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Mentoring in the Age of Automation

Above: Darrell Hanners, LSI completes a topographic survey in the mountains of Caribou County, Idaho. As old-timers retire and fewer young people enter surveying, we are at a turning point where mentoring is crucial to the future of the profession, but we will need to adapt to mentor well.  Land surveying is an ever-evolving profession....

R10 → R10-2 → R12: Explained

The announcement of a new flagship rover for Trimble was met with positive chatter, but with a lot of questions as well. So, xyHt called the product manager… In short, the familiar form factor of the R10 (slim bucket on a pole) is still there, but in the seven years since it was introduced it...

What Is PostGIS Day?

For the last 20 years, we have celebrated GIS day along with Esri. It is a great opportunity to get people who haven’t used GIS or mapping before in your office to have a look at what you do and maybe share a map cake (Note: It is traditional for GIS professionals to make a...

Weekly xyHt News Links: 11/15/2019

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First Look at a New Scanner

Above: xyHt publisher Neil Sandler checks out Trimble’s X7 at INTERGEO. With the Trimble X7, there’s no going back (for calibration).  About a month before INTERGEO 2019, I started to hear rumblings about a new device from Trimble. Some said it was a laser scanner, some a new total station, but no one was ready...

The Best of Commercial UAV Expo

Once again I traveled to that desert paradise we call Las Vegas to attend the Commercial UAV Expo. And once again I was invited to participate in the “Pitch the Press” event. A panel of five “high profile press representatives,” including me, listened to pitches from 15 innovative UAS firms touting the newest offerings. So...

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