Category Archives: GNSS/Location Tech

HC2

Sponsored: Champion’s HC2

Sponsored Content A GNSS L1 Base, Rover, and Data Collector The trend in surveying is to have a Total Station/Robot and a GPS on every survey party. This gives maximum flexibility and productivity to a two-man crew. The surveyors at Champion Instruments have produced a product that makes this configuration affordable and convenient. The HC2...

The Modernized NSRS (A Summary)

Editor’s Note (from Scott Martin): When I learned that NGS and Dru Smith (the NSRS modernization manager for the NGS) had requested to respond to my August Field Notes, I was quite intimidated. However, my fears were quickly quelled. Thank you, Dr. Smith! As mentioned below, a more extensive and informative response on the monumental...

Evans inspects a recent concrete pour on the dam’s riser tower.

Women in Surveying: An Accidental Surveyor Schools the Field

An unconventional geospatial technician oversees pre-construction and construction work for rehabbing a flood-control dam in VA. Pictured above: Evans inspects a recent concrete pour on the dam’s riser tower. “I’ve been on dozens of job sites and a lot of construction projects, and I have rarely worked with another female on site,” says Evans, a civil...

Field training can sometimes be the most efficient way of capturing the attention of busy contractors.

Controlling the Future with Training

To support user training, one company surpasses the usual by extending and supporting information, content, and new skills.  Pictured above: Field training can sometimes be the most efficient way of capturing the attention of busy contractors. The surveying and construction industries are dynamic. The way people work today is clearly much different than 50 years ago,...

HARN

Are HARNs on Death Row?

In the late 1980s, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) launched a program, in cooperation with State partners, to establish a High Accuracy Reference Network (HARN) across the United States. HARN’s History With the rapidly increasing availability and use of GPS equipment, NGS recognized the need to establish a network of high-accuracy, passive survey monuments with...

Eclipse Background, NASA

Night in the Afternoon: A US Solar Eclipse

What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse The upcoming solar eclipse will leave a 70-mile-wide trail of darkness across the United States on August 21, 2017 (see the map of the eclipse path on pages 44-45). This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. While another total solar eclipse will make...