December 2020/January 2021 Archives

Running Interference

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series December 2020/January 2021

Is Ligado Networks’ proposed terrestrial nationwide network a threat to GPS or a boon to 5G? The Global Positioning System has always faced challenges inherent in its design (weak signal, orbital and clock errors, receiver noise, dilution of precision), as well as from natural phenomena (ionospheric and tropospheric delays, solar flares), local topography and the built environment […]

Expand Your Horizons, by Measuring Water Boundaries

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series December 2020/January 2021

If you are like the average Professional Land Surveyor, your practice area has been in a certain sub-specialty such as land boundaries, construction stakeout, or topographic mapping for years or decades. Water boundaries? Not so much. You are very good at what you do, enjoy it, and have built a profitable niche in your community. […]

Safe ‘n Sound: Distancing in Construction

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This entry is part 3 of 8 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 […]

Doers: Matt LaLuzerne

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This entry is part 4 of 8 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 […]

Managing Tropical Storm Risk in Florida

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series December 2020/January 2021

Lidar Data Helps Flood-Prone Florida Communities Avoid Property Damage  By Al Karlin, Keith Patterson and Amar Nayegandhi  Low-lying Gulf Coast communities along the Anclote River in Pasco County, Florida, have a long history of summer flooding. In 2012, after Tropical Storm Debby brought more than 12 inches of rain in a 24-hour period to the Tampa Bay area, […]

30 Years In: Female PLS Still Gets Questioned

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This entry is part 6 of 8 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 […]