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Technology Benchmark: Relearning the Value of Money

I can say one positive thing about this recession: It definitely has us relearning the value of money. As my partner and I recently reviewed some accounts payable, we were astounded to find that we were being charged for all sorts of things we didn’t order or didn’t expect.
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The Data Czar: Cloud Computing

The emerging trend of cloud computing can deliver both SaaS (software as a service) and HaaS (hardware as a service) to consumers who can realize a benefit from shifting their capital expenditure into an operational expenditure. Is your company ready to relinquish your systems and IT infrastructure to an application service provider?
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Opinion: Rethinking Subdivision Design

As the economy begins a slow recovery and subdivision development work again gets under way, it makes sense to reassess the approach to the basic form of land development design. Developers assume that when they hire a land surveyor to subdivide their land, the surveyor will produce the most efficient, attractive and marketable layout. So what is the optimum layout?
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Technology Benchmark: Who is Left in the Surveying Profession?

As I was recently updating my contacts in the industry, I came to a sad realization: Many of my colleagues are gone. While this is true to some degree in both engineering and surveying, it seems that in surveying it is particularly evident.
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Technology Benchmark: New Technologies for 2010

As we move into this new year, I am noticing a lot of enthusiasm. Developers are starting to commence new housing projects, builders are getting back to work, and big box sites are now beginning to pick up where they left off. Any firm that has not invested in technology over the past year or so might need to catch up rapidly to better compete for this work. Several key technologies are available as we enter the new year.
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The Data Czar: The Shapefile Genre

There is a generation of differences between GIS and CAD users of yesteryear and those of this new decade. One of those differences is the use of shapefiles. Although the modern alternative, a geodatabase, has existed since ArcGIS 8.0, the structure and concept of that contemporary form is still foreign territory to many.
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The Data Czar: Putting Reports in Their Place

Reports are part of the lifeblood of a company since they play an instrumental role in the functioning of business processes. But look closely at the link between the reports and the processes. Which one is derived from where? As technology gives us the ability to look at information in multitudes of ways, it is essential to establish business processes first and then engage reports to support those processes.
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Opinion: It's Time to Zoom Out

We’ve all heard the story of the blind men trying to describe an elephant. One has hold of a leg and proclaims elephants to be like trees. Another has his hands on the trunk and is sure elephants are like snakes. Another is inspecting an ivory tusk and knows elephants are like rocks. Each has his own perspective, and from that perspective he is right. The problem is that none can zoom out to see the larger picture. The surveying profession is much like this today.
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Technology Benchmark: What's Next for Eagle Point Users?

A couple weeks ago, Eagle Point announced that it will no longer sell its civil engineering and surveying software after the 2012 release. This means that in approximately one year, Eagle Point products as we have known them will cease to exist. Instead, Eagle Point will become a “national dealer” of sorts for Civil 3D, bundling its Pinnacle solutions as part of the Civil 3D purchase. The company’s Web site says it will be “standardizing on Civil 3D as our development platform.” So what does this mean for Eagle Point software users?
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The Data Czar: Protecting Our Children

Following the tragedy in Clay County, Fla., last month, I can't help thinking about the role of technology in protecting our children. GPS devices made specifically to track the location of children exist. But can we really protect our kids with GPS technology? And what about the GPS devices used by law enforcement officials to track convicted offenders? Can such technology keep predators away from our kids?
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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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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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