Articles by Christine Grahl

Sight Lines: Report from the ESRI SEG Summit

I’m in San Diego this week at the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit and User Conference. According to Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Survey/Engineering Industry Manager for ESRI, 36 percent of the attendees are here for the first time. Attendees are looking for networking opportunities, business ideas, new technologies and, in some cases, simply confirmation that their firm is on the right track.
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Sight Lines: The Museum of Surveying Needs Your Help

The National Museum of Surveying in Springfield, Ill., was originally set to open in February 2009. Then the opening was postponed. Some progress is being made, but much of the 10,000-square-foot space remains empty, still waiting for exhibits and displays. Where is all the surveyor support?
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Sight Lines: Taking Risks

I’m at the Optech Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference in Toronto, and I have to admit that I’m impressed with the turnout. Despite a serious recession, a global H1N1 flu pandemic and the near-simultaneous MAPPS 2009 Summer Conference, Optech’s debut event has drawn nearly 170 attendees based on preliminary estimates.
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Sight Lines: Are We Turning the Corner?

Recent news reports indicate that the economy might finally be turning the corner. Is this just a blip on the radar, or is a substantial recovery under way?
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Sight Lines: Your Co-worker, Your Client

With so many companies still wielding the layoff knife, it’s understandable to want to do everything within our power to try to keep our jobs-even, perhaps, resorting to underhanded measures. But a far better strategy is to treat your co-workers as your clients.
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Sight Lines: A Rock and a Hard Place

One town tables a mapping project because the fees are too high while another is outraged that a local firm would use offshoring to reduce its costs. How can surveying and mapping firms win the price battle?
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Web Exclusive: Closing the Gap

Is today’s education system adequately preparing the surveying and mapping professionals of the future? Here’s a look at what’s needed, where we’re falling short and why it matters to today’s professionals.
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Sight Lines: Is it Time for a National License?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken part in several conversations in which someone has mentioned the need for a national license or certification for professional surveyors. This is not an entirely new concept, but the changes that are occurring in our profession might force the issue onto center stage.
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Sight Lines: Employee Free Choice Act

Posted By Kristi Grahl on 3/23/2009 at 4:36 AMI haven't seen much discussion on the board about The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 so I thought I would blog
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Sight Lines: Free Choice or Forced Choice?

On March 10, The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 was introduced to Congress. This bill, also known as “card check,” would amend the National Labor Relations Act to make it easier for employees to “form, join or assist labor organizations,” according to the language in the bill. What would it mean for our professions?
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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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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.

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