All posts by Larry Trojak

UAVs are faster and safer for tasks like quantity meas- urement and verification; this point cloud image is of a coal pile for one of Anderson’s southwest Missouri power plant clients.

UAS 2.0

An upgrade to its UAV capability yields impressive results for a Missouri engineering firm performing UAV inspections. It’s been said that while good companies are satisfied with being good, great companies are continually focused on getting better. With that adage, it’s easy to see why Anderson Engineering (AE) has more than six decades of experience...

Using a mobile mapping system, Construction CAD Solutions can generate high-accuracy point cloud data--in multiple views, as shown above and at left--to assist in its utility design function.

Caught Mobile Mapping

Above: Using a mobile mapping system, Construction CAD Solutions can generate high-accuracy point cloud data–in multiple views, as shown above and at left–to assist in its utility design function. Mobile mapping: A Chicago firm uses lidar innovation to survey for fiber infrastructure–for hundreds of miles. By Larry Trojak The ability to identify, accept, and then...

Robotics in the Classroom: Technology’s Future is FIRST

Above: Competition heats up. At the New England regional championships in Hartford are (from left) Jill Shilp, driver; Christine Miska, founder and Andromeda One coach; and Will Doyle, driver. Industry leaders help create the next generation of geospatial professionals by sponsoring amazing educational competitions. Efforts to channel today’s youth toward a career in something other than...

The signature wave-shaped curtain wall nears completion at Waiea Tower.

BIM: Scaling the Challenges of a Curtain Wall

Layout for a high-rise curtain wall in Hawaii is dramatically streamlined with a 3D scanner paired with BIM software. It’s difficult for a structure to stand out on the Honolulu waterfront—the area is one of the busiest, yet most beautiful, on the island of Oahu. Home to Waikiki Beach, exclusive marinas, a breathtaking view of Diamond...

Feature: Scanning Speaks Volumes

Laser scanning technology steers an experienced Indiana surveyor to new directions. by Larry Trojak With decades of survey experience under his belt, Barry Hennessy is no stranger to—nor is he resistant to—change. He has seen the industry, the technology that supports it, and his business evolve over time. So when presented with the opportunity to...

Going Smaller to Grow Bigger

Editor’s note: Some of the more significant changes in workflows and data management in surveying field and office operations have come in recent years: a move to mobile, robotics, and cloud-enabled software suites. But, how has implementation played out? We offer the following case study of a forward-thinking surveying and mapping firm that has implemented...