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Opinion: The Santa Clara Public Records Lawsuit Decision Is Good for Surveyors

October 27, 2009
A three-year lawsuit to enforce California's Public Record Act (PRA) finally concluded in late August with Santa Clara County substantially reducing the price it charges for its digital parcel basemap. While some surveyors may still argue that their private stash of control monuments is their source of revenue, most today acknowledge that compiling this information in a supervised manner and sharing it benefits everyone a lot more.
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The Data Czar: Tips & Tricks - The Windows Key

October 22, 2009
We spend a considerable amount of time on our computers. Knowing shortcuts in navigation can help minimize that time, especially during multitasking, which I am sure is a regular for each of us around the office. Here are a few tips using that infamous Windows key that we all seem to bypass on our keyboards.
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Opinion: Embrace Change or Risk Obsolescence

October 14, 2009
Like it or not, the horizontal and vertical position of parcels that can be determined from the local government GIS is well along its way to becoming a reality. We must take our heads out of the sand and begin to expand our markets.
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Technology Benchmark: The Time for BIM Is Now!

October 14, 2009
Building information modeling (BIM) is here and coming up strong. Architects are asking for BIM models from engineering and surveying firms. The engineers don’t add much to this task since we are usually happy if we can deliver a clean 3D data file. So it falls into the realm of the surveyor to provide this service.
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Technology Benchmark: Education Is the Key to Employment

October 5, 2009
Investing in yourself through education increases your knowledge of current technologies and will allow you to hit the ground running in a new position. What’s more, it shows flexibility and an ability to take on new challenges.
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The Data Czar: People vs. Technology

October 5, 2009
We change daily as we grow, as we gain new experiences, and as we develop as humans. The software and hardware that we work with also change continuously. Synchronizing the two--people and technology--becomes a tug–of-war with each side demanding superiority and our fully focused attention.
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Opinion: Surveyors Need to Rethink Their Roles

September 29, 2009
Surveyors traditionally define the boundaries and shape of the land. However, we need to rethink the role of surveying licensees as being the lead professionals for issues dealing with the other uses of the land. As such, we would control the flow of work and fees.
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The Data Czar: Rebranding GIS

September 16, 2009
GIS technology is becoming so integrated with other systems that it could lose its definition or even morph into an entirely new brand. Are you prepared to participate in the new GIS?
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Technology Benchmark: The Recession is Over; So Where's the Boom?

September 16, 2009
After each recession in the past two decades, we were doomed to a pitiful stagnation-or, at best, a slow-growth economy-until a major catalyst kicked in and unprecedented levels of prosperity resulted. Clearly, what we need is another major catalyst, and I think I know exactly what it will be.
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The Data Czar: Socializing Data

September 2, 2009
Does the sharing of data come down to socialism? Is the stigma of technological egalitarianism preventing the growth of GIS by politically stifling the sharing of data on a federal, state and/or local plane?
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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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