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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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Mapping Subsurface Utilities Requires Detective Work

December 18, 2013
 The slogans “Call before you dig” and “Know what’s below” are familiar reminders of the importance of verifying the location of all kinds of subsurface utility infrastructure before excavation takes place. It only takes a moment for a pipeline or conduit to be damaged by heavy equipment, potentially causing public safety issues and disruption of service; thus the need for subsurface utility engineering (SUE).  


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Workin’ on the Railroad

Amberg Technologies’ laser scanning trolley systems and software suite make this New York City subway extension project easier.
July 1, 2013

 While there are many technologies and services used to acquire critical data associated with railways and their rights-of-ways, some can be cumbersome and require logistical challenges that can increase risk to track workers. 


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3D Trends in Surveying

February 6, 2013
With 3D printing on the verge of going mainstream, 3D motion control making gaming more realistic, and 3D design tools aiding the visualization of everything from buildings and infrastructure to underground pipelines, 3D innovation is everywhere.
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Seamless Fit

February 5, 2013
Laser scanning provides the high level of detail needed for precise modeling of a natural gas processing plant expansion.
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Editor's Points: Preconceived Notions

January 8, 2013
My 7-year-old son has a wonderful imagination and is always thinking of new inventions. “I’m going to find a way to capture lightning and turn it into free electricity for people to use,” he said to me the other day.
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The Flow of Information

January 8, 2013
Advanced building information modeling (BIM) tools streamline a complex design-build pipeline project by delivering the right information at the right time.
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Tunnel Beneath the Bay

January 7, 2013
For decades, California's Hetch Hetchy water system has supplied water to the San Francisco Bay Area. But the aging system is nearing the end of its useful life and is seismically vulnerable. Constructing a solution requires accurate, nerve-racking surveying.
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Sinkhole ID

November 1, 2012
High-resolution LiDAR technology provides improved elevation data along with a detailed inventory of karst features in the Sinkhole Plain of Illinois.
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Rock Solid

November 1, 2012
Modern mining is a difficult, narrow-margin business. A Nevada mine uses advanced surveying technology to control costs and improve safety. 
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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

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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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