September 2022 Archives

The Wide World of Drone Upstarts

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series September 2022

With congested airspace in the U.S. and Europe, to see how drones will integrate with society we have to look at some creative drone upstarts  emerging in less populated nations. In our last article we touched on the ramifications of a clear regulation of uncrewed flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in the USA and […]

Ocean Observation

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series September 2022

Monitoring and comprehensive data collection is now a national security imperative For most of the second half of the last century there was general agreement that the primary existential threat to humanity was the purposeful or accidental exchange of nuclear weapons. While that threat has not been completely eliminated, in the 21st century there is […]

Staying Fluid: The Ocean Decade 

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series September 2022

More than 23 percent of the ocean seabed is now mapped  Seabed 2030 is a partnership between the Nippon Foundation and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and aims to map the entire planet’s seabed by 2030. To date, the project has mapped around 23.4 percent of the seabed. The latest data was […]

UAS and ALTA Surveys 

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series September 2022

Recognizing that with the right equipment and practices, specifications for ALTA surveys can easily be met, surveyors have rapidly adopted UAS for these and many other types of surveys.  Part One  The adoption of UAS in the surveying profession has been more rapid than some past tech. It was only 2016 when the FAA Part […]

Boundaries: For the Love of Surveying

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series September 2022

A memoir of the field, family, friends, fortitude—and fun  Anthony “Tony” Vetturelli’s recently published memoir, Land Surveyor – Journey, Challenges & Destiny, is a fascinating personal journey, a life-long passion for surveying, and a first-hand chronicle of a particularly impactful epoch in the history of surveying.   It’s the story of a kid who immigrated from […]

Looking Forward: Up Above and Down Below

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series September 2022

by Jeff Thoreson TWO MAJOR ASPECTS OF THE FUTURE OF THE GEOSPATIAL INDUSTRY don’t have much to do with surveyor boots on the ground—or the ground at all. The next few years of progression in our fields will have a lot to do with what flies above and what lies beneath. Unmanned aerial vehicles—a politically […]