More farmers in the United States began turning to precision agriculture and other technological innovations to increase yields in the last five years. Those increased yields turned into increased profits, and those profits resulted in increased spending on additional geospatial tools.
We all know that our profession is changing, and unmanned aerial systems may soon accelerate the pace. But integration into the national airspace doesn’t have to be the death-knell for traditional surveyors. For those willing to invest, there will be plenty of money to go around.
Chris Tucker was born in the oil patch. So were his brothers, his mom and his dad. He has lost count of the number of oil rigs on the farm he grew up on in Alberta, Canada. He has performed surveying work for Exxon in Chad and Cameroon. And he started his own surveying company focused, in part, on the oil and gas industry.
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.
With a sense of accomplishment and perhaps a tinge of relief, Juergen Mayer stood proudly in front of a jam-packed audience during a session of HxGN Live and explained how Leica Geosystems' new product could help transform the geospatial profession.
Although it seems inevitable that more colleges and universities will turn to online courses to educate geospatial professionals, at least one college is expanding its old-fashioned brick-and-mortar offerings to entice prospective students.
Technological innovations in the geospatial profession have been extraordinary in the last few years, so much so that other professions and industries have adopted its hardware and software to improve their own workflows. But it can be a bit surprising to learn that archaeology, a profession deeply rooted in the past, embraces such modernization.