Category Archives: Professional Surveyor Archives

Feature: Hydrographic Research and Development

From Science and Engineering to Your Hydrographic Toolkit “The complexities of and incubation times for advancing instrumentation are often not fully appreciate ”—T. Curtin, E. Belcher, Innovation in Oceanographic Instrumentation (2008) Extraordinary—yet mostly unseen—innovations continue to shape the tools surveyors use on water and land: innovations in science and engineering for hydrography, oceanography, robotics, and global navigation...

Feature: A Strategic Shift to Ship Scanning

A surveying firm based in the United Kingdom leverages its terrestrial 3D scanning and modeling expertise into a new market: marine and shipping applications.In February this magazine showed how Fenstermaker and Associates expanded their firm by successfully employing “Diversification through Scanning.” Now we take the idea another step to a firm with extensive 3D scanning experience that is...

Editor’s Desk: Can Do, Will Do

Think about what ties together the following challenges put forth in this issue. How do surveyors develop new markets for your services? How can you objectively examine a controversial boundary-surveying subject? How can you enrich mapping with extended data? And how is it that researchers dream up cutting-edge technologies surveyors use on land and in...

PPP: IGS Announces the Launch of RTS-IGS

 If anything underscores the fact that high-precision, global, real-time GNSS  is real, viable, and here for the long run, it is the news that the International GNSS Service (IGS) has launched an open access real-time precise-point-positioning (PPP) service. While a few years behind some commercial (and sometimes proprietary) real-time PPP services, this international cooperative of...

Stories from the “E” File: The Secret of Discovery

These stories are based upon true incidents.  Names and some details have been altered to insure confidentiality.  In May of 2002, Freddy Griffen called for an appointment with me to discuss property he was interested in acquiring along Bayou Chat Blanc in St. Bernard Parish. After several minutes Marie was able to coax enough information out...

The Politcal Surveyor: Managing Federal Land Data

Since the 113th Congress convened in January, data management has been the topic of congressional hearings and a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The data in question is on real property the federal government owns as well as current, accurate, and accessible data necessary for responsible management of both land and buildings.Information on what the...