Tag Archives: NGS

2019 Geospatial Summit

You Can’t Beat the Price of Admission As the march towards the new reference frame and datum rolls on approaching 2022, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) continues to ramp up its outreach efforts to get us users prepared with the 2019 Geospatial Summit. They have hosted prior geospatial summits in 2010, 2015, and 2017, all...

Understanding GNSS Pt 1

Image above: The author performs deformation monitoring on a Colorado reservoir with a Leica TS15. Pt. 1: Ellipsoids, Datums, and Realizations Land surveying is one of the oldest professions to exist throughout the world. Evidence of its use can be found dating as far back as 2700 BC when the Great Pyramid of Giza was...

How Accurate Is an RTN?

Many surveyors have realized the benefits of using real-time GNSS networks (RTN) for survey-grade positioning. Saving time, equipment, and personnel means saving project costs. The thing about real-time GNSS surveying, however, is that “rover expertise” needs to be applied in the field (not the office). Additionally, many factors involved with GNSS signalization, as well as...

Nicole Kinsman

Nicole Kinsman

Regional Advisor, National Geodetic Survey, NOAA/NOS Alaska, USA Alaska is a land of extremes, a land of both challenges and opportunities for the bold and adventurous. A combination of rapid plate tectonics, active volcanoes, glacial rebound, and remoteness makes mapping, surveying, and geodesy often extremely challenging. Nicole “Nic” Kinsman is the regional advisor for the...

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2022: Monumental Changes, Part 1

The National Geodetic Survey of the U.S. responds to surveyors’ questions on how legacy physical geodetic monuments will be affected by the planned 2022 reference framework modernization. Editor’s note: A recent article in xyHt’s online newsletter, Field Notes, prompted a discussion among surveyors on the pending 2022 modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) for...

A frequently used Coast & Geodetic Survey (predecessor to the NGS) marker set in 1933, across the bay from Seattle.

2022 and You

The year 2022 …. “And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run; you missed the starting gun.” —Time, by Pink Floyd (Gilmour, Wright) The year of the planned update of the U.S. national spatial reference system, 2022, looms large on the horizon and is...