July 2017 Archives

The Elusive Scope: Business Advice for Surveyors

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series July 2017

How to prepare for and meet your client’s needs by keeping your eye on the project scope. I wrote many business-advice columns in this magazine’s predecessor, Professional Surveyor Magazine. Now that I’ve adjusted to writing for the entire geomatics world rather than on just surveying issues, I believe I’ve found one topic that affects everyone […]

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Behind the Big Eye of the SX10: Trimble, Danderyd, Sweden

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series July 2017

A visit to Trimble’s engineering and production center in Danderyd, Sweden, reveals the story of the SX10’s development. As surveyors, we purchase and use some of the most sophisticated instruments of any field-oriented profession. Such sophistication yields incredible precision, accuracy, reliability, and flexibility, and, as would be expected, can carry hefty price tags. With such […]

Certifications or Licensing? The Future of Surveying

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series July 2017

Part 1 Editor’s note: What will regulation, certification, and licensing of the surveying profession look like in the near and distant future? Surveying is and always has been molded by external influences: markets, technologies, economic conditions, demographics, and competition from outside of the profession. Other professionals, consumers, and prosumers have found that the legacy mysteries […]

Multipurpose GIS with ArcGIS Pro

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series July 2017

You can now use point clouds and massive geospatial data with GIS through the web and your desktop with new software. Above: London rendered in 3D with London Underground data. For years, point clouds (lidar, laserscan, and multibeam) have been pretty useless to GIS users. When a GIS user had to analyze the data, often […]

The Unthinkable and the Thinkable

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series July 2017

The following is the editorial for the July print issue of xyHt magazine: If we completely dismiss a notion as unthinkable, we might find ourselves ill prepared should the notion become an eventuality. This applies to how we might view the status of our professions and how we fit into the markets we serve. Is […]