Category Archives: Surveying

Infrastructure Gets a C from COGO

Former governor says U.S. spatial data leadership has slipped. The nation’s spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of “C” indicating it “requires attention,” former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) reported on February 23. Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Geringer said the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a...

The Note

From this crest of the Grand River Basin, near Byers Canyon, Colorado, the survey crew of Igor Kidinsky, aka Eager (The Kid), and Glenny Dale, aka Glutton (The Old Man), can view the same grandeur as the first survey crew who stood here 130 years ago, imagine the same thoughts, and make the same notes:...

Surveying

Above: This bridge in Baltimore took 1 hour and 45 minutes to scan: 550 feet of roadway or 1.5 acres, including all the beams for the underside of the bridge for clearance and engineering design. Reality Capture, Targetless Registration, the End of Dedicated Field Crews As I stood in a courtyard of the Walter Reed National...

Protecting Water Purity

Above: Croton Lake Gatehouse at the Old Croton Reservoir in Westchester County is the oldest part of the city’s current water system.  At the reservoir’s construction in 1842, it had the capacity of delivering about 90 million gallons of water per day to the city.  Surveying the NYC Watershed Where does the water you drink...

Inspired to Cross the Line

A former police officer hangs up his cuffs to make a greater impact supplying police departments with vital forensics equipment. Precision Survey Supply in Rancho Cucomonga, California, provides equipment to construction and survey companies as well as municipal agencies, but the customers nearest and dearest to the heart of company founder and owner Sam El-Said...

Geographic Education

A Holistic Approach, MOOCs, Formalized Teacher Training Geographic education is the pedagogical domain focusing on geographic literacy (“geolit”). Spatial literacy is related, and it tends to focus on forms of spatial information and technology, which in turn are related to the rubric of cognition and sometimes even areas like Human Computer Interaction (HCI) when one...