All posts by Gavin Schrock

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...

The Bullet

Looking past an unfamiliar form factor reveals hidden strengths of a unique and capable high-precision GNSS  field system. I’ll cut straight to the punchline: this little unit performed as well as many of the high-end (and pricier) GNSS rovers I’ve tried, both as a base-rover pair and as a network rover. And I had way...

Geospatial World Forum 2019

At the GFW19, the geospatial industry, community, and professions find common ground to promote geo-business, to showcase innovation, and to collaborate to seek solutions for global issues. I’d like to emphasize the word “forum.” The Geospatial World Forum 2019 (GWF2019), held in April in Amsterdam, holds a special distinction and role in the global geospatial...

Logic inside the Labyrinth of BIM

An overview of a BIM solutions portfolio reveals the essential components for widespread implementation. Are you tired of hearing about BIM yet? Get used to it. The widespread adoption of BIM is quickly becoming an inevitability, with compelling drivers and essential tools already in place. In some economies, BIM has already been mandated for public...

XR – A New Mix

Mixed reality for infrastructure and geospatial takes a huge leap forward with the announcement of the HoloLens 2, SYNCHRO XR, and the XR10. This might sound a little cliché, but forget everything you knew about Microsoft’s HoloLens. The new model makes the first model seem like a toy (albeit a very cool toy). A not-so-surprising...