All posts by Gavin Schrock

Survey-grade PPP

Above: Using a real-time PPP-capable GNSS rover on the Wicklow coast of Ireland. Credit: Niall Hand, Korec Group. Has real-time precise point positioning finally hit prime time for surveying applications? The answer is a qualified yes. The dream of being able to achieve survey-grade (2cm horizontal and 5cm vertical) GNSS-derived positions without post-processing, a base,...

Seen at HxGN LIVE 2019

BLK2GO SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) lidar handhelds have become popular for BIM, as-builts, and rapid 3D modeling. The new Leica Geosystems BLK2GO shares some of the core technologies of earlier members of the BLK family (like the BLK360 scanner). What distinguishes this from many of the other SLAM handhelds is that it utilizes cameras...

Help Shape the Future of Surveying – SaGES 2019

Your input is requested. Surveying professionals and practitioners are invited to weigh in on matters of surveying and geomatics education, succession planning, branding, promotion, and outreach. The 27th national biennial meeting of the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES) will be held August 4th – August 8th, 2019 at Nicholls State University, in Thibodaux, Louisiana (near...

40 under 40

Outlook 2020: 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 2019 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...

Dr. Gladys West

The quiet dedication of a hidden hero who made satellite geodesy and global positioning possible. As early as high school, the focused determination of Dr. Gladys West would see her rise to make key contributions to one of the most impactful scientific endeavors of our age. In our recent interview with xyHt magazine, West gave...

Build, Buy, Rent, or Hire?

Seven years ago I was invited to attend a UAS flight course; this was an exciting proposition as the drone craze was not yet under way. In fact, the rules for operating drones in the U.S. were so in flux (as far as commercial and private drone use) that the course had to be held...