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3D GIS

Breaking the Wall between Consumer and Professional, the Appearance of Disappearance, Versioning An Interview with Lawrie Jordon Contrary to what the current buzz might indicate, GIS and CAD have been 3D-rich from their start (although sometimes with elevation as an attribute, not necessarily part of the core spatial definition). Even in the 1990s era of...

Online: Pennsylvania Conference

Mild weather, smiling faces, and lots of chocolate greeted nearly 600 attendees at the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Surveyors Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Conference Center. The goal of supplying a broad range of continuing education opportunities was clearly met by conference chairman John G. Fuehrer, executive director Kate Sherman, and assistant Laurie Troutman....

Federal Government Shutdown: Its Effect on Surveyors and Alternate Resources

The federal government shutdown as of Oct.1 is affecting many surveyors who rely on GPS/GNSS, but there are non-federal resources you can use in the meantime.  Below are lists of resources as well as explanations of the government’s role in providing data and access to data.  This information has been provided by PSM geodesy editor Dave Doyle;...

FieldNotes: State Society Show Recaps

NJSPLS Conference  By Bill Beardslee SurvCon 2013 was the 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Approximately 700 attendees, vendors, and guests experienced 23 continuing education workshops and several social events at Bally’s Park Place Hotel in Atlantic City. The workshops covered a variety of topics, including business...

FieldNotes: Legislative Priorities for Surveyors

Q&A with NSPS Legislative Affairs consultant John Palatiello FieldNotes: To anyone involved with the National Society of Professional Surveyors [NSPS] in the past few decades, your name rings a bell. How so? John Palatiello: I had the honor of being the first ACSM Government Affairs director, beginning in 1982. I was hired off Capitol Hill...

Machines, Models, and Mobile Data

Three case studies highlight the time and cost savings of machine control, intelligent milling, 3D site modeling, and multi-site connectivity. Winds of Change 3D site plans and models combined with fine grading control facilitate success in construction of a major wind-turbine assembly plant. How do you construct something really big, meet a demanding timeline, and...