January 2022 Archives

The Oddities of a State Border

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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series January 2022

The oddity on the map of the Middle Atlantic states on the U.S. eastern seaboard goes unnoticed by almost everyone—except surveyors and cartographers. In almost every other instance where a river divides two states, the state border demarcation line is the geographic center of the river. But the Potomac River has—since the English charters that […]

Interesting People

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series January 2022

While surveying in the field, you never know who you might meet. When we worked in a residential neighborhood, there are always some property owners who come out of their houses to ask about the project. On one such occasion around 1989, a gentleman came over to the instrument and started to ask what we […]

2022 and the Promise of Expanded UAV Operations

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series January 2022

What needs to happen over the next 12 months for the promise of flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) to become a reality? Well, actually, quite a lot. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to relax the rules for unmanned aviation and the industry needs to prove that current technology, such as detect and […]

Transforming the Surveying Profession

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series January 2022

Surveying is experiencing a surge of technology that to some might seem detrimental, while others see it as an opportunity to expand into new service areas and achieve higher levels of productivity and profitability. In 2022 and beyond, the trend toward faster, more accurate data collection will continue, with a corresponding increase in the volume […]