Category Archives: Surveying

nearmap US Open

Precisely Shot

Aerial imaging, GIS, and GNSS play a crucial role in the success of golf’s 2018 U.S. Open Championship. “Basically, we need to construct a small city—every year and in a different location,” said Timothy Lloyd, senior manager of U.S. Open operations at the United States Golf Association (USGA). Lloyd’s team is charged with planning and...

Slam an Entire Building

A Danish surveyor measured the floor area of 13-story building in 1.5 hours with a mobile 3D scanner. Accurately calculating the floor space area in a new building (either residential or office) has serious legal implications in Denmark, and this service has become important business for surveying companies there. One of these firms, LIFA Surveyors,...

Instructors Brenda Densmore (far right) and Paul Rydlund (far left) bracket their students from a class held in Northborough, MA. Credit: USGS.

Surveying Scientists: The USGS Does It Right

As is often the case in our tightly networked profession, one thing leads to another. In early 2017 I was contacted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) hydrologist, Brenda Densmore, from the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center. Brenda had found me through the NGS State Geodetic Coordinator web page and reached out to me for...

Charles Kennelly

An Interview with Charles Kennelly – CTO Esri UK

Charles Kennelly became CTO of Esri UK in 2008, and, unlike many people in similar positions, he takes time to listen to “the little man.” I fondly remember giving a talk at FOSS4G UK a few years back and seeing Charles there front and center in the audience. After I finished he immediately told me...

Keith Belsham Branch Manager at Spatial Technologies

Spatial Technologies was started by two partners in Calgary in 2000, and we expanded first to Edmonton, then to Vancouver, BC in 2009. We are the only full-line Leica distributor in Western Canada, supporting everything from handheld Disto laser distance meters to iCON 3D machine control systems, robotic total stations, and GNSS equipment. We also...

Australian mining company VA Erberg tests the GS!* T at one of their operations. They're particularly interested in the safety aspect—to be able to make observations while standing back from dangerous edges—and immunity to the many magnetic hazards of the mining sites. Credit: Philipp Zebedin of Leica Geosystems.

Full Tilt

Beyond the electronic bubble: Integrating self-calibrating, magnetically immune tilt compensation in a high-precision GNSS rover. This is not just another rover with an electronic bubble and tilt compensation. This new technology represents a genuinely significant step in the evolution of GNSS rovers. We are presenting this look at—and inside—the Leica Geosystems’ GS18 T not as...