Joseph V. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE

Joseph V. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, is CEO of GeoLearn (, an online education company that will launch this fall with courses for geospatial professionals and technicians, including PDHs for continuing education credit, where applicable. Joe is also a seminar presenter, author and consultant to various types of businesses including surveyors, engineers and attorneys as well as developers and marketers of products for the geomatics industry. Joe can be reached by email at


The Questionable Future of GPS

Technological change can bring dramatic improvements, even in surveying. But a key part of moving ahead is that new technologies should only displace others if they are replacement technologies. Today, a looming communications technology threatens to doom GPS, a crucial positioning (and timing) technology, by displacing it without providing an alternative.
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Tech Talk: Metadata

The term metadata has been around for a while. Among certain geospatial professionals, this term, what it means and how it relates to them is intrinsic to their practice. For other professionals, metadata is part of what they do, but they don’t think of it as metadata, nor do they make a big deal about it.
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Tech Talk: Calibrating Equipment

I fully subscribe to A.C. Mulford, who wrote in his 1912 Boundaries and Landmarks: A Practical Manual: “For after all, when it comes to a question of the stability of property and the peace of the community, it is far more important to have a somewhat faulty measurement of the spot where the line truly exists than it is to have an extremely accurate measurement of the place where the line does not exist at all.” But we must be careful how we use this quote.
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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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