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2017 MAPPS Winter Conference

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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Following Familial Footsteps

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.

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Honolulu, North Carolina?

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…

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Surley, Gunner, Dr. DeCracker and the MisStake

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.

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Geography Professor Pikachu?*

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.

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Raising A State Plane Projection

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.

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State of the BeerLeg 2016

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.

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The Rabbit Had Game

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.

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Demystifying Mobile Mapping

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.

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The Game With No Name

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.

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The Jefferson Stone

April 13 was President Jefferson? birthday, which is a great time to remind you of the Jefferson Stone, which resides near the Washington Monument.

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Land Surveying in Today’s World

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Are Unlicensed UAVs a Threat to the Surveying Profession?

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 […]

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