Professional Land Surveyor LinkedIn Group Tops 8000 Members

February 26, 2015 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

Professional Land Surveyor LinkedIn Group Tops 8000 Members

Professional Land Surveyor LinkedIn Group Tops 8000 Members

Professional Land Surveyor LinkedIn Group Tops 8000 Members

I'm proud to announce that within the past few days the Professional Land Surveyor group on LinkedIn has topped 8000 members!

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The Professional Land Surveyor Podcast Episode 17: Commercial Drones Get Proposed FAA Rules

February 21, 2015 in Business, Drones, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Photogrammetry, Podcast, Remote Sensing

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FAA’s Small UAS/Drone Proposed Rulemaking Major Provisions

February 16, 2015 in Business, Drones, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

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Expanding on yesterday's news, DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, below is the Summary of Major Provisions of Proposed Part 107 outlining the details for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed commercial use of Small UAS (sUAS), UAV, or drones:

Operational Limitations

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DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 15, 2015 in Business, Drones, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

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Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

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Commercial Drone Regulations Reportedly Poised For FAA Approval

February 14, 2015 in Business, Drones, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

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Based on a leaked FAA document, Forbes, the NY Times and other news outlets today are are reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is about to approve favorable rules for the commercial use of drones, UAS or UAV. However, it should be noted that while this leaked document is dated for February 2015, it's possible that it could be outdated or revised (or may be revised). Of particular interest with this reporting is that this important industry news story was broken by none other than a land surveyor, Steve Zeets, according to Forbes.

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FAA Grants North Dakota UAS Test Site Broader Air Access

February 12, 2015 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Remote Sensing

FAA Grants ND UAS Test Site Broader Air AccessFebruary 11- The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, a move that will give industry more opportunities for research that could help the agency integrate UAS into the nation’s airspace.

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Safe Drone Usage Legislation to Create Safe Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Policies By FAA

February 12, 2015 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing

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Senator Lisa Murkowski

Congressional Legislation Urges the Federal Aviation Administration to Create Safe Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) policies

Feb. 05, 2015

Murkowski, Young Introduce Bicameral Bills Pushing for Safe Drone Usage

Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young announced companion legislation in both chambers of Congress aimed at urging the Federal Aviation Administration to create policies for safe usage of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) across America’s skies.  Read the rest of this entry →

DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons Webinar Recording

February 8, 2015 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons Webinar Recording

DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons Webinar Recording

DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons Webinar Recording

In this recorded Datumate Live Webinar presented by Eric Colburn, PLS, you'll earn about the latest software updates and features found in the newly released Version 4.0 of DatuGram™3D.

We will also check the accuracy of points created in this new, revolutionary DatuGram™3D software as compared to conventional land surveying.

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Datumate Live Webinar Description:

In this Datumate Live Webinar you'll learn about the latest updates to DatuGram™3D, Version 4.0, including:

  • Surface Reconstruction and Drawing 3D Mesh
  • Full Support for Codes, Blocks and Attributes
  • Automatic Point Naming
  • Manually Merging of Image Clusters
  • Undo/Redo of Drafting Actions
  • New Camera Calibration Method
  • Automatic Images Linkage Algorithm Improved
  • Support for Multiple Measurement Units
  • Major User Interface Changes
  • Working with CAD Software Improved

We'll also look at the accuracy of points surveyed conventionally in the field compared to the same point locations created using DatuGram™3D.
Expert speaker: Eric D. Colburn PLS, President of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc.

eric1-243x300Eric Colburn, PLS, is a seasoned professional land surveyor, DatuGram™3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D consultant with over thirty years of experience. Eric is a successful entrepreneur, industry writer, product development consultant, RI licensed professional land surveyor, president of Foster Survey Company founded in 1993, publisher of EricColburn.com since 2008 and president of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. since 2013.

A technology and productivity evangelist, Eric often explores innovative tools and technologies to improve the productivity and profits of land surveyors and civil engineering professionals.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grants Eight More UAS Exemptions

February 4, 2015 in Business, Drones, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

FAA Grants Eight More UAS Exemptions

FAA Grants Eight More UAS Exemptions

FAA Grants Eight More UAS Exemptions

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted eight more regulatory exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, bringing the total number of exemption grants to 24.

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US DOT To Release Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules This Week

January 28, 2015 in Land Surveying

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sUAS

New Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules For Commercial Use Is imminent

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a monthly update of proposed rulemaking to release the long-awaited Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rules this week. These rules, for the commercial us of sUAS, UAVs, or drones, had an original 2011 publication date. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) then moved the new commercial sUAV rules publication date to last year and missed that target as well. The new US DOT projected publication date for commercial use of sUAV is now January 30, 2015.

The Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules Abstract:

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Points For Land Surveyors Webcast

January 12, 2015 in AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D 911, AutoCAD Civil 3D Templates, Business, Continuing Education, Land Surveying, Surveying Software, Webinars

AutoCAD Civil 3D WebcastsDate: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Cost: Free
To Register; CLICK HERE

Join us for this AutoCAD Civil 3D Points For Land Surveyors Webcast. This free, limited, and reserved seating (250) webcast covers:

  • Points creation and editing
  • Point Styles
  • Point Label Styles
  • Point Description Keys
  • Point Groups
  • Importing Points
  • Creating Point Tables
  • Using Points in Survey Databases
  • Exporting points

Join us on January 20th for this informative AutoCAD Civil 3D Points For Land Surveyors Webcast.

FAA Grants Real Estate, Agricultural UAS Exemptions

January 9, 2015 in Business, DJI, Drones, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Orthophotos, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, UAS, UAV

FAA Grants Real Estate, Agricultural UAS ExemptionsJanuary 6– The Federal Aviation Administration today granted two regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, including the first for real estate photography.

The agency gave the exemptions to Douglas Trudeau with Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, AZ, and Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, WA. Before these exemption approvals, the FAA had granted 12 exemptions to 11 companies in a variety of industries.

Mr. Trudeau’s exemption authorizes him to fly a Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter to enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos. Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to use a fixed-wing eBee Ag UAS to make photographic measurements and perform crop scouting for precision agriculture.

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Professional Land Surveyor Learning Center Announces Website and Education Platform Relaunch

January 5, 2015 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

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Professional Land Surveyor Learning Center

The Professional Land Surveyor Learning Center, created by professional land surveyor Eric Colburn, PLS, publisher of EricColburn.com, announced today a major website and education platform relaunch. Students and instructors will find the site is now easier to use and more functional, with an enhanced user experience.

The website and education platform relaunch improves the course tools, forums, communication tools, ease of use and improves functionality across all devices.The PLS Learning Center learning platform redesign provides educators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments.

As a special relaunch promotion the new, free DatuGram™3D: Working With Real Data course is now open for enrollment. This course is 100% free with a quick and easy signup. Included in this free course is a link to download a full trial evaluation of DatuGram™3D along with a complete data set including real project files for students to work with. Improvements to the courses published before this update are underway. As we update those courses, they will become available for enrollment.

About the Free DatuGram™3D: Working With Real Data Course

Price: Free

In this course you'll get hands-on experience using DatuGram™3D from beginning to end by working with real data collected in the field for a real surveying and mapping project. Then you can export the finished work to your CAD software. The algorithms running in the background are very complex, but, as you will see, the process of using DatuGram™3D is very simple and easy!

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To learn more about the Professional Land Surveyor Learning Center please visit http://www.ericcolburn.com/learn/.

To create a free account please visit http://www.ericcolburn.com/learn/login

Become an Instructor!

Looking to share your knowledge and earn extra money, too? We are looking for industry partners interested in teaching what they know, while offering a generous profit-sharing plan. You will also gain national and international recognition as an expert in your field. Whether you're interested in teaching boundary surveying, business, technology, UAV or drones, we will work with you one-on-one to start your online teaching career with the Professional Land Surveyor Learning Center.

To become an instructor, visit our contact us page or call us toll-free at 800-277-3265.

About Eric Colburn, PLS

eric1-243x300Eric Colburn, PLS, is a seasoned professional land surveyor, DatuGram™3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D consultant with over thirty years of experience. Eric is a successful entrepreneur, industry writer, product development consultant, RI licensed professional land surveyor, president of Foster Survey Company founded in 1993, publisher of EricColburn.com since 2008 and president of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. since 2013.

A technology and productivity evangelist, Eric often explores innovative tools and technologies to improve the productivity and profits of land surveyors and civil engineering professionals.

 

Free Datumate Live Webinar-DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons

December 18, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Webinars

DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons

webinar_hdrHi, this is Eric Colburn and for myself, Datumate and Colburn Strategic Partners I invite you to our next free Datumate Live Webinar on DatuGram™3D Version 4 Review & Accuracy Comparisons: Please join us Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2pm EST to learn about the latest software updates and features found in the newly released Version 4.0 of DatuGram™3D. We will also check the accuracy of points created in this new, revolutionary DatuGram™3D software as compared to conventional land surveying.

When: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 2:00pm (EST)
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Free
Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

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Topcon Announces Software Add-on for Autodesk Integration

December 18, 2014 in AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk, Business, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software, Topcon

LIVERMORE, Calif., USA/ CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, The Netherlands – Topcon Positioning Group announces the new Topcon eXchange software solution add-on for AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design software. It is designed to save time by converting AutoCAD Civil 3D design data into files compatible with Topcon 3D construction solutions as well as the MAGNET® software system.

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DatuGram™3D Case Studies Surveying & Mapping in the 21st Century Using Regular Cameras Webinar Recording

December 15, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Surveys, Technology Videos

DatuGram™3D Case Studies Surveying & Mapping in the 21st Century Using Regular Cameras

DatuGram™3D Case Studies Surveying & Mapping in the 21st Century Using Regular Cameras

In this Datumate Live Webinar you'll learn about real-life case studies of surveying and mapping using digital images of a regular, inexpensive (but high-resolution) camera and the new, revolutionary DatuGram™3D software. You will see real-life case studies of:

  • A-built Surveys
  • Roads
  • Junctions/Intersections
  • Bridges
  • Stockpile Volume Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Electricity and Cell Towers

DatuGram™3D lets you make survey-grade measurements and technical CAD drawings directly from digital images of regular cameras, at sub-cm accuracy. Using DatuGram™3D, both field and office work of topographic and as-built surveys is made easier, faster, safer and at higher accuracy.


SPAR Announces Commercial UAV Expo October 5-7, 2015

December 9, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing

IMG_0576-0.JPGPortland, Maine USA, November 24, 2014 – SPAR Point Group announced today that it will launch Commercial UAV Expo, October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. As organizers of premier 3D technology events in North America, Europe and Asia, SPAR Point Group is well established in the data capture and imaging technology space. “We have been listening to our customers and watching the market for some time,” said Lisa Murray, Director. “While it is well known that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a game-changing technology, the regulatory environment and concerns over safety have kept commercial growth to a minimum. Given the potential benefits of approved commercial UAV use and global market projections of $12 billion for commercial UAVs over the next decade, the time is right to launch this event.”

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Save Over 15% on DatuGram™3D Black Friday to Cyber Monday

November 28, 2014 in Business, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

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Save Over 15% Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Save Over 15% Black Friday to Cyber Monday

ADDED BONUS! EVERY ORDER INCLUDES A FREE BLADE NANO QX RTF QUADCOPTER **

Use Promotional Code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout & save $1,100 on DatuGram™3D!
Offer ends midnight Monday, Dec. 1st.

Don't miss this limited time Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal to save $1100* and get a $90 gift free**. The free Blade Nano QX is small, but it's a great quadcopter training tool. Learn to fly safely without damaging an expensive UAV!

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DatuGram™3D Tip of the Month Video: Camera & Lens Selection a Key Success Factor

November 18, 2014 in Business, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

DatuGram™3D Tip of the Month Camera & Lens Selection

DatuGram™3D Tip of the Month Camera & Lens Selection

DatuGram™3D Tip of the Month: Camera & Lens Selection a Key Success Factor

Selecting an appropriate camera and lens is a key success factor when using regular cameras for surveying.

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Bentley and Trimble Advance BIM through Construction Modeling

November 9, 2014 in Bentley, Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Surveying Software, Trimble, Trimble

Announcements at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 and Trimble Dimensions 2014
Conferences Underscore Joint Undertakings and Benefits

LONDON and LAS VEGAS, Nov. 3, 2014—Bentley Systems and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), leading providers of BIM technology for engineers and contractors, have committed to leveraging construction modeling for the benefit of capital, industrial, and infrastructure project delivery. Aspects of construction modeling include modeling of temporary works, intelligent positioning, "splitting and sequencing," detailing for fabrication, workface planning, construction work packaging, and support for distributed construction—referencing and supplementing design modeling deliverables.

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