Pardon the pun, but geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects. Applications range from locating abandoned underground storage tanks and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill boundaries and other buried unknown problems.
It’s no secret the geospatial profession is making leaps and bounds both commercially and philanthropically. From the use of GPS to operate cars without a driver, to the use of drones to assess forest fires, to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map what help is needed where in the aftermath of earthquakes, professionals in the field are constantly developing extremely useful new applications for existing technology.
Although the Montana city of Bozeman’s stormwater system has been silently producing front-page news for decades, it has typically only flowed into the spotlight because of an incident or an emergency.
How quickly things can change. Just formed in 1992, the West Central Conservancy District (WCCD) provides sewer service to more than 8,000 customers in Hendricks County, Ind., immediately west of metro Indianapolis.
Trimble has announced a new version of its Trimble Positions software suite including automated workflows to streamline data collection and increase productivity for GIS professionals in a variety of industries.