The idea started simply enough. In 2008, Fay Rubin, director of the New Hampshire statewide GIS known as the GRANIT System, began exploring the possibility of collecting LiDAR data on the Piscataqua River and several other watersheds that cross the boundary between Maine and New Hampshire.
The organization was called the Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, or MAPPS. As technology has converged and firms have increasingly found themselves teaming with other organizations and serving expanding roles, MAPPS has evolved to reflect those changes.
The dynamic, bustling city of Fukuoka, Japan, relies on a complex network of pipes, ducts and cables to carry its power, water, communications and gas--the city's lifeblood. Increasingly, many of these utilities are buried underground.
When Trent Keenan, PLS, WRS, CFedS, president of Diamondback Land Surveying based in Las Vegas, first heard about the project to survey Utah’s Sevier Lake bed for a potential mineral lease, he was excited. In fact, he was so excited that he couldn’t help calling the client, Rick Dye of Salt Lake City-based Emerald Peak Minerals LLC (EPM), more than a few times to convey his enthusiasm.
Seemingly big news came out of the ACSM Congress meeting in San Diego last week: Representatives to the Congress approved a motion to disband and dissolve ACSM, with all operation, control, assets and liabilities turned over to NSPS.
ROWE Professional Services was one of the first firms to embrace GPS technology for survey work in the early ‘80s. The investment helped bolster the firm’s reputation as a leading professional consulting firm for infrastructure and development projects.
Depending on what report you read, and on what day, the economy is still recovering, albeit slowly and sporadically. Still, there is a general sense of frustration that no one knows when sustained growth will occur.
Three years ago, mobile LiDAR was just beginning to emerge as a potential mapping and surveying tool. A few forward-thinking firms took a chance--with a rather hefty technology investment--and began blazing new trails in railway, infrastructure and asset data collection.