Category Archives: Civil/Transportation

In Alaska, There’s Tough and There’s Survey Tough

On a survey job, Seth Kiester might find himself staying in a remote five-star hunting lodge. On the next job, he and the crew might be pitching tents hundreds of miles from civilization, encircling their makeshift camp with electrified wire to keep bears out.

Why the NSRS and SPCS are being Modernized

Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) is driving the adoption of the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022). This is big news for surveyors because 48 states already have a codified SPCS.

Surveying: The bellwether for a new era of infrastructure

Trimble recently launched the Trimble Dimensions Spotlight Series, taking a look at the topic of Reviving the U.S. Infrastructure. The on-demand episode will feature industry experts on the role of advanced technology; processes supporting informed, data-driven decisions; and why smart technology is vital to revive our nation’s infrastructure and stimulate our economy. Available throughout 2021,...

The Early Days of 3D Laser Scanning: Part 9

This series of articles (monthly, starting with the June 2020 issue) gives readers behind-the-scenes insights into a small but ambitious start-up, Cyra Technologies, that was an early pioneer of 3D laser scanning technology.

Using Lidar to Strengthen Ground Control

With the maturity of aerial photogrammetry in the early 1900s in pre-war Germany, military applications, especially reconnaissance and semi-accurate 3D maps and approximate contour lines, became the norm.

Preventing Damage to Underground Utility Lines

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national nonprofit trade association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, today published a Report to the Industry as part of its Next Practices Initiative. The Next Practices Initiative launched in 2020 with the goal of driving innovative solutions to the damage prevention industry’s biggest challenges,...