xyHt in print October 2014 Archives

From Shore to Floor

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This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series xyHt in print October 2014

Today’s technology records depth from land to deep waters accurately and efficiently. More than 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea, according to the International Maritime Organization. Therefore, accurate and up-to-date charts of coastal waters for ship navigation are vital for world commerce. The current expansion of the Panama Canal, which will double […]

Wetlands Synergism

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This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series xyHt in print October 2014

Professional interdependency is at the core of this project for acquiring federal conservation easements and restoring wetlands in Tennessee. Each item we touch these days has been shaped by a village of experts, from that cell phone in your pocket to the water coming out of the nearest drinking fountain. The surveying and engineering professions […]

Setting a Standard in Railway Renewal

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This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series xyHt in print October 2014

A highly traveled section of the UK’s West Coast Mainline rail corridor (between Warrington and Preston) required the renewal of three miles (five km) of track among four major junctions. In an intensive, nine-day continuous spell, the innovation team at Network Rail completed the work almost 16 months earlier than proposed—and avoided disrupting rail travel. […]

Drone Art: Art Meets the Science of UAS at Elevated Element

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This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series xyHt in print October 2014

Our company, Elevated Element, uses UAS for aerial photography. Our monuments capture project came about when we were contacted by Direct Dimensions, a 3D modeling firm, with the idea of combining the techniques of aerial UAS photography and digital 3D scanning. We chose the Francis Scott Key Monument in Baltimore’s neighborhood of Bolton Hill because […]

Tethered Aerostats Provide Another Option in the Sky

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This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series xyHt in print October 2014

Geospatial professionals are able to choose from an increasingly wide array of platforms on which to deploy ever more accurate and smaller sensors. Lately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been getting most of the buzz (pun intended). However, in many situations, high-tech versions of one of the earliest flying devices, tethered aerostats, are a better […]