Articles by Christine Grahl

Sight Lines: A Giving Journey

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?
Read More

Sight Lines: Business Tips from the Trenches

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?
Read More

Sight Lines: Thinking Outside the Box

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.
Read More

Sight Lines: Can You See What I'm Saying?

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?
Read More

Sight Lines: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic?

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?
Read More

Sight Lines: Out of Bounds

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?
Read More

Editor's Note: A Matter of Focus.

There was a time when being a magazine editor was relatively straightforward.
Read More

Sight Lines: Giving Back

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.
Read More

Sight Lines: The Cost of Inefficiency

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.
Read More

Sight Lines: The Snowball Effect

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.
Read More



Image Galleries

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.


POB December 2014 Cover

2014 December

In this December 2014 issue of POB, we celebrate our 40th year, and take a look at how we began. Also, see how an innovative approach helped a surveying firm provide fast and accurate volume reporting for the aggregates industry.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Surveyors, during the winter season, does your firm?
View Results Poll Archive

Point of Beginning Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\POB\epubsite\Statues-pic-large.gif
Surveyor Statues

The perfect gift or award for any special occasion.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo Twitter logo  LinkedIn logo  YouTube logoRPLS small logo

Google +

Geo Locator

Buyers Guide

The #1 buyers' guide for land surveyors and geomatics professionals. Search listings for software and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers and professional services. CLICK HERE to view GeoLocator.