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Lucas: Traversing the Law

Jeffery N. Lucas writes a column about legal issues and court decisions that affect surveying.

Phipps: Value Pricing

Larry Phipps, PLS, addresses the challenge of creating professional pricing models and other business basics for surveyors.

Kline: Unmistakable Marks

Kristopher M. Kline, PLS, provides a column about boundary retracement and court decisions.

Turner: Surveyor's Footsteps

Jeffrey P. Turner hopes to leave a legacy for future surveyors with his columns.

Denny: The Business Side

Milton E. Denney, PLS, writes about education and the business side of the surveying profession.

Binge: Surveying GIS

Michael L. Binge, LS, GISP, has an archive of columns about GIS and data management.

Editor's Points

The editor of POB weighs in monthly on surveying and mapping issues affecting the profession.

Solo Notes

Solo Notes is an exclusive interview series that highlights the experiences of small business owners.

Hewes: Monitoring Success

Craig S. Hewes, PLS, Director of Technology for Leica Geosystems’ Engineered Solutions group, authors a column on new technologies in the surveying profession.

Data Collection

Hardware and software used for collecting survey data.


The latest hardware advances for surveying and mapping professionals.

GIS (Geographic information systems)

GIS is designed to capture, manipulate, analyze and present all types of geospatial data.


Global positioning systems (GPS) and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are transforming high-precision surveying.


Light Detection and Ranging is remote sensing that measures properties of targets through point clouds.

Survey Monuments

Survey monuments are objects placed to mark key survey points on the Earth's surface.


Photogrammetry is the practice of determining the properties of objects from imagery.

Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object without making physical contact.

Surveying & Mapping Software

The latest software tools for surveying and mapping professionals.

Total Stations

Electronic, optical instruments used for surveying are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.


Manned and unmanned aerial systems or unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs and UAVs) are vital in the geospatial profession.

BIM (Building Information Modeling)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and infrastructure modeling in 3D is becoming standard practice for construction.

Boundary & Topo

Topics of interest related to boundary and topographical surveys.


Machine control and 3D visualizations in construction from the surveying and mapping industry.

Energy & Surveying

Surveyors collect data for pipelines and underground utilities to map corridors for other companies.


Surveyors must be mindful of environmental protection on both land and water in map-making.


Technologies such as total stations and LiDAR are used at crime and accident scenes.


A look at the laws and geospatial happenings in the public sector.

Marine / Hydrography

Surveyors are employed in dredging and oil platform projects, underwater mapping and for bathymetric surveys.


Mining companies rely on surveyors to perform pit, excavation, tunnel and volumetric surveys.

Transportation Surveying & Mapping

Surveyors are vital in road and railroad projects and increasingly use BIM for infrastructure projects.


Underground utilities, oil and gas pipelines, and mining are highlighted.

Business Strategies for Surveyors

From marketing to pricing and contract law, POB helps you grow your business.

Legal Issues

Legal issues are ripe for debate and can define a surveyor’s career.

Surveying Basics

Fundamental surveying knowledge shared here.

Surveying History

Surveyors and map makers made the U.S. Professionals today love learning about their forefathers.

Surveying & Mapping Education

POB takes you back to basics with columns and news stories about education in the geospatial profession.

Surveyor Safety

POB raises awareness of safety issues and offers tips to avoid getting hurt.

Latest Headlines

Company announcements and other news of interest to land surveyors and geospatial professionals.


New products of interest to surveying and mapping professionals.


Promotions, new hires and other stories affecting people in the surveying and mapping professions.

Association News

Announcements, features and columns from and about the trade organizations in the geospatial profession.

Surveying White Papers

What does the law have to say about land surveying work? It’s important that land surveyors be able to render a well-reasoned, professional opinion. Learn more in this section.



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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.


POB March 2015 Cover

2015 March

In this March 2015 issue of POB, we take a look at how a dam project's field work becomes complicated with a river and lush vegetation. Also, read about Williston, North Dakota's population boom due to unprecedented oil exploration and drilling activity.

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As new information about unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use comes out just about every day, new conferences are popping up for 2015. Will you attend one of these events?
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