Few surveyors have likely given much thought to the Geomatics Industry Association of America (GIAA). After all, it’s primarily a manufacturers’ association with the express purpose of “addressing issues related to marketing and statistical information.” How does such an association benefit surveying and mapping professionals?
When you need access to existing data, you might expect to pay a fee. In some counties and municipalities, the fee is substantial, while in others the fee depends on whether the request is coming from a commercial or private entity. Where is the consistency?
Following all the buzz and enthusiasm about the recent SPAR conference, the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) held in Denver March 3-5 seemed like it would be meager in comparison. Many of the individuals who had traveled to Houston appeared to be skipping out on Denver, and the hottest new products had already been announced. What was left to discuss?
When Magellan Professional announced in January 2010 that it had changed its name to Ashtech, few in the surveying and mapping professions were surprised. The Ashtech name has long been associated with high-quality GNSS equipment. ...
I would love to go into the politics of the health care legislation that the House passed by such a narrow margin and that President Obama subsequently signed into law, but I’ll refrain. Instead, I want to focus on what this new legislation might mean for those in the surveying, mapping and related professions.
At first glance, the International LiDAR Mapping Forum in Denver looked like it would take a back seat to the recent SPAR 2010 conference. But discussions with attendees and exhibitors indicated that the forum offered plenty of opportunities in its own right.