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DatuGram™3D Introduction and Overview Video

May 5, 2014 in Business, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Product Reviews, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

datugram3d_box_smallThis an introductory video demonstration of DatuGram™3D to give you an overview of this revolutionary Field-to-Plan surveying and mapping process using regular, consumer grade cameras to get 1-2cm accuracy. DatuGram™3D lets you make surveying measurements and technical CAD drawings directly from images using regular cameras, at sub-cm accuracy. Using DatuGram™3D, both field and office work of topographic and as-made surveys is made easier, faster, safer and at higher accuracy.

Please contact me for a short webcast to see how you can use DatuGram™3D in your business or to set up a free trial evaluation.

 

ConsensusDocs Coalition Releases New Land Survey Standard Agreement

August 23, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Professional Land Surveyor Practice

WASHINGTON – Owners and land surveyors will have a standard agreement to guide their contracting now that the ConsensusDocs Coalition is publishing a new Land Survey Agreement. The new agreement is designed to meet the unique characteristics of land surveying, which is an essential part of many road and building projects.

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Surveyor’s Saturday Serendipity: Funny Urban Dictionary Surveyor Definition

August 16, 2014 in Land Surveying

What is the point?In this week’s installment of Surveyor’s Saturday Serendipity I’d like to share a funny Urban Dictionary surveyor definition that a friend posted on Facebook.

It is, however, a little inappropriate at times, so be warned.

There’s also a definite anti-engineer slant that should be taken in the spirit of good-natured ribbing that was intended (I hope). I can assure you that surveyors love engineers, too!

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FAA Announces Virginia Tech UAS Test Site Now Operational

August 14, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Light Unmanned Aircraft, News, Remote Sensing

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Announces Virginia Tech UAS Test Site Now Operational

Research in Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland to benefit technology development

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site program is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The site is the last of six nationwide to be declared operational.

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Federal Highway Administration Announces $1.48 Million For Bridge Improvements in Five States

August 7, 2014 in Business, Land Surveying, News

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The Federal Highway Administration

Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia to receive extra funding

WASHINGTON – U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today awarded $1.48 million in grants to help five states – Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia – improve bridge construction and repair using cutting-edge technologies.

“There are many benefits to advancing new construction and repair techniques like these,” said Secretary Foxx. “From shorter work-related traffic tie-ups to roads and bridges that last longer, grants like these have the potential to help drivers everywhere.”

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Surveyor’s Saturday Serendipity: Johnny Dronehunter: Defender of Privacy – Official Trailer feat. Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer

August 2, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Videos, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Remote Sensing, Technology Videos, Videos

Johnny Dronehunter: Defender of Privacy

Johnny Dronehunter: Defender of Privacy

In this installment of Surveyor’s Saturday Serendipity, an entertaining video about Johnny Dronehunter. It seems that while all Johnny wants to do is to cruise down the road with the tunes turned up, he ends up attacked by his evil nemesis the DJI Phantom drones, or UAVs.

Damn good thing that Johnny had his shotgun with silencer at the ready!

“In the not-too-distant future, privacy is a thing of the past. Undeniable rights degrade like the paper they were written upon, and Big Brother has a constant eye on you and your family.

It will take a determined man and an unequaled weapon to make a stand. And explosions. Yeah, lots of explosions. If trouble was what they were after, they found it. Coming Fall 2014, it’s Johnny Dronehunter: Defender of Privacy.”

Professional Land Surveyor Source: Youtube

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Topcon Products Enable Mapping from Ground, Air and Vehicles Video

July 28, 2014 in Land Surveying

movies iconTodd Danielson interviews Barbara McInerney, Product Marketing Manager, Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. They discuss Topcon’s GIS and mapping solutions in three main areas: from the ground, from the air and in a vehicle.

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SAM Opens Full Service Office in St. Louis, Missouri

July 7, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News

 


SAM Opens Full Sevice Office in St. Louis, Missouri

SAM is one of the largest geospatial firms in North America and St. Louis is the sixth full service office for the company. The firm has experienced exceptional growth recently, being ranked second on The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firms list, as well as ranking 97 among the Engineering News Record 2014 Top 500 Design Firms.

Jack Butler, PLS, LS

Jack Butler, PLS, LS, is our Office Manager for the new St. Louis office. He has 41 years of experience in surveying and mapping for a wide range of clients such as the Port of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several other public agencies and private sector clients.

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Carlson SurvCE 4.0 Released

June 28, 2014 in Carlson, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Surveying Software

Carlson SurvCE 4.0 Released

 

Featuring hundreds of additions and improvements, Carlson SurvCE 4.0 supports the widest range of popular and new release RTK GPS and conventional/robotic total stations of any other data collection software on the market. Newest instrument drivers added for Total Stations and GPS receivers include: the Spectra Precision Focus 30, Stonex R1 Plus, and Stonex R2+W Onboard total stations, and more than 15 new models of GNSS from CHC, Topcon, TechGEO, Stonex, Spectra Precision, South, Kolida, Horizon Kronos, and ComNav.

“We work hard to have SurvCE continue to meet our customers’ needs as it sets the standard in data collection,” says Carlson. “This newest version of SurvCE is again emphasizing precision occupation for total stations, and expanded reporting of GPS localization and measurement data.”

SurvCE 4.0 is available in more than two dozen languages. These include: English, Spanish, French, French (Canadian), Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, simplified Chinese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Swedish, Latvian and more.

Carlson SurvCE 4.0 gives users the option to import text in drawings in addition to blocks; allows GPS base records from the raw file to be processed into the CRD file; and offers a new 2D sketch polyline and snap option. This is in addition to its popular Cloud-based messaging, file transfer, NGS monument recall, simplified stakeout methods and powerful GPS measurement averaging and blunder detection in the field (with accuracies in-between RTK and post-processing) introduced last year in SurvCE 3.0.

“The main and universal advantages of SurvCE are retained—a simple interface, quick learning curve, now even stronger graphics, and a rich set of features to complete any work from building and highway stakeout, to property surveying, TOPO, control, and GIS data collection,” adds Carlson.

Other top new features include:

• Ability to freehand sketch in the map screen;
• Support for full output reporting in GNSS analysis;
• Enhanced ability to stake roads by complete LandXML Road Model—load and go;
Cogo-Point Protection that allows a point range and makes a .txt file for station, offset, and elevation and other user-defined fields from the reference;
• Full compatibility with Stewart Weir Software; and
• Enhanced performance on new capacitive screen data collectors.

The Carlson SurvCE 4.0 upgrade is free for those who upgraded their SurvCE software to 3.0. For those moving from any SurvCE 2.0 versions, the cost is $300. The price for 4.0 for those upgrading from an initial purchase of SurvCE 3.0 over this past year is $150. The price to purchase SurvCE remains the same as it has since 2007.

As it has since its founding in 1983, Carlson provides excellent, free, and prompt technical support, which adds to the many reasons to upgrade to SurvCE 4.0. The Carlson Surveyor, Surveyor+, and MINI2 data collectors and the CR2 or CR5 total stations have been developed to work smoothly and efficiently with Carlson SurvCE. All can be found at dealers near you.

About Carlson Software

Founded in 1983, Carlson Software produces technically advanced software solutions for the civil engineering, land surveying, machine control/positioning, solid waste landfill, mining, and law enforcement investigative industries. For more information, call Carlson at 606-564-5028, 800-989-5028, or, in Europe, +31 36 750 1781, or visit www.carlsonsw.com.

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8 for Improved Least Squares Adjustment

June 4, 2014 in Land Surveying

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET 8 for Improved Least Squares Adjustment

The latest version of the world’s most popular least squares adjustment software for land surveyors improves productivity and increases confidence in the results from an expanded range of locations worldwide.

MicroSurvey is pleased to announce the release of version 8 of STAR*NET, the world’s most popular least squares adjustment software. With a substantially expanded coordinate system engine and direct support for the latest geoid models, MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 makes it even easier for land surveyors in any location to seamlessly introduce the least squares network adjustments and corrections necessary to ensure accurate and reliable data.

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Juniper Systems Brings “Best Data Collection Tools for the Job” to ACE14

June 3, 2014 in Land Surveying

Juniper Systems Brings “Best Data Collection Tools for the Job” to ACE14

Juniper Systems is headed to ACE14, the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) annual conference and exposition from June 8 – 11. Held in Boston, Massachusetts, ACE14 is a high-traffic attraction for professionals and vendors in the water industry.
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Known Problem With Certain GPS Devices

June 3, 2014 in GPS, Land Surveying

Known Problem With Certain GPS Devices

Advisory Notice from the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
May 15, 2014

NAVCEN logo Recently, many GPS users have reported intermittent GPS outages in their devices. After investigating, the U.S. government has linked the problem to flawed processing of GPS satellite data within certain GPS receiver chipsets. The GPS satellite service continues to function as designed and is fully operational and available worldwide. Read the rest of this entry →

Busting Myth #4 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

June 2, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Orthophotos, Photogrammetry, Professional Land Surveyor Practice, Remote Sensing

DJI Phantom 2 Vision

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a list Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft to discuss misconceptions and misinformation about Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) regulations.

As UAS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, if you will, become ever more popular for recreational and eventual commercial use, I thought it would be helpful to share these FAA myth busting topics for your evaluation.
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Myth #4: There are too many commercial UAS operations for the FAA to stop.
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Busting Myth #3 About The FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

May 29, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Light Unmanned Aircraft, Orthophotos, Photogrammetry, Professional Land Surveyor Practice, Remote Sensing

DJI Phantom 2 Vision

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a list Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft to discuss misconceptions and misinformation about Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) regulations.

As UAS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones, if you will, become ever more popular for recreational and eventual commercial use, I thought it would be helpful to share these FAA myth busting topics for your evaluation.
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Myth #3: Commercial UAS operations are a “gray area” in FAA regulations
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Free DatuGram™3D Webinar: Measuring and Drawing Maps Directly on Images of Regular Camera

May 21, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software


Measuring and drawing maps directly on images of regular camera

When:

Thursday June 5

2:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT)

11:00am – 12:00pm (PDT)

Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

This webinar will introduce DatuGram™3D, Datumate’s new innovative software for making geodetic measurements and drawing maps directly on images taken by regular camera. This cutting-edge technology, used on a daily basis by numerous surveyors worldwide, simplifies the Field-to-Plan process, making it faster, more cost effective, and with superior accuracy. This webinar will demonstrate DatuGram™3D software with real-life examples of 1:250 scale surveys made by regular cameras, including roads and junctions, building topography and facades, large densely populated areas, and much more.

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Applanix Brings Trimble CenterPoint RTX Correction Service to its Airborne Mapping Products and Solutions

May 16, 2014 in Land Surveying, News

Applanix Airborne

Applanix Airborne

Applanix Brings Trimble CenterPoint RTX Correction Service to its Airborne Mapping Products and Solutions

Beijing, CHINA, November 12, 2013Applanix, a world leader in products and solutions for mobile mapping and positioning, today announced that the Trimble® CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service will be available across its entire airborne mapping portfolio. As a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), Applanix is unique in the marketplace in its ability to offer this leading, Trimble correction service.

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Smart Mapping SuperSurv Available on App Store and Google Play Now

May 10, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Surveying Software

Smart Mapping SuperSurv

Supergeo Technologies, a leading global provider of GIS software and solutions, launches SuperSurv, the mobile GIS app, on the App Store and Google Play. Containing comprehensive GIS data collection functions, SuperSurv is now more accessible for global users.

Designed for both iOS and Android powered devices, SuperSurv integrates with GIS and GPS technologies to provide rich functions in field survey, like Map Display, Query, Measure, etc. With SuperSurv, the collected data can be saved as feature layer (point, line, polygon) in SHP or GEO format in offline mode. Besides, SuperSurv supports to employ OpenStreetMap as the base map to make field survey more effective.

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Datumate Secures $5M in Financing Round Led by Battery Ventures

April 28, 2014 in Business, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

Datumate

Datumate Secures $5M in Financing Round Led by Battery Ventures

Nazareth, Israel, March 20th 2014 — Datumate Ltd., a market leader of ‘field-to-plan’ technologies for the civil engineering and architecture industries, has secured $5M in financing round led by Battery Ventures. Existing investor Al-Bawader, an Israel-based investment firm, also participated in the round. The new funding will be used to continue product innovation, fuel the company’s rapid growth into more markets and acquire more customers worldwide.

Datumate (www.datumate.com) transforms the civil engineering and architectural spaces by using image-processing technology to dramatically reduce the amount of time crews spend in the field taking technical measurements for projects while maintaining a high level of accuracy, as well as time spent in the office transforming these measurements into maps and plans. This revolutionizes the laborious and error-prone process of capturing field data and turning it into a GIS map or a CAD plan, which currently involves taking detailed field measurements with dedicated surveying equipment; making sketches by hand in the field; and then turning them into a technical plan. With Datumate’s software platform, surveyors, architects and civil engineers simply photograph the surveyed area or object with a regular camera, either handheld or carried by small remote-controlled quadcopter, and then draw their maps or plans directly on the resulting digital images. This streamlines the process of turning field data into maps and plans, making it faster, cheaper and of a higher quality than the traditional method used today.

Datumate Geoform+ Most Innovative Product Award Winner 2013

Datumate Geoform+ Most Innovative Product Award Winner 2013

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Spectra Precision Introduces MobileMapper 20

April 19, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, GIS, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Spectra Precision, Surveying Software

MobileMapper 20

Powerful and complete, MobileMapper 20 is the ideal enabling tool for a huge range of positioning applications.

WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Spectra Precision introduced today the MobileMapper® 20 GIS handheld. In the same form factor as the current MobileMapper 10 handheld, MobileMapper 20 offers enhanced capabilities: a new bright VGA color touch screen display, a 5 MP camera for higher resolution images, doubled memory capacity and 3.5G cellular performance. The MobileMapper 20 also comes with a standard 2-year warranty.

Unique to products in its class, the Spectra Precision MobileMapper 20 provides real-time GPS accuracy of better than 2 meters and post-processed accuracy of a half meter using MobileMapper Office software. Mapping professionals can also take advantage of Spectra Precision’s optional MobileMapper Field software for data collection, maintenance and inspection.

MobileMapper 20 incorporates a variety of communication technologies, including Bluetooth, WiFi and a 3.5 G cellular modem, to keep mobile workers connected and more efficient while in the field. With a compact lightweight design, large display and long battery life (typically more than 20 hours), the easy-to-use handheld is ideal for intensive data collection. The MobileMapper 20 runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and offers the flexibility to support a broad range of third-party software applications. Read the rest of this entry →

USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

April 18, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, Geomatics, GIS, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software, USGS

Mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data

Screen shot of a mobile mapping service integrating USGS topographic data; hiking and biking trails south of Golden, Colo.

Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users?  The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

The USGS’ National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30 minute Webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on the 30th of April at 9am Mountain Time.

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