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Survey & Construction Newsletter, Early August 2008

August 5, 2008By

Javad's companies have a proven history of providing high quality, state-of-the-art GNSS receivers, but everyone in the survey/construction industry knows that while a solid receiver is important, the software makes the solution. Data-collection and PC processing software is a must-have in order to compete. Javad's 2007 acquisition of ArWest Communications Corp., a maker of narrow band and spread spectrum radios, brought the flexibility to integrate RTK communications in creative ways. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Late July 2008

July 16, 2008By

The International GNSS Service is thinking about the near future with multiple GNSS available, namely how software receivers may help it achieve its mission of serving as the gold standard for GNSS data. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Early July 2008

July 1, 2008By

The PNT.gov website provides users with an inside look at U.S. GPS policy, as well as the thoughts of those who influence that policy. The minutes from this spring's meeting of the PNT Advisory Board are worth looking through. In particular, the discussion on the number of optimal GPS satellites is positive. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Late June 2008

June 17, 2008By

Mobile phones are becoming powerful enough to rival some of the most powerful field data collection devices ever made. Our industry is catching the attention of some software developers who are writing software for smart phones that can be very productive for field personnel. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Early June 2008

June 5, 2008By

This may be the most important column I've ever written. It's certainly the most expensive. At $40,000 worth of equipment for this writer, multiplied by 17,346 readers, we're talking $694 million. And that's not nearly the full extent of industry impact; the Department of Commerce has some figures that I will quote later. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Late May 2008

May 19, 2008By

It's going to be a few years and then some before we can take advantage of L5. And when the time comes it may require an investment in new hardware, even if the receiver you have today claims to be compatible. Nevertheless, it will be a boon to the high-precision user. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Early May 2008

May 6, 2008By

A functioning Galileo system may still be some years away - current projections that plan on having a full satellite constellation in orbit within five years may prove wishful thinking. Nevertheless, Galileo can mean nothing but good things for survey and construction, and the sooner it gets here, the better. read more

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Survey Perspectives – Late April 2008

April 15, 2008By

Japan's satellite-based augmentation system has brought meter-level accuracy to that region, which is great news for mapping. But there are even centimeter-level options available that take advantage of Japan's MSAS. read more

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