MAPPS (An Association of Photogrammetry, Mapping and Geospatial Firms) has announced their 2017 Winter Conference, which will be held January 13 through 17, 2017 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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what3words, the multi-award winning location reference system, has today announced that six national mapping agencies have adopted 3-word addresses.
That’s right, baseball fans. We’re announcing our first-ever Virtual Office Pool and we’re starting with the 2016 World Series featuring the Cleveland Indians versus the Chicago Cubs! Heck, we’ve even designated a special place here at RPLS Today called RPLS Sports to handle this and (hopefully) future Virtual Office Pools.
BPELSG, with the help of several licensees, has investigated and monitored the activities associated with a small group of unlicensed individuals who have deceived multiple Southern California property owners by representing themselves as legitimately authorized to perform land surveying services and providing those services in a manner that directly fails to meet the standards which the public can rely upon.
Some people have an affinity for surveying or a related field ?n their blood,?and quite a few have it, literally, ?n their bloodlines.?There are a lot of multi-generational practices. These are more common among small, local firms providing, say, residential lot surveys; the nature of these firms means that they are often sole-proprietor with local knowledge and a client base that makes the following of one? parent? footsteps an attractive option.
Thanks to our long-time Community member, Rankin_File, the 2016 College Football Pick ‘Em for Land Surveyors is ready to go. But you need to act fast, because you won’t be able to sign-up after the games begin this coming weekend!
Kespry, which designs automated drone systems for commercial use, today announced the new Kespry Drone 2.0. The new lighter-weight drone flies 2X as long, covers 2X the ground area, and has 2X the wind resilience, due to the new airframe, battery, and flight system improvements.
Here? a question for Lambert state plane coordinate system users. Over how big an area can a Lambert state plane coordinate system give usable results? Before you answer, consider the following…
Surley Surveyor and Gunner George were out staking on a property survey one Monday. Gunner was fairly new to the profession and was still breaking in the new total station. Both were under stress, because their boss back in the office was cranky and wasn? sure that the new equipment investment was a good thing.
Thanks to the efforts of the state cartographer? office, an informative forum was held in March 2015 at UW Stevens Point. You were in attendance. The major announcement heard at that event concerned the misalignment of county boundaries.
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Terrane, previously known as GeoDimensions, is a surveying company in Bellevue, Washington, claiming that they are redefining land surveying processes.
The editor of POB just wrote about the deregulation of land surveying. Everyone is buying it. Everyone seems to be missing the point that we have already been deregulated as land surveyors, long ago. How did this happen?
A vertical datum is technically, a surface of zero elevation to which heights of various points are referred in order that those heights be in a consistent system.
NCEES has announced the recipients of the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization? mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The highest achievers on the TSA Surveying Course were commended for their diligence and professionalism by tutors and industry professionals at The Survey School? (UK) annual graduation day ceremony.
Atlantic Geomatics will be utilizing their Burial Ground Management System to combine drone images with headstone photographs and scanned documents dating back hundreds of years to help visitors easily find the graves of their predecessors.
Once again, the Oregon GNSS Users Group shines with their latest educational opportunity in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The workshop, Hands-On Surveying With USA (Drones), is an all-day workshop.
An unlikely event is getting our kids outside, interacting with maps, and utilizing GPS and might very well be the grand coordinated global geo-education event many have been hoping for ?at least laterally.
Back in January, 2016, Loyal Olson described a consulting project that required raising a state plane so that ground distances were very close to grid distances and state plane grid azimuths were preserved. The purpose of this post is to share the results of the research that Loyal? post prompted me to do. Let? explore the relationships and mathematics that make it possible to raise a Lambert state plane projection to provide ground distances and grid azimuths over a limited area.
Topcon Positioning Group announces a new suite featuring four integrated solutions ?three hardware products ?used?by a single software solution ?designed to provide professionals with a powerful and complete survey system.
Today marks the sixth year since I launched this website. Many of you came to know it as “BeerLeg”, which was the original name I established for it. It didn’t hurt that the domain name was available at the time as well. As of this month, our website merged with RPLS Today and it has a very bright future.
Milrem and Leica Geosystems today announced Pegasus:Multiscope, the first unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for off-road use, opening new applications in surveying, security, and monitoring.
It was late in October, the weather had turned cold, at least late in the night and early in morning. Compared to the temperatures of the past summer, with the hot wind blowing in from the east… whereby lies Death Valley. Climbing up to 3600 feet with the frost still on the road is a welcome change. It beats the thermometer pushing 116 degrees Fahrenheit, at 11 in the morning.
The state of the cadastre in this country is still at an all time high at D+. Surveyors see the world of GIS as the next isolated individual parcel that will need to be surveyed, or resurveyed. That decision on which parcel and why that parcel needs surveying is always made by anyone but the surveyor.
How could measurements taken from a moving vehicle possibly yield surety in high precision and accuracy? These are questions we hear from surveyors in particular as masters of professional determinations of boundary and other spatial elements that require assurance.
Today, June 21, 2016, The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released operational rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
If you haven’t already participated in the questionnaire from the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) regarding the Forum on the Future of Surveying, please check it out now.
On June 4, 1851, John B. Preston set a ?ed Cedar Stake?to indicate the starting point of all public land surveys in what was then called the Oregon Territory.
About the time I was studying for my California surveyors?license, I was working in a small civil engineering ?surveying company in this foothill town.
Today, April 27, 2016, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Digital Coast Act of 2015. The Act, known as S. 2325 and backed by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), was approved without opposition.
Cool heads need to prevail, and for the most part they do. There is an odd mix of emotions surrounding the transition of the surveying profession from the 20th century to the 21st ?angst, optimism, fear, excitement, motivation, despairt
When I first started working in the survey profession there were many new things I quickly learned. The two I heard the most were: dig the hole wider and deeper, and hold the dumb end of the chain.
April 13 was President Jefferson? birthday, which is a great time to remind you of the Jefferson Stone, which resides near the Washington Monument.
Students and teachers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have found a boundary monument originally depicted on Hong Kong’s oldest scientifically surveyed map, the Ordnance Map of Hong Kong of 1845 by Lt. Thomas Bernard Collinson Royal Engineers.
The FAA announced on March 29, 2016 that the blanket Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) altitude for Section 333 exemption holders has been raised from 200 to 400 feet.
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Today, with survey grade GPS, measurements can be made to the nearest centimeters. Are today? advancements in technology improvements that we really need? Were the skills and accuracies of yesterday good enough for land measurements? Is GPS surveying just another way of challenging yesterdays’ skills?
Surveyors and civil engineers, like other experts, may give testimony on questions involving matters of technical skill and experience with which they are peculiarly acquainted. This article focuses on the essential role the Land Surveyor plays when acting as a Boundary Surveyor.
When most of your research is completed and you?e ready to set up the field work, one of your early considerations could be, ?o I already have control in the area I can use??
Did you know that surveying has been around for centuries now? To be more specific, it has been used for 6,000 years based on historical records. Are you familiar with the monument Stonehenge? Reports suggest that it has used surveyors and employed peg and rope geometry.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to rollout Commercial Drone Compliance with Part 107 in mid- to late-2016.
Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of a new full wave geodetic antenna ?the G5-A1. The portable antenna is designed to provide improved multipath mitigation for use with a mobile base station site or network reference station.
FARO Technologies, manufacturer of laser scanners and other 3D imaging products, recently announced that their Chief Financial Officer (CFO) had resigned.
3D Robotics has teamed up with Autodesk to bring you a commercialized version of their Solo hobbyist drone. This new drone uses an attached GoPro or Sony UMC-R10C camera to survey a typical construction site in around 20 minutes.
When it comes to businesses getting things going for the first time in social media, it? okay to start small. It doesn? matter if you are a large, longstanding company or a fledgling solo operator. There? no good reason for you to jump into the social media frenzy and tackle all of the various networks.
An article at GPS World claims that the surveying profession is being threatened by the massive amounts of unlicensed UAVs (drones) flying around out there. This is giving me flashbacks to the days when people said that GPS was the doom of our industry. We’re still here, aren’t we? That’s not to say that technology […]
Geodesy is the foundation of modern geospatial practice. In recognition of the importance of geodesy, the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) is beginning to explore the idea of a Geodetic Certification Program. This effort is being led by the AAGS Geodetic Education and Certification Committee.