Articles by Harry O. Ward, PE

Technology Benchmark: Is Surveying a Career for your Son or Daughter?

We recently completed our Spring semester at George Mason University where I have been teaching for many years.
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Technology Benchmark: Floods in the Midwest - More Failing Infrastructure!

For weeks now we are seeing the Mississippi flooded, dams being intentionally breached by the USACE and farms and towns completely flooded out. OK, so it rained, a lot.
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Technology Benchmark: A Survey Certificate in Data Prep

With the growth of automated machine guidance increasing at a strong pace related work occurs in surveying, stakeout and data prep. Machine Control is useless without a good 3D model and we have talked about this in my writings for over ten years!
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Technology Benchmark: It's a Great Time to be a Surveyor or Civil Engineer if You Live in China

t is a great time to be a Surveyor or Civil Engineer if you live in China! - Land Development is dead in the U.S., it is flourishing in China due to increasingly wealthy population and a huge influx of ex-patriate workers.
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Technology Benchmark: State of the Union - 2011

It was interesting to hear the President give the annual State of the Union address last week. As anticipated, he urged us to invest in three things: infrastructure, education and research. These concepts come on the heels of the rare visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
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Technology Benchmark: Why Don't We Build Things to Last?

I had a rare opportunity to watch a bunch of TV this holiday, mostly documentaries, but they were varied in content. After watching several on history I began to realize how flimsy our construction is. The shows highlighted the work of the Romans, their great cities many of which still stand today; their public works facilities, their roads, bridges and coliseums, libraries and meeting places.
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What Does 2011 Look Like From Your Point of View?

First of all, Merry Christmas to my colleagues in the business! Here we are at the end of a horrendous year of business for most people in engineering, surveying and construction. Land development is all but gone, infrastructure shows promise but could be a mere fleeting tease of what should be. What does 2011 look like from your point of view?
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Laser Scanning Will Soon Replace Traditional Surveying

Traditional surveying with total station (reflectorless or not) is coming to an end. OK I said it. 
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Rules from a Recession and Questions That Should Be Asked

The recession has been long and hard and it isnt even remotely over yet. Many people have been caught short when they are laid off, some even shocked. 
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Technology Benchmark: The Survey Industry Is Beginning to Redefine Itself

Finally the survey business is picking up. Are we headed back to the good old days of 5 years ago? No! However, we are now seeing surveyors working again.
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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 January

In this January 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at integrated technologies that provide real-time 3D measurements of a Brisbane construction site.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

With the unmanned aerial system (UAS) presence growing in surveying, you will in 2015:
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