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Just when I thought we had turned a corner…

Just when I thought we had turned a corner… Stores starting to reopen, the core businesses we support holding steady and then Wham!  Fire and violence spreading across US cities.  I wonder and worry about those I know who live in these areas – hoping for your safety – for the safety of all of […] ...

Oh Man…

Oh man, oh man, oh man…. Just what the heck is going on? Well, a few weeks ago I had all this stuff going on: getting ready to travel from one coast to another for conferences, preparing class presentations, renewing my passport just in case. Now, even though I’ve spent twice as much on groceries […] ...

New FAA Proposal Drone Pilots Should Know About

In case you were partying on December 31 and failed to notice your government at work…there’s a new document out for comment: 14 CFR Parts 1, 47, 48, 89, 91, and 107 [Docket No.: FAA–2019–1100; Notice No. 20–01] RIN 2120–AL31 Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems In summary, this will require all drones, regardless of […] ...
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Scanning the New Year for Inspiration

We at Carlson hope that you had a great 2019 and are poised and ready for another great year in 2020. Everything came and went so fast last year – we got cheated almost a whole week from Thanksgiving to Christmas and Wednesday is the worst day for Christmas and New Year’s Day. I have […] ...
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What’s the Point of the End-of-Year Specials?

When someone, maybe my neighbor or the clerk at the convenience store, says to me, “Happy New Year!” — my first thought is always, “Oh, man, it’s Carlson’s End of Year Special time again. I wonder what new tools I’ll get this year! I wonder what great new functionality I’ll have!” At the end of […] ...

Only Pay for What You Need with Carlson PhotoCapture

Imagine you’re not the biggest company in the world but you’d like to use a drone for developing 3D surfaces or “as-built” layouts or you’re just getting images of the site to underlay your CAD deliverables. Your costs are the drone, the pilot training, and the image processing. The drone you like costs what it […] ...

You Don’t Need a Drone to Reap the Benefits of Photogrammetry

Let’s say you’ve got a 30-acre site, gently rolling, open – just the place for the new shopping center or car dealership. You’re to deliver a topo survey with 2’ contours. Twenty years ago, you would have sent a crew of three. Today, because of the improvements in surveying instruments, you only send two. Back […] ...

Improving Collection and Data with Carlson Precision 3D

An idea possibly foreign to civil engineers and surveyors, who are correct by definition when they place their stamps, comes from management science, specifically W. Edwards Deming. He invented the concept of continuous improvement and applied it to manufacturing systems (and everything else). Those of you who are old enough will remember when “Made in […] ...
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Understanding Carlson Photo Capture’s new Project Report

Y’all know that guy. Heck – you might be that guy – the one who, at closing time, reminds the band that they haven’t played “Freebird”1 yet, and really need to, before laying down the sticks and axes for the evening… Only to be told “Maybe next time.” Well, here at Carlson, we do take […] ...

Photogrammetry for People Like Me with Carlson PhotoCapture

I bet most of you are just like me. You love watching hourglasses, spinning wheels, and progress bars on your computer screen. If only it would play elevator versions of The Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra or I Want it That Way by the Backstreet Boys the afternoon would be perfect! Say farewell to […] ...