Articles by Harry O. Ward, PE

Technology Benchmark: OK - We Now Have our Bailout (I mean funding plan)!

Yesterday, Pres. Obama announced a $50 billion funding plan for public works. Do you see what the power of the blog is? My White House sources tell me that Obama read my blog (he is an avid reader of POB and and decided it was time to fund our profession. 
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Technology Benchmark: Where are the Bailouts for Surveyors and Engineers?

I wrote about this a year or more ago, and my position was and still is that the economy isn’t coming back. This is our new economy, one of indecision, uncertainty, huge debt and literally no future. The Apple iPhone and iPad is not what is going to save us, but infrastructure could if we would let it! 
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The Technology Benchmark: Instrumental systems for the future.

When we are surrounded by advanced technology that can do a myriad of tasks, it’s easy to underestimate the value provided by humans.
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Technology Benchmark: The M&As are Continuing; Is Your Firm Next?

Have you looked around in the last couple of weeks?  Mergers are going on hot and heavy. 
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GPS Reference Networks Need Regulation

Contractors using GPS rovers or automated machine guidance are making heavy use of GPS reference networks these days, and they are absorbing 3D data from satellites routinely. 
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Technology Benchmark: The National Surveyors Guild

A guild is an association of individuals with the same interests. According to Wikipedia, guilds are “organized in a manner something between a trade union, a cartel and a secret society.” That’s what I’m talking about-a secret society! I envision a close-knit group of like-minded surveyors that have the math, science and secrecy similar to the Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar.
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Technology Benchmark: Sometimes It Isn't About Production Improvements

OK, here’s a new tack: Me, a lifelong engineer/teacher, acknowledging that sometimes improving production rates through training is NOT the best thing to do.
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Technology Benchmark: Relearning the Value of Money

I can say one positive thing about this recession: It definitely has us relearning the value of money. As my partner and I recently reviewed some accounts payable, we were astounded to find that we were being charged for all sorts of things we didn’t order or didn’t expect.
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Technology Benchmark: Who is Left in the Surveying Profession?

As I was recently updating my contacts in the industry, I came to a sad realization: Many of my colleagues are gone. While this is true to some degree in both engineering and surveying, it seems that in surveying it is particularly evident.
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Technology Benchmark: New Technologies for 2010

As we move into this new year, I am noticing a lot of enthusiasm. Developers are starting to commence new housing projects, builders are getting back to work, and big box sites are now beginning to pick up where they left off. Any firm that has not invested in technology over the past year or so might need to catch up rapidly to better compete for this work. Several key technologies are available as we enter the new year.
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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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