Hardware & Software

The Next Big Thing
Business & Legal

The Next Big Thing

The next big thing will be a geospatial renaissance.  You may prefer to call it a geospatial awakening, or revolution,

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2017 MAPPS Winter Conference
LiDAR & Imaging

2017 MAPPS Winter Conference

MAPPS (An Association of Photogrammetry, Mapping and Geospatial Firms) has announced their 2017 Winter Conference, which will be held January 13 through 17, 2017 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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Unlicensed Group Deceives California Property Owners
Business & Legal

Unlicensed Group Deceives California Property Owners

BPELSG, with the help of several licensees, has investigated and monitored the activities associated with a small group of unlicensed individuals who have deceived multiple Southern California property owners by representing themselves as legitimately authorized to perform land surveying services and providing those services in a manner that directly fails to meet the standards which the public can rely upon.

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New Kespry Drone Features 2x Coverage and No Joystick
LiDAR & Imaging

New Kespry Drone Features 2x Coverage and Full Automation

Kespry, which designs automated drone systems for commercial use, today announced the new Kespry Drone 2.0. The new lighter-weight drone flies 2X as long, covers 2X the ground area, and has 2X the wind resilience, due to the new airframe, battery, and flight system improvements.

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Honolulu, NC? Messin' With Lambert State Plane Coordinates
GNSS & Geodesy

Honolulu, North Carolina?

Here? a question for Lambert state plane coordinate system users. Over how big an area can a Lambert state plane coordinate system give usable results? Before you answer, consider the following…

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Surley, Gunner, Dr. DeCracker and the MisStake
Land Surveying

Surley, Gunner, Dr. DeCracker and the MisStake

Surley Surveyor and Gunner George were out staking on a property survey one Monday. Gunner was fairly new to the profession and was still breaking in the new total station. Both were under stress, because their boss back in the office was cranky and wasn? sure that the new equipment investment was a good thing.

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Gambling With The Deregulation of Land Surveying
Business & Legal

Gambling With The Deregulation of Land Surveying

The editor of POB just wrote about the deregulation of land surveying. Everyone is buying it. Everyone seems to be missing the point that we have already been deregulated as land surveyors, long ago. How did this happen?

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A Primer In Vertical Datums
Land Surveying

A Primer In Vertical Datums

A vertical datum is technically, a surface of zero elevation to which heights of various points are referred in order that those heights be in a consistent system.

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Winners of the 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award
Business & Legal

Winners of the 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award

NCEES has announced the recipients of the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization? mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

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St. Augustine Mapped Using UAS
Mapping & CAD

St. Augustine To Be Mapped Using UAS

Atlantic Geomatics will be utilizing their Burial Ground Management System to combine drone images with headstone photographs and scanned documents dating back hundreds of years to help visitors easily find the graves of their predecessors.

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Oregon GNSS Users Group
GNSS & Geodesy

Hands-On Surveying with UAS (Drones)

Once again, the Oregon GNSS Users Group shines with their latest educational opportunity in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The workshop, Hands-On Surveying With USA (Drones), is an all-day workshop.

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Raising A State Plane Projection
GNSS & Geodesy

Raising A State Plane Projection

Back in January, 2016, Loyal Olson described a consulting project that required raising a state plane so that ground distances were very close to grid distances and state plane grid azimuths were preserved. The purpose of this post is to share the results of the research that Loyal? post prompted me to do. Let? explore the relationships and mathematics that make it possible to raise a Lambert state plane projection to provide ground distances and grid azimuths over a limited area.

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Topcon Introduces Elite Survey Suite
GNSS & Geodesy

Topcon introduces Elite Survey Suite

Topcon Positioning Group announces a new suite featuring four integrated solutions ?three hardware products ?used?by a single software solution ?designed to provide professionals with a powerful and complete survey system.

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The Rabbit Had Game
Tales From The Field

The Rabbit Had Game

It was late in October, the weather had turned cold, at least late in the night and early in morning. Compared to the temperatures of the past summer, with the hot wind blowing in from the east… whereby lies Death Valley. Climbing up to 3600 feet with the frost still on the road is a welcome change. It beats the thermometer pushing 116 degrees Fahrenheit, at 11 in the morning.

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State of the Cadastre
Business & Legal

The State of the Cadastre

The state of the cadastre in this country is still at an all time high at D+. Surveyors see the world of GIS as the next isolated individual parcel that will need to be surveyed, or resurveyed. That decision on which parcel and why that parcel needs surveying is always made by anyone but the surveyor.

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Demystifying Mobile Mapping
LiDAR & Imaging

Demystifying Mobile Mapping

How could measurements taken from a moving vehicle possibly yield surety in high precision and accuracy? These are questions we hear from surveyors in particular as masters of professional determinations of boundary and other spatial elements that require assurance.

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NSPS Future of Surveying Forum
Business & Legal

NSPS Future of Surveying Forum

If you haven’t already participated in the questionnaire from the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) regarding the Forum on the Future of Surveying, please check it out now.

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History You Should Know
Land Surveying

History You Should Know

On June 4, 1851, John B. Preston set a ?ed Cedar Stake?to indicate the starting point of all public land surveys in what was then called the Oregon Territory.

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The Game With No Name
Tales From The Field

The Game With No Name

About the time I was studying for my California surveyors?license, I was working in a small civil engineering ?surveying company in this foothill town.

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U. S. Senate Passes Digital Coast Act of 2015
Business & Legal

U. S. Senate Passes Digital Coast Act of 2015

Today, April 27, 2016, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Digital Coast Act of 2015. The Act, known as S. 2325 and backed by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), was approved without opposition.

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In the Footsteps of the Original Surveyor
Land Surveying

In the Footsteps of the Original Surveyor

When I first started working in the survey profession there were many new things I quickly learned. The two I heard the most were: dig the hole wider and deeper, and hold the dumb end of the chain.

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The Jefferson Stone
Land Surveying

The Jefferson Stone

April 13 was President Jefferson? birthday, which is a great time to remind you of the Jefferson Stone, which resides near the Washington Monument.

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Is GPS Really A Gift to Surveying?
Business & Legal

Is GPS Really A Gift to Surveying?

Today, with survey grade GPS, measurements can be made to the nearest centimeters. Are today? advancements in technology improvements that we really need? Were the skills and accuracies of yesterday good enough for land measurements? Is GPS surveying just another way of challenging yesterdays’ skills?

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The Role of Land Surveyors in Society
Business & Legal

The Role of Land Surveyors in Society

Surveyors and civil engineers, like other experts, may give testimony on questions involving matters of technical skill and experience with which they are peculiarly acquainted. This article focuses on the essential role the Land Surveyor plays when acting as a Boundary Surveyor.

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Topcon Announces New G5-A1 Geodetic Antenna
Hardware & Software

Topcon Announces New G5-A1 Geodetic Antenna

Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of a new full wave geodetic antenna ?the G5-A1. The portable antenna is designed to provide improved multipath mitigation for use with a mobile base station site or network reference station.

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Here's The Drone You've Been Looking For
Land Surveying

Here’s The Droid Drone You’ve Been Looking For

3D Robotics has teamed up with Autodesk to bring you a commercialized version of their Solo hobbyist drone. This new drone uses an attached GoPro or Sony UMC-R10C camera to survey a typical construction site in around 20 minutes.

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5 Steps to Get Started in Social Media for Surveyors
Business & Legal

5 Steps to Get Started in Social Media for Surveyors

When it comes to businesses getting things going for the first time in social media, it? okay to start small. It doesn? matter if you are a large, longstanding company or a fledgling solo operator. There? no good reason for you to jump into the social media frenzy and tackle all of the various networks.

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Geodetic Certification Proposal ?Your Input Needed
GNSS & Geodesy

Geodetic Certification Proposal: Your Input Needed

Geodesy is the foundation of modern geospatial practice. In recognition of the importance of geodesy, the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) is beginning to explore the idea of a Geodetic Certification Program. This effort is being led by the AAGS Geodetic Education and Certification Committee.

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Surveyor Creates Foundation to Protect Red River Rights
Business & Legal

Surveyor Creates Foundation to Protect Red River Rights

There’s been a big dispute going on in Texas for the last several years (at least) involving the Red River, three counties, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and a bunch of property owners. It’s often referred to as the “Red River Land Grab”.

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Space Congestion FTW
GNSS & Geodesy

Space Congestion FTW

If you’ve been checking the January and February 2016 schedules for satellite launches, you might have noticed how busy it

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LightSquared Is Back
GNSS & Geodesy

LightSquared Is Back

You may remember the interference caused by LightSquared (see what I did there?) a few years ago when they tried

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To Drone Or Not To Drone
Land Surveying

To Drone Or Not To Drone

Whether you call them “drones” or “UAV” (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or just consider them toys, they are still a new

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Carlson Releases SurveyGNSS 2016
GNSS & Geodesy

Carlson Releases SurveyGNSS 2016

Carlson Software has released the 2016 version of its SurveyGNSS data post-processing software. SurveyGNSS is a high-accuracy post-processing software for

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