Earlier this year, I helped plant a garden as part of a bigger project at a dorm for at-risk teen girls. The project recently culminated in a stunning transformation of the dorm’s hallway and 11 bedrooms, and I was privileged to be there when the final touches were revealed. As I celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am incredibly thankful to have been a part of this journey of giving. Many of our readers have participated in similar journeys. What's your story?
Pricing for services is a common problem, especially in today’s challenging economy. But I recently spoke with a small business owner who doesn’t waste time thinking about what other firms are charging or what price clients might be willing to pay. He doesn’t haggle or negotiate. Instead, he sets his fee based on the value he believes he provides, and he only works with clients who are willing to pay that fee. What's his secret?
I’m at the Leica HDS Worldwide User Conference in San Ramon, Calif., this week. The attendees I’ve talked to are at the conference to learn how others are using scanning technology, and they’re primed to use those examples to launch their own creative ideas. There are no boxes here.
The H1N1 flu pandemic and a continued budget crunch has many companies trying to keep travel to a minimum. Recent technology and business developments related to video conferencing seek to capitalize on this environment. While surveying can't be done remotely, many business meetings can be. Is it finally time for video conferencing to soar?
If the H1N1 flu strikes at your firm, could you afford to shut down for a week? Would your clients understand if you had to delay their projects, or would you end up losing jobs to another company? Do you have a written plan?
It is the surveyor’s job to find boundary discrepancies. But there is a human side of the equation that has to be considered along with all of the maps and monuments. Is it right to “follow the footsteps of the original surveyor” if it means disturbing subsequent surveys that have long been held as correct? What if doing so negatively affects an entire community?
I’ve been encouraged lately by the number of stories I’ve seen about surveying and mapping professionals who have contributed their time and skills to assist their own communities as well as underdeveloped areas around the world.
We’ve all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But sometimes we tend to carry that motto to the opposite extreme. If it is broke, we fix it, and then we fix it again and again in the hope that we can put off that new purchase as long as possible. All the while, we ignore how much the outdated equipment is costing us in inefficiency and lost business.
After a presentation at the recent ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit, a surveyor in the audience asked: “How can I convince my boss to invest in GIS? He wants to see an immediate return on investment.” Indeed, time is money. In today’s economy, few companies can afford to experiment with technologies and endeavors that don’t promise a fast payback.