George M. Cole PLS, PE, PhD

George M. Cole is a professional surveyor and engineer currently serving as a visiting professor of surveying at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. In addition to many years in private practice, his professional experience includes service with the predecessor to the National Geodetic Survey in the first satellite geodesy program and service as the State Cadastral Surveyor for Florida. Dr. Cole is also the author of several surveying texts.


Bridging the Gap

Not all colleges offer a full surveying curriculum, so it’s vital to create programs that entice students into related fields – especially those with an expanding job market.
There has long existed a dichotomy between the education of spatial scientists and the real-world application of that science.

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Hacia La Excelencia: Toward Excellence

While many lament that new surveyors are entering the profession with insufficient mathematical skills or drive, this is not true of the surveying graduates at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Surveying students at UPR are very comfortable with trigonometry and easily handle the calculus and matrix algebra necessary for least squares adjustments, map projections and physical geodesy courses. In fact, UPR students not only demonstrate a passion for their studies, they have a passion for surveying in general.

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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 March

In this March 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at how a dam project's field work becomes complicated with a river and lush vegetation. Also, read about Williston, North Dakota's population boom due to unprecedented oil exploration and drilling activity.

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