Category Archives: Surveying

Staying Fluid: The Ocean Decade 

More than 23 percent of the ocean seabed is now mapped  Seabed 2030 is a partnership between the Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and aims to map the entire planet’s seabed by 2030. To date, the project has mapped around 23.4 percent of the seabed. The latest data was...

UAS and ALTA Surveys – Part One

Recognizing that with the right equipment and practices, specifications for ALTA surveys can easily be met, surveyors have rapidly adopted UAS for these and many other types of surveys.    The adoption of UAS in the surveying profession has been more rapid than some past tech. It was only 2016 when the FAA Part 107...

FARO Buys GeoSLAM

FARO® Technologies, Inc. has bought mobile scanning company GeoSLAM in a effort to expand and accelerate FARO’s market grown opportunity in the mobile scanning space. Founded in 2012, GeoSLAM has grown into a leading provider of mobile scanning solutions with proprietary high-productivity simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) software to create 3D models for use in...

Legal Boundaries: Where to Put the Excess

This month’s question comes from a reader. “What is the customary solution to discovery of extra block length when all except the end lot status quo ante are equal 50-foot-wide lots and the extra space is within the parking area of the end lot?”   In my experience, an excess in the block is rarely challenged....

Field Notes: How far should one go?

When surveyors are searching for a corner monument, a deed, or an unrecorded plat, they are always asking themselves, “How far should I go to find this?” These searches always raise a conundrum, because, as the theory goes, not finding something does not prove that it does not exist, but only by finding something can...

Virtual Cities Are Rising

Cutting-edge 3D city models lead the way to better urban planning via digital simulation Take a peek at Helsinki’s virtual 3D city model and what might at first seem to be just rows of solid objects soon reveal themselves as handsome blocks of buildings that line gridiron streets. This is the digital doppelganger of Finland’s...