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2014 June

In this June 2014 issue of POB, we cover Canada's most technologically progressive survey firm, the court ruling's impact  on the use of drones, and how to get an education in laser scanning.

Tronnes Surveys uses LiDAR to Help Realize a Beautiful Building

By Angus W. Stocking, LS
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 Tronnes Survey was asked to step in on a tricky project involving the Edmonton International Airport’s (EIA) new Combined Office Tower (COT), which includes offices and the air traffic control tower in an eight-story building.  


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A Kentucky Highway Interchange Project Brings Video Games to Public Infrastructure Design

By Jennifer Caroland-Shaw and Chuck Lounsberry
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Most large construction projects use some kind of 3D modeling through their various stages—whether it’s CAD, BIM, photo simulations, or another technology. 


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A Different Approach to Data Management

By Linda Duffy
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 Anyone who works with geospatial information eventually faces the problem of managing change over time. This is especially true if multiple editors are involved, when working with data can lead to the frustration of conflicting changes, slow validation, and other challenges.  


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Efficient Movement of Information Plays a Key Role in Keeping Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure Functioning

By Chris Gibson
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There are more than 609,000 highway bridges in the United States, ranging from two-lane spans crossing rural streambeds to complex configurations for urban highway interchanges.


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As laser scanners become more popular, the need for training grows

By Bruce MacLeod
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 Two-thirds of laser scanner users plan to take training but only one-quarter of users believe there is adequate training available. 


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Fixing Old Survey’s Measurement Errors Difficult, But Can Be Done

By Jeffrey Turner
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 On a recent project, I retraced a 40-year-old survey in order to establish the boundary lines for a partial topographic survey of a 31-acre parcel. There was bad news and good news.


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How Does Pirker Decision Affect UAS Flight

By Joe Paiva PhD, PS, P
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 To fly or not to fly … That is the question. Or at least that’s the question for those in the United States who are engaged in developing their businesses with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) component.  


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Rules for Use of Drones Are Needed Soon

By Bruce MacLeod
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 Getting a structure of rules of use for drones as well as a standard of competence for operators is essential and needs to be done as soon as possible.  


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A Workplace Fatality: How Bad Can it Get Afterwards?

By Ronald E. Koons
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I have had the unpleasant opportunity to consult with companies after a worker was killed while working on several occasions the past few years.  


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Visual Intelligence's iOne Software Sensor Tool Kit Architecture

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Visual intelligence announced that its iOne Software Sensor Tool Kit Architecture (iOne STKA) is available for purchase or licensing by manufacturers of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs) that want to deliver an integrated UAV/geospatial imaging solution to customers. 


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Leica's new ScanStation P15

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Leica announced the launch of its latest versatile 3D laser scanner, the Leica ScanStation P15.


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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 September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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