Free DatuGram™3D Webinar: Surveying with Small UAVs: A Paradigm Shift

October 13, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

Surveying with Small UAVs: A Paradigm Shift

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 Surveying with Small UAVs: Please join us Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2pm EDT to learn how using a small, camera equipped UAV and close-range photogrammetry software, like DatuGram™3D, will add to your business capabilities while improving your productivity and profits!

When: Thursday October 23, 2014 2:00pm (EDT)
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Free
Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

Datumate Live Webinar Description:

Driven by the rapid evolution of close-range photogrammetry in recent years, small UAVs equipped with regular cameras are rapidly adopted by surveyors worldwide as a key field-to-plan tool for 1:250 scale surveying projects. However, while using small UAVs for surveying is approved in most of the countries in the world, it is still in a legal limbo in the US.

This webinar will review the principles of using small UAVs for surveying with regular cameras, introduce multiple real-life case studies of surveying works using small UAVs, and provide practical hands-on best practices for using small UAVs in the field. The webinar will review the legal status of using UAVs in the US, and especially the two recent court cases involving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and users of UAVs, where the FAA’s policy memorandum on UAVs, particularly in regard to their being used for commercial purposes, was found to be not legally binding.

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.

Register now and we look forward to seeing you on October 23, 2014

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Juniper Systems’ New Rugged Handheld Allegro 2 Offers Unparalleled Efficiency for Data-Intensive Applications

October 11, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, Juniper Systems, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News

Allegro 2

Juniper Systems Allegro 2

Logan, UT – This week at the INTERGEO Conference, Juniper Systems caused a stir of excitement with the announcement of their newest rugged handheld computer—the Allegro 2™. The handheld is the latest in the company’s well-reputed Allegro product line, “with every bit of reliability,” the company says, “but now with some major advancements.”

According to Juniper Systems, the Allegro 2 was “designed for the data-intensive,” with meticulous attention paid to the engineering and design of the handheld in order to maximize efficiency and precision, both of which are critically important aspects to high-volume data collection.

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DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan in Action: Surveying a Pedestrian Bridge Across a Highway Video

October 9, 2014 in Business, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

This DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan (F2P) in action video shows how a pedestrian bridge across a highway was surveyed using a regular camera mounted on a small UAV along with a limited amount of conventional surveying to anchor the images, resulting in fast and accurate (<2cm) measurements and mapping using DatuGram™3D.

In total, this surveying and mapping project was completed with high accuracy and precision while saving 23 hours!

DatuGram™3D software is a new, revolutionary cutting edge Field-to-Plan close-range photogrammetry technology for the 21st century by Datumate that lets surveyors make measurements and CAD drawings directly from images of regular, inexpensive 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.

 

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Effort Comparison Between DatuGram™3D and Conventional Surveying:

  • Conventional method effort estimation: 28 hours (3 ½ days)
  • Actual work effortDatuGram™3D: 5 hours

Time Saved Using DatuGram™3D: 23 hours!

Bentley Systems Acquires SITEOPS to Advance Site Engineering to Site Optioneering

September 29, 2014 in Bentley, Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

Global Civil Engineering Software Leader to Integrate Proven and Unique
Site Optimization Technology for BIM Advancement

LOS ANGELES, Calif., U.S.A. – 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS – breakthrough site design optimization “software at your service.” SITEOPS uses cloud-based computing techniques to empower site development professionals to move beyond engineering to optioneering, which enables the exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs. This substantially improves the choices considered for any site development, including commercial, industrial, institutional, campus, and residential projects.

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Professional Land Surveyor News: Carlson Machine Control Upgrades PDGrade™

September 16, 2014 in Business, Carlson, Carlson, Geomatics, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Surveying Software

Carlson Machine Control’s New 3D Piling Machine Guidance System for Mixed Fleet Piling Applications Provides Greater Efficiency, Increased Safety and Lower Costs

MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A. (September 16, 2014)—  Carlson Machine Control has upgraded PDGrade™, an application-centric 3D positioning system for a variety of piling machines. First introduced in early 2013 and built on top of 18 years experience in machine guidance, PDGrade™, with its accuracy and ease-of-use, empowers piling contractors to work with higher efficiency, improving production while lowering cost and increasing safety.

Get high accuracy navigation and positioning with upgraded PDGrade™.

The PDGrade™ Piling System v6.0 was developed especially for piling applications, notes Randy Noland, vice president for Carlson Machine Control.  “The traditional piling workflow is a manual process requiring staking, marking, and trial and error,” he says. “With PDGrade™, piling contractors can benefit from high accuracy navigation, positioning and easy-to-use software that offers features such as navigation to pile, pile location, as-builts, and production reports. The system also increases safety, as it requires less people to be in the proximity of the machines when erecting piles.”

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Free DatuGram™3D Webinar: The Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras

September 9, 2014 in Business, Continuing Education, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

The Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras Webinar

webinar_hdrHi, this is Eric Colburn and for myself, Datumate and Colburn Strategic Partners I invite you to this free webinar on the Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras. The technology used to survey with a regular camera is sometimes called close-range photogrammetry or you may have heard it called terrestrial photogrammetry. Regardless of the name, this is mapping from digital photographs for the 21st century!

Many professional land surveyors, civil engineers and GIS/geospatial professionals are surprised to learn how easy it is to use a regular, inexpensive camera with software like DatuGram™3D to quickly and safely make survey-grade measurements as accurate as their conventional total stations and GPS. Join us for this important, free webinar to learn more about how to survey and draw maps right on digital images taken from a high-resolution – yet inexpensive – regular camera, review real case studies and discuss why this technology is now possible.

When: Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00pm (EDT)
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Free
Where: Online Webinar (Register Here

 

Datumate Live Webinar Description:

Driven by the rapid evolution of digital photography and personal computing in recent years, regular cameras rapidly change the way surveyors work worldwide. This Datumate Live Webinar will review:

  • The principles of making measurements and drafting directly on images of regular cameras
  • Introduce multiple real-life case studies of surveying projects using regular cameras
  • Provide practical hands-on best practices for using regular cameras for 1:250 scale surveying projects

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 profitability of land surveyors and civil engineering professionals.

Register now and we look forward to seeing you on September 25, 2014

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DatuGram™3D Version 3 New Features Video

September 1, 2014 in Business, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software, Technology Videos, Videos

DatuGram™3D Version 3 New Features Video

DatuGram™3D Version 3 New Features Video

This video shows the major, new features in Datumate’s DatuGram™3D Version 3

Watch the DatuGram™3D Version 3 New Features Video

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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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