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Our August issue is distributing and it's full of interesting articles for surveyors. Our lead cover feature pertains to a subject which should be of vital interest: safety when working in or near a roadway. See our spotlight below regarding GIS & surveyors.

Also of interest in the new issue is a fascinating Chad & Linda Erickson article about something we surveyors take for granted: rebar. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

To see the flippy of the new issue click on the magazine cover, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
Editor
The American Surveyor

[Send your comments, announcements, tips, gripes, or kudos to Marc]
 
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Trimble Dimensions: November 7-9, Las Vegas

Trimble Dimensions 2016 User Conference is a three-day action-packed event designed for Trimble users to learn, collaborate and network with their peers. Attendees see first-hand how their industry peers use Trimble's end-to-end technology to easily transform data into intelligent, usable information.

Throughout the conference, attendees are provided with a variety of opportunities to network with key industry players, nurture existing business relations and build valuable partnerships.
 
 

 

Marc Cheves, PS 
Editorial: In This Issue
Our lead cover feature pertains to a subject that should interest all surveyors. How many times have you narrowly avoided injury or death while working close to a roadway? The article was written for the California Society newsletter, and as a result primarily refers to the situation in California ....
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Micah Paulk 
One Man Crews
Safety, safety, safety. With advances in technology and the tightening of purse strings, it can be tempting, at times, for companies to adopt one man crews. However, this practice can lead to some serious safety issues. While one man crews can be easily justifiable in certain environments, it is ....
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Vivienne Wallace 
A Caffeinated Pick-Me-Up for a Surveying Career
Ulrich Gaesing has been a surveying manager for Bielefeld, Germany, for 40 years. So when he was asked to help a coffee-growers' cooperative in Nicaragua, Gaesing jumped at the opportunity. In early 2015 he embarked on a six-week ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
How San Francisco Paid The Ransome - Or: "So, You Found A Rebar..."
Before 1884, and before Ernest L. Ransome's invention and innovation of the deformed rod, reinforcing steel was typically smooth round steel rods. This practice was not successful because tension within the concrete would break the bond between the round rods and the concrete. Even bending "J" ....
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J. Robert Keating 
GIS & Surveyors - The Long and Winding Road
My father loved talking to people about land surveying. Among other things, he would often say, "When I started in this business, I used the same instruments as George Washington." He would further explain that over the years everything changed ....
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Patrick C. Garner, PS 
Product Review: Leica Zeno 20
For the last month I have had the opportunity to extensively test the Leica Zeno 20, described by Leica as GIS device, but as I suspected and quickly confirmed, capable of performing as a rugged survey grade GNSS asset collecting tool. The more I have used the Zeno, the more I am ....
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Larry Trojak 
Total Station Upgrade Sparks Efficiencies
Despite excelling in an industry in which planning and accuracy are paramount, Sal D'Anna's professional career recently took a major turn for the better based solely on a ride to work. Because of that fortuitous trip, D'Anna, president of his own engineering and architecture firm, discovered a ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage - Part 11
As far as dreams go, this one was memorable. It involved perilous adventures at sea and a shipwreck. Waking usually provides safe haven from dreams like this. Not this time. The wind was louder and the rocks were less forgiving. Across the Yukon big ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 33: Three Areas
Both circles have the same radius. What are distances X and Y in relation to the radii if the areas of all three lunes are equal? (For each lune to have the same area they must each be one-half the area of a full circle) ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Doing Right Professionally
An experience I've just had has me shaking my head and wondering why it is rare rather than usual. My phone had been acting up, disregarding my touch to change settings (frustrating but not killer) and either locking up or ignoring certain letters on the keypad when responding to emails, leaving me to ....
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Become a Certified Survey Technician (CST)

No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level.

Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track. Visit the NSPS site for details.
 
 

 


It's well-known that surveyors, particularly those from my generation, have turned their back on GIS. It continues to amaze me that surveyors, with their own homegrown systems to track where they've worked, are a natural for GIS, but for a variety of reasons fail to see the benefits. As I have repeatedly written, non-surveyors are taking the ball and runnng with it.

Old friend Robert Keating, the son of the man who gave me my start in surveying back in 1963, has written an article about his company's profitable use of GIS. I wrote about this company, Topographic in Oklahoma City HERE and HERE.

Beginning decades ago when GIS was known as AM/FM, Topographic responded to a need for positioning and mapping by the oil & gas industry. Along the way, the company developed in-house software that made money for both its clients and Topographic, but also provided a unique tool for retrieving the work the company had done.

As always the rest of the issue is filled with interesting content, all of which I have written about in my editorial (scroll up to see that). Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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INTERGEO 2016: Hamburg, Germany, Oct 11-13

Visit the world's largest trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management and immerse yourself into a world of innovations and forward-looking technologies.

Digitization permeates all areas of government, economy and society. BIG DATA, DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION and SMART CITIES therefore mark the key topics of this year's INTERGEO.
 
 

 

USACE St. Louis District Awards Dewberry Five-Year Contract
UAS Boom Industry at interaerial SOLUTIONS
RIEGL Laser Scanners Used in Forensics and Accident Reconstruction
Advanced Notification of Future GPS Leap Second
Orbit GT Launches New Responsive Website
Velodyne LiDAR'S HDL-32E 3D Sensor
Construction Input Prices Continue Ascent
Lockheed Martin Makes DigitalGlobes WorldView-4 Satellite
INTERGEO TVSmart Cities a Key Topic in the Geo Industry
Geographic Calculator 2016 Now Supports Petrel Database Files
Velodyne LiDAR Announces Partnership with Dibotics
McKim & Creed Adds 30 New Geomatics Professionals
Handheld Launches the NAUTIZ X2 Android Device
SAM Hires New CFO, Travis Engelke
Construction Labor Force Shrinks, Job Numbers Flat
Vexcel Imaging and Orbit GT sign Reseller Agreement
VRMesh v9.2 Release Adds Curb Fitting
Amberg Tunnel - New Software Releases
Blue Marble to Showcase at the ISPRS Congress
2G Robotics, Collaborates to Document American Shipwrecks
NSPS Announces State Society Excellence in Journalism and Map/Plat Design Awards
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