Data Collection

Hardware and software used for collecting survey data.


Company Providing Free High-Resolution Aerial Imagery in U.S.

The nearmap product differs from other mapping services by being detailed and current, provider says

A global leader in geospatial map technology, nearmap is offering U.S. users free trial access to their growing coverage across the country.

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Esri Integrates SciPy, ArcGIS For Scientific Applications

ESRI announced the integration of SciPy and ArcGIS. Scientists, engineers and GIS professionals will use SciPy to get more value from ArcGIS for scientific applications.

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In Wet Chicago, the Topcon Laser Scanner Comes to the Rescue!

Laser scanner adds precision to major rainwater diversion structure being built for city's overflow
There are many profound and romantic quotations about floods. Many popular ones use flooding as a metaphor for overwhelming love or spiritual enlightenment.

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Getting Out in Bad Weather a Worthwhile Learning Experience for Surveyors

Many years ago, at my first place of employment, I was paid even if we were “rained out.”

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Railroad Rights-of-Way: Brandt Living Trust v. United States

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme court handed down a ruling of immediate interest to surveyors across the nation.

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Surveying Fuels Energy

Surveying is the foundation of any project involving developing, purchasing, or subdividing land.
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The Case of the Conveniently Forgotten Easement

At first glance, these two cases would seem too dissimilar to be included in the same article. One tried in 1849, the other only a few years ago.

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Focus3D Laser Scanner

FARO TECHNOLOGIES released the Focus3D X 130 laser scanner.

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Topcon's New Data Controller

Topcon Positioning Group announced a new data controller – the FC-500 – with numerous features and benefits, including a large 4.3-inch touchscreen display and 5MP camera with built-in LED flash. 

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Digital film: A new era of sensors for aerial surveying and mapping

I know that sensors are not a typical subject for columns in POB, but there are some big things happening with sensor technology that will directly impact everyone who uses geospatial imagery and data for aerial surveying and mapping. For many of you, sensors are a behind-the-scenes technology and you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them.
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SPAR International 2013

The 10th annual event took place April 15 - 18 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The conference brings together professionals from around the world to discover the latest advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing and delivery.



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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 December 2014 Cover

2014 December

In this December 2014 issue of POB, we celebrate our 40th year, and take a look at how we began. Also, see how an innovative approach helped a surveying firm provide fast and accurate volume reporting for the aggregates industry.

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