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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How Does Pirker Decision Affect UAS Flight

 To fly or not to fly … That is the question. Or at least that’s the question for those in the United States who are engaged in developing their businesses with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) component.  

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NOAA Digital Coast Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

With the addition of South Carolina data to the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, the Southeast region states join the West Coast, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic states in having access to coastal flooding scenarios and uncertainty maps as well as marsh migration, social vulnerability, and flood frequency visualizations. 

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Trimble Acquires Assets of European Engineering and Construction Accessories Company

Trimble announced that it has acquired the assets of privately-held GeoDesy and GeoDesy Free Space Optics.

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HxGN Live

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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