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This image of a plan deliverable conveys that scanning is not just about interesting scan images; it has progressed to valuable client deliverables. Credit: Delta Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors.

GeoDude1: The Adoption Status of Laser Scanning Today, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series May 2017By Geoffrey Jacobs Note from the editor in chief: In 2006 when I began at this magazine’s predecessor, Professional Surveyor, Geoff Jacobs was already an established 3D scanning columnist, trusted as an industry specialist and read regularly by our subscribers. He’s a significant leader...

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“Next Big Thing” in Surveying Winners: Cyberpunk Dreams

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series May 2017When publisher Neil Sandler initiated the “Next Big Thing” essay contest in January, we were pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of entries. Because we hadn’t specified if the essays were to examine what the next big thing “will be,” “could be,” or “should be,”...

40 under 40

Outlook 2018: 40 under 40 Geospatial Leaders

Join xyHt in Celebrating Young Leadership in Geospatial Professions, Industries, and Sciences Who are the current young geo-leaders internationally? And where are they making a difference? Read the 2017 xyHt 40 under 40 profiles here. Send your nominations to 40under40@xyht.com before September 1, 2017. A maxim goes:  “We teach children their future, and not our...

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Trimble Catalyst — No Receiver Required*

*A groundbreaking new service turns your smartphone into a high-precision, software-defined GNSS receiver. The new Trimble Catalyst is a little hard to describe in terms we’re used to regarding high-precision GNSS. Is it a receiver? Is it a service? Do we really need only an external antenna, a subscription, and a smartphone?  The answer is...

Figure 3 US labor force by generation: prior generations, generation x, millennials, baby boomers, 1995 - 2015

Boom Behind/Boom Ahead: Millennials & Surveying

The outlook for surveying and geospatial services may soon swing up significantly, and being prepared may depend on paying attention to simple demographics. Generational shifts will dictate the types and magnitude of needed services and our ability to attract new practitioners to surveying and geospatial professions.  Of course, the future is impossible to completely predict,...

Finding Your Voice & 40 Under 40

DON’T MISS XYHT’S OUTLOOK 2017, the 40 Under 40 (40 < 40) special issue. You have there a valuable resource. Be prepared to visit the future of geospatial: featured are the upcoming leaders of our profession. Unless you are lucky enough to have one of these individuals on your staff, they are your competitors. If...