Friday, March 27, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives

04.14.2011


Any time a new technology – whether hardware or software makes its way onto the market and into our tool box, we are…


Friday, March 20, 2020

The Demarcation Between North & South

As we wrap up celebrations for National Surveyors Week it seems like the perfect opportunity to shine a light on possibly the most famous border in America - the Mason-Dixon Line. Having grown up in Maryland and a short 0.25-miles from Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon Line holds a soft-spot in my heart as my first geographic “discovery”, and likely the catalyst that guided me into the geospatial sciences.

At the ripe age of 5 my best friend and I were wandering through the woods on our own exploratory mission (yes, you could do that without parental supervision in my day), when we stumbled upon a headstone atop a small ridgeline. Excited that we had found the grave of some unknown person with just the initials M and P, we hurried home, grabbed my dad, and brought him to our discovery…what I now know as Milestone #156.

The memories came rushing back as I read a recent article about the upcoming decennial survey of the 196-mile border stretching from Delaware to the point where Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia meet, and reflected on how this invisible boundary has shaped the very fabric of our country.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2020-03-07/surveyors-tackling-resurvey-of-mason-dixon-line

Thank you, to all the surveyors (past and present) that have made a difference in my life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

National Surveyors Week 2020


Happy National Surveyors Week!  
From the parcel of land you call home, to the boundary of the State in which you reside, Surveyors have shaped our landscape and played a vital role in countless, unseen aspects of your daily life. So join us and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (www.nsps.us.com/) this week to celebrate these professionals and their contributions to this great country.

Below is a proclamation from the President of the United States recognizing National Surveyors Week .

Friday, March 13, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives

03.04.2011


The method of defining accuracy for traditional surveying methodologies (total station traversing and leveling), is through the specification of Order and Class, according…


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

WVU Geospatial Career Day

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with the next generation of Geospatial Professionals from West Virginia University (WVU). Hosted by our very own Andy Hughes (LiDAR Processing Supervisor), with support from the LiDAR Team’s Hunter White (LiDAR Fleet Manager) and Amanda Swope (LiDAR Analyst), the annual event was again held at our Moon Township, PA office.

 



































The next budding crop of professionals got the opportunity to see real world applications of geospatial technologies, tour our latest Mobile LiDAR and Pavement collection vehicles, and leverage the office’s newly-remolded Training Center for a video conference discussion with our current troop of geospatial interns and our National Geospatial Lead from Michael Baker’s Jackson, MS office.

Always a pleasure to interact with the next batch of talent preparing to hit the streets.

Friday, February 28, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives

02.03.2011


In many cases, the Mobile LiDAR collections that Baker performs do not produce a new product or service. Rather, it is a new…


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 MAPPS Winter Conference

As a Silver Sponsor for the 2020 MAPPS Winter Conference it was great to see a large attendance and expanding membership for the organization. Representing Michael Baker was Aaron Morris (National Geospatial Lead) and Alicia McConnell (UAS Lead), who took active roles in the proceedings: Aaron teaching a course on Project Management for the Emerging Leaders tract, and Alicia presenting a Technical Session on our recent selection for the nationwide NASPO UAS contract.

#AlohaMAPPS2020        #EmergingLeaders       #MichaelBakerInternational 
































Friday, February 14, 2020

From the LiDAR Archives

01.04.2011


Last April, I had the pleasure of presenting Mobile LiDAR at the American Congress on Surveying & Mapping Annual Conference in Phoenix. The…