Leap Forward

One of the main topics discussed at the Survey and GIS Summit preceding the ESRI User Conference 2006 (see my report in the October issue) was the reluctance of youngsters to join the surveying profession. The declining influx made many afraid that the profession would become extinct, a fear that is certainly not idle: in the US the average age of the surveyor would appear to be 57. What should be done to reverse the trend? Student is Right To answer the above question it is necessary to understand why today’s students stay away from surveying and do not choose... (read more)
2006-10-23 12:00:00

MicroSurvey Releases STAR*NET V7

MicroSurvey is releasing a significant update to STAR*NET, a least-squares utility used by land surveyors for network adjustment and quality control. The new Version 7 brings workflow enhancements to help speed up this part of the process.   The development team has focused on bringing unobtrusive workflow tools and user interface enhancements. More data import and conversion utilities, a better (and customisable) layout for multi-file projects, better plot visualisation and navigation tools, a project manager for quick-starting and organising commonly-used files, a colour-coded data file editor, point search tools, more QC checks (e.g., differential leveling and GPS vector loop closure... (read more)
2011-07-13 02:37:45


UK GeoForum - Smart City/Smart Nation – a new perspective on referencing geography – Colin Bray FRICS FSCSi - Chief Executive Officer Ordnance Survey Ireland, President SCSi Speaker: Colin Bray is Chief Executive and Chief Survey Officer of OSi, having taken up the position of CEO in 2013 after joining the Ordnance Survey as a professional surveyor in 1998. Colin is a geomatics chartered surveyor, a director and 2017-18 president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and a member of the Public Service Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council. Colin is Ireland’s representative on the United Nations Committee of... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:15:00

Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 for Android

SuperGeo Technologies has released Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 for Android worldwide. This solution integrates with GIS, GPS and e-compass technologies to assist field surveyors in quickly recognising their current location, as well as the correct cadastral information.     With Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 that considerably enhances the interface, map display function, and query speed, users can define the data source and cadastral information to meet their needs. Besides the cadastral query function, the records of waypoint and GPS track provide field surveyors with real-time information. Moreover, field surveyors can check these data as the track reference and analyse them... (read more)
2011-07-26 09:58:23

Surveyors Told to Oppose LightSquared

American surveyors should respond en masse to the plans of LightSquared to deploy 40,000 base stations providing wireless broadband for the United States. These stations would be using spectrum on the L-band adjacent to that of GPS signals, which would cause devastating interference. During the Surveying Summit, organised by Esri and ACSM in the weekend preceding the yearly Esri User Conference in San Diego, several sessions were dedicated to the danger for GPS, its industry and stakeholders through the plans of Lightsquared. Despite earlier news, Lightsquared is still working on the deployment of the network. Members of the Save Our... (read more)
2011-07-12 09:21:39

27th Annual Olumide Memorial Public Lecture

FIG president Stig Enemark was invited by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) to give the 27th Olumide Memorial Public Lecture in Abuja on 29th October 2009. His host was Atilola Olusola, president of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS). The Olumide Memorial Public Lecture is held every year in honour of late surveyor Cyprian T. Olumide, first president of NIS and a pioneer of modern surveying in Nigeria. He was born about 1890 and founded the Licensed Surveyors Association in Nigeria in 1934; this metamorphosed into the Land Surveyors Association of Nigeria in 1960, with Olumide as its first... (read more)
2010-02-24 04:36:39

International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)

  STDM Training during the Abuja Working Week  Seventeen young land surveyors recently gained hands-on experience in the use and application of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) as part of the FIG Young Surveyors Network activities during the recent FIG Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria, from 4 to 6 May 2013. The Training of Trainers (TOTs) was organised by the Global Land Tool Network Secretariat which is hosted by UN-Habitat, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), FIG Foundation and Young Surveyors Network (YSN).   The training provided participants with an appreciation of the concepts behind the STDM. Participants developed an... (read more)
2013-08-01 03:00:39

Trimble’s New Tunnel Solutions Streamline Workflows for Surveyors

Trimble has launched a suite of solutions enhancing productivity and efficiency for surveyors and professionals working on underground tunnelling projects. The solutions include new hardware and software for capturing highly accurate data in tunnels where dirt, dust, water and machinery provide a challenging work environment. The new line of products reduce the time to generate project deliverables by enabling survey and tunnelling engineers to easily compare tunnel designs with field-captured data. Remote operation of instruments and scanners allows surveyors to stand in safe locations and capture data efficiently in the often inaccessible, confined spaces of tunnels. Tunnelling for miles underground... (read more)
2018-06-27 11:27:44

Surveying the World of Tomorrow

From Digitalisation to Augmented Reality
From 29 May to 2 June Helsinki, Finland – also known as a ‘pearl of the Baltic Sea’ – was the centre of the global surveyors’ community during the FIG Working Week 2017. All participants were warmly welcomed by FIG colleagues in Finland. The programme was exciting and future-oriented. By Christiaan Lemmen, Louise Friis-Hansen and Eva-Maria Unger, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) FIG Honorary President Juha Talvitie, who was president of FIG in 1990 (the last time the FIG Working Week was held in Helsinki) gave a short and inspiring welcome address greeting all the younger surveyors and also those... (read more)
2017-07-06 11:19:01

Third Training Course in Topography for Young Surveyors

The third International and Professional Training Course for Surveyors that took place in Athens, Greece, from 3rd to 14th October 2011 ended with great success and didactic results for the participants. The course was arranged by the Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati in cooperation with the Hellenic Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers and supported by Geoweb. The previous two courses were held in Rome, Italy, in 2006 and 2010.     "Young surveyors are the future of our profession," declared Fausto Savodi, President of the Italian National Council of Surveyors. "A course that is a tribute to the... (read more)
2011-11-22 12:00:00
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