Although it seems inevitable that more colleges and universities will turn to online courses to educate geospatial professionals, at least one college is expanding its old-fashioned brick-and-mortar offerings to entice prospective students.
Douglas D. Fisher
Douglas D. Fisher is the managing editor of GeoDataPoint and POB. He has more than 15 years of publishing experience as a writer, editor and web content manager. Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in history from Wayne State University. His latest book, “Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812,” was published by the Detroit Historical Society in 2012.
Articles by Douglas D.
Technological innovations in the geospatial profession have been extraordinary in the last few years, so much so that other professions and industries have adopted its hardware and software to improve their own workflows. But it can be a bit surprising to learn that archaeology, a profession deeply rooted in the past, embraces such modernization.
01 May 2013
Many geospatial professionals are excited about the prospects of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration into the national airspace in September 2015, and for good reason. In the past few months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has called for UAV test site proposals, and experts have made bold predictions about the potential economic impact of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on the United States.
25 April 2013
Mobile LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an emerging technology that not everyone understands. Even geomatics professionals sometimes have a hard time explaining what it is, and how it can be a benefit to the transportation industry.
18 April 2013
Several key trends were evident at Carlson Software’s 30th Anniversary User Conference, including some reasons for the midsized company’s international growth.
11 April 2013
The recently released report on the potential economic impact of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on the United States was startling. If anything can make Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) move faster toward integrating UAS into the national airspace, it would be dollars and jobs.
02 April 2013
A key component of NGA’s strategy for the next five years is the creation of “an intuitive online environment” that allows users to access data and intelligence in the cloud. The GEOINT AppStore Station provides a platform for testing and feedback on geospatial apps.
28 March 2013
3D Laser Mapping Executive Chairman Graham Hunter is not exaggerating when he says the small company has a lot going on. The provider of LiDAR software and hardware has recently released a handheld laser scanner, increased its staff of 35 by six people, opened a new research and development facility, and is putting on a workshop for archaeologists.
12 March 2013
In a moment of nostalgia, Alan Riekki, Las Vegas city surveyor, contemplates all the infrastructure data that has vanished in the nearly 108 years since the city’s founding. That won’t happen any longer.
28 February 2013
Jerry Skaw remembers a time when all computing was done on a huge, centralized mainframe in every office. He likens that era to the transformation happening today–believe it or not–because big data is being stored on “centralized” computers at Microsoft, Amazon and Google, and companies are accessing that data on web browsers.