Category Archives: Surveying

Camp Fire Before and After

Rising from The Ashes: Paradise Strong

Almost exactly one year ago, the residents of the town of Paradise, California, and the surrounding area awoke to a wind-driven inferno eventually named the Camp Fire. Before it was over, 86 people would lose their lives, more than 13,000 single-family homes (including mobile homes) would be destroyed, along with over 600 commercial structures and...

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Mandatory Drone Registration for the UK Looms

Operator ID Is Coming to the UK (Above is the mdMapper3000DµoG from Microdrones.) In the UK, starting  November 30th, it will be mandatory for all drone owners [and model aircraft owners of drones/planes weighing more than 250g (8.8oz) up to 20kg (44lbs)] to register their details with the CAA (this is called an OperatorID). Owners of...

First Women Surveyors Summit

At this unique three-day meeting, 65 surveyors were empowered by our growing numbers, our stories of resilience, and our group determination to work in a profession we love.  Over the past 22 years of working in the land surveying profession, I have had the opportunity to work with two female professional land surveyors.  That is...

TII Venue

Seen at the YII2019

(YII2019 was held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Credit: Charles Teng.) Bentley’s annual infrastructure awards and technology showcase was held in October 2019 in Singapore, the city/nation that is widely considered to be the global center of infrastructure innovation. While always an impressive event, this year was less about new products and...

GEO Business 2019

BIM, AR, Digital Twins, and the Future On May 21 and 22, I attended the GEO Business conference in hot sunny London to bring you the latest developments in survey, BIM, and GIS. The conference had a lot in it, from the latest in drone technology, amazing augmented reality, and the recent developments in collaboration...

Petaluma and Napa Creeks 1861. Re-issued 1882 with Aids to Navigation corrected to 1885. Credit: NARA C&GS; Collection.

Steeped in History

Recently I spent a few days with my family at the remote cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where I had retraced an 1876 mining claim boundary two years prior. I wrote about that experience here. Humoring the Old Man During this recent visit my daughters and sons-in-law humored me by agreeing to let me...