All posts by Gavin Schrock

Charlie Trimble

Just Call Me Charlie

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series xyHt in print, November 2015A Conversation with GPS and Technology Pioneer Charlie Trimble Click here to view a downloadable PDF of “Charlie Trimble Interview” When asked what the key was to his successes, Charlie Trimble, the co-founder of the global geospatial and navigation company that...

Col. Stephen P. Whitney, of the GPS Directorate

The Green Monsters of GPS

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series October 2016An interview with the director of the GPS Directorate Col. Steven P. Whitney recently answered questions about the mission of the directorate, and he debunked a popular myth about the GPS constellation. Colonel Steven Whitney is the director of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS)...

Following Familial Footsteps

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series October 2016Over the past few years, I’ve been gathering quotes and anecdotes­—from the kids of survey practitioners­—about what they think other kids might find attractive about their parent’s chosen profession and why they might (or might not) choose the same path. Here’s a sampling that...

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Action Plans: Forum on the Future of Surveying

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series September 2016The second meeting of the Forum on the Future of Surveying produced a plan of action and strategy. Editor’s note: This column continues to provide monthly coverage of the national initiative, Forum on the Future of Surveying (FFOS). See the first installment in our...

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Advice for the Young Surveyor

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Field NotesA conversation with Muried Alvin (Al) Pepling, PLS From FN editor Scott P. Martin: Al’s advice and insight contains much wisdom that can be applied to almost any professional career, but especially ours. Reading this caused me to recollect on writing “What is a...

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Project Sextant

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series September 2016A unique research study from pioneers in the development of the GPS system yields a plan for a look into the future of PNT—improving resilience, options, flexibility, and availability. When something like GPS puts positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) in the hands (and pockets)...