New Methods for Invert Measurement

New Methods for Invert Measurement

The Old Method Invert data can generally be collected on structures through direct vertical measurements such as using a box tape or measuring rod, but these methods do not generally work on recessed or hard to reach structures such as pipes, drop inlets, catch basins and many other drainage structures. These methods lead to estimations, … Read more

Visual Positioning Innovation Gives GNSS RTK Surveying a Powerful Efficiency Boost

Visual Positioning Innovation Gives GNSS RTK Surveying a Powerful Efficiency Boost

From Pure Surveying Insights A groundbreaking new GNSS RTK rover has wide-reaching implications for the surveying profession and other applications that require fast, precise measurement. Manufactured by Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, the new Leica GS18 I smart antenna combines the calibration-free tilt compensation capabilities of the pioneering Leica GS18 T rover with first-of-its-kind survey-grade visual … Read more

Tersus Introduces BX40C RTK Board, A Compact GNSS Board with Full Constellation Tracking

Tersus Introduces BX40C RTK Board, A Compact GNSS Board with Full Constellation Tracking

Press Release Shanghai, June 3, 2020 – Tersus GNSS Inc. (Tersus) announced the release of the BX40C RTK Board to support its series of GNSS boards and provide high accuracy, fast positioning services. Powered by new Tersus ExtremeRTK™ GNSS Technology, the BX40C Board can support multi-constellation and multi-frequency all-in-view satellite tracking. “Tersus has been proud of … Read more

China Sends Surveyors to Mt. Everest Due to COVID-19 Lockdown

China Sends Surveyors to Mt. Everest Due to COVID-19 Lockdown

Spring climbing was canceled by China and Nepal on their respective sides of Mount Everest to prevent infections due to the coronavirus pandemic. This opened up a huge opportunity for the Chinese Ministry of National Resources to deploy a 53-member team to conduct a survey to determine the mountain’s current height and natural resources. On-Mountain … Read more

POB Magazine Moves To New Pay-To-Play Model

POB Magazine Moves To New Pay-To-Play Model

Traditional Formats For decades, printed trade magazines focusing on the surveying profession have been free. In exchange for filling out a simple survey (see what I did there?), any surveyor or aspiring surveyor could get a free subscription to one of these magazines. The magazines were funded by advertisers so that those of us on … Read more

Programs for Students Should Include Surveying Career Option

Programs for Students Should Include Surveying Career Option

Do you have a program in your area that allows high school students to learn more about their future career choices? If so, is surveying being represented as an interesting choice? TradeUp! is a great example of just such a program located in Washington State. In order to grow the profession and bring in new … Read more

Canadian Supreme Court Deems Government Owns Copyright to Surveys

Canadian Supreme Court Deems Government Owns Copyright to Surveys

Registered survey plans — mapped designs filed with government that outline boundaries of property — are copyrighted by the Crown, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. The government can hand out and charge for copies, and no money goes back to the surveyors who created the plans. The questions in this case were about … Read more

70+ Ways to Advertise Your Surveying Business

70+ Ways to Advertise Your Surveying Business

One thing that remains relatively constant for surveying business owners, or any other types of business owners, is advertising. In order to keep a steady flow of customers calling, emailing or contacting you in some way, you need to be constantly getting your business out there in front of potential clients. To help my surveying … Read more

How to Leverage Teaching to Improve Your Surveying Business

How to Leverage Teaching to Improve Your Surveying Business

In order to be able to effectively teach something, you need to make sure you know it well enough to convey the concept to others. In the process, you’re re-enforcing the information in your own mind. Beyond that, however, teaching is great business. By teaching, you become an authority on the given subject in the … Read more

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the … Read more

70+ Surveying Facebook Pages and Groups You Should Be Following

50 Surveying Facebook Pages and Groups You Should Be Following

The following is a list of Facebook Pages and Groups of prominent groups in the surveying industry that have an active presence on Facebook. Some items may be NSFW (not safe for work) so visit them at your own risk. This list is by no means comprehensive, it’s simply a smattering of Surveying Facebook pages … Read more

The California-Nevada Border War

The California-Nevada Border War

After the United States victory in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), both countries signed a treaty giving the U.S. nearly half of Mexico’s original sovereign territory. When the question of California’s geographical size and official borders came up at the state’s first Constitutional Convention in October 1849, there were two main options considered. One called for … Read more

Are You Ready For The GPS Week Rollover?

Are You Ready For The GPS Week Rollover?

From the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity: On April 6, 2019, there will be an event affecting the electric transmission and distribution system that has industry concerned about the potential for a major disruption.  During the Week Number rollover of the Global Positioning System (GPS), the week number that uses the 10-bit binary system … Read more

“Autonomous Land Surveyor” Drone Finalist In $3M Genius NY Competition

Autonomous Land Surveyor Drone Finalist In $3M Genius NY Competition

The five finalists in round three of the Genius NY Business Competition were announced in December 2018 and one of them wants to automate construction staking. Civdrone claims to increase productivity, speed production, and lower costs by automating land surveying services. Civdrone develops fast, reliable and autonomous marking solutions on enterprise drones for the construction … Read more

Land Surveyors Were Boots On The Ground And Eyes In The Sky During Kilauea Eruption

Land Surveyors Were Boots On The Ground And Eyes In The Sky During Kilauea Eruption

Last May, as lava erupted from Kilauea, land surveyors from Stantec put personnel on the ground to stay ahead of the lava flowing from Fissure no. 8. “We were trying to figure out where it might eventually go,” said Victor Rasgado, Stantec’s senior land surveyor. Protected by gas detectors and gas masks, he and his … Read more

OSBEELS Board Administrator Mari Lopez Placed On Administrative Leave

OSBEELS Board Administrator Mari Lopez Placed On Administrative Leave

Mari Lopez, Board Administrator for the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS) was placed on administrative leave in November. This information is just now being reported due to information released last week which contains the minutes of a special meeting held just before Thanksgiving. The released documents say that there … Read more

30th Anniversary of First Block II GPS Satellite Launched Into Orbit

30th Anniversary of the First GPS Satellite Launched Into Orbit

On February 14, 1989, the first Global Positioning System (GPS) “Block II” satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit. To ensure global coverage, 23 additional satellites were launched over the following years at various altitudes and orbits. Thus, a new era of Land Surveying was born, although it would be several more years before it would … Read more