Stringless paving is a hallmark for maximizing taxpayer investment through new-found efficiency. To understand just how financially effective stringless paving is, first you have to understand the precarious nature of the string line paving it replaces. String lines are essentially long lines of thread held up by steaks that are used to set the grade of pavement. By eliminating the use of a string line, contractors save time and money as the string line does not need to be constantly verified due to it getting bumped or moved. Also, dump trucks accessing the paver do not have to back down long stretches of grade between these string lines to get to the paver, which is a safety hazard. Those savings are passed along to the public agency and help address the need for financial effectiveness.
(Sun Prairie, WI)—December, 2013—Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC was published in the December issue of Professional Surveyor Magazine highlighting an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) project completed by several of its staff and a group of local kids on the autism spectrum. The Taking Autism To The Sky (TATTS) project consisted of working with a group of 8 kids on the autism spectrum to build, learn to fly and complete missions with a UAS. The project culminated in a series of films made by the kids to highlight their experience.
The on-line version of the article can be found here on the Professional Surveyor Magazine web site.
The TATTS Project blog contains lots of video and imagery from the project including hardware specifications and is available here.
Links to several sample images are provided below:
- Base station - showing real-time video to 21" TV and goggles
- Photomosaic of a local farm - 15 aerial images
- Photomosaic of construction site - 18 images taken after hours
David Hart, CP, SP, RPP - President, Continental Mapping Consultants
The development of specifications – specs – has always been a difficult challenge in surveying and mapping. In just the last few years, as new remote sensing technologies (like lidar), and methods (like crowd sourcing and data fusion) are integrated, we’ve been involved in a wide range of “spec update” projects. Three of our key client sectors: State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) are all currently undergoing massive shifts in their understanding of how to develop and administer specifications and guidance for the creation of mapping products. The difficulties we have witnessed – and participated in – have been profound. We are learning some important lessons from these experiences, and have changed the way we engage with our clients in order to help facilitate a better understanding of the need, the requirement, and the deliverables of a project.
(Sun Prairie, WI)—October 17th, 2013—Continental Mapping Consultants, LLC is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has selected Continental Mapping for their statewide photogrammetric mapping master contract.