Articles by Wendy Lyons

Tangents: A marriage made in heaven

Earlier this year, the head of Google Earth defended the virtual mapping program against those who blame it for aiding acts of terrorism. "I don't really think it's tipping the balance in favor of the bad guys," John Hanke, director in charge of Google Earth and Google Maps, said in an interview. "The evilness is in the philosophies and the desires of those that want to do evil. They will use the tools at hand to do that, whether it's throwing a Molotov cocktail, or shooting a rifle or using some piece of technology as part of the process." What do you think?
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Tangents: Defining Space

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. At 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong made a great stride for humanity when he became the first person to set foot on the moon.
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Tangents: A New Definition of GPS

An ABC News Science & Technology article recently posed the question, Will GPS Make Us Dumb? With international headlines like "Faith in GPS sends Mercedes downstream," "GPS causes accident in France," and "Man follows GPS straight into a train," it isn't a long stretch of the imagination to think that--for some people--maybe it already has. Retired Xerox executive Al Byrd, of Georgia, might agree.
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Expanding Boundaries

Like many things in the Lone Star State, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS) Education Committee is big. “It’s been divided into several subcommittees,” says TSPS board member Bill Coleman, RPLS. “We have a whole division that deals with educational activities. It’s one of the major things we do.”

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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 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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