All posts by James R. Nicolau IV

Easy 3D

A surveyor tests software solutions from an innovative Canadian firm for managing, processing, navigating in, and visualizing large 3D data sets.  When do you have enough software? Is it when you’ve finally reached the ability to perform a software program’s base use that drove you to purchase it in the first place? Or is it...

Construction Staking for an Assisted Living Facility Field Notes

Professional Service or Commodity?

A Surveyor’s Thoughts on the QBS Process Editor’s Note: This month’s installment of Field Notes was submitted by James Nicolau IV, PLS, on the merits of using the quality-based selection (QBS) process to select surveyors for construction-staking services beyond where it is required under the Brooks Act (Public Law 95-582). When the QBS process is...

Clear lenses are designed for computer users who need to view an equally balanced color spectrum; amber lenses diminish the harshest part of the color spectrum for greatest protection.

Protecting Your Eyesight – at Your Desk

I use special glasses to reduce eye strain in my screen-centric workplace. The geospatial industry has evolved greatly over the last decade, and with the current evolution of our systems this trend shows no sign of slowing down. We are seeing more and more of what has traditionally been considered fieldwork being brought into the...

The Surprising HP Z2

A CAD designer reviews the HP Z2 workstation Editor’s note: Unless you’re looking in specific computer trade publications, you might not run across reviews of new PCs or workstations. The halcyon days of PC development in past decades and the battles for “bigger and more powerful” have given way to steady (but relentless) improvements. So,...

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

VDI allows you to scale your computer performance based on your current needs, with each project administered and managed through central management consoles. The geospatial industry has seen an incredible jump in the use of technology over the last 20 years; however, the way that we interact with technology at our offices and in our...

A portion of a roadway that’s subject to flooding was scanned to perform drainage analysis as well as to map the existing conditions.

Prepping for El Niño

Above: A portion of a roadway that’s subject to flooding was scanned to perform drainage analysis as well as to map the existing conditions. As the severity of weather increases, so do the benefits of high-definition laser scanning for asset management and damage analysis. Editor’s note: Improvements in, and availability of, tools and resources for precise...