‘Know Before You Fly’ UAS Safety Campaign Takes Flight

Leading UAS organizations team up with FAA to launch new safety program
Leading unmanned aircraft systems industry groups, along with the federal government, have launched a new education campaign providing UAS operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

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Refreshed Branding Boosts Westwood Professional Services

Surveying and engineering company simplifies logo, updates website

Westwood’s fresh brand message reflects its dedication to client satisfaction by cultivating an environment where its employees are provided professional and personal growth opportunities, the company says.

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New Record for SPAR Europe and European LiDAR Mapping Forum

Co-held events draw largest number of attendees in five-year history
The nearly 90 presentations in the two-and-a-half-day, five-track conference program touched on advances in 3D technologies, including new options for capture, processing, visualization and deliverables.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems Benefit All, MAPPS Tells States

Executive director John Palatiello makes the case for surveying professionals using technology
In remarks before the National Conference of State Legislatures, MAPPS executive director John Palatiello said photogrammetry and remote sensing provide enormous “societal benefit.”

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FAA Announces 5 UAS Exemptions for 4 Commercial Entities

‘Unmanned aircraft offer a tremendous opportunity to spur innovation,’ says Transportation Secretary Foxx

The commercial entities that received UAS exemptions are: Trimble Navigation Limited; VDOS Global, LLC; Clayco, Inc.; and Woolpert, Inc. — the latter company receiving two exemptions.

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Land Surveying Firm Landpoint Named a Finalist in the 2014 Oil and Gas Awards

The Oil and Gas Awards panel has awarded Landpoint, one of the largest land surveying firms in the Southwest, a finalist position in the 2014 program.

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NSPS Praises Congressional Call to Revoke Davis-Bacon Policy

The NSPS praised members of congress for urging Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to reverse the department's decision to unilaterally extend the Davis-Bacon Act requirements to survey technicians. 

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PBS Series Uses Scanner Technology on Ancient Structures

The PBS series "Time Scanners" debuts July 1. The show uses modern laser scanners to learn about ancient structures.

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Innovative System Ensures Vertical Alignment of Gerald Desmond Bridge

The Gerald Desmond Bridge is being replaced with California’s first long span, cable-stayed bridge, with an additional 50 feet of clearance, making it one of the tallest cable-stayed bridges in the United States. 

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FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights Over Land

Surveys will check pipelines, infrastructure on Alaska north slope


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More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


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2014 December

In this December 2014 issue of POB, we celebrate our 40th year, and take a look at how we began. Also, see how an innovative approach helped a surveying firm provide fast and accurate volume reporting for the aggregates industry.

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