October 2018 Archives

The Power of Light

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series October 2018

xyHt visits Nikon’s optical surveying instrument production facility. [Photo above: Mika Takeda, inspector at the Nikon-Trimble Zao Operation Center, demonstrates the light weight of the compact instruments Nikon is renowned for manufacturing. In the background: environmental chambers to temper and test components and instruments.] A massive stone table sits in an environmentally controlled room in […]

An Interview with Jack Dangermond

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series October 2018

When I was invited by xyHt to attend the 2018 Esri User Conference, there was only one requirement: I had to interview Jack Dangermond, co-founder (with Laura Dangermond, his wife) of Esri. I was given a 15-minute interview slot on a Wednesday morning, which I hoped would be long enough to get a few big […]

AI-enabled UAS Inspection

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series October 2018

AI provides UAS users with biased analytics, the ability to analyze data for insights, and the knowledge of when to act. Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the center of controversies regarding jobs and employment. Will AI take away all our jobs? While some jobs will indeed change or disappear as they have always and will […]

History – Art – Community (Updated)

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series October 2018

A community gathers for the dedication of Dave LaMure Jr.’s sculpture, “A Vision of Tomorrow,” honoring pioneering surveyor John E. Hayes. Updated: Nov 11, 2018. Audio presentation added at the end of the article. “This has changed my life,” said Dave LaMure, Jr. “It has touched me here,” he added, gesturing to his heart. LaMure […]

Mine Surveying

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series October 2018

Advancements in this discipline reflect changes in productivity and data flow for surveying. Mine surveyors are responsible for maintaining an accurate plan of the mine as a whole, and they update maps of the surface layout to account for new buildings and other structures. They also survey the underground mine workings in order to keep […]

After the Storm

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series October 2018

Above image: Puerto Rico was surveyed using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar system to provide efficient damage assessment. Image courtesy of the Joint Airborne Technical Center of Expertise. Post-hurricane coastal mapping is a complex process made easier with airborne bathymetry. Lately, large storms such as hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons have been wreaking havoc […]