All posts by Geoffrey Jacobs

The firm that used scanning for this site survey noted that more than 60% of these types of projects entail scope creep; scanning typically avoids go-backs. Credit:TheLandGroup.

The GeoDude on Scanning Efficiency

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series September 2017A Snapshot from the GeoDude on Rich Data Here’s a comparison of today’s field and office efficiencies—for conventional surveying methods versus laser scanning—as applied to topographic and site surveys. Above: The firm that used scanning for this site survey noted that more than 60% of...

The GeoDude on the Adoption of Laser Scanning Today

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series July 2017Part 2 Above: Although not yet fully mainstream for topographic surveys, laser scanning is frequently used to topo sites with a lot of detail and hardscape. Credit: Allegheny Surveys. With new and emerging technologies such as laser scanning, many professionals want to know “When...

This image of a plan deliverable conveys that scanning is not just about interesting scan images; it has progressed to valuable client deliverables. Credit: Delta Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors.

GeoDude1: The Adoption Status of Laser Scanning Today, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series May 2017By Geoffrey Jacobs Note from the editor in chief: In 2006 when I began at this magazine’s predecessor, Professional Surveyor, Geoff Jacobs was already an established 3D scanning columnist, trusted as an industry specialist and read regularly by our subscribers. He’s a significant leader...

Geoff Jacobs tries out DAT/EM's VR tool at SPAR 2017

Three Trends at SPAR International 2017

 I’ve attended SPAR every year since its inception in 2004, always while working for a vendor for 3D laser scanning products. This year, sporting my new xyHt shirt, I viewed the event from a different perspective. Let me preface this “review” by noting that I did not do a complete walk-around of each vendor’s booth;...