By now, we hope you look to
Technology&more to keep
you well informed of the
most exciting technology
advances, customer projects
and applications in your field.
This issue is no different: you’ll
find innovative projects from
Australia to Burkina Faso, China
to the U.K. You’ll read about
creating a 3D model of the
Palace of Versailles in France
using Trimble® SketchUp; moni-
toring the elephant population
in Burkina Faso using the Gatewing X100 unmanned
aircraft system (UAS); surveying for a unique skyscraper in
Germany; creating China’s first digital mine using a Trimble
FX™ 3D scanner; a discussion on whether the need for post
processing remains in the days of RTK; and much more.
You may notice how most of our project stories illustrate
the increasing connection between field and office.
Today’s geospatial professionals have become data
managers who provide increasingly valuable deliverables
to their clients. This worldwide trend plays a key part in
helping geospatial professionals expand their role—and
business—by facilitating efficient dataflow between
field and office. The geospatial professionals’ ability to
process vast amounts of data and pass the resulting
information on to the client in readily useable form is
both redefining their role and increasing the scope and
value of their services. We hope that one or more of these
articles will provide useful ideas and information that
will help you discover a new way to tackle your everyday
challenges—or even help you redefine your role in the
growing geospatial world.
You’ll also find the latest of our new “Day in the Life” fea-
tures in this issue. Profiling a wide-spectrum of geospatial
professionals, this story focuses on where most of us start:
as a student. Read about Julien Clifford, a geomatics major
at Texas A&M University-Corpus Crispi. Watch for more
profiles in future issues.
If you’d like to share information with Technology&more
readers about your own innovative project, we’d like to
hear about it. Just email: Survey_Stories@trimble.com.
We’ll even write the article for you.
And now, enjoy this issue of Technology&more.
Chris Gibson: Vice President
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Welcome to the Latest Issue of Technology&more!
• Australia pg. 6
A Hot Survey!
• U.S. pg. 12
Efficient Mobile Mapping
• France pg. 14
SketchUp Models a Palace
• China pg. 18
Creating a Digital Mine