Articles by Christine L. Grahl

Editor's Points: More Questions Than Answers

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In a session on “Defining Our Profession” at the MAPPS Summer Conference in Snowmass, Colo., I expected to hear insights on trends in surveying and mapping, and perhaps some ideas for an all-encompassing definition. Instead, the presenters primarily put forth a series of provocative questions.
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Editor's Points: Hidden Opportunities

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When you look at an annual market study like POB’s Salary & Benefits Study, it’s easy to take the numbers at face value.
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Editor's Points: The Path Ahead

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December is a time for reflection. It’s an opportunity to review the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, and to look toward the coming year with optimism and purpose.
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3D Interchange

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Increasing the efficiency of transportation corridor surveys requires the right tools applied in the right way.
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Editor's Points: Technology in Perspective

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In Metro City, the fictional setting for the 2009 computer-animated film Astro Boy, robots handled everything, from cooking and cleaning to construction and child care. The humans, presumably, had better things to do.
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"˜Proposed LAS 1.4 Spec Is Broken,' Says LWG Member

By Christine L. Grahl
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On August 22nd, the LAS Working Group (LWG) of the ASPRS Lidar Division released a draft proposal for version 1.4 of the LAS specification for review. Based on the LWG operating protocol, the revised draft was first circulated among the core group through email, with revisions made until everyone within the LWG was in agreement.
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"˜Technology Fix' Muddies LightSquared Debate

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In September, Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, along with Anthony J. Russo, director of the National Coordination Office, Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) at NOAA, and others testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces regarding the potential impact of the proposed LightSquared broadband network on GPS related to national security.
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High-Precision VFX

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In 2008, author David Hughes uncovered The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made. Near the top of the list was John Carter of Mars, based on a 1917 novel written by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story features an American Civil War veteran who is mysteriously transported to Mars (also known as Barsoom), where he is drawn into an epic battle between the planet’s inhabitants.
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Editor's Points: What's Your Strategy?

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The outlook seemed to be brightening. Despite the continued economic turbulence, signs of recovery appeared to be on the horizon. Surely things are finally getting better! I thought. As I began talking to people, I was initially disappointed.
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Sight Lines: A Data Dilemma

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As Hurricane Irene churned toward the Eastern seaboard in late August, preparations were already under way in state emergency operation centers along the East Coast.
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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 the August 2014 issue, POB explores how John McAslan + Partners used 3D modeling to facilitate the update design of King's Cross Station. Also, read how keeping workers safe on a rocky, steeply sloped mountainside requires precise, reliable monitoring.

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