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In this March 2014 issue of POB, we cover the MAPPS annual awards for geospatial firms, the success f a Denver airport thanks to BIM, and the industry technology predictions for 2014 from the experts.

MAPPS Honors Top-Flight Work by Geospatial Firms

March 1, 2014
For the seventh year, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) the national association of private sector geospatial firms, honored top-flight work in the geospatial community.
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Using GIS to Search for the Buffalo Trace

March 1, 2014

Many years before settlers from Europe settled the United States, bison migrated along a route through southern Indiana as they traveled from grasslands and salt licks in Kentucky to prairies in Illinois. Later, Native Americans followed the path beaten into the ground by the bison as they moved through the lower Midwest. 


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Extracting 3D Models from 2D Photos

March 1, 2014

Many people are searching for new ways to generate 3D models. A new software project called 3-Sweep, under development at an Israeli university, is making it easy to create 3D models from a single 2D photograph.


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Technology Experts Offer Predictions for 2014

March 1, 2014

Experts with technology companies looked back at 2013’s technological breakthroughs and offered insight into technologies and infrastructure changes they expect to see in 2014. The year promises to be a big one with new and developing technology, better public engagement and innovative building processes.


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Denver Airport Project Takes Flight Thanks to BIM

March 1, 2014

Building information technology helped an airport’s redevelopment program take flight. Thanks to BIM and the efforts of HNTB, the Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center project has overcome any turbulence and smoothed out rough edges.


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New ASPRS Director Looks Forward

March 1, 2014

Dr. Michael Hauck has taken the reins at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Hauck became the fourth executive director in the 47-year history of ASPRS when he replaced James Plasker, who retired on Jan. 10.


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RFID Helps Map Below the Surface

March 1, 2014
A tremendous amount of effort is focused on collecting data about the Earth’s surface using satellites, airplanes, terrestrial mobile mapping units, total stations and many other devices. Even land areas under water are measurable up to a certain depth. It is reasonable to say that we are at the point where nearly everything above ground is mapped.
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Professional Surveyors: Ensuring the American Dream

March 1, 2014

 If only this were the case. How different would the land surveying profession be if this were the general perception people had about land surveyors over the past several decades? How different could the land surveying profession be if we made this a reality in the very near future?   


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Surveyors Can Help Colleagues by Preserving Records

March 1, 2014

Over the years, I have met quite a few impressive Pennsylvania surveyors. One in particular retired more than a decade ago, and as I remember it his attorney advised that he destroy all his records and plans. His lawyer’s logic was they could only serve to create trouble for him in retirement.


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How Practical is 'Practical Location'

March 1, 2014
Practical location is one member of a nebulous pantheon of principles (also including acquiescence, agreement, adverse possession and estoppel) by which the courts attempt to fix disputed boundaries on the ground. The original dispute might have been caused by overlapping (or nonexistent) surveys and deeds, or by the inevitable loss of original monumentation over time.
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Readers Sound Off on Issues

March 1, 2014

 POB wants to hear from you. To share your thoughts on this column—or any other article in POB—let us know by sending an email to pobeditor@bnpmedia.com. Or send a Tweet to @POBMag, leave a message on the Point of Beginning Facebook page or connect on LinkedIn


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RPLS Network Provides Opportunities to Connect

March 1, 2014

Have you ever wondered what your fellow land surveyors think? From Maine to California, from Minnesota to Texas, and from all around the world, the RPLS Network allows you to find out what your colleagues are thinking, saying and doing. You may even be able to help out a fellow surveyor.


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SOKKIA CORPORATION has introduced the DX-200 total station

March 1, 2014

 SOKKIA CORPORATION has introduced the DX-200 total station to the North American market. The DX-200 features enhanced abilities and versatility, and it can be used with the RC-PR5 remote controller for increased Bluetooth wireless range. 


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NASA purchases 22 Leica Viva TS15 robotic total stations

March 1, 2014

 LEICA total stations are being used by NASA. They purchased 22 Leica Viva TS15 robotic total stations to monitor critical displacements on the new Space Launch System’s RS-25 engines during a comprehensive structural test that will be performed at the Systems Integration and Test Facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.  


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The VUX-1 by RIEGL

March 1, 2014

RIEGL developed a survey-grade unmanned aircraft system (UAS) LiDAR sensor, the VUX-1.


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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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POB July 2014

2014 July

In the July 2014 issue, POB explores the growth of photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States across residential, commercial and utilities markets. Also, read how an innovative system ensures the vertical alignment of Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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