February 2017 Archives

GNSS & Educational Equations: A Grid-to-Ground Project

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This entry is part of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part of 6 in the series February 2017When planning GNSS control surveys on highway projects, it is important to understand the limitations of GNSS. Most highway projects are long, and linear distances that are wide open horizontally and vertically and are ideal for GNSS surveying. However, in rural and city areas, tree […]

Industry Innovation: Are You Ready to be Relevant?

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series February 2017Slay the beast named Apathy with progress. This is a dire warning. There is a beast that threatens to destroy the land surveying profession. It is a danger to you, your company, your coworkers, and your employees. It sucks the life from all it […]

Orbit GT & Integration in the Mapping Business

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series February 2017A new software integration tool attacks what I call “workplace technology interplay denial.” Above: At BPG Designs, plenty of screens are filled with integration software. Through our smartphones, we are now integrated with all the people we know (and don’t know); we have integrated […]

21st Century Survey: Milestone Surveys’ Innovation Makes a Global Workstation

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series February 2017Milestone Surveys is a digital child of the current century: working in the cloud and across the globe while maintaining fundamental surveying practices. Extinction is certain for geospatial companies that plan to make a profit tomorrow the way they did yesterday. In order to […]

Championing GNSS for Surveyors

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series February 2017Lonnie Sears co-founded and runs Champion with dedication to training, quality, and cost. Editor’s note: The theme of this month’s issue is surveying innovation, so we felt it fitting to present the story of Champion Instruments. This firm was started by an American surveyor […]

Surveying on Mars

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series February 2017

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series February 2017The subject of Mars exploration and colonization is suddenly red hot. What role might there be for surveyors in this, the grandest of human endeavors? Above: The Prandtl-m is a conceptual fixed-wing drone for Mars mapping that will be tested this year from a balloon […]