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Product Review: Spectra Precision FOCUS 10
The Spectra Precision's FOCUS 10 brings back a lot of memories from an instrument I reviewed several years ago. Without a doubt, the FOCUS 10 has benefited from the former, but is updated and less expensive even in terms of 2002 dollars. And that's a good thing, since many more surveyors will be ...
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Product Review: SECO Poles and Prisms
Tired of prism pole slippage and non-adjustable prism pole bubble levels? Tired of tilting prism target assemblies that slip as you are walking back to the instrument or having to lift the prism pole out of the bipod ring, or not being able to adjust the "spring" out of your setup and finding it has gone out of level by the ...
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Product Review: Nomad by Tripod Data Systems
The Nomad is the newest handheld computer from Tripod Data Systems (TDS). It shares a strong resemblance to its predecessor, the Recon, which was first introduced based on a couple of relatively new approaches to field data collection and data manipulation. Although common variety personal digital assistants (PDAs) had been ...
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Product Review: CST/berger CST-Series Total Station
In this installment, I review a CST/berger CST-205 total station, which is targeted for the construction stakeout market. After spending some time with the CST-205, I have concluded that it is well suited to that task, and in addition, I believe it will find much wider acceptance and usage, based on cost as ...
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Product Review: Sokkia SRX3
Sokkia's fully robotic, reflectorless total station is a versatile, capable tool that comes in 1", 2", 3", and 5" models. The angle accuracy is per ISO17123-3 and uses an absolute encoder scanning device with diametrical detection on both circles. Sokkia calls it the "Enhanced Encoder with ...
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Product Review: The DC50 & DC50 Assistant by Precision Surveying Solutions
Precision Surveying Solutions LLC (PSSLLC) is a relatively new kid on the block, but its DC50 data collector is the result of ongoing program development started by John Evers prior to 1990. For many years the programs evolved and grew, and by the year 2001 John Evers and his ...
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Product Review: ProMark3
As a fifth-generation New Englander and son of a Connecticut farming family, I know the virtue of economy. Therefore, when it came time to expand my surveying capabilities, I first needed to decide what equipment would allow me to be cost effective and still remain a small, efficient operation. We ran some ...
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Product Review: EPOCH 10 L1 GPS System
In October 2002, I reviewed the Ashtech Locus L1 GPS system for another magazine. The Locus, an L1 or single-frequency system, was combined with Solutions processing software to provide surveyors with a very cost effective entry into ...
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Product Review: Thales ProMark3
The ProMark3s have been out for a while and in addition to the great static and kinematic surveying functions that were available in the ProMark2 they include tools that will help you expand your surveying business. They will allow you to collect and provide GIS data at a faster rate than by conventional techniques alone, and ...
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Product Review: Carlson SurvCE
The future is here! In my last article (Nov 2005) I reported on Carlson's Explorer II hardware platform. This month I'm reporting on the data collection software that came with it. Carlson's SurvCE software is available for most hardware platforms that use the Windows CE or Windows Mobile operating system. This is no ...
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Product Review: TDS Ranger with Survey Pro 4.1 & Nikon NPL-362 Total Station
For anyone out there that is still using the HP48 for data collection, this TDS combination allows for a very smooth transition to the latest in technology. Or, if you would rather pair the Ranger up with your existing total station, you can easily switch from one total station to another, or switch the Ranger from crew to crew as needed; simply select ...
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Product Review: Carlson Explorer II
There are other "boxes" out there with similar hardware configurations, but the Carlson Explorer II data collector platform comes with Carlson's SurvCE software, and that is a huge plus! As the first of a two-part article, this one will cover the hardware. Part Two will cover the software. Want the best of worlds--keypad and ...
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Product Review: Topcon HiPer Lite+ with TopSURV
This product has been on the market for quite awhile now and its acceptance by the land surveying community has been swift. Topcon's HiPer Lite+, or simply HiPer Lite+ for short, is an RTK GPS system that uses both the GPS and GLONASS satellite systems, user selectable of ...
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Thought Leader: Land is Too Important to Be Left to Land Specialists
A while back I was searching the Internet for an old treatise on land titles. A Google query yielded a book published in 1914. The author was Charles Claudius Kagey and the book was titled "Land Survey and Land Titles, a book for boys and girls, a reference volume for property owners, a text ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Wacker vs. Price - Irony in Sevenfold
This month's case takes us to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950. The Arizona Supreme Court went all guns-a-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price (216 P.2d 707 (Ariz. 1950)). Maybe it's just me, but I'm sensing plenty of irony and have taken license to point it out along the way. I like what the Court did with this case ....
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Allen E. Cheves 
Around the Bend - A Visit to Carlson Software
The Ohio River is one of America's greatest, running near 1,000 miles between Pittsburgh and the Mighty Mississippi. Much of the coal and other products that fueled our nation's industrial expansion flowed between the shores of this maritime ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Surveying & Mapping Economics Part 3 - Customers & Services
This article continues an inquiry into the economic conditions of the Surveying and Mapping industry (NAICS 541370) using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This time we will look at customers and services. The data comes from the Economic Census conducted every 5 years on American ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
True Elevation: Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak, located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, is the state's highest natural point. It is frequently referred to as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Two other peaks, Guadalupe Peak in Texas and ....
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Larry Trojak 
Bringing The Goods - Mobile Scanning an Integral Component
When Jim Smith, Jerrad Burns and Charlie Patton left the Memphis division of a major construction company in 2015, they took with them the knowledge of how to get even the most complex jobs done and what equipment could best serve them in making that happen. So when they joined West ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself 41: Integers, Integers, and Integers
ABF is a 5:12:13 triangle, ACF is a 48:55:73 triangle, ADF is a 3:4:5 triangle, and AEF is a 7:24:25 triangle, all with integer sides and inscribed in a semi-circle. What are the lengths of BC, CD, and DE? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Sunset or Sunrise?
While we often think of legislated government programs as static, they do change over time. Such evolution and opportunity for transformation are part of the dialogue in reauthorizing these programs. Every so many years there is a sunset on each government program, and this September is the ....
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