POBRoad Show Day 2

Steve Crain describes proposed features of TRI-MAX to POB's Jerry McGray.
POBcontinued its trek through the Providence show floor, stopping for a presentation from Crain Enterprises.

The accessory supplier from Mound City, Ill., displayed and presented its prism pole, the Composilite, and a soon-to-be-released tripod called TRI-MAX to POB staff.

President Steve Crain explained that though these traditional accessories look the same as others in their classes, they are distinctly better.

Crain's staff display's its lightweight prism pole, Composilite.

Crain's TRI-MAX, to be released in late January, is the result of a joint venture with NEDO, a German manufacturer. Crain claims the tripod's greatest distinctions are stability and durability. The TRI-MAX has an ultra-stable twist head and is 200 to 500 times more stable overall. The durable construction of the TRI-MAX is said to be able to withstand being run over by a pickup truck, and the foot release is said to be strong enough to split wood.

Other customized features planned for the TRI-MAX include custom-manufacturer colors and mounted bags for carrying capabilities of batteries, cables, etc. Crain will also extend its confidence in the TRI-MAX's durability with a five-year warranty. Lieca N. Brown Editor

"The Big Dig"

The largest construction project in the world? That depends upon how you measure a project's size. But by any standard, the massive Central Artery Tunnel project now underway in Boston is mighty big. "The Big Dig", a General Session presentation at the ACSM/ASPRS fall conference in Providence , RI, provided attendees with a comprehensive look at the massive undertaking.

Begun in 1989 and scheduled for completion in 2005, this upgrade to the IH90/IH93 corridors through Boston includes a new tunnel, which goes under Boston Harbor.

Management of the spatial data features online access to the status of project components, contained in a central database. Data gathering and layout have utilized just about every form of surveying technology, both conventional and GPS.

Over the extended duration of this effort, the software and the hardware have continually evolved. Tracking and taking advantage of these advances has added yet another element of complexity to the project.

"The Big Dig" is a great example of the world-class level of spatial data expertise concentrated here.

More real-time conference updates tomorrow...so long for now.

Jerry McGray

Editorial Director