Category Archives: Surveying

The Surprising HP Z2

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series October 2017A CAD designer reviews the HP Z2 workstation Editor’s note: Unless you’re looking in specific computer trade publications, you might not run across reviews of new PCs or workstations. The halcyon days of PC development in past decades and the battles for “bigger and...

Equipment Theft

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series October 2017We’re battling surveying and mapping equipment theft in South Florida and we need your help. Data collection is the foundation from which maps are made, and a majority of this data has its origins in the field. Unfortunately, criminals repeatedly target the equipment used...

A colorized point cloud taken with a UAV.

Unmanned Lidar in the Air

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series October 2017A discourse on UAV lidar from the perspectives of a vendor and a user. IS A UAV LIDAR SYSTEM REALISTIC? While UAV lidar is definitely a breakthrough for vendors and users alike, is it enough? Can UAV photogrammetry deliver what is really needed by...

DEA’s remote pilot Ryan Reedy (left) and structural en- gineer/remote pilot Eric Ferluga (right) perform a structural inspection of a railway elevated guideway using HD video goggles. Not pictured is author Matt Kumpula who is ensuring that the flight is safe.

Organic Integration of UAS

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series October 2017A mapping and design firm in the Pacific Northwest implements UAS in diverse urban and rural environments. Editor’s Note: Integration (or not) of UAS by geospatial firms runs the gamut from outright dismissal of the technology, to firms taking a wait-and-see stance, to companies subcontracting...

I Was Meant to Be a Surveyor

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Field NotesEven though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had two experiences in my youth with direct links to me becoming a surveyor. Were they omens or simply coincidences? There’s no way of knowing, but I like to think they were part of...

hurricane irma

Geospatial to the Rescue

This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series PangaeaIn view of recent weather-related events, we’ll take a quick detour from our series on AR (augmented reality) to cover RR (real reality): the catastrophic 2017 hurricane and wildfire season. The Caribbean islands, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas are reeling from the effects of hurricanes Harvey...