September 2013 Archives

GNSS Next: Is PPP the Next Flavor of the Month?

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series September 2013

Editor’s Note: Ph.D. candidate Grant Hausler presented at the recent PPP workshop held in Ottawa, Canada, the first international event following the PPP-RTK Symposium held in Frankfurt in 2012 (see “After RTK,” PSM June 2012). The event drew public and private entities that have been rapidly implementing real-time PPP. Such solutions have been reaching surveyors, […]

Beyond the Scope: Client Communication, Part 2

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This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series September 2013

In my last article (June 2013, “Business Is Still about Relationships”), I encouraged surveyors to make the next year the “Year of the Talk.”  You have always walked the walk with your knowledge and skills.  But now, let’s discuss ways to “talk the talk” without feeling out of your comfort zone.Everyone is aware that it […]

Picks and Clicks: Assorted CAD Tips and Tricks

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This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series September 2013

Here’s a selection of CAD applications and features that I find a lot of people aren’t aware of but can save picks and clicks, time and money. DWG Convert in DWG True View DWG TrueView is a very, very stripped-down version of AutoCAD that allows you basically to open and plot DWG and DXF files. […]

Conference Recap: Legacy of Lidar

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This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series September 2013

This was my directive from the PSM editorial team: “There are great stories at Optech; go find them.” I have enjoyed writing for professional association and trade publications for many years, but this was my first “correspondent” gig for PSM.Lidar is all the rage these days. I knew that Optech’s Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference (ILSC 2013) […]

Guest Editorial: A New Brand of Expert – The Role of the Surveyor in the Geospatial World

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This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series September 2013

Over time, the practice and processes of surveying have generally changed slowly. Since the 1950s, however, progress in technology and methodology has accelerated. Today, this progress is changing—and expanding—the scope of the surveyor’s work. With no end in sight for this increasing pace of advancement, the change is affecting more than technology; the role of the […]

Feature: Do You Know BIM?

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This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series September 2013

Clients are increasingly asking for building information modeling (BIM) in some form. Is your firm ready to meet the challenge? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about BIM.If you’ve been watching market trends, you’re probably aware that building information modeling (BIM) has the potential to be big business. In the $4-trillion […]