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Business Angle: Surveying Software (& Hardware) Purchase Decisions

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series January 2014Hardware and software purchases are two of the largest expenses, outside of personnel, for surveying professionals. There was a time when a surveyor could purchase a high-quality instrument and expect to use it for a decade or more. When I was first sent out...

Feature: The Promise of UAS in the United States

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Aerial Mapping Fall '13Early adopters partner to prepare for a revolution in domestic surveying. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry in the United States is still very much in its infancy, but its potential impacts on the geospatial mapping and surveying professions are indisputable. Currently,...

Web Waypoints: Databased Mapping

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series April 2013An interactive exercise merging the topo-graphical and the topo-logical Editor’s note: Just about any interaction we have with the digital world is enabled through the power of database technology: our smartphone apps, the web, shopping, work, and play. A lot of this is behind the scenes...

Northern Lights: Mining the 55th Parallel

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series April 2013Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia and a bush camp in northwestern Labrador. On the surface the two communities are a nation apart, separated by more than 3,300 kms (1,865 miles) of woodland. One province flanks the Pacific Ocean as the other hugs the Atlantic. Yet...

Rules of the Game: Coordinates as Boundary Evidence

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series April 2013Judicial, geodetic, and practical considerations Editor’s note: Mention “coordinates” in relation to cadastral surveying to a group of land surveyors and you will likely raise eyebrows and voices—often the conversation leads to a mischaracterization of the issue as somehow being “coordinates versus monumentation.” Although many countries...

Feature: Low-tech Field? Think Again with DLC Resources

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series April 2013A Phoenix-based landscaping company tries mobile mapping to collect “big data” quickly for a plant density study. Their high-tech solutions illustrate the increasing importance of spatial data management for everyone. When people think about landscaping, “high tech” doesn’t immediately come to mind. After all, this...