December 2020/January 2021 Archives

Doers: Matt LaLuzerne

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series December 2020/January 2021

LaLuzerne is Strategic Growth Director, GPI Geospatial and incoming president of  the Florida Region of ASPRS  xyHt: How did you get started in the geospatial industry?  LaLuzerne: During my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, I focused heavily on pre-engineering courses to prepare myself for civil engineering. I would always see a small advertisement in the […]

30 Years In: Female PLS Still Gets Questioned

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series December 2020/January 2021

When I started surveying, during college breaks in western New York, I was fortunate enough to work for a company owned by a woman. The party chief I worked for was a woman. As I moved up and became a chief myself, I was able to work with several other women as my rodperson. Women in the […]

Dis-Located: America’s Two Feet

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series December 2020/January 2021

Buried in the October 5 edition of the Federal Register — the daily publication that meticulously and officially records the minutiae of the federal government — was the notice “Depreciation of the United States Survey Foot.”  Since 1893 the U.S Survey Foot has been one of the standards by which surveyors plot the country. But we’ve […]

The Early Days of 3D Scanning: Part 7

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series December 2020/January 2021

1998: The Public Unveiling of 3D Scanning  In my prior “insider” articles for this series (monthly, starting with the June 2020 issue), I described how in 1996 I became aware of 3D laser scanning while the technology was in development. In March 1998, I left a senior product marketing position with Trimble to join the […]

Safe ‘n Sound: Distancing in Construction

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series December 2020/January 2021

IoT technology is helping workers maintain social distancing on the job site during the pandemic and making contact tracing easier. And it all starts with a beep. Months into the pandemic, construction workers in the U.S. already know the drill by heart: don a hard hat, wear a mask, wash your hands and keep distancing from […]