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Solar Activity and Powerpoint Presentations

August 4, 2010By

You might have heard reports this week about a solar storm this week. This is part of the new solar cycle (Solar Cycle 24) that I’ve written about several times. I want to periodically touch on this subject as the solar activity is going to increase over the next few years, and if the solar activity (geomagnetic storms, not sunspots) is severe enough, it will have an effect on GPS accuracy and tracking. Here’s the scoop on this week’s solar activity. read more

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GPS World: 20 Years Young, 1990-2010

August 1, 2010By

A look at how things have changed since GPS World began, with participation by CAST Navigation, Hemisphere GPS, ITT, Rakon, and Spirent Federal. read more

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How Flat Can You Incline?

August 1, 2010By
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The next time a defensive safety brings down an opposing wide receiver at Commonwealth Stadium, both will land on a very well-prepared piece of real estate. read more

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Get It Surveyed: ESRI Surveying and Engineering GIS Summit

July 22, 2010By

I believe that if you attend the ESRI SEGS and UC conferences just one time, your vision of surveying, engineering, construction, and GIS will change forever. I know it sounds like an advertisement from ESRI, but I think my pitch is even better than theirs. Seriously though, there are so many people presenting so many different ideas, and they are all related to the kind of geographic data you work with on a regular basis. read more

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Follow up: What’s Going to Happen When GPS Accuracy is Cheap?

June 16, 2010By

I received some interesting e-mails and saw some web comments regarding my newsletter column a couple of weeks ago titled “What's Going to Happen When High-Accuracy GPS is Cheap?” The comments ranged from “I don’t believe it’s going to happen” to “We’d better adapt to the changes in technology.” read more

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What’s Going to Happen When High-Accuracy GPS is Cheap?

June 3, 2010By

The GPS satellite launched into orbit last week wasn’t just any other GPS satellite. It was the first of a new generation of GPS satellites that are going to change the way surveying, engineering and construction data is collected and processed in the future. Its new features are going to profoundly transform surveying, engineering and construction. I’m not exaggerating. read more

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GPS, GLONASS, and SBAS Webinar Follow-up

May 20, 2010By

Normally, my column following a webinar is dedicated to Q&A follow-up from the webinar. However, immediately following the April 22 webinar, I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend the ACSM/GITA conference, which I wrote about earlier this month. read more

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ACSM/GITA Conference Coverage

May 4, 2010By

The annual ACSM (American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) isn’t what it used to be. Attendance was way down and the number of exhibitors is way down. The technical content, however, was still pretty good. In fact, I've included links to several videos I recorded at the ACSM/GITA conference. read more

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