July 2021 Archives

A Hard Day’s Work

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This entry is part of 6 in the series July 2021

I’m sure some surveyors love doing construction stakeout. Even with the advent of GPS machine control and the associated modeling that goes with that type of work, there are still a lot of stakes being driven into the ground. I am one who would be happy to never pound another stake. Some states require these […]

Teaching the Future

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series July 2021

A small university on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is educating the next generation of surveyors and geospatial engineers

Surveying and GIS: It’s ‘And’, not ‘Or’

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series July 2021

When I graduated from college several decades ago, a retiring drafting professor said to me, “The things that are going to change during your career are difficult to comprehend. I wish I was going to be around to be part of it.”

Early 3D Scanning Competition: 1998 – 2000, Part 13

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series July 2021

When you join a start-up, as I did in 1998 with 3D laser scanning pioneer Cyra Technologies, you worry about two things. One is if your start-up’s “new thing” will catch on in the market and your company will survive. The second is if a competitor will “out-invent” you with something better (and your company won’t survive), not uncommon in high-tech.