How does the latest news affect surveying and mapping professionals? POB Editor Christine Grahl offers insights on issues of interest.

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Archive for May, 2011
In April, a subcommittee of ASTM International Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems approved a new data exchange standard, ASTM E2807, Specification for 3D Imaging Data Exchange, Version 1.0. Does that mean the new standard is a done deal? Not quite.
Posted by Kristi Grahl on May 18, 2011 10:26 AM EDT
Are you an event planner or a project manager? According to Dean Exline, PS, president of GeoInnovation PC in Wilmington, N.C., just about every surveyor fits into one of these two categories. Understanding your profile type can help you identify a professional niche and develop a successful business model. “A business partner of mine who didn’t have a background in surveying pointed this out to me after I explained the broad variation in survey work to him,” Exline says. “Event planners focus on projects that begin and end quickly, and they tend to think in series. Conversely, project managers focus on longer-term projects and are good at multitasking; they tend to think in parallel. If you can identify which profile best fits your capabilities, or thought patterns, you’ll be able to better identify the niche that will help you build a successful business.”
Posted by Kristi Grahl on May 4, 2011 5:44 AM EDT

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In my last post, I setup my ideal organization into Production, Management, and Consulting divisions. Each segment can exist as a business in its own right and I will detail my ideal methods for dealing with each in their separate posts. The first one to be addressed is where everything starts: Production. Ever since its inception, surveyors have dealt with spatial data as sets of discrete points that represent a given region. This is still the best option in boundary surveying, but for anything else modern technologies offer a better solution. Specifically instead of building a dataset point by point, it is a better solution to capture the region via remote sensing like close range photogrammetry and terrestrial and aerial LiDAR. The two biggest hurdles to implementing these methods are their increased complexity and cost. more...
Posted by Andrew Gaiennie on Cyborg Surveying and You Feb 20, 2012 9:44 PM EST
This year the 53rd Annual New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors held their conference in the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs, NY.  A stroll down Broadway Avenue transports you back in time as downtown enthralls you with its snowy historic architectural locale. more...
Posted by Darron Pustam on The Data Czar Jan 16, 2012 2:30 PM EST


Recent Comments

I think it's great that the 50,000 dollar Gatewing system demo is using the free Meshlab software to show their point cloud model! Makes me feel great.
The hardware is amazing, but true pillar-shaking innovation is going to come from the integration of terrestrial and aerial tools with intelegent automated software solutions. I wonder if these companies are going to provide their own integration solutions or are they going to leave it up to us?
"I assume the filter developed by JAVAD GNSS is of the type recommended by DoD. My question is why has the GPS industry failed the comply with the recommendation? Maybe because they have had no real pressure to do so until Lightsquared?"

You know what they say about assume. Read what the Coalition To Save GPS has to say about this totally bogus claim.
From LightSquared: GPS Industry’s Failure to Comply With Department of Defense and International Standards for GPS Receivers Cause of Interference

RESTON, Va., August 11, 2011 – The GPS industry’s failure to comply with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) filtering standards is the root cause of potential interference issues involving LightSquare...
"Opposition to this new technology could set the United States back for decades."
Total nonsense. 4G LTE technologies have been available since 2006. It is the broadcast spectrum that is in dispute. The "monopoly" I mentioned was AT$&T and Verizon which have licensed bandwidth they don't share.

Have you ever seen a LightSquared phone? All we have seen s...