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TRB AFB80 Summer Meeting 2019 – Some Highlights

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TRB AFB80 Summer Meeting Tour of Daytona International Speedway

This past weekend’s heat wave in New Hampshire prepped me for the weather in Daytona, Fl at the TRB AFB80 summer meeting, but it was still HOT.

Although I was not able to attend the morning presentations on Tuesday, the reviews were strong for the presentation by Lewis Graham from GeoCue on the use of UAV lidar. Curtis Clabaugh, now retired from the Wyoming DOT, presented on legal issues affecting drone users.

Today Michael Dennis opens the morning with a presentation on the changes that are going to occur in 2022 to the state plane coordinate systems as a result of the modernization of the datums that the NGS is working on. There will be two related presentations, one on GPS on Bench Marks and the other on monitoring of CORS/RTN stations.

I am hoping to get 10 minutes to promote the Younger Geospatial Professional movement. My pitch is for everyone to identify a YGP in their organization that they can coach and advise on how to advance their career. One idea is to make it a goal to bring that YGP to a TRB AFB80 summer meeting in the future.

As they say, all work and no play, so on the social side, the tour of the Daytona International Speedway was a car lover’s dream. Getting to walk on the finish line, look down the 31 degree banked turns, see this year’s Daytona 500 winning car and tour the really cool museum were too much fun. If you like car racing, this is one of the mecca’s.


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