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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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!

Join Today!

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

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

October 28, 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, Technology Videos, Videos

Surveying with Small UAVs: A Paradigm Shift

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This is the live recording of the Datumate Live Webinar - Surveying with Small UAVs: A Paradigm Shift - hosted by Eric Colburn of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. and Datumate held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2pm EDT. This free webinar discusses how using a small, camera equipped UAV and close-range photogrammetry software, like DatuGram™3D, will improve your Field-to-Plan (F2P) process, add to your business capabilities and improving your productivity and profits!

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Free Datumate Live Webinar-DatuGram™3D Case Studies: Surveying & Mapping in the 21st Century Using Regular Cameras

October 27, 2014 in Business, DatuGram™3D, DatuGram™3D, Datumate, Datumate, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, News, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Surveying Software

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

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 Case Studies: Please join us Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2pm EST to 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.

When: Thursday November 20, 2014 2:00pm (EST)
Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Free
Where: Online Webinar (Register Here)

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The Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras Datumate Live Series Webinar Recording

October 27, 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, Technology Videos, Videos

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DatuGram™3D Webinar: The Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras held on Thursday September 25, 2014

Driven by the rapid evolution of digital photography and personal computing in recent years, regular cameras rapidly change the way surveyors work worldwide.

The Revolution of Surveying with Regular Cameras Datumate Live Series Webinar summary:

  • 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

Presented by: 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.

Precision and Accuracy in Geodetic Surveying Video by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey and The COMET Program

October 21, 2014 in Business, Business Practices, Continuing Education, Geomatics, GNSS, GPS, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Land Surveying Videos, News, Professional Land Surveyor Practice, Videos

This brief video, produced in collaboration between NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey and The COMET Program, is aimed at surveying professionals, planners, policy-makers and others who use mapping products. The video emphasizes that survey measurements need to be precise as well as verified as accurate by relating measurements to a known reference system such as the National Spatial Reference System in the United States.

Precision and Accuracy in Geodetic Surveying Video

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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

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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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