RTK UAV (drone) topographic survey at Sunset Bay – Sharps Chapel TN

This orthophoto is very useful for design purposes by showing the adjacent structures, particularly the existing docks, which tend to cramp the client's lake access. What architect wouldn't love to have all this information? In addition, it is helpful to know the existing conditions for liability purposes. The photo is absolute proof of the pre-construction [...]

By | 2017-09-08T11:01:49+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on RTK UAV (drone) topographic survey at Sunset Bay – Sharps Chapel TN

3D Airspace Map Inside Google Earth! Plus… FAA Sectional geoTIFFs FREE

My recent discovery of 3D airspace maps from 3Dairspace.org is one of the coolest things I have seen in awhile. Small UAV operators may find airspace confusing and FAA sectionals difficult to interpret. While the 3D airspace map inside Google Earth is no substitute for reading current sectional charts, it does serve as a great [...]

By | 2017-08-19T13:01:17+00:00 August 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3D Airspace Map Inside Google Earth! Plus… FAA Sectional geoTIFFs FREE

The Big GPS Fix

As a land surveyor, one wonders how RTK GPS market prices are sustained at such high levels. A look at the world market reveals wide-spread availability of relatively cheap RTK GPS surveying equipment everywhere except here in the U.S. The market here is dominated by a few big players like Leica, Trimble, and Topcon, while [...]

By | 2017-08-12T12:31:34+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Due diligence is “Real Estate 101”

Here is another example of a real estate disaster that could have been avoided by simply getting a survey of the property being purchased (Real Estate 101.) A Toronto resident is worried he's lost nearly $150,000 in property value after learning part of what he thought was his home — land he is paying property [...]

By | 2017-07-20T10:51:50+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Due diligence is “Real Estate 101”

No Stone Unturned: How NecroSearch International uses Drones and UAV’s to find hidden graves

While reading the fascinating book No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators, I ran across this short passage describing how the organization began to use UAV's to help locate clandestine graves. (I read books of this sort, because land surveying is also a forensic discipline using systematic scientific techniques to obtain [...]

By | 2017-08-22T09:27:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on No Stone Unturned: How NecroSearch International uses Drones and UAV’s to find hidden graves

2000 Sutherland settlement monitoring

February 2015 we conducted a primary level loop for settlement monitoring of approximately 140 columns of an existing warehouse at 2000 Sutherland Avenue. The site will be occupied by the University of Tennessee on completion. We will return twice more in a span of two years to check for settlement. We performed the work with [...]

By | 2017-06-17T13:36:02+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2000 Sutherland settlement monitoring

No property is safe. Watch a roomful of government officials collude to take innocents’ property.

Every citizen should educate themselves concerning the threat of civil asset forfeiture. There is no presumption of innocence in such cases, and government is incentivized to take as much as possible. The blatant collusion taking place at this New Mexico meeting has to be seen to be believed. Civil Forfeiture is a “Gold Mine:” “We [...]

By | 2014-11-10T14:47:45+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on No property is safe. Watch a roomful of government officials collude to take innocents’ property.

Due diligence error results in $680,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. home built on the wrong lot

Palm Coast, Florida. Photo by Bob Koslow/Daytona Beach News-Journal."We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen," said Mark Voss, owner with Brenda Voss, of the luxury home constructed on the wrong property. The Voss' new home has  five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, ocean views, enviable amenities such as a theater and game-room, but sits [...]

By | 2014-10-25T14:23:52+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Due Diligence, Legal issues, Survey Problems, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Due diligence error results in $680,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. home built on the wrong lot

Tennessee Business Taxes Atypically High

"Tennessee is in the bottom half of a new study that measures the tax burden businesses would face in each of the 50 states." "Tennessee is 29th in both categories, which means it has a heavier tax burden than most of the country."

By | 2012-03-04T19:37:40+00:00 March 4th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tennessee Business Taxes Atypically High
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