Category Archives: Digital Transformation

Delivery Drones – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Liabilities?

This is a guest post from Karlyn McKell who explores the pros and cons of delivery drones for The Zebra. Social distancing guidelines have made contactless delivery essential for many businesses and delivery services to continue operations. With the rise … Continue reading

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A Brighter Perspective on Technology From Industry Veteran

This is a guest blog post from good friend Richard Rybka who provides a brighter perspective on technology than some of the critics. Great to have you back on the team Richard. Recent research has found that some people are … Continue reading

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Geomatics Professional versus Licensed Land Surveyor

The term “surveyor” has tremendous historical significance dating back to the Egyptian “rope stretchers,” but I think the time has come for the idea of the geomatics professional to emerge. The digital transformation began in the 1950’s for the surveying … Continue reading

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GPS Declassified – From Smart Bombs to Smart Phones

Richard Easton contacted me just about a year ago to compliment Paul Ceruzzi on his work in “GPS” and to encourage me to read his book “GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smart Phones. Both of these would be an … Continue reading

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Year Up – A Program to Address the Opportunity Divide

The center of the political universe is going to shift to New Hampshire for the first in the nation primary this week. One of the candidates that my children and I have been following is Andrew Yang. I have started … Continue reading

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Prediction – The 2020’s Will be the Lidar Decade

I am putting my reputation on the line with this prediction – the 2020’s will be the Lidar Decade in that the consumer will become as familiar with the term and make use of it in daily conversation as they … Continue reading

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Unmanned Vehicle Systems for Geomatics

I have had the opportunity to review an excellent scholarly reference entitled, “Unmanned Vehicle Systems for Geomatics – Towards Robotic Mapping.” The text was edited by Costas Armenakis and Petros Patias. Costas is an Associate Professor of Geomatics Engineering at … Continue reading

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The Internet of the Built Environment

One of the key drivers, along with mobility, on demand services, 5G and more, of the digital transformation of society is IoT – the Internet of Things. The plan for IoT is to have a sensor on everything, from bridges … Continue reading

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Orbit GT Acquired By Bentley Systems for Digital Cities

Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure conference opened yesterday with a tidal wave of news and information. The two items of interest to the 3D laser scanning community are an announcement with Topcon to launch a Digital Construction Works initiative and … Continue reading

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Never Lost Again – Must Read for 3D Digital Mappers

When you are building your list of books to read in 2019, Never Lost Again by Bill Kilday deserves to be near the top of that list. It’s the inside story of Keyhole, Google Earth and now Niantic. An incredible … Continue reading

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