Articles by Mark E. Meade, PE, PLS, CP

From the Ground Up: A closer look at mobile mapping

It is pretty hard to pick up a technical or trade journal these days and not see an article on mobile mapping somewhere within the pages.
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From the ground up: Change in the air.

As I walk out the front door of our office each evening, I pass by a pile of boxes set for overnight shipping.
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From the Ground Up: Capturing the tides.

A few years ago, it was fairly uncommon for me to undertake projects with a requirement for tide- coordinated acquisition. This situation has changed.
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From the Ground Up: The sky is the limit.

Significant advances have been made in the technology available for use on mapping projects. The trend toward delivering larger projects in a compressed time frame has driven further changes.
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From the Ground Up: LiDAR planning.

Like all other types of mapping projects, proper planning is critical to the success of a LiDAR project.
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From the Ground Up: Horizontal Accuracy Assessment in LiDAR.

Project specifications typically spell out accuracy requirements for both the horizontal and vertical components in LiDAR collection. But while a thorough assessment and reporting of the vertical accuracy of the elevation surface is almost always completed for LiDAR projects, a formal evaluation of the horizontal accuracy is less often required.
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From the Ground Up: Elevation for the Nation, Part 2

I gave a brief review of the results from the first meeting held last year on this effort. This month, I will report on the second National LiDAR Strategy Meeting held May 21-22 at the headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Va.
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From the Ground Up: Collecting Breaklines

Breaklines are an important component of most terrain models. They serve as 3D lines that control the surface behavior in terms of smoothness and continuity.
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From the Ground Up: Elevation for the Nation.

Many of the presenters at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in February discussed the growing interest and need for a new nationwide elevation data collection.

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From The Ground Up: LiDAR and photogrammetry

Not too long ago, a professional land surveyor whom I respect posed a very interesting question centering on the relationship between LiDAR and traditional photogrammetry: will LiDAR ever eliminate the need for aerial photography? The question was prompted from a debate in his surveying/engineering firm regarding the future of photogrammetry.
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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 October

In this October 2014 issue of POB, we explore cities across Europe pursuing new sustainable energy policies. Also, read how 3D laser scanning produces a winning topographic survey for a high school football field and running track.

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