Ray O'Connor

Ray O’Connor on Infrastructure

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series September 2017Topcon Positioning System’s president and CEO, Ray O’Connor, speaks to xyHt about the U.S.’s infrastructure needs and how to meet them.  Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems, has many passions: producing advanced measurement and automation equipment and software, family, golf, and the...

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A HawkEye 360 uses small satellites in autonomous formation flight to develop geospatial solutions based on radio frequency survey conducted from space.

Smallsat Constellations: Sats that Fly in Formation

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series September 2017New applications for smallsat constellations are growing from autonomous formation flying. Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto is on a mission to expand the utility of small satellites in a variety of commercial, government, and research sectors. Among its current focus areas is exploit-...

certifications Surveying has been practiced for millennia, but licensing in U.S. states has been around for a little over a century; a substantial amount of foundational surveying was in the pre-licensing era. Many developed countries do not have licensing but have variations on education and certification. The best model best works, and what model would best serve the profession and the public, moving forward? (Image: 1846-1854 Colton Solar Compass, National Museum of American History)

Certifications or Licensing? Part 6

Part 6 of 6: Building a Surveyor Professional Certification Program Editor’s Note: What will regulation, certification, and licensing of the surveying profession look like in the near and distant future? Surveying is and always has been molded by external influences: markets, technologies, economic conditions, demographics, and competition from outside of the profession. Other professionals, consumers,...

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Mainstreaming Augmented Reality: No Headset Required, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 31 in the series PangaeaAugmented reality technology is rapidly evolving into the mainstream; now you can employ and enjoy AR on your smartphone. Let’s start with Apple’s ARKit, a software developers’ kit (SDK) for augmented reality. Apps developed on this platform will work with all iPhones and iPads that...

A survey vehicle equipped for motorized trig leveling.

Motorized Trig Leveling

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series September 2017In Denmark, a new approach is boosting productivity in maintaining precise vertical data. EDITOR’S NOTE: Conventional surveying wisdom holds that differential and spirit leveling—and, specifically, digital—are superior to trigonometric leveling. But, with today’s improved instruments, software, and methods (developed over several decades of testing...