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Privacy Issues Raise Concerns for Remote Sensing

As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.
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Breaking Down the Rules of Construction

Surveyors deal with the rules of construction each time they read a deed and attempt to walk in the footsteps of the original surveyor. While it would be tempting to refer to these as basic principles, the permutations found among the many jurisdictions that make up the nation seem anything but “basic.”
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FAA Releases Roadmap for UAS

Document outlines challenges, opportunities for integration of civilian unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.

Document outlines challenges, opportunities for integration of civilian unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.


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Doctrine of Merger: How Not to Create a New Easement

A look at some of the misconceptions that commonly arise after merged estates are re-divided.

 At recent convention seminars in several states, one of the most contentious issues was the doctrine of merger. In particular, heated debates frequently arise over the necessity of creating a new easement after the original right was extinguished due to the operation of the doctrine of merger. This is a disturbing concept for many. How can an express grant of an easement that is clearly described in a recorded deed be considered void when the dominant and servient estate are presently under separate ownership? 


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Traversing the Law

How Boundary Lines are Established

Boundaries defined by property owners are as old as property itself; property lines are dependent on the actions (or inactions) of landowners.

How do boundary lines become established? This is a critical question for the land surveyor who is interested in surveying property.

 What I mean by surveying property is rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the limits of ownership, not simply staking out geometry from a deed or rendering a new mathematical breakdown of a section.  


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Unmistakable Marks

Go With the Flow

While major flooding is a staple for headlines on the national news, another common flooding problem is less spectacular but may be equally problematic for the property owner and the surveyor. Surface flow water has often been the source of disputes between adjoining property owners.


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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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2015 February

In this February 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at how reflectorless total station monitoring proves invaluable for two complex watermain installation projects. Also, read our new studying revealing trends in laser scanning among surveying professionals.

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Going to an UAV Event?

As new information about unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use comes out just about every day, new conferences are popping up for 2015. Will you attend one of these events?
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