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Technology Benchmark: Report from the Southeast

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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Georgia is a tough market for firms that rely on land development. In some cases, companies that were 80 people deep last year are now at 40, and a rebound is not in sight. But as firms have cut back on their workforce, they have sought ways to increase productivity-largely through the improved use of existing equipment and software.
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Opinion: Why Should I Use Your Company?

By Larry Phipps, PLS
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Why should someone hire your firm? It’s an important question. Do you have a good answer?
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Technology Benchmark: Report from Houston

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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I recently returned from consulting in Houston, and I am pleased to report that the economy is looking pretty good down there.
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The Data Czar: Breaking Down User Data Needs

By Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP
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Users give a general idea of the type of solution they need. However, their responses, as anyone else’s, are based on their beliefs, experiences, areas of expertise and personal agendas. It is therefore important to direct user responses toward the data by asking the correct questions
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The Data Czar: Getting Over the Ownership Mentality

By Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP
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Channeling data with a bird’s eye view of our organizations' strategies and processes as well as those of the wider community will lead us on a journey of new discoveries rather than down the beaten path of ownership resolution.
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Technology Benchmark: Buy Now-Hyperinflation is Coming

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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The amount of borrowed cash that is floating into our economy now is unprecedented. According to some young economists from George Mason University, hyperinflation will follow.
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Opinion: The Choice of Change

By Larry Phipps, PLS
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Like it or not, change is occurring in our profession. Are we embracing that change or, like the wagon wheel makers of a hundred years ago, hanging on to what we used to know until we are left hopelessly behind?
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Technology Benchmark: Speculative Surveying

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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Many businesses in our society take a speculative approach, in which the originator actuates the effort, creates a result and then hopes to find a buyer. Why don’t surveyors take advantage of this business model?
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Technology Benchmark: Engineers' and Surveyors' Fee Concepts

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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Professional engineers and surveyors are much like attorneys. These professions all require significant education and (in many cases) licensing, and they all serve clients by performing needed services. However, when it comes to billing for those services, vast differences are evident.
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Technology Benchmark: Call to the State Boards of Engineering and Surveying

By Harry O. Ward, PE
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I have one suggestion to help resolve the unemployment and under-employment issues facing our professions: The state boards of engineering and surveying should expand the work that requires a professional license by issuing new position statements.
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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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The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.

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POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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