Category Archives: Surveying

Datum Transformations

Using OSTN15 with QGIS

As you may be aware, the United Kingdom has a new transformation model that is OSTN15. But why? What does it mean to the geospatial community? Without being too nerdy, tectonic plate movement means that the “model” surface (the geoid) is slowly moving away from being the best fit for the coordinate system. It has...

Figure 1: A traverse with an angle blunder

Methods of Analyzing Data, Part 1

This entry is part of 10 in the series September 2016Identifying Blunders with Graphics Mistakes and blunders are an inevitable part of being human. In fact, a wise person once told me that the only people who don’t make mistakes are those who don’t do anything. Because a least squares adjustment of a plane survey...

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Action Plans: Forum on the Future of Surveying

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series September 2016The second meeting of the Forum on the Future of Surveying produced a plan of action and strategy. Editor’s note: This column continues to provide monthly coverage of the national initiative, Forum on the Future of Surveying (FFOS). See the first installment in our...

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Robotics in the Classroom: Technology’s Future is FIRST

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series September 2016Above: Competition heats up. At the New England regional championships in Hartford are (from left) Jill Shilp, driver; Christine Miska, founder and Andromeda One coach; and Will Doyle, driver. Industry leaders help create the next generation of geospatial professionals by sponsoring amazing educational competitions. Efforts...

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Advice for the Young Surveyor

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Field NotesA conversation with Muried Alvin (Al) Pepling, PLS From FN editor Scott P. Martin: Al’s advice and insight contains much wisdom that can be applied to almost any professional career, but especially ours. Reading this caused me to recollect on writing “What is a...

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Leveraging the Land Surveyor’s Roles, Part 1

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series September 2016Planner and Project Manager I Editor’s note: This past May, Ambrose Gmeiner completed his Professional Science Masters Degree from the University of Maine and was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society at the university’s College of Engineering. His final paper, “The Land Surveyor as a...