All posts by Gavin Schrock

Surveying Instruments on Mars

Above image credit: National Geographic Keen-eyed viewers of the groundbreaking National Geographic Channel series “Mars,” now in its second season, might have noticed familiar-looking equipment among the near-future science fiction gadgets—surveying instruments. We highly recommend this series for the techie and non-techie alike. It’s a mix of the story of a fictionalized first Mars colony,...

Kari Hicks

Senior GIS Analyst, Duke Energy Ohio, USA Duke Energy is one of the largest utilities in the U.S., with nearly eight million customers across multiple states in the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. Like other utilities, Duke is seeking to modernize and provide affordable, reliable, and greener energy for growing markets through improved engineering efficiencies and...

Smart Access for 3D Cities

Above: A view from the OpenCities Planner online 3D city model web portal (hosted by Agency9) for Gothenburg, Sweden. A new skyscraper (now under construction) was added to provide planners and citizens a realistic idea of the visual impact of the proposed development. Credit for all images in this article: Bentley Systems. Today’s 3D city...

Fergus Noble

Co-founder & CTO, Swift Navigation California, USA The three co-founders of Swift Navigation—Colin Beighley, Timothy Harris, and Fergus Noble—all are under forty years old and all deserve a place in our Outlook selection. By using the highly scientific method of a series of coin flips, we have chosen to profile Fergus Noble, but actually this...

Charles Teng

Product Marketing Manager, Topcon Positioning Systems California, USA Some people believe that marketing professionals within the geospatial solutions industry might know a lot about business but not about the hardware and software they sell or the work their customers do. Charles Teng most certainly dispels that stereotype. Teng has done his time in the geomatics...

Jeff DeBoer

Senior Manager, Topcon Positioning Systems California, USA New and emerging technologies, workflow enhancements, and backend solutions for AEC evolve rapidly, and implementing radical change can be a risky proposition for enterprises both large and small. Solution providers form teams of highly skilled professionals who can “parachute in” to help out, advise, and often develop new...