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A Peek at the High-Tech Playbook: Lessons from Software Giants on Creating a Unique Work Space

Milton Hershey of Hershey Chocolate company fame, maker of unremarkable but affordable chocolate, established a company town in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1903, complete with worker lodging, parks for employee enjoyment and other enviable conveniences. As we move into 2019, we learn that Microsoft Corporation is investing $500 million to create affordable housing in Seattle, Washington, […]

LiDAR Makes Waves in Engineering

Out with human surveying teams slogging across a project site to map a floodplain and in with slick UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle or drone) performing photogrammetry and collecting millions of elevation points in a matter of minutes. With the growing sophistication and cost-efficiencies of UAVs, the technologies of photogrammetry, lidar (Light detection and ranging) and […]

The Evolving Corporate Story

A company’s history, if you look hard enough, has all the elements of a good fairy tale. It is multi-layered, with multiple moving parts and multiple players; it is a constantly evolving and shifting entity. There is the workforce, the executives, those that have resigned or been hired, the product line, the “wicked” take-over team, […]

Robot Engineers? You May Lose Your White-Collar Job To a Robot Sooner than You Think

You may lose your white-collar job to a robot sooner than you think. According to the IDC (International Data Corporation), a global provider of market intelligence and analysis, big changes in the U.S. workforce will happen quickly and at a scale you would never have expected. The IDC’s report, “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions” […]

Is it Time for 3D Modeling?

An overview of recent magazine covers would suggest that virtual reality technology is the latest marvel to hit the consumer market. Not too long ago, Best Buy’s main display table featured a virtual reality headset by Oculus Rift. No matter that the goggles were massive, awkward, heavy and extended your forehead by 6 inches, the technology […]

Cloud Devotee

Let’s declare right here what we all know to be true: Without a decent corporate phone system, businesses would go belly-up. An efficient, fool-proof phone system keeps the wheels spinning and business moving right along. Following in at a close second are the computers at CivilGEO, without which we couldn’t create the software that we […]

Not Pie in the Sky Software

If you’ve been following this blog, you will notice a standard theme running through much of what I write: I like high performing software, but I like simplicity as well. I like software that does the work of several applications with an easy-to-use interface that is intuitive and a snap to learn. I like software […]

Fish Ladders vs. Flying Fish, Which Works Better?

The sight of a Chinook Salmon being shot out of a duct on a river in the Pacific Northwest would probably startle famous early 20th century conservationist Aldo Leopold. But then, the massive number of dams on U.S. waterways in the 21st century would probably shock him as well. This modern age has brought many changes. […]