Articles by Christine L. Grahl

Street Smart

We live in a 3D world, and we design our buildings and infrastructure to fit real-world applications. Yet all too often, the data and maps that form the foundation of these designs only exist in two dimensions. Traditional topographic maps essentially strip the data of vital information--a feature’s vertical elements--leaving designers, architects and engineers to perform their design or analysis using 2D features.
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A Model of Efficiency

When the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received $5.5 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to spend on energy-efficiency upgrades and other improvements to properties owned by the federal government, the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in downtown Indianapolis was near the top of the list.
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Adventures in Education

Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler are blazing new trails in surveying education to prepare students for a high-tech future.
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Editor's Points: Cloud Contemplations

Not long ago, if someone said you had your head in the clouds, they likely would have been calling you a daydreamer, someone who is out of touch with reality. These days, however, the word “cloud” carries a different connotation. In fact, keeping your head in the clouds is likely to be a good thing.
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The Virtual Business Tool Box

When you head into the field to perform a survey, you wouldn’t forget your tools. Yet many professionals neglect to consider basic business strategies in their day-to-day tasks. 
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Editor's Points: Does Your Firm Have SOPs?

Within a matter of weeks after Christmas, my son already had a pile of broken toys thanks to shoddy manufacturing or design.
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Sight Lines: How the FTC Could Shut Down Your Business

When Congress failed to pursue several pieces of privacy legislation proposed or introduced in 2010, many in the surveying and mapping professions breathed a sigh of relief.
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Sight Lines: Geomatics, Formerly Known as Surveying

I received a press release late yesterday afternoon about new bachelor’s and associate of science degrees in Geomatics at Utah Valley University (UVU). One phrase in particular caught my eye. In its description of the program, the university stated: “Geomatics, formerly known as Surveying… .” 
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Editor's Points: Five Resolutions for a Successful New Year

I’m generally not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. There’s too much hype and not enough follow-through. Still, there’s no denying that the changeover to a new year brings with it the anticipation of a fresh start.
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Editor's Points: What's on Your Wish List?

As children, many of us saw December as a magical time of year. It was a time to dream of possibilities and imagine the inconceivable.
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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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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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