Articles by Harry O. Ward, PE

Technology Benchmark: What's Next for Eagle Point Users?

A couple weeks ago, Eagle Point announced that it will no longer sell its civil engineering and surveying software after the 2012 release. This means that in approximately one year, Eagle Point products as we have known them will cease to exist. Instead, Eagle Point will become a “national dealer” of sorts for Civil 3D, bundling its Pinnacle solutions as part of the Civil 3D purchase. The company’s Web site says it will be “standardizing on Civil 3D as our development platform.” So what does this mean for Eagle Point software users?
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Technology Benchmark: The Time for BIM Is Now!

Building information modeling (BIM) is here and coming up strong. Architects are asking for BIM models from engineering and surveying firms. The engineers don’t add much to this task since we are usually happy if we can deliver a clean 3D data file. So it falls into the realm of the surveyor to provide this service.
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Technology Benchmark: Education Is the Key to Employment

Investing in yourself through education increases your knowledge of current technologies and will allow you to hit the ground running in a new position. What’s more, it shows flexibility and an ability to take on new challenges.
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Technology Benchmark: The Recession is Over; So Where's the Boom?

After each recession in the past two decades, we were doomed to a pitiful stagnation-or, at best, a slow-growth economy-until a major catalyst kicked in and unprecedented levels of prosperity resulted. Clearly, what we need is another major catalyst, and I think I know exactly what it will be.
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Technology Benchmark: Business 101

As I have traveled cross country in the past couple of weeks, from Los Angeles to New England, I have continued to hear doom and gloom about layoffs, cut paychecks, reduced benefits and cut hours. Although the effect of the recession is staggering in its depth, breadth and sadness, I want to proclaim that it is good news in the long run-not necessarily for those individuals affected, but for the economy and the companies involved.
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Technology Benchmark: The Surveyor Is Our Bellwether

There is a lot of talk these days about how the economy is doing. Are we at the bottom? Is the situation beginning to turn around? In the development business, the surveyor has long been the economic bellwether.
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Technology Benchmark: "I Wish I Never Became a Surveyor!"

I just heard a surveyor say that he wishes he had never become a surveyor. This licensed fellow has been unemployed for a year and a half and is doing part-time work and odd jobs to pay the bills. In fact, he is now repairing lawn mowers and said he is making more money than he did as a surveyor.
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Technology Benchmark: Report from the Southeast

Georgia is a tough market for firms that rely on land development. In some cases, companies that were 80 people deep last year are now at 40, and a rebound is not in sight. But as firms have cut back on their workforce, they have sought ways to increase productivity-largely through the improved use of existing equipment and software.
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Technology Benchmark: Report from Houston

I recently returned from consulting in Houston, and I am pleased to report that the economy is looking pretty good down there.
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Technology Benchmark: Buy Now-Hyperinflation is Coming

The amount of borrowed cash that is floating into our economy now is unprecedented. According to some young economists from George Mason University, hyperinflation will follow.
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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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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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