Richard (Dick) W. McDonald, PLS, CP

Dick McDonald is president of MAPPS ( and director of geospatial services for T3 Global Strategies Inc. (, a surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, and GIS firm based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville, Pa. He can be reached at


The Business of MAPPS: president's perspective

Over the past several years, MAPPS has carried out an awareness campaign on the use of the term “profession.” We believe individuals involved in surveying, mapping and other geospatial services are part of a profession, rather than “industry.” But what distinguishes an individual as a professional?
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The Business of MAPPS: President's Perspective: How QBS Unites Us All

If there is a single issue that unites individual surveyors and geospatial professionals in disciplines such as satellite and airborne remote sensing, photogrammetry, aerial photography, mobile mapping, LiDAR, building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services, it is support for qualifications-based selection (QBS).
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MAPPS President's Perspective: The Role of Surveyors in GIS ... and MAPPS

The broader GIS, mapping, photogrammetry and geospatial markets, while certainly not robust, have not been hit as hard. In my 35 years as a licensed professional surveyor, I’ve seen my share of economic ups and downs. But this one is different, and it caused me to contemplate why.
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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at integrated technologies that provide real-time 3D measurements of a Brisbane construction site.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

With the unmanned aerial system (UAS) presence growing in surveying, you will in 2015:
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