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The “Pre” in Precision

Before they leave the Leica Geosystems factory floor, surveying instruments must perform extraordinary feats of precision. “In the manufacture of glass for precision optics, if the glass is cooled too quickly there will be stress in the glass,” explained Hans Weinbuch of Leica Geosystems. He spoke to me during a tour of Swiss Optics, a...

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Working For You

Interviews with representatives from ASPRS, AUVSI, SPAR Point Group, MAPPS, and PAPA Several groups have evolved over the years to represent geospatial organizations that use aerial platforms in the course of their work. We asked five of these organizations (with a combined membership in the tens of thousands) the following questions: What do you do...

Dual Frequency: NSPS Awards $22.5k in Scholarships

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) has awarded $22,500 in scholarships to 14 college students studying the surveying profession with intention of joining the profession when they graduate. “Selecting this year’s recipients was very challenging because of the number of excellent and qualified students who applied and demonstrated real financial need,” said NSPS executive director...

Education in Surveying: Improving the Geospatial Learning Experience: GeoLearn

GeoLearn is an online education company founded in 2013 and designed to improve the learning experience for busy professionals and technicians in the geospatial professions.  Joe Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, a long-time geospatial industry educator, and Robert Morris are principals of this start-up educational company.  The company’s initial slate of  professional development courses, announced at launch...

NYSAPLS Conference, 2014

The frigid temperatures did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm at the 55th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the NYSAPLS at the Rochester Riverfront Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Approximately 600 attendees enjoyed 35 plus seminar sessions by 20 different speakers, plus nine optional shortened (one-hour) programs featured in the exhibit hall and as...

3D GIS

Breaking the Wall between Consumer and Professional, the Appearance of Disappearance, Versioning An Interview with Lawrie Jordon Contrary to what the current buzz might indicate, GIS and CAD have been 3D-rich from their start (although sometimes with elevation as an attribute, not necessarily part of the core spatial definition). Even in the 1990s era of...