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Product Review: Leica Disto 3D
I've never really done a survey of an interior space. On numerous occasions I have set up total stations in the office or in my home to measure interior objects and have always found the process to be a real pain. Finding a suitable location for the instrument that allows me to move ....
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Billings 
Product Spotlight: HP50g
Hewlett Packard has been developing products for land surveyors and engineers for four decades. In that time they have earned a well deserved reputation for bringing highly functional, quality devices, such as electronic distance meters....
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Billings 
Product Review: Sokkia SRX
A few years ago, when business was booming here in Texas and across the U.S., the demand for our services was growing. My dad and I realized that we needed to expand our survey operation. There were several routes we could pursue≠hire more people to help increase production (investing ...
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Product Review: MicroSurvey CAD 2010 Ultimate
"Good!" Step. Step. Step. Plumb the pole. Beep . . . beep . . . beep. "Good!" So goes the familiar rhythm of any one of a thousand topographic surveys on any given day. Each month, surveying magazines are filled with images of point clouds from laser scans. And each month the average practicing ...
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Billings 
Product Review: Nikon Nivo C
Nikon's history stretches back over 90 years. It began as a merger of several smaller firms in Japan along with eight German technicians. Originating as Nippon Kogaku, K.K., or Japanese Optical Company, today Nikon is in a strategic joint venture with Trimble Navigation to ....
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Billings 
Product Review: Hemisphere GPS R220
One of the recent trends in precision GPS manufacturing is the enclosed, fully integrated receiver. This is no doubt in response to market demands by surveyors in the field for gear that offers more durability and less complexity in setting up and getting to work. This trend has certainly offered ...
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Product Review: Altus APS-3
A few short years ago it appeared that the precision GPS equipment manufacturing market was going to be controlled by just three or four companies. Mergers, acquisitions and partnerships consolidated the market at a rapid pace, with no new companies entering the ...
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Billings 10-9 
Hardware Review: Magellan Professional ProMark500 RTK
It's nice to pick up a piece of equipment that works right out of the box. That was my experience with the Magellan Professional ProMark500 RTK system. Building on the blade technology that made the ProMark3 RTK system such a capable L1-only RTK system, the ....
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Hardware & Software Review: Carlson Surveyor and SurvCE
If you're in the market for an extremely durable, fast, comfortable and well-equipped data collector, check out the Carlson Surveyor. Based on drafting specifications by the folks at Carlson Software and using the very reputable people at Juniper Systems to make it a reality, this unique data collector merits ...
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Equipment Review: JAVAD GNSS Triumph-1
In the world of precision GPS, Javad Ashjaee continues to push the industry ahead with new technologies and new options. With roots that date back to the early days of Trimble Navigation, Javad was integral to the creation of the first combined GPS/ GLONASS system. More than a decade ago he was ....
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Equipment Review: Spectra Precision EPOCH 25 GPS System
The EPOCH 25 GPS System, manufactured by Spectra Precision, is a unique system that markets to a unique customer base. Priced in the neighborhood of $25k for a complete system, the term return on investment doesn't sound so daunting≠especially for those who are only now considering entering the GPS market. Of course, anytime ...
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Equipment Review: ProMark3 RTK from Magellan Professional
The ProMark3 RTK is Magellan's latest precision, entry-level system, offering real-time kinematic power in a system that is substantially less expensive than dual-frequency RTK packages. The ProMark3 is a rugged Windows CE device (Fig. 1). Other than the operating system itself (CE.Net v4.2), most of the Windows applications have ...
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Equipment Review: Leica System 1200 (Part 2 of 2)
The Smart Antenna is a lightweight device that includes a GPS/GLONASS (GG models) or GPS-only antenna and receiver. For connectivity, it includes a wireless Bluetooth port, a LEMO port, and a clip port for attaching to the TPS1200+ Smart Station handle. It is powered by the ...
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Equipment Review: Leica System 1200 (Part 1 of 2)
Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor once said, "You've got a jet engine and you've got a riding lawn mower. It was only a matter of time until someone put those two together." Jet-powered riding lawn mowers notwithstanding, many of the new technological developments going on around us are built on nothing more than ...
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Thought Leader: NCEES Forum on the Future of Surveying
On June 10-11, 2016, the Forum on the Future of Surveying (Forum) under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) was hosted by the Louisiana Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Board (LAPELS) offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
The Gold Tree
The Wildcat Hills are a scenic area of buttes and canyons forested with pine and cedar located in the Panhandle region of Nebraska between the North Platte River and Pumpkin Creek. In the 1830-60's, early emigrants passed through the northern ....
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Fulvio Bernardini 
Catching the Right Train
At work in his ground floor office in full view of passers-by, Diego Callegari had no idea that his career would take a new turn that day in 2001. Pictures of a survey that Zenit Topografia--the surveying firm owned by Callegari and Nicola Rebora ....
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Albert  
Lieutenant Charles Pierce Part 1: The California Coast 1932--1933
During the 1930's there was a huge geodetic surveying effort as thousands of men were hired on various federal projects meant to help mitigate the high unemployment of the Depression Era. Charles Pierce (not to be confused with the great Coast Survey scientist and philosopher Charles Sanders ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage Part 12
I kept a journal on the Seloohge, these are the final pages: August 16: The area we are working now, on the Yukon between Ruby and Tanana, is a remote and beautiful stretch of river with a different climate than we experienced on the lower Yukon ....
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Dr. Mathias Lemmens 
EDM Without Reflectors
A total station is an angle measuring device, also known as theodolite, integrated with an electronic distance meter (EDM). The integration provides the ability to measure angles and distances by the same instrument which gives the surveyor a leap in portability, convenience and speed ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: A Surveyor's Crossword Puzzle
2. Unit Of Measurement    5. A Measuring Component    7. In The Hills    9. River Component    10. Four Parts    12. Publisher    16. Line Of Elevation    18. Chaining Pin    19. Map By Colors    22. Way To Map    23. Geometric Shape    26. Above The Center    27. Rotation Of Flight Line ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Angles, Angles, Angle
Given: parallelogram ABCD, AE bisector of angle BAD, AE & BC extended meet at F, Q is center of circle passing through points F, C, and E, angle BQD is 1120. What is angle QBD? ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Line Trees
When the original section lines of the U. S. sectionalized land system were run, especially in forested areas, it was not uncommon for original surveyors to mark line trees in accordance with the instructions issued by the Surveyor General. The following question was raised by R. E. Schmeling on ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Pop-Ups and Zoning
The term "pop-up" has several meanings, but is not widely known outside of urban areas. As I'll use it today, it will not be the compact expandable camper. It also will not refer to adding a story to crown a row house (currently the source of a great zoning battle in Washington, DC ....
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