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

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series October 2017An 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...

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

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series March 2017Above: 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...

Robotics in the Classroom: Technology’s Future is FIRST

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series September 2016Above: 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...

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

BIM: Scaling the Challenges of a Curtain Wall

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series xyHt in print, April 2016Layout 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...

Feature: Scanning Speaks Volumes

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series June 2014Laser 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...

Going Smaller to Grow Bigger

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series xyHt in print, January 2015Editor’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...