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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: The Short Cut Method
I began my quest to become a land surveyor many years ago in Nebraska. I had the good fortune to have had a job wandering around the state retracing mile after mile of GLO surveys. These large scale boundary surveys offered all sorts of learning experiences. One of the object lessons came ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Boundary Fixed by Common Grantor
The case of Atwell v. Olson presented the Supreme Court of the State of Washington with the question of whether an agreed line between grantor and grantee is binding on subsequent owners? Here's another look at a grantee's meaning of the word "half." Unlike the case Wood v. Mandrilla ....
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Barnes and Tucker 
Surveying the Colorado River Aqueduct
During the 1920s, the city of Los Angeles was burgeoning. Demographics were changing and geographic boundaries were being pushed out in all directions. Oil was booming, industrialization was in full swing, and water was in high demand. Southern ....
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John Stenmark, PS 
Indoor Mobile Mapping Takes Off at LAX
Airports are key components of the global transportation infrastructure. They are complex, expensive investments that require tight management. In order to achieve efficient operations and optimized return on investment, it's essential to have ....
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Larry Trojak 
Station to Station
Though most facets of the construction process stand to benefit from building information modeling (BIM), general contractors and construction managers could gain the most from the push toward its implementation. BIM, after all, is designed to help ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Thinking Inside the Box
A square's diagonal is intersected by a line from another vertex to the midpoint of an opposite side. A circle is inscribed in the triangle opposite the midpoint as shown. What is its radius if the side of the square is "s"? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: A Few Words
"Proceed to the route." These are words I sometimes hear from my car's GPS--as if I would be asking for directions if I knew how to get to the route in the first place. Yes, this is a machine's response that does not take human frustration into account. But even human communication can take ....
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