LiDAR has proven to be an effective tool for aerial, terrestrial, and mobile applications. It is conceivable that many current aerial and terrestrial LiDAR applications will be performed by UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in the not-to-distant future.
During the 1896 field season, the surveying crews of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) engaged in higher quality and more precise topographic mapping and spirit leveling than had been previously attempted. This change was largely prompted by an act issued by the Fifty-Fourth Congress on June 11, 1896. For USGS, the most significant result […]
Marc Cheves, Managing Editor of Amerisurv has shared a quick spotlight feature looking at some new technologies of interest to the GeoTech professional Esri CityEngine Brings Modeling CityEngine 2013 3D urban design software enables modeling technology to be used in popular 3D software such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, and SketchUp. Importing OpenStreetMap streets into […]
The Christmas trees are out along the roads and in the stores and already up and decorated in many homes. The radio waves are filled with the familiar sounds of Christmas carols. The stores are just as crazy as ever for December with shopping frenzies for the expected gift on Christmas morning. This is where […]
An optical instrument may be a surveyor’s best friend on a worksite, but you won’t see one on a typical wedding guest list. That doesn’t mean it can’t make the wedding photo album, though. During their reception on November 9, 2012, Collin Traynor, instrument operator for Eastern Chadrow Associates, Warminster, Pa., and his new bride […]
This feature was first published Sept 2013 in LiDARNews I recently moved from Dallas to Austin, Texas to take a position with Surveying And Mapping, Inc (SAM, Inc.). We chose to live downtown on the fourth and top floor at our apartment complex with a deck that looks across the lake towards Zilker Park. The […]
This article first appeared in Machine Control Magazine… Advances in imaging satellites and data processing technology are now enabling cost effective mine site monitoring and volumetric measurement from space. Mining pit, ore stockpile, leach pad, waste dump and tailings beach surface differences are being mapped to within 20cm. A number of mine sites are using […]
No matter how carefully work is planned, sometimes designs don’t easily translate into reality. Often, the more sophisticated the design, the more difficult it is to render into actual form. In the case of one very modern, innovative design for a pedestrian/cycle bridge, laser scanning helped keep the project on-time, on-budget and aided in turning […]
In the aftermath of hurricane and flooding damage from storms, opportunities exist for surveyors to be part of the planning, mapping, recovery, and construction. Locations are everywhere the water touched, and even higher in the watershed, as cumulative effects of non-disaster-related development sends runoff rushing downhill to the floodplains. Consulting One of our most important […]
What happens when a technology innovator known for its range of productivity solutions for building construction contractors joins forces with progressive building professionals to construct the first phase of its own corporate campus?