Robert Galvin

Robert Galvin is a freelance writer who covers technology and business trends. He can be reached at


Technology Tools Cut Time, Boost Accuracy of Geodetic Surveying Projects

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Technology has become crucial for streamlining geodetic surveying to make it quicker, easier and as accurate as possible.

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Deformation Modeling's Role in Preventing Catastrophic Collapse

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 Deformation modeling, while not a substantial percentage of services performed by surveyors, can red-flag changes in various structures and help prevent severe damage. Some projects assigned this measurement method reveal little deformation change, whereas others can show dramatic structural movement.  

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Smart Data Collection

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Intuitive software helps surveyors speed field work, verify accuracy and share data in real time. 
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At the Scene of the Crash

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Determining the cause of train derailments requires solid sleuthing skills and sound application of measurement and mapping technologies.
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The Automation Age

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Remember when you collected a client’s survey field data but then had to wait until returning to your office to download it? You prayed all the data you needed was gathered, and accurately, to avoid a return trip to the jobsite, which could be two hours away.
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Burden of Proof

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Surveying and civil engineering firms increasingly are discovering a potentially strong new niche for client work: forensic surveying. Although not new, this market segment is growing, with a constant need for professional surveyors who can apply their experience and skills in applications involving serious accidents or crimes.
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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.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EDT

Technical Workflows on the Job Site Using 3D Laser Scanning

The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.


POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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