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Customizing Trimble Access Customizing Trimble Access
There’s a new way to improve surveying performance and productivity in the field. The Trimble Access Software Development Kit (SDK) enables software developers to create customized applications and make them available for sale through the Trimble store.
Earthquake Recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake Recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand
In the pre-dawn quiet on September 4, 2010, New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake—with thousands of aftershocks following the quake since then. In particular, a magnitude 6.3 quake on February 22, 2011 resulted in 181 fatalities and wreaked havoc on buildings, city infrastructure and land already weakened by the September quake.
Pre-Surveying Helps Keep Railroads on Track Pre-Surveying Helps Keep Railroads on Track
The need for speed and ride comfort for both passenger and freight operations puts high demands on the fundamental elements of railway infrastructure—the roadbed and tracks.
Restoring Arches Restoring Arches
In December 2008, a routine inspection of the Chaudière Bridge linking Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec revealed structural cracks in two of the bridge’s masonry arches.
Stable Footing at Berkeley’s Stadium Stable Footing at Berkeley’s Stadium
A major renovation of the football stadium at the University of California – Berkeley will provide protection against earthquakes.
Studying Shifting Sand Studying Shifting Sand
Older residents of Cwm Ivy in South Wales remember tossing pennies from the cliffs above the coastline onto anchored boats below. Today, the edge of the sea has slipped out nearly 500 m (1,640 ft), and where there was once deep water is now sand dunes.
Surveying Wind Farms Surveying Wind Farms
The rugged terrain of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania and West Virginia can present challenges to travel and commerce. But the high ridges contain an important opportunity for new projects and revenue: they are ideal locations for wind power.
New Connections to Washington’s Airport New Connections to Washington’s Airport
Located in the Northern Virginia suburbs west of Washington, DC, Washington Dulles International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Washington/Baltimore area. In 2010, it handled more than 23.7 million passengers and the bulk of the region’s international flights.
Preserving Ancient Artwork Preserving Ancient Artwork
More than 40,000 years ago, humans living in Europe left evidence of the beginnings of society and culture. In addition to the everyday rigors of hunting, gathering and simple survival, the prehistoric people began to document their lives and environment. Some of this documentation remains today, in the form of drawings and pictographs in the caves where the people lived.
Monitoring The Brunsbuttel Locks Monitoring The Brunsbuttel Locks
It’s the world’s busiest artificial water highway. Located in northern Germany, the century-old Kiel Canal connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea. First opened to traffic in 1895, the "Kaiser Wilhelm Kanal" was built by Kaiser Wilhelm II to allow his fleet to reach the North Sea from the Baltic Sea without having to pass under Danish cannons.
Old Structures, Modern Methods Old Structures, Modern Methods
For decades, the old bridge and tunnel had looked right at home in the rugged, mountainous terrain of southeastern British Columbia. But it was time for a facelift. Elko Tunnel, which dates to the 1900s, needed a survey to determine if it could handle the transport of large coal dump boxes from a nearby mine. And Wycliffe Bridge—built in the early 1930s—needed to be rebuilt.
Charting a New Course in Open-Sea Scanning Charting a New Course in Open-Sea Scanning
This wasn’t your usual scanning project. Dutch offshore contractor Tideway wanted to know the technical and economic feasibility of converting one of its stone dumper ships into a cable layer.
Preserving a Historic Church Preserving a Historic Church
Dating back to early 13th century, the Saint-Lambert Church in Bouvignes-Sur-Meuse, Belgium, is typical of the region’s unique character and cultural heritage. It caught the attention of the Heritage Division of the Walloon Region (DGATLP) in Belgium, an organization charged with preserving and sharing Belgian culture and heritage. DGATLP needed detailed geospatial data on the church for
Wisconsin Teamwork Wisconsin Teamwork
In Wisconsin, the Geodetic Surveys Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is charged with establishing and maintaining the state’s geodetic control framework. The team used some creative ideas and the capabilities of Trimble VRS™ technology to develop its state-wide GNSS network—WISCORS—a fully GNSS-capable Real-Time Network (RTN) that enables users to achieve centimeter-level accuracy using a single GNSS receiver.
The Surveyor The Surveyor's Role as Geo-Data Manager
For centuries, surveyors have been a fundamental part of human societies. Surveyors met the need for demarcating property boundaries, conducting reconnaissance and making maps for planning.
Specialized Monitoring in Copenhagen Specialized Monitoring in Copenhagen
First open for business in 1723, the cozy Hviids Vinstue has served a dizzying selection of beer and wine to Copenhagen locals, including many artists and intellectuals, for almost 300 years. But now the old wine bar is under threat, as the Kongens Nytorv’s elderly foundations make room for the newest resident on the square, an underground Metro station.
Adding Value Adding Value
Ever since 1859, when America’s  rst oil well was drilled in northwestern Pennsylvania, the state has played a prominent role in energy production. Today, natural gas is driving a new energy boom. Regarded as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, Pennsylvania’s abundant supply of natural gas will aid e orts towards clean, low-cost energy sources.
Precisely Mapping the Largest Remedial Dredging Project in the U.S. Precisely Mapping the Largest Remedial Dredging Project in the U.S.
Until the 1970s, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were used in many applications as dielectric fluids in transformers and capacitors. However, this lipophilic (literally “fat-liking”) compound can be brutal in large bodies of water, where it gets absorbed by silt and plankton, the main food for small fish.
3D Scanning Becomes an Everyday Tool 3D Scanning Becomes an Everyday Tool
Speed, flexibility and cost savings make 3D scanning an important tool for an array of infrastructure construction projects.
High Risk, High Reward High Risk, High Reward
Uncovering Homo Sapiens’ most ancient archaeological artifacts.
Hot Research in Cold Surroundings Hot Research in Cold Surroundings
GNSS plays a central research role on one of the planet’s major icefields
Monitoring Iceland’s Hot Spots Monitoring Iceland’s Hot Spots
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano had been quiet for nearly 190 years. When it awoke, the whole world knew about it.
A Race to the Finish A Race to the Finish
Few events thrill fans as much as Formula One Grand Prix racing, so when the German firm Bickhardt Bau AG was asked to build a high-quality racetrack in record time in extreme climatic conditions, they jumped at the chance.
Trimble expands use of imagery Trimble expands use of imagery
New options make it easier and faster to incorporate photography into Survey workflows.
Measuring Mount Rainier Measuring Mount Rainier
Why measure mountains? Along with adventure, there are also very practical scientific, geodetic and public safety reasons.
Surveying the Qhapaq Ñan Surveying the Qhapaq Ñan
The Great Inca Road in South America is one of the largest roadway systems ever built. A Chilean company is helping to preserve it as a World Heritage Site.
Vertical Curves Vertical Curves
Long distances and complex shapes stand tall on a bridge project in Korea.
Community Service Community Service
South Carolina’s VRS provides world-class services for a variety of Surveying and Positioning applications.
A New View of Stonehenge A New View of Stonehenge
Modern technology answers some old questions, raises new ones about ancient mysterious site.
An Integrated Solution for the Twangiza Mine Project An Integrated Solution for the Twangiza Mine Project
The Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is potentially one of the world’s most exciting undeveloped gold deposits today. Canadian-based gold exploration company Banro Corporation acquired control of the Twangiza property in 1996. Scheduled to begin mining operations in late 2011, Banro aims to process 1.3 million tons of ore per year.
A new view of Gare Saint-Lazare A new view of Gare Saint-Lazare
3D scanning technology helps update the oldest railway station in Paris.
Rocketeers Rocketeers
3D scanning plays a central role in NASA research and testing.
Starring Role Starring Role
At NASA’s Langley Research Center, even the surveyors are pushing the technology envelope.
Straight and Narrow Straight and Narrow
Confirming that structures are built correctly is a critical part of any construction project. At a new power station in South Africa, Trimble technology makes quick work of a tall order.
Three Boats, Three Designs, One Goal Three Boats, Three Designs, One Goal
Hardly a day goes by that Tim Daddo, head of Macquarie Innovation’s record-breaking sailing team, isn’t thinking about speed. Speed sailing, that is. The Australian-based sailor races yachts in an attempt to break world speed sailing records. Last year his team reached a new milestone as the first sailboat to exceed 50 knots on a 500 m (547 yds) run (yachting’s equivalent to a 4-minute mile in running).
Scoring a Victory for Auckland Scoring a Victory for Auckland
As rugby teams around the globe prepare for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, engineers in Auckland, the country’s largest city, are preparing motorways for the 70,000 overseas visitors expected to flock to the city to watch the event. To prepare for the increased traffic, Auckland engineers are analyzing stresses in one of the city’s major thoroughfares, the Newmarket Viaduct, to anticipate any problems while the structure is dismantled and replaced with a new viaduct.
Staying on Track Staying on Track
Modern railway systems require frequent inspection to prevent encroachments along the train tracks. A new technique developed in Germany uses Spatial Imaging to speed the work and reduce costs.
Reviving the Past: Excavations at Sissi on Crete Reviving the Past: Excavations at Sissi on Crete
During the third and second millennia BC, the Mediterranean island of Crete was home to one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations and the oldest European culture that knew how to write. Numerous excavations over the last 110 years have not succeeded in clarifying who the mysterious Minoans were and how their society was organized.
Making The World Cup pitch perfect Making The World Cup pitch perfect
For the World Cup tournament, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) required that all ten pitches (fields) had to be geometrically consistent so that every match was, in effect, played on the same pitch.
A Flat Enough Floor? A Flat Enough Floor?
University turns to 3D Scanning to find high and low spots in Arena subfloor.
Controlling the "Big Build" Controlling the "Big Build"
Known locally as “The Big Build,” Sacramento County Airport’s Central Terminal B project is the largest capital improvement project now underway in the Northern California area.
Double Duty Double Duty
Major earthquakes present challenges and opportunities for scientists and surveyors. Things get even more interesting when the earthquakes come in pairs.
3D Models Keep I-94 Project on Time 3D Models Keep I-94 Project on Time
Wisconsin’s Interstate 94 (I-94) North-South Freeway Project had a start date of 2011. To financially secure the $60-million reconstruction project with stimulus funds, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) combined the independent projects and advanced the start date to mid-2009. The project restructuring nearly halved the construction time for some portions; it would also make it difficult to accurately interpret construction plans and have a comprehensive view of the entire project.
Prevailing in a Survey Technology "Laboratory" Prevailing in a Survey Technology "Laboratory"
At 195 m (641 ft) long and 172 m (563 ft) high, the Crazy Horse Memorial Hills is the world’s largest mountain carving. Work began in 1948, and over the years, increasingly sophisticated survey technologies have been applied to the task of planning the explosive blasts used to shape the pegmatite granite into sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s vision of renowned Lakota leader, Crazy Horse.
Strategies for Pipeline Surveys Strategies for Pipeline Surveys
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world. In the state of Victoria, several survey techniques have had to be used in combination to determine the optimum alignment for the pipeline from a new desalination plant.
Surveying the Ski Lifts of Mount Etna Surveying the Ski Lifts of Mount Etna
Rising more than 3,300 m (10,800 ft) above the east coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano. The mountain’s scenery and almost constant volcanic activity make it a year-round attraction. In the winter, Etna is home to one of Europe’s southernmost ski resorts.
Uncovering the Cathedral Builders’ Secrets Uncovering the Cathedral Builders’ Secrets
Built during the transition from the 12th into the 13th centuries, the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres is known as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France. In 2009, the French government, supported by the Centre Region and the European Union, began a four-year program to restore the vaulted ceilings of the Cathedral.
On Track to Success On Track to Success
In more than three decades with Canadian Pacific Railroad, John Krcmar has been involved in a lot of surveys. But he had never done one like this.
A Loooong Survey A Loooong Survey
The Delta-Mendota Canal in California’s Central Valley is one of the state’s longest at 188 km (117 mi). Since the seasonally dry valley produces 10 percent of U.S. agricultural products, the Delta-Mendota—along with the rest of the massive Central Valley Project1—is critical water infrastructure and simply must be kept flowing.
A New Model of History A New Model of History
In support of ongoing studies, the European Union and Greek government jointly funded a project to develop a GIS for the Acropolis. Supervised by the Acropolis Restoration Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism (YSMA), the project’s goal is to produce the most detailed and accurate description ever made of the Acropolis.
Changing the Channel Changing the Channel
Advanced technology helps improve a vital shipping route.
Doing the Impossible Doing the Impossible
Trimble VISION technology improves workflow and makes surveying more efficient.
Dynamically Monitoring a Busy Railroad Dynamically Monitoring a Busy Railroad
Minnesota’s Northstar Commuter Rail System, which opened in November 2009, serves the Northstar Corridor between Minneapolis and St. Cloud, and Northstar rolling stock will operate in Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) right-of-way. This is an important cost-saving measure, but created interesting design and construction challenges.
A New Use for an Old Mine A New Use for an Old Mine
For more than 120 years, the limestone quarry and cement plant has been a fixture in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In 2006, the plant’s owner Essroc began a three-year project to replace the old kilns with a single, highefficiency unit and to construct new production facilities, material storage and pollution controls.
Finding New Opportunities in Monitoring Finding New Opportunities in Monitoring
An aging bridge. An open pit mine. An underground construction project in a dense urban setting. All of these projects have potential for movement and all of them present tremendous opportunities for surveying professionals to predict, prevent and make sense of that movement through monitoring, one of the profession’s growing disciplines.
High Places, High Productivity High Places, High Productivity
Surveyors in Peru use Trimble Technology to complete a challenging road project.
Jerusalem’s Starry Sky Jerusalem’s Starry Sky
Seventy years after one of the darkest times in Germany’s history, starlight is pouring into a new synagogue that replaces one destroyed just prior to World War II.
No Rest on Labor Day No Rest on Labor Day
Northern California’s R.E.Y. Engineers spent the entire long U.S. holiday weekend monitoring what may have been 2009’s most impressive infrastructure project - sliding a piece of the double-decker Bay Bridge into its new permanent position.
Putting a Lid on It Putting a Lid on It
From the early 1800s until the 1970s, Duluth, Minnesota was one of the United States’ most active industrial areas. One legacy of that period has been high concentrations of toxic industrial chemicals on the banks of the St. Louis River. Containment, not removal, is the Site's remediation endgame.
Sharpening the Razor’s Edge in Alberta’s “Gasoline Alley” Sharpening the Razor’s Edge in Alberta’s “Gasoline Alley”
It’s the dead of winter (average temperature is –10°F or –23°C) in central Albert, Canada, when the largest highway project in the region in decades is initiated— and survey and design must be completed by spring, just a few short months away.
Surveying the Longest Tunnel in the World Surveying the Longest Tunnel in the World
Occupying the primary north-south transit corridor in Switzerland, the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) is a key component in Europe’s growing network of high-speed railways. The centerpiece of the new system is the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At 57 km (35 mi) long, it’s the longest tunnel in the world.
Scanning Mission on the High Seas Scanning Mission on the High Seas
When modifying existing oil platforms to increase production, engineers need detailed models of the facilities. Trimble scanning technology keeps projects on track with fast, accurate information.
Calm Water, Moving Rock Calm Water, Moving Rock
Trimble Technology Helps Scientists Gain New Insights From Old Data
City of Napa Hydrographic Survey City of Napa Hydrographic Survey
When California’s City of Napa needed a hydrographic survey near a proposed boat dock on the Napa River, they knew who to call: James Dickey, PLS, president of Cinquini and Passarino, Inc., had completed previous hydrographic surveys.
Signs of Change in Belgium Signs of Change in Belgium
Question: How many road signs are there in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium? Answer: We don’t know for sure yet but we will soon. Not only that, but we’ll know how many of each type, size and color, exactly where they are—and their condition.
A Royal Project A Royal Project
Today’s 3D scanning is a great tool for historical preservation, but it’s not always accessible for projects (difficult implementation, limited budgets, technology unknown by archaeologists, etc). Instead, archaeologists may still use traditional theodolites (at best), or (at least) only paper, tape measure and crude charcoal copying methods. Used in this project to help prepare an historic palace in southwest Germany for restoration, the Trimble VX Spatial Station offers a powerful alternative to 3D scanning: surveying techniques are already known by archaeologists and the new technology provides both 3D scanning and imaging data.
Big Step for a Small Country Big Step for a Small Country
Trimble Technology Helps a Developing Country Move Forward
Image Integration: A High-Productivity Approach to Managing Digital Photography for Surveyors Image Integration: A High-Productivity Approach to Managing Digital Photography for Surveyors
Surveyors today employ a variety of ways for documenting their field surveys. Measurements and descriptions are recorded in electronic data collectors. Audio recorders can be used to record comments and parol evidence from property owners and other stakeholders. Field books contain sketches and detailed notes. And survey crews frequently use digital photographs to provide visual documentation of monuments and work sites.
In the Wake of a Hurricane In the Wake of a Hurricane
When Mark W. Huber watched the record storm surges of Hurricane Katrina breach New Orleans’ 17th Street Canal, he had one thought: “Life’s not going to be the same now.” Huber is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in August 2005 he was responsible for the QA/QC of the Corps' survey operations in Louisiana, which put him in charge of ensuring the quality of the post-Katrina surveys in the region. That same evening, Jimmy Chustz, PLS, was having similar thoughts: “It was devastating to watch it all happen,” he says.
Stopping a Landslide in Austria Stopping a Landslide in Austria
Using GNSS Technology to Measure a Mass on the Move
Tech Support Gets Personal Tech Support Gets Personal
Trimble Assistant Puts a Virtual Support Technician on the Jobsite
Drilling Holes in the Desert Drilling Holes in the Desert
Precision is a requirement that is drilled into and expected from field crews at Boart Longyear, a leading drilling services provider. So when the company was first awarded a critical, multi-milliondollar upgrade project, it prepared itself with the essential technology and expertise it needed to perform the work.
Giving a Boost to Energy Development Giving a Boost to Energy Development
Stretching across north Texas, the Barnett Shale formation is one of the largest onshore deposits of natural gas in the U.S. Much of the gas lies beneath the developed Dallas/Fort Worth region, and crews face many challenges getting the gas out of the ground and to the market. The new pipelines and facilities require easements, rights-of-way and construction.
State-of-the-Art Surveying for State-of-the-Art Museum State-of-the-Art Surveying for State-of-the-Art Museum
After more than 50 years, New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) had outgrown its original location. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) recommended a vacant building at 2 Columbus Circle for the museum's new home. Ideal in size and layout, the new site would also boast one of the city’s most renowned addresses. However, it also posed an enormous and unique technical challenge, which Langan Engineering met by innovatively employing Trimble technology.
Surveying Underground Surveying Underground
The survey job in Mining International’s limestone quarry in Joliet, Illinois, was simple in theory—it was just a topographic survey of a mostly straight tunnel. But V3 Companies, an Illinois-based consulting firm, found that in practice working underground presented plenty of challenges including absolute darkness, transport issues, working on high platforms and establishing control in a highly variable environment.
Trimble Technology Aids Agriculture Administration in Europe Trimble Technology Aids Agriculture Administration in Europe
Agriculture has always played an important role in sustaining the health of rural economies across Europe. More than 50 years ago, the European Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development created the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to encourage agricultural productivity, ensure a stable supply of affordable food and bolster Europe’s agricultural sector following World War II.
Game Changer Game Changer
When a company makes a strategic decision to add scanning to its surveying services, its clients are the true winners.
Satellites, Dams and Earthquakes Satellites, Dams and Earthquakes
Exciting Things Happen When Trimble GNSS Infrastructure Technology Monitors a Washington Dam Like many dams in the U.S., Tolt Dam contains built-in systems for monitoring stress or movement. These monitoring systems provide information on the integrity of the dam, but were not intended solely as an instantaneous warning system. With large population centers nearby, detection and notification of sudden changes in the health of dam are critical.
Scanning Coastal Changes: Spatial Imaging Sails into Erosion Studies Scanning Coastal Changes: Spatial Imaging Sails into Erosion Studies
Storms and other natural phenomena continuously sculpt our seashores and coasts. Erosion and accretion to beaches, wetlands and sea cliffs combine with predicted rises in sea level to create the potential for significant problems that can affect surrounding communities. It’s a complex system, and there are significant gaps in data used to understand and predict coastal change. Trimble Spatial Imaging is providing some important answers.
Innovative Surveying for an Innovative Stadium Innovative Surveying for an Innovative Stadium
Two seasons after winning the Super Bowl, the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts have moved into a new stadium. Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts’ new home, is a technological marvel.
Trimble Access: Connecting You to a World of New Possibilities Trimble Access: Connecting You to a World of New Possibilities
Trimble Access is a Revolutionary Field and Office Software Solution that Improves Workflow, Collaboration and Control through Constant Connectivity Surveying is a detail-filled job. Preparation is paramount. Yet even with the best preparation, unforeseen challenges can occur...
Backwoods Boundary Backwoods Boundary
A Mission to Provide Clean Water Turns into a Cadastral Adventure in the Jungles of Peru
Scanning Takes the Gold at 2012 Olympic Sailing Site Scanning Takes the Gold at 2012 Olympic Sailing Site
Tired buildings…an unsightly car park…derelict land. Recognizing that the Weymouth Pavilion and Ferry Terminal on England's south coast was a valuable asset going to waste, the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has embarked on an extensive redevelopment program that will turn the site into a tourist destination and venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games’ sailing events.
"Break out the mead! It’s the equinox!" —Anonymous; Mittelberg Hill, 1,600 BC "Break out the mead! It’s the equinox!" —Anonymous; Mittelberg Hill, 1,600 BC
While we can’t confirm the authenticity of that quote, it could have happened some 3,600 years ago during the Bronze Age. That’s when the Nebra Sky Disk was created as the world’s first known handheld celestial observatory.
Crossing the Pitt Crossing the Pitt
Peter Kiewit Sons is no newcomer to building cable-stay bridges, but the unique construction and high-profile nature of the new cable-stay Pitt River Bridge in British Columbia, Canada, has added some extra challenges for exactness for its survey crew.
A Dam Down Under: Integrated Surveying Overcomes Challenges A Dam Down Under: Integrated Surveying Overcomes Challenges
Inland from the world-famous Gold Coast on Australia’s eastern seaboard, the integration of 3D scanning and GNSS satellite technology is revolutionizing survey work on a huge dam project.
Five Years Under Water: Scanning the Magdeburg Waterways Junction Five Years Under Water: Scanning the Magdeburg Waterways Junction
Accuracy and reliability are crucial in a complex project with an unforgiving schedule. A key connection in Germany’s waterway transit system lies near Magdeburg, where the Mittelland and Elbe-Havel Canals meet the Elbe River. Opened in 2003, the Magdeburg Waterways Junction provides year-round access connecting Berlin to Hamburg, Hannover and the Ruhr.
Going for the Green in Norway Going for the Green in Norway
In early 2007, Martin Ruud of Martin Ruud AS in Mysen, Østfold, Norway, received a slightly unconventional assignment. Askim Golf Park wanted to monitor the topography of its greens and transfer it onto a 3D model.
Rapid Response Rapid Response
Trimble GNSS Infrastructure Technology Delivers Fast Start to China Earthquake Recovery On May 12, 2008, one of the most devastating earthquakes ever recorded struck central China. Centered near the city of Wenchuan in Sichuan Province, the magnitude 8.0 quake caused severe damage throughout the region.
3D Scanning in Tunneling 3D Scanning in Tunneling
Fast, accurate measurement is a difficult aspect in tunnel construction, maintenance and redevelopment. Confined spaces make it hard to establish and preserve survey ...
30 Years of GPS 30 Years of GPS
Little did Charlie Trimble and two other engineers from Hewlett-Packard know they were creating an entire industry when they founded Trimble in 1978 in California’s Silicon Valley.
Monitoring the Shifting Sands Monitoring the Shifting Sands
Picture yourself on a tranquil tropical beach. The late afternoon sun warms your face, chest and legs. Squeaky clean sand sifts through your salt-flavored fingers. Your mind thinks little further than the splashing of waves on the shoreline and the light flickering off shoals of little fish whizzing around in the crystal clear shallows.
Trimble 4000 GPS Receivers: Twelve Years of Hard Labor Trimble 4000 GPS Receivers: Twelve Years of Hard Labor
In the early 1990s, the Center of Railways Surveying (SZG) of the Slovak Railways (ZSR) in Bratislava decided to use GPS to establish a geodetic control system for the national railway.
A Look Back at Positioning History A Look Back at Positioning History
In 1962 a small team of professionals working for the South African Weather Bureau traveled to Antarctica to set up the first South African Antarctic Base. That team was known as SANAE 3, the third South African National Antarctic Expedition.
A New Star over Milan A New Star over Milan
Today’s architecture presents new challenges for surveying engineers. Modern buildings incorporate exciting forms with glittering façades and compelling interior spaces.
Automatic, Large-Scale Monitoring Automatic, Large-Scale Monitoring
Zürich's Central Train Station is unique not only because of its location at the heart of the historic old town, but also because of its architectural complexity. The construction of Zürich’s new railway line “Durchmesserline” has put the highest demand on geologists, construction engineers and surveyors.
Costa Rica Builds National Geodetic Network Costa Rica Builds National Geodetic Network
Costa Rica aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral country, and hydroelectric and geothermal power are critical to this vision.
Don Don't Look Down!
Looking down—if you dare—past your feet while standing on the glass floor of the Dachstein Sky Walk, you see nothing but vertical rock wall stretching to the valley floor some 250 m (820 ft) below. The beautiful, very rugged terrain of Austria’s Hoher Dachstein massif is a European tourist magnet, but building a high-voltage power line there requires...
Pushing the Envelope Pushing the Envelope
Growth and investment in South Africa’s infrastructure are providing new challenges and opportunities for surveyors and engineers. Trimble technology is playing a key role on two of the country’s largest and most visible projects.
Revealing the Mountains of the Moon Revealing the Mountains of the Moon
Glaciers at the equator. The legendary source of the River Nile. Mysterious snow-capped peaks shrouded in an impenetrable cloud. These may sound like the stuff of myths—
Getting Into Deep Water Getting Into Deep Water
Built in the mid-1960s, the Riverside Drive Parking Deck in Elgin, Illinois, is quite large. Approximately 1,000-ft (30-m) long by 60-ft (18-m) wide—and nearly all of it over the Fox River—the deck is built on hundreds of “piles,” large concrete cylinders pushed down into the muddy river bottom. Pre-cast elements in the piles used high-tensile steel wire for reinforcement, and that steel is now rusting. In 2003 a trailer-sized piece of deck fell into the river.
GPS = Good Protection from Snakes GPS = Good Protection from Snakes
Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, where Kentucky’s B&B Surveying gets most of its projects, is difficult country for land surveyors. The “hollers” (valleys between steep ridge lines) can be deep, miles long and completely overgrown. Conventional survey work often involves heroic bouts of brush clearing. And rattlesnakes are not uncommon...
Something Old, Something New Something Old, Something New
In 1994, Chicago’s Smith Engineering Consultants (SEC) was awarded a 42-km (26-mi) gas pipeline project in northeastern Illinois. It was a perfect job for the still-young GPS technology and the firm decided to test the new tools.
Scanning Norway Scanning Norway's Oil Platforms
When oil production off the coast of Norway started in the 1970s, no one imagined the effect it would have on the Norwegian economy. Today Norway is the third-largest exporter of oil in the world, behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia. Key to Norway’s success is...
Rebuild and Recover - POB Article Rebuild and Recover - POB Article
During peak rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007, Minneapolis’ Interstate 35W bridge-Minnesota’s fifth–busiest overpass carrying 140,000 vehicles daily--collapsed into the Mississippi River.Surveillance video showed the eight-lane steel truss-arch bridge crumple into a cloud of dust.
A Whole New World A Whole New World
With Google™ Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth™ providing new visions for what is possible, geo-referenced data is increasingly being relied on every day for house-hunting, store locations and vacation planning
Scanning Easter Island Scanning Easter Island's Moai
Easter Island's huge volcanic rock statues—called Moai by the islanders—have puzzled ethnographers, archaeologists and island visitors. Today, the German Archaeological Mission is seeking to help document and conserve these historical artifacts
Secrets of the Giants Secrets of the Giants
Though the plant-eating sauropod dinosaur has been a favorite of children for generations, there are still many unanswered questions about these giant, primordial creatures. For instance, how did they reach such an enormous size and what did they eat? How did their organs function?
When Millimeters Matter - POB Article When Millimeters Matter - POB Article
Putting a square peg into a square hole is no trick. But when the “peg” is a new, 6,500-ton, 350-foot-long section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the “hole” is an opening in the existing bridge with just 3 inches to spare, the feat becomes mighty impressive--especially when it’s done in record time. That’s just what happened on Labor Day weekend last year when an old section of the bridge was removed and the new section was slid into position, on specially constructed rails, to replace it.
Scanning a Historic Theater Scanning a Historic Theater
Originally built in 1190 and today one of the most reputable opera houses in France, the historic Capitole Theatre in Toulouse has survived the ages through a series of successful renovations
Surveying Hells Canyon Surveying Hells Canyon
Tom Ruby follows 29 km (18 mi) of switchback dirt road on his way down to the jet-boat launch site into the Hells Canyon reach of Snake River. It’s the deepest river gorge in North America, and when Ruby, PLS, arrives there, after a sevenhour drive from his Twin Falls office in south Idaho, he is in paradise: mammoth rapids, breathtaking scenery—and surveying.
No Second Chance No Second Chance
On April 29, 2007, a tanker truck crashed through a guardrail on northern California’s major interchange between I-580 and I-80—and exploded into flames. Intense fire melted the steel underbelly of the elevated roadway and caused it to collapse onto the roadway below.
Saving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Saving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
When Manuel Morales was hired as a senior transportation engineer and head of the culvert inspection program for Caltrans, he knew he would be responsible for bringing consistency to the state’s culvert maintenance program. What he didn’t know was that he was embarking on a 15-year project that would ultimately save the state hundreds of millions of dollars.
Scanning Yemen Scanning Yemen's Great Mosques
With a rich archaeological and architectural heritage, Yemen's historical relics have been in urgent need of conservation.
Beyond the Da Vinci Code Beyond the Da Vinci Code
Rosslyn Chapel's architectural significance as well as increased visitor pressure have led the Rosslyn Chapel Trust to pursue a substantial conservation and restoration project for Scotland's historical church building
Monitoring a Pipeline Monitoring a Pipeline
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is a 1,287-km (800-mi) engineering marvel. Passing through three mountain ranges, over three fault lines and crossing 500 rivers and streams to connect the northern oil fields with the seaport at Valdez, TAPS has transported more than 15 billion barrels of oil since its completion over 30 years ago.
Scanning Mount Doom s Neighbor Scanning Mount Doom s Neighbor
It’s not “Mount Doom” of Lord of the Rings fame—that mythical designation belongs to its neighbor Mount Ngauruhoe—but New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu is today one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Integrated Surveying in the UK Integrated Surveying in the UK
One of the United Kingdom’s largest civil engineering projects, the South Hook LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminal is under construction at Milford Haven, Wales. Jointly, Besix (Belgium) and Kier Construction (U.K.) are refurbishing a 50-year-old oil jetty to receive the huge LNG tankers.
Integrated Surveying in the UK - The American Surveyor article Integrated Surveying in the UK - The American Surveyor article
Article in The American Surveyor - One of the United Kingdom’s largest civil engineering projects, the South Hook LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminal is under construction at Milford Haven, Wales. Jointly, Besix (Belgium) and Kier Construction (U.K.) are refurbishing a 50-year-old oil jetty to receive the huge LNG tankers.
To Serve and Protect – Faster To Serve and Protect – Faster
The largest county in the U.K., North Yorkshire copes with its share of fatal automobile accidents, violent crime and even airplane crashes. Operating out of offices in Tadcaster and Thirk, the North Yorkshire Police Collision Investigation Unit investigates about 90 fatal accidents a year, as well as serious but non-fatal accidents.
US Marine: Building Boats Just Got Easy US Marine: Building Boats Just Got Easy
"State-of-the-art 3D scanning technology from Trimble ensures greater accuracy in the boatbuilding process and smoother transitions from one production phase to the next..."
Bechtel at Oak Creek - POB article Bechtel at Oak Creek - POB article
Link to the POB article - The year 2010 will be a huge year for the Oak Creek coal-generating power plant in southeastern Wisconsin--both physically and figuratively. By that year the Oak Creek Power Plant will have two new 615-megawatt generating units, a new coal storage facility, a new water intake and cooling system, and a new 550-foot chimney.
Integrated technologies connect project participants - CE News Article Integrated technologies connect project participants - CE News Article
The survey engineering and construction industries are poised for dramatic, positive change. To keep up with overwhelming demand for new infrastructure in the face of a limited workforce base, construction firms are tasked with making major productivity gains.
Assessing the Damage Assessing the Damage
October 23, 2004 started out like any other Sunday for the people of Niigata Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. All of that changed at 5:56 p.m., when the first rumblings of an earthquake rolled through the region best known for its beautiful coastline and mountains.
Building Stability Monitored 24-7 Building Stability Monitored 24-7
To make sure the underground construction of a Brisbane busway doesn’t disturb the Australian city’s skyscrapers and heritage-listed buildings, each building nearby is surveyed thoroughly every three hours—and it’s all done automatically.
GNSS Torchbearers GNSS Torchbearers
In just six short years the torch will be lit, signaling the start of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Until that time, the area known as the Thames Gateway will be transformed through one of the most ambitious construction projects ever undertaken in the U.K. To meet the increased demand for highly accurate positioning data, Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, has begun adding RTK network capacity with reference station densification and the addition of broad spectrum GNSS capabilities.
Rebuilding the Dan Ryan Rebuilding the Dan Ryan
One of the busiest and most dangerous expressways in the U.S., Chicago’s 14.5-km (9-mi) Dan Ryan Expressway is undergoing complete reconstruction. The largest expressway rebuild in Chicago history, the massive $975-million Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project is staying on its swift three-year timeline by utilizing the latest surveying, 3D data modeling, and machine control technology.
World Cup Precision World Cup Precision
The site of the 2006 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup games last summer, Germany’s new Allianz Arena is a milestone in modern architecture. Located in the Munich area and owned by Munich’s 1st division football club, FC Bayern München, the stadium’s unique architecture includes the world’s largest membrane shell.
Rebuilding the Dan Ryan - POB article Rebuilding the Dan Ryan - POB article
POB article - One of the busiest and most dangerous expressways in the U.S., Chicago’s 14.5-km (9-mi) Dan Ryan Expressway is undergoing complete reconstruction. The largest expressway rebuild in Chicago history, the massive $975-million Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project is staying on its swift three-year timeline by utilizing the latest surveying, 3D data modeling, and machine control technology.
Setting the Standard for Swimming Setting the Standard for Swimming
If you think competitive swimming on the international level is rigorous, consider what it takes to build a pool that meets competitive swimming standards. It’s not easy. To qualify, each pool must meet strict criteria set by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), the organization that administers international aquatic sports competition. That’s why the construction of these pools undergoes precision testing and measurements prior to any competition.
Bechtel at Oak Creek Bechtel at Oak Creek
By 2010, the Oak Creek coal-generating power plant in southeastern Wisconsin will have two new 615-megawatt generating units, a coal storage facility, a water intake and cooling system and a 167.64 m (550 ft) chimney. At $2.2 billion, it is the largest lump-sum private construction project for both Wisconsin and Bechtel, the project’s primary contractor, and requires Bechtel’s surveyors and engineers to triumph over extraordinary engineering challenges.
Almost like TV Almost like TV
For Jürg Leckebusch, the ground beneath our feet is no longer the great unknown. An archeologist with the Swiss surveying firm Terra Vermessungen AG, he uses his georadar equipment (also known as ground penetrating radar or GPR) to give shape and character to the depths below.
Exploring Earth s Depths Exploring Earth s Depths
The quest for new discoveries has never stopped. But instead of using octants and lodestones to guide them in their search, today’s scientists and surveyors are using 3D imaging, broadband seismic sensors and state-of-the-art GPS technology to map the Earth and the energies that control it.
Mining Down Under Mining Down Under
Technology—and some Australian improvisation—has enabled a mining company “Down Under” to fully exploit the potential of using satellites for surveying, even deep in a coal pit.
Texas Town Streamlines Texas Town Streamlines
McAllen, Texas, is a growing city in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. With a tropical climate and thriving business environment, more than 120,000 people call McAllen home. The city’s population grew 25 percent from 1990 to 2000 and another 10 percent from 2000 to 2003.
It’s Not Just About Cars It’s Not Just About Cars
This summer, BMW will be introducing its latest innovative masterpiece;and it’s not a dynamic new car. This time it’s BMW Welt, an architecturally exciting building that will include a business center, car delivery center, shops and restaurants and a center for car accessories. Located in Munich, Germany, this extraordinary steel and glass structure exhibits precision and quality reminiscent of the renowned BMW engineering legacy.
It’s Not Just About Cars - POB Article It’s Not Just About Cars - POB Article
This summer, BMW will be introducing its latest innovative masterpiece—and it’s not a dynamic new car. This time it’s BMW Welt, an architecturally exciting building that will include a business center, car delivery center, shops and restaurants and a center for car accessories. Located in Munich, Germany, this extraordinary steel and glass structure exhibits precision and quality reminiscent of the renowned BMW engineering legacy.
A New Geospatial World A New Geospatial World
Dubbed the “Incredible County” by its residents, Warren County, Ohio between Dayton and Cincinnati is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. With a population of 189,276, the county covers 408.9 square miles including both suburban and rural communities. More than 10 years ago, the county developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) from its paper parcel base maps.
Sweden Underground Sweden Underground
The City Tunnel in Malmö is one of the largest infrastructure construction projects in Sweden today. When complete, it will link the railways north and east of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, with the Sound Link (Oresund Bridge) to Denmark.
Unique in Europe Unique in Europe
Construction is in full swing on one of Germany’s largest and most modern facilities: the International Congress Center Stuttgart (ICS). An exhibition center able to accommodate 9,300 attendees, the 800 million Euro showcase project of the state of Baden-Württemberg is scheduled to host its first trade fair in the spring of 2007.
San Francisco Turns to Mobile GIS San Francisco Turns to Mobile GIS
Storm water runoff is the major source of water pollution in the U.S. Motor oil, fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants mix with rainwater as it runs through parking lots, yards, and streets into storm drains and catch basins before flowing to treatment plants and bodies of water.
A Diamond in the Rough - POB Article A Diamond in the Rough - POB Article
It's dark down in the drifts; vehicle lights and miners' lights provide the only illumination. The underground survey team uses a Trimble S6 total station and a Trimble 5600 total station for backup. The total stations provide robotic operation and remote control capability so that a single surveyor can make rapid measurements even in low-light or no-light environments.
Restoring Damaged Streams Restoring Damaged Streams
Using an interdisciplinary and sustainable approach to care for the land and natural resources, the Yakama Nation today utilizes Trimble surveying systems on a variety of projects that help restore streams damaged over the last 200 years of agricultural, logging and related developments.
Pfalzwerke aG Taps Trimble for Utilities Pfalzwerke aG Taps Trimble for Utilities
As a modern service provider, Pfalzwerke AG is the leading power supply company in Germany’s Rhineland- Palatinate and Saarland regions. Founded in 1912, the company employs a workforce of more than 600, generating a turnover of nearly 580 million euros in power and heating supply, as well as housing management and waste water treatment.
An Ancient Mystery Revealed An Ancient Mystery Revealed
Last year, a team of researchers used a Trimble S6 Total Station to help uncover the mysterious structure of an Egyptian monument that today stands in New York's Central Park. Here is how they did it
Keep on top of your rock face Keep on top of your rock face
Using the powerful Trimble reflectorless measurement system, it is now even safer and easier for companies to manage their material extraction processes, including waste tip, settlement ponds, borrow pit and material stockpiles and to keep on top of their volume computations. By combining the benefits of the unique Trimble long range DR200+ reflectorless total station and the Terramodel software system, Trimble offers construction and mineral extraction companies a remote, safe and easy to use solution to the problems associated with the frequent measurement of rock faces, quarries and material stockpiles.
World World's largest snowball
On February 10, 2006 at their annual Winter Carnival, students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan created the world's largest snowball.
Aluminum of the Fjords Aluminum of the Fjords
The land of fire and ice will soon be the site of the cleanest aluminum production facility in the world—and one of the largest. Fjardaál, Alcoa’s more than $1 billion aluminum smelting plant in Iceland, is under construction by Bechtel and the Icelandic engineering consortium HRV (Hönnun, Rafhönnun, VST).
Olso Olso's Tunnel Project
When the City of Oslo wanted to survey its entire road tunnel system using 3D scanning, it turned to local survey team Geoplan Ost—and Trimble. Extreme frost damage had been discovered in some tunnel foundations, and city engineers wanted to ensure the survey would capture all damage as frost creates distortion in unexpected places.
Mapping South Africa Mapping South Africa's Rock Art
For more than four millennia, South Africa's San people created an exceptional collection of rock art in the mountainous Drakensberg area. Today, this art is helping archeologists gain insight on their way of life and beliefs. And Trimble technology is helping to make that happen."
The Time is Now The Time is Now
Forward-thinking surveyors are recognizing that integration throughout the business model can positively impact their bottom-line. Trimble™'s Connected Survey Site model identifies four key elements involved in this integration: products, techniques, services and relationships
Paris Tunnel Project on Schedule Paris Tunnel Project on Schedule
The area surrounding Paris is full of forests, parklands, upscale residential areas—and traffic delays. For years, there has been a “missing link” in the A86 expressway encircling the Paris area because of public debate over how to protect the environmentally rich woodland areas and the historically significant monuments in the Versailles area.
So Where Did They Hide the Field? So Where Did They Hide the Field?
For the 2006 NFL season, Arizona Cardinals' fans will be cheering their team in a new stadium designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman. And it’s no ordinary stadium. Sure to become an Arizona landmark, this $450-million, state-of-the-art stadium will showcase a retractable field, the first ever in North America.
Trimble GPS Sets the Pace on Dubai Project Trimble GPS Sets the Pace on Dubai Project
Easily visible from space, an exciting new property development in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has captured the world’s interest. For the construction and survey industries, much of the focus is on the technology advancing the work so quickly.
Trimble Increases Gold Mine Productivity in Africa Trimble Increases Gold Mine Productivity in Africa
One of Africa’s flagship open-cast mines, Goldfields Ghana Ltd.’s Tarkwa gold mine in western Ghana continues to expand and deliver high performance levels. Over the past year, Tarkwa owners have developed several initiatives to optimize mine productivity.
So Where Did They Hide the Field? - The American Surveyor Article So Where Did They Hide the Field? - The American Surveyor Article
For the 2006 NFL season, Arizona Cardinals' fans will be cheering their team in a new stadium designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman. And it’s no ordinary stadium. Sure to become an Arizona landmark, this $450-million, state-of-the-art stadium will showcase a retractable field, the first ever in North America.
Trimble 3D Scanning Saves Cost on New Oil Vessel Trimble 3D Scanning Saves Cost on New Oil Vessel
Operated by Elf Exploration Angola (Luanda, Angola), the FPSO Girassol is one of the largest Floating Production, Storage and Offl oading (FPSO) vessels in the world. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, 150 km (93 miles) off Angola, the huge, ship-like vessel is connected to numerous drilling platforms pumping 200,000 to 250,000 barrels of oil daily
Managing data from 3-D laser scanners - CE News Article Managing data from 3-D laser scanners - CE News Article
Today, 3-D laser scanning technology is able to deliver robust data for civil engineering projects that are under construction or are complete. However, most of the software traditionally used to process surveying data for civil engineering projects is not designed to handle such huge amounts of data.
Williamtown airport upgrade flies ahead with Trimble technology Williamtown airport upgrade flies ahead with Trimble technology
Twenty minutes north of Newcastle, Williamtown Airport hosts a regional airport service and is the principal Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter base for Southeast Australia operating FA-18 Hornet jets and Hawk training jet aircrafts. Due to the base’s heavy air traffic and importance, it is currently undergoing a seven-stage upgrade process.
Modernizing the Panama Canal Modernizing the Panama Canal
Called one of the greatest engineering achievements the world has seen, the Panama Canal officially opened in August of 1914. Dramatically reducing travel time and distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Canal eliminated the need to round the base of South America. Today, nearly a century later, the transcontinental canal is undergoing a vast modernization and improvement program, ensuring the waterway remains viable and competitive well into the new century.
Trimble Trimble's MagDrive Servo Technology
The Trimble S6 Total Station incorporates a revolutionary servo/angle system called MagDrive servo technology. The principle behind MagDrive servo technology is the same as that used in the world's fastest commercial maglev trains. No wonder the Trimble S6 Total Station is exceptionally fast!
Not Evolution, Revolution! Not Evolution, Revolution!
The sum of everything you’ve been hoping for, the new Trimble S6 Total Station leverages successful existing Trimble features while also including entirely new technologies to provide unequalled advantages to surveyors
Sioux Falls GIS Cuts Paperwork in Half Sioux Falls GIS Cuts Paperwork in Half
With a population of approximately 135,000, Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota. Best known for the cascades that flow from the Big Sioux River, Sioux Falls is one of the fastest growing areas of the state, with a nearly 12 percent population growth in the last three years.
Surveying a Quarry in New Caledonia Surveying a Quarry in New Caledonia
After 20 years of surveying experience in New Caledonia, in 1990 Bruno Brésil founded INFOTOPO. At the time, it was the first company to offer surveyors the option of using real-time GPS, with specialized survey software and associated applications.
Bechtel & Trimble Bechtel & Trimble
Trimble surveying solutions are being used today by Bechtel Corporation on projects throughout the world. Here are two currently underway in the U.S.
From Waste to Glass From Waste to Glass
It’s a fascinating story. But the legacy is deadly. For nearly 50 years, the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington produced plutonium for the creation of nuclear weapons. Today, its toxic legacy remains—53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored in 177 underground tanks. At least 1 million gallons of waste have already leaked, contaminating the groundwater, and threatening the Columbia River and millions of people downstream.
Open-Pit Mining in Indonesia Open-Pit Mining in Indonesia
Nusa Tenggara is the Indonesian name for the more than 500 islands east of Bali, running from Lombok in the west to Timor in the east. Nusa Tenggara stretches over 1300 kilometers and lies just a few degrees south of the equator. The island of Sumbawa, in the northern part of this Indonesian island chain, is home to the Batu Hijau project.
Athletes Assured by 3603 Performance Athletes Assured by 3603 Performance
Track records are broken by hundredths of a second, field events are decided by centimeters, and a few millimeters can make the difference between winning or losing.
The Trimble TSC2 Controller The Trimble TSC2 Controller
The Trimble TSC2 Controller is an advanced handheld field computer that provides wireless operations in both field and office. Designed for Integrated Surveying solutions using both GPS/GNSS and optical total stations, the Trimble TSC2 offers surveying, mapping and construction professionals increased efficiency, flexibility and versatility.
Trimble 3D Scanner Probes Ramses Trimble 3D Scanner Probes Ramses' Royal Tomb
Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Tombs of the Nobles, and Ramesseum. All evocative names given to Egyptian sites built late in the second Millennium BC. And all subjects of patient study by the French Archaeological Mission at Western Thebes (MAFTO). For thirty years, MAFTO has studied the remnants of the Ramesside era in Egypt.
Mapping the USS Arizona Mapping the USS Arizona
On December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona battleship was among the first of the casualties in the surprise Pearl Harbor attack, quickly sinking to the bottom of the harbor and taking with it the lives of 1,177 crewmembers. The attack signaled the entry of the U.S. into World War II; today the USS Arizona is a national memorial to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor that day.
Mapping the USS Arizona - POB Article Mapping the USS Arizona - POB Article
On December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona battleship was among the first of the casualties in the surprise Pearl Harbor attack, quickly sinking to the bottom of the harbor and taking with it the lives of 1,177 crewmembers. The attack signaled the entry of the U.S. into World War II; today the USS Arizona is a national memorial to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor that day.
Surveying: Then and Now - POB Article Surveying: Then and Now - POB Article
When a county’s population increases by 19 percent in three short years, construction projects increase as well to accommodate new residents. Indiana’s Hamilton County, northern neighbor of Indianapolis, has experienced such a population growth, leading to the development of numerous subdivisions.
Accessing the Digital Connection  - POB Article Accessing the Digital Connection - POB Article
Over the past decade, advances in technology--both hardware and software--have benefited surveyors, civil engineers and their clients. Few today can imagine life without the modern total station, GPS or data controller, the device that controls setup and operation of the instrumentation, analyzes and pre-processes the data, and packages the data for use by other applications.
Hangzhou Bay Transoceanic Bridge Hangzhou Bay Transoceanic Bridge
The Zhejiang Province, located on the eastern coast of China, is the site of a RMB$14 billion (US$1.7 billion) construction project: building the longest “ocean-crossing bridge” in the world. And Trimble positioning technology is helping to make that happen.
Fear and Quaking in Hokkaido Fear and Quaking in Hokkaido
Japan is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. It lies across four slabs of rock, known as tectonic plates, which, when they rub against each other, cause earthquakes. After the earthquake, detailed 3D data information on damaged roads was requested in order to study the intensity of the earthquake.
Ohio Ohio's Maumee River Crossing Project
Designated an Ohio State Scenic River in 1974, the Maumee runs more than 130 miles (209 km) from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Lake Erie; 105 (169 km) of these miles are in Ohio. Close to the river mouth at Lake Erie, the waterway named by the Miami Indians passes through Toledo, where today it is the focus of the largest, most expensive single project in the history of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT): the Maumee River Crossing Project.
A Surveying Chronicle - POB Article A Surveying Chronicle - POB Article
How and why a Chicago firm surveyed a World War II German warship. Some surveyors get projects they never dreamed they'd get. For Gremley & Biedermann surveyor Scott Beagles it was 'luck of the draw.' But he'll never forget his survey of the U-505, a German World War II submarine in Chicago.
A Surveying Chronicle A Surveying Chronicle
How and why a Chicago firm surveyed a World War II German warship. Some surveyors get projects they never dreamed they'd get. For Gremley & Biedermann surveyor Scott Beagles it was 'luck of the draw.' But he'll never forget his survey of the U-505, a German World War II submarine in Chicago.
Techno Mix - POB Article Techno Mix - POB Article
Founded in 1911, Woolpert LLP of Dayton, Ohio, has always held a strong commitment to technology. Since its beginning, Woolpert has equipped its employees with the latest instruments from mechanical calculators to early model air conditioning units.
Locking in the Benefits - POB Article Locking in the Benefits - POB Article
Since their introduction in 1990, servo-driven total stations have become one of the fastest selling equipment segments of any type of total station, according to a recent industry study. Servo—or motorized—total stations include options such as direct reflex (or reflectorless), Autolock (or auto-tracking, auto pointing and automatic target recognition) and fully robotic, the most popular of the servos. Less understood than robotic but rapidly gaining devotees, the Autolock total station is emerging as a popular choice for many private sector and Department of Transportation (DOT) surveyors across the nation.
Growing a Business with the Help of Reflectorless Technology Growing a Business with the Help of Reflectorless Technology
Though usually not as visible as large companies, small firms continue to make up the majority of survey businesses in the U.S. They may not do some of the big, exotic projects of their larger counterparts, but their jobs—boundary surveys, mortgage surveys, control, construction stakeout—keep their communities functioning smoothly.
Madrid-Barajas Airport Expansion Madrid-Barajas Airport Expansion
Expansion of Spain’s Madrid-Barajas International Airport, due for completion in 2004, has been termed the most complex civil engineering project in Europe.
Cologne to Frankfurt in 5 years Cologne to Frankfurt in 5 years
At 7 billion Euro, the current largest construction project of the Deutsche Bahn AG is about to be completed: the ICE railway line between Cologne and Frankfurt. In just a few more weeks the high-speed line gap between these two cities will be closed, connecting the two densely populated areas and halving the travel time between Cologne and Frankfurt to one and a half hours. The new line will be officially opened by the Federal Chancellor on 25 July 2002 and the first shuttle trains will start using the line in August, high speed traffic will commence in December 2002.