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Laser Scanning Will Soon Replace Traditional Surveying

December 10, 2010
Traditional surveying with total station (reflectorless or not) is coming to an end. OK I said it. 
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The Data Czar: Quality is a Decision

December 3, 2010
Quality is a decision - a decision based on a desired outcome.  When it comes to data, GIS data in particular, it is as the saying goes - garbage in – garbage out. As project pace picks up and milestones turn into deadlines, it is easy to overlook the relevance of data quality as a front line mechanism in assuring purposeful data.
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Rules from a Recession and Questions That Should Be Asked

November 1, 2010
The recession has been long and hard and it isnt even remotely over yet. Many people have been caught short when they are laid off, some even shocked. 
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The Data Czar: Super Voter

October 26, 2010
GIS is a versatile technology.  Its power to decisively transform ‘vanilla’ maps into layered arrays of points, lines, polygons, backed with information, and infused satellite images produces ‘mashups’ that results in a multitude of choices that decision makers that can find useful.
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Technology Benchmark: The Survey Industry Is Beginning to Redefine Itself

October 11, 2010
Finally the survey business is picking up. Are we headed back to the good old days of 5 years ago? No! However, we are now seeing surveyors working again.
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The Data Czar: Oil Spill - Deja Vu

September 8, 2010
Within just six months, two explosions have occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. There needs to be more stringent safety standards and policies to be enforced and ultimately consequences and penalties for those who blatantly disregard them.
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Technology Benchmark: OK - We Now Have our Bailout (I mean funding plan)!

September 7, 2010
Yesterday, Pres. Obama announced a $50 billion funding plan for public works. Do you see what the power of the blog is? My White House sources tell me that Obama read my blog (he is an avid reader of POB and RPLS.com) and decided it was time to fund our profession. 
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Technology Benchmark: Where are the Bailouts for Surveyors and Engineers?

August 13, 2010
I wrote about this a year or more ago, and my position was and still is that the economy isn’t coming back. This is our new economy, one of indecision, uncertainty, huge debt and literally no future. The Apple iPhone and iPad is not what is going to save us, but infrastructure could if we would let it! 
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The Data Czar: Gulf of Mexico Data Access Center

August 12, 2010
In this age of transparency and heightened environmental awareness, it is essential to provide the public – both laypeople and professionals alike – GIS data that will allow everyone to understand the horrendous effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Trends in GIS

August 8, 2010
Deral Paulk, Michael Binge and guest authors share their views on the latest trends in GIS technology and application.
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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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