless measuring [...]

January 4, 2010 in Paul's Blog
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