Articles by Robert W. Foster, PE, PLS

On the Level: Instant Replay for Ethics

In a Major League baseball game in 2010, Armando Galarraga, a Detroit Tigers pitcher, was one out away from throwing a perfect game. With two outs in the ninth inning, the first base umpire, Jim Joyce, called a ground ball hitter safe at first base. It was one of those bang-bang plays in which the umpire must see two things happening almost simultaneously: the ball in the glove as the foot hits the base.
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On the Level: Surveyors in the Market Economy

The joint meeting of FIG Commissions 3 and 7 in Sophia, Bulgaria, in November delivered value consistent with its theme, “Information and Land Management A Decade After the Millennium.” In particular, two issues were of interest. One is a situation familiar to us here in the U.S., while the other involves a condition foreign to most American surveyors.
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On the level: Six rules for boundary disputes.

According to Black’s, “Title is the means whereby the owner of lands has the just possession of his property. The union of all the elements which constitute ownership.”1 These elements may be described as proof and quality of claim, which is the attorney’s area of expertise, and location and quantity of claim, the surveyor’s area of expertise. 
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On the Level: Risk Mitigation for Surveyors

Surveyors in private practice need to be aware of ways to mitigate the risk of lawsuits and claims. For those who carry professional liability coverage, participation in an insurance provider’s risk-mitigation credit program may not only decrease the chance of being sued--it can reward proactive surveyors with a significant deductible credit when a claim is made.
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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 April 2015 issue of POB, we explore how AVEVA solutions and laser scanning gave international contractor Ariosh some real competitive advantages in challenging oil and gas revamp projects.

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