Articles by Harry O. Ward, PE

Technology Benchmark: Speculative Surveying

Many businesses in our society take a speculative approach, in which the originator actuates the effort, creates a result and then hopes to find a buyer. Why don’t surveyors take advantage of this business model?
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The Technology Benchmark: The human asset.

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: Engineers' and Surveyors' Fee Concepts

Professional engineers and surveyors are much like attorneys. These professions all require significant education and (in many cases) licensing, and they all serve clients by performing needed services. However, when it comes to billing for those services, vast differences are evident.
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Technology Benchmark: Call to the State Boards of Engineering and Surveying

I have one suggestion to help resolve the unemployment and under-employment issues facing our professions: The state boards of engineering and surveying should expand the work that requires a professional license by issuing new position statements.
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Technology Benchmark: 14 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Many business experts agree that a recession can be a good time to start a new business. Here are some steps that can get you started on the path to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
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Technology Benchmark: Happenings in the Biz and Infrastructure Stimulus

I attended the NYSAPLS conference in Albany, N.Y., last week as a lecturer and speaker on a panel discussion. The conference was well attended; in fact, according to Jennifer Mauer, the association’s director, they had a record attendance for both audience and vendor participation.
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The Technology Benchmark: Get Over It-The Economy is NOT Coming Back

Many firms think that the economy will hit bottom in 2009, and that they'll be ready when the market picks back up in 2010 and 2011. I believe this is flawed thinking.
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Web Exclusive: The Technology Benchmark: Prosperity during recession.

We may look back at this economic downturn and recognize it as the worst since the Great Depression. With any luck, it won’t be even more severe.
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The Technology Benchmark: A look at how your association dues go to work for you.

A frequently asked question of state surveying associations is: “What do I get in return for my annual dues?”
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The Technology Benchmark: The story behind licensure.

In my June column, I urged engineers and surveyors to consider increased education requirements. After reading my column, Dr. David Gibson, founding director of the geomatics program at the University of Florida, called me to further discuss education and licensure issues related to the surveying profession. His insight and knowledge interested me, and I want to share what I learned from him with POB readers.
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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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