All posts by Jeff Thoreson

xyHt Magazine Digital Edition: November 2021

Like a good surveyor, xyHt‘s November issue covers a lot of ground, bringing you stories about BIM, UAVs, lidar and an in-depth interview with retiring NSPS executive director Curt Sumner. As always, if you don’t have a subscription to our print edition, or if someone else in the office has snaffled your copy, don’t fret,...

Uncovering History

Cincinnati State students preserve a pre-European Native American historical site in Indiana Some members of the 2021 land surveying class at Cincinnati State have been busy bringing history back to life near the city of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This team of students had the opportunity to survey the site of a village where indigenous people lived...

Breaking Old Ground

Hunting dinosaur fossils in South Dakota with modern GIS and geospatial technologies Years from now, paleontologists all over the world may have Tom Hebert’s 8-year-old daughter to thank for advancing knowledge and the speed with which data about dinosaurs discoveries and the ancient world can be processed and understood.  “One summer I asked her if she wanted...

Stepping Down

Surveyors sorry to see NSPS executive director Curt Sumner retire As word filters throughout the surveying community that National Society of Professional Surveyors executive director Curt Sumner is stepping down, accolades for the job he’s done over more than two decades in the position come pouring in. “Curt has been a friend and colleague for...

NSPS, Geospatial Firms and Others Support IIJA

In a letter to U.S. senators, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, geospatial firms, AEC firms, and transportation entities urged all senators to support the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), saying it will “provide meaningful economic and quality of life enhancements to communities across the country.”  In all, 76 firms urged passage of the...

Teaching the Future

A small university on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is educating the next generation of surveyors and geospatial engineers