Category Archives: Surveying

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Future of Surveying Forum

On January 22, 2016,  the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) kicked off a national initiative to examine the future of the surveying profession in a face-to-face forum with representatives from 18 key surveying associations, educational institutions, and practitioner constituencies. As one of the media outlets invited (to help with outreach), xyHt will be providing...

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A Correctly Weighted Least Squares Adjustment, Part 1

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series xyHt in print, January 2016Problems from using computed standard deviations. According to the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, “‘Relative Positional Precision’ means the length of the semi-major axis, expressed in feet or meters, of the error ellipse representing the uncertainty...

NGS personnel check all GNSS instrumentation at the NGS instrumentation and methodologies facility in Corbin, Virginia.

NGS Finds a Real-Time Solution

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series xyHt in print, January 2016An Iowa RTN contributes to the National Geodetic Survey’s Geoid Slope Validation Survey of 2014.  The gravimetric geoid model will become the zero-height surface for the new geopotential reference frame, which will replace the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD 88) in...

Ray O'Connor

The Long Drive

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series xyHt in print, January 2016Topcon Positioning Systems’ president and CEO Ray O’Connor talks about automation, integrated solutions, smart phones, golf, and the coming era of continuous representation of reality.  The occasion of our conversation with Ray O’Connor was a visit to the headquarters of Topcon...

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Upcoming Young Surveyors Network North American Meeting

Register now for the  Young Surveyors Network (YSN) 2nd North American Meeting – Minneapolis MN – Feb 10th 2016 The FIG Young Surveyors North American Network will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) Annual Conference. The 2nd FIG Young Surveyors North American meeting will be held on...

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Outlook 2016: 40 Under 40

In this annual issue focused on the future, we offer “40 under 40″ (or “40<40″): a collection of profiles of motivated and noteworthy young professionals under 40 years of age. It is our wish that these profiles will honor those who work tirelessly to promote geospatial fields and to provide inspiration for young people considering...