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Laser Scanners on Prime-Time TV

July 22, 2014

 In July, laser scanning historic structures went prime time with the PBS TV series “Time Scanners,” and that’s a good thing for the professionals who read POB.

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The Case of the Conveniently Forgotten Easement

June 23, 2014
At first glance, these two cases would seem too dissimilar to be included in the same article. One tried in 1849, the other only a few years ago.

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A Statute of Limitation on Boundaries

June 16, 2014

 Clarifications on property law’s built-in limitations periods

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Fixing Old Survey’s Measurement Errors Difficult, But Can Be Done

May 21, 2014

 On a recent project, I retraced a 40-year-old survey in order to establish the boundary lines for a partial topographic survey of a 31-acre parcel. There was bad news and good news.

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A Workplace Fatality: How Bad Can it Get Afterwards?

May 16, 2014

I have had the unpleasant opportunity to consult with companies after a worker was killed while working on several occasions the past few years.  

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Getting to the Bottom of Subsurface Rights

May 1, 2014

 Mineral rights and mining interests in land have become more critical than ever in recent years, and disputes over conflicting property rights are common.  

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Digital film: A new era of sensors for aerial surveying and mapping

April 5, 2014
I know that sensors are not a typical subject for columns in POB, but there are some big things happening with sensor technology that will directly impact everyone who uses geospatial imagery and data for aerial surveying and mapping. For many of you, sensors are a behind-the-scenes technology and you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them.
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Surveyors can grow by planting their own marks like MAG nails

April 5, 2014

The story goes that Johnny Appleseed gathered the apple seeds from the cider press and traveled America planting apple trees along the way. While taking family walks, my wife and I might turn to the kids and point out a wild apple tree and exclaim, “That must be one of Johnny’s apple trees.”

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A New Practice Model

April 5, 2014

When anybody can be an expert measurer, and the perception is that a GIS map is just as good as a survey, then the land surveying profession as we currently know it will cease to exist. 

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New editor at POB

April 5, 2014
I have a lot to learn. We all do. That’s why you’re reading POB…to learn more about what’s happening in and around your profession. That’s why we converse, go to conferences, email and Google. We’re all learning.
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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.


POB July 2014

2014 July

In the July 2014 issue, POB explores the growth of photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States across residential, commercial and utilities markets. Also, read how an innovative system ensures the vertical alignment of Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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