All posts by Gavin Schrock

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No Receiver Required*

*A groundbreaking new service turns your smartphone into a high-precision, software-defined GNSS receiver. The new Trimble Catalyst is a little hard to describe in terms we’re used to regarding high-precision GNSS. Is it a receiver? Is it a service? Do we really need only an external antenna, a subscription, and a smartphone?  The answer is...

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Boom Behind/Boom Ahead

The outlook for surveying and geospatial services may soon swing up significantly, and being prepared may depend on paying attention to simple demographics. Generational shifts will dictate the types and magnitude of needed services and our ability to attract new practitioners to surveying and geospatial professions.  Of course, the future is impossible to completely predict,...

What Is That? The FFOS Needs Your Input

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series December 2016The work of the subcommittee on branding opens many possibilities. Imagine a member of the public: someone who may have never met a surveyor. Or maybe they hired one to mark their property so they could see if a neighbor’s fence is encroaching, or...

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Real-Time GNSS Networks Best Practices White Paper

Paper Title: Best Practices for the Development and Operation of RTN – Real-Time GNSS Networks  As presented to the Latin America Geospatial Forum  (LAGF 2016) – October 5th, 2016 – Mexico City Download here. Abstract: Real-time GNSS networks (RTN) have been a reliable tool for precise positioning, location, and measurement since the late 1990s. From...

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DIY Immersive Virtual Reality

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series December 2016With Autodesk LIVE, you can build immersive virtual reality experiences for your clients, stakeholders, and your design team—yes, you. Drawings, renderings, physical models, 3D digital models, drive-throughs, fly-throughs, and walk-throughs–we’ve come a long way in being able to convey designs to clients and stakeholders,...

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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...