Category Archives: GNSS/Location Tech

Champion

Championing GNSS for Surveyors

Lonnie Sears co-founded and runs Champion with dedication to training, quality, and cost. Editor’s note: The theme of this month’s issue is surveying innovation, so we felt it fitting to present the story of Champion Instruments. This firm was started by an American surveyor who responded to what surveyors were asking for and who has...

Todd Foster, Milestone Survey

21st Century Survey: Milestone Surveys’ Innovation Makes a Global Workstation

Milestone Surveys is a digital child of the current century: working in the cloud and across the globe while maintaining fundamental surveying practices. Extinction is certain for geospatial companies that plan to make a profit tomorrow the way they did yesterday. In order to survive and thrive in the 21st century, surveying businesses must blend...

Bad Elf VP Larry Fox with the GNSS peripheral "pack" paired via Bluetooth to his smart phone. Background: Bad Elf app screens

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bad Elf

Bad Elf: delivering (very) affordable accuracy—simply—for mapping and asset management users. The device is a Bluetooth peripheral GNSS receiver that can feed more-reliable and precise positions to any location-based app on your smartphone or tablet. Having just returned from a visit to Bad Elf’s offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, I was itching to put this little...

trimble app and bad elf GPS booster on iPhone screen with coffee on wooden table

Trimble Catalyst — No Receiver Required*

*A groundbreaking new service turns your smartphone into a high-precision, software-defined GNSS receiver. The new Trimble Catalyst is a little hard to describe in terms we’re used to regarding high-precision GNSS. Is it a receiver? Is it a service? Do we really need only an external antenna, a subscription, and a smartphone?  The answer is...

Lakhta Centre concept art with parkland, tower and bridge, russia

Sky Control: Lakhta is Russian Forward in Urban Development

Integrated geospatial solutions play a key part in building Europe’s tallest skyscraper. A new chapter in urban development is being written in Russia’s north-west corner. On the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, construction is underway on the new Lakhta Center, an ultra-modern facility that blends commerce, recreation, and cultural activities. In addition to incorporating hundreds of...

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40 Under 40, 2017: Danielle Smilovsky

REMOTE SENSING SCIENTIST AND GIS ANALYST AT AMEC FOSTER WHEELER ARIZONA, USA WITH A BS IN ECOSYSTEM SUSTAINABILITY AND AN MS IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Danielle Smilovsky uses GIS and remote-sensing applications to study and analyze ground deformation around the world. She specializes in performing geotechnical land subsidence investigations using InSAR, SAR, lidar, and water...