November 2012 Archives

Corridor Projections Solved

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series November 2012

The scale and projection dilemma for long project corridors is addressed by an academic-private partnership from the UK. Editor’s Note: What are the best practices for dealing with scale and projection over very long project corridors? That can depend on whom you talk to and how much they have been burned by the approaches they […]

Machines, Models, and Mobile Data

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series November 2012

Three case studies highlight the time and cost savings of machine control, intelligent milling, 3D site modeling, and multi-site connectivity. Winds of Change 3D site plans and models combined with fine grading control facilitate success in construction of a major wind-turbine assembly plant. How do you construct something really big, meet a demanding timeline, and […]

Riding the Rails with Mobile Scanning

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series November 2012

Surveyors in North Carolina needed to collect data on rail centerlines and corridor boundaries on 317 miles of track that’s 150 years old. Mobile scanning met their needs safely and efficiently, and its resulting data will help support future monumentation.  Locating rail centerlines and corridor boundaries more than 150 years after they were built isn’t […]

Around the Globe: Land Administration in Cambodia

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series November 2012

Cambodia’s post-Khmer Rouge government is instituting land policy to register land ownership, to provide security of tenure, and to facilitate an efficient land market, all with the help of a Canadian agency focused on fair land titling and surveying education. Editor’s Note:  Surveyors can and do make a difference in the betterment of our world. […]

Business Angle: Cloud Computing – Part 2

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series November 2012

With the background information on hypervisors (virtual machines, etc.) provided in part one (PSM October), it should be fairly clear that the cloud computing available to you today is an implementation of virtualization with public access.  For example, Amazon Web Services are implemented using Xen (an open-source hypervisor), as is Rackspace.  Microsoft Azure cloud services are implemented using a […]

Political Surveyor: Entering the International Market

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series November 2012

A recent economic survey of the members of MAPPS found that U.S. firms view the international market as a bright spot in the demand for geospatial data products and services. However, entering the international market can be a difficult and time-consuming endeavor.  Here are a few tips most experienced exporting professionals say are essential to successfully performing […]