Featured Surveyor Stories – January 2010 Archive (13)

What is "Gift Giving" on LSU? Why do I Want to do That?

Hello Surveyors!

You have most likely noticed that everyone's profile has a "Gift" application at the top by default and wondered to yourself "What the heck is that?"

Maybe you thought it was dumb and just continued about your business-perhaps you gave it a whirl. Don't give up so easy-there is actually a good reason for giving gifts. What i am here to tell you about may be of great… Read more →

Submitted by Jaybird on January 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — Comment On This...

Surveying Associations and International Companies-[Part 3]Surveying Resources and Links

Land surveying is of course one of the oldest professions known to man. Needless to say, there are professional surveying companies and associations across the globe, which we should all at least know about. In this post, I will give you some valuable resources and links to International surveying companies and some well know land surveying associations, in hopes that readers will add any links that I might have missed in the comments below. This will be PART THREE of my series of… Read more →

Submitted by Jaybird on January 28, 2010 at 4:11pm — Comment On This...

Surveying Resources and Links Handbook [Part Two]-Online Publications, Blogs and Magazines

UPDATED:  You can now find the Surveyors Handbook Here in Resources

This is PART TWO in the Surveying Resources and Links Series [part 1 here], which is all about online land surveying publications, links and industry blogs. There is a chance that…

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Submitted by Jaybird on January 22, 2010 at 9:30pm — Comment On This...

help with Civil 3D and importing Lat and Long points

I need help. Can any one guide me on importing points collected from a GPS unit.

What format should my Excel file be in or should I use a .txt file? Right now my Excel file is a .CSV and it only has 3 columns: point number, latitude, longitude looks like: 2 45.33353745 -122.7635515

Also how to set up the import Point File format in Civil 3D?

What should the drawing settings be as far as the zone and available coordinate system?


Submitted by Andy on January 22, 2010 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

If Astronauts Can Tweet from Space, Surveyors Can Tweet from the Woods

I just ran across an article on Mashable about the first astronauts to send a twitter update from outer space and it got me to thinking more about our Field Support Group here on LSU. I've come to the conclusion that If Astronauts Can… Read more →

Submitted by Jaybird on January 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — Comment On This...

Surveying Resources and Links Handbook [Part One]-Surveying Education

This is part One of a series of blog posts regarding land surveying resources and links for our LSU members-this one is all about land surveying schools and certifications. If you have a resource or link that I missed, please feel free to drop it in the comments below the post so that everyone may benefit from this resource.



Cincinnati… Read more →

Submitted by Jaybird on January 21, 2010 at 11:30pm — Comment On This...

GPS and GIS for Dummies Ebooks for Download

Not that any of you are dummies, but these dummy books sure come in handy when you're in a pinch. Feel free to search them right here or download. Enjoy surveyors!

GPS for Dummies

GIS for…

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Submitted by Jaybird on January 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Civil Engineering Formulas Pocket Reference Guide for Download

Here we have a handy Civil Engineering Formulas Pocket Reference Guide for PDF Download or viewing online. Hope this makes your surveying life a little… Read more →

Submitted by ePalmetto on January 15, 2010 at 11:53pm — Comment On This...

Useful Mapping Software and Applications for Land Surveyors At No Cost

Below you will find a few pieces of software that I've run across and thought could be helpful to our land surveying members. They're all free! Comment if you have any questions whatsoever.

MapInfo Professional 10 FULL

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MapInfo Professional is a powerful Microsoft Windows-based mapping and geographic analysis application from the experts in location intelligence. Designed to easily visualize the… Read more →

Submitted by ePalmetto on January 15, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

A Big Book for Problem Solving in Land Surveying

Here is a book that you guys might all appreciate for one reason or another. Feel free to read it online or download it. Good luck out there…

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Submitted by Jaybird on January 5, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

A Couple of GPS Hacks via Software

Here are a couple of GPS hacks that I ran across via and thought might be useful if not just interesting to the group. The first is a location based browser plug-in called Geode, by Mozilla. Geode will let users to take advantage of location data embedded within a web page. Geode’s uses… Read more →

Submitted by Neighbor Design on January 4, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Ruggedize your not-so-rugged portables

Popular Mechanics has a detailed how-to on diy ruggedization of common portable electronics such as laptops, cameras, and cellphones. There is video of a laptop surviving an eight foot fall due to the tennis balls, pipe insulation, and weather stripping they’ve added. Its not just shock… Read more →

Submitted by Neighbor Design on January 4, 2010 at 5:02pm — Comment On This...

Annoying zoom extents?

In AutoCAD 2000i LDD when double clicking the mouse too quickly the drawing does a zoom extents. For example I have a three-button mouse, the center button (the mouse wheel) being the culprit, it controls the zooming and panning. Well I will be flying around in the drawing, zoomed in to some degree and then it happens; zoom extents!

I think I found a fix to this problem by typing in at the command prompt: "viewres" and hit enter, you are then prompted with the question "Do you want fast… Read more →

Submitted by Gary on January 2, 2010 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

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