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Technology Benchmark: The M&As are Continuing; Is Your Firm Next?

Have you looked around in the last couple of weeks?  Mergers are going on hot and heavy. 
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Opinion: Now is the time to define your role in the NLPD.

Are you involved in the effort to create a National Land Parcel Database (NLPD)? If not, you should be.
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GPS Reference Networks Need Regulation

Contractors using GPS rovers or automated machine guidance are making heavy use of GPS reference networks these days, and they are absorbing 3D data from satellites routinely. 
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Data Czars: Data and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Twenty days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, I received an e-mail from Andrew Stephens (Drew), founder and director of the GIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that combines GIS support, planning and training around the world. Drew was heading to Houma, La. – a small town 60 miles southwest of New Orleans – to offer his support, and he invited me to join him. I agreed.
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Technology Benchmark: The National Surveyors Guild

A guild is an association of individuals with the same interests. According to Wikipedia, guilds are “organized in a manner something between a trade union, a cartel and a secret society.” That’s what I’m talking about-a secret society! I envision a close-knit group of like-minded surveyors that have the math, science and secrecy similar to the Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar.
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The Data Czar: Developing a Life Cycle for GIS

One of most significant constituents in the structure of any business is its information systems. Information systems are critical mechanisms that support an organization's strategic goals. To keep projects on track, on time and on budget, adherence to the software life-cycle process is crucial.
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Opinion: Don't abandon principles when surveying subdivisions.

Few problems faced by surveyors are as common as the discovery of one or more additional iron rods, pipes or rebar in the immediate vicinity of an original subdivision lot corner. 
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Technology Benchmark: Sometimes It Isn't About Production Improvements

OK, here’s a new tack: Me, a lifelong engineer/teacher, acknowledging that sometimes improving production rates through training is NOT the best thing to do.
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The Data Czar: Social GIS

GIS always seems to meander its way into our lives in one way or another. The latest is its infiltration into the social media realm. With hundreds of millions of users, the marketing potential is phenomenal.
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Opinion: There's No Such Thing as "the <em>Client's</em>" Line

Why might a surveyor be in a quandary when confronted by a potential client? Let's listen in on some of the statements so often heard from likely clients.
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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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2014 December

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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