Articles in the Innovation Category

May 2006 | Comments Off on The first years of George Everest
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The last issue detailed the celebrations that took place for the anniversary of the birth of Sir George Everest but what do we know of the man? His is a household name because of its link to the mountain but many who are not surveyors either (a) think it is a made-up name for the …

Apr 2006 | Comments Off on Innovation

GLOBAL Reckoning of Latitude and Longitude

Presently, …

Apr 2006 | Comments Off on Remembering Everest

Beginning with this issue, JR Smith traces the life and work of Sir George Everest

My interest in Everest came about in two ways. Firstly in the early 1980s I had the idea of compiling a history of land surveying. It was soon obvious that it was a far too wide a topic to do justice …

Jan 2006 | Comments Off on Tsunami Warning System

A major tsunami is caused by an earthquake, which …

Jan 2006 | Comments Off on A 2006 mapping challenge

Kumar Mapping (KMap) System
I recently checked the following two “real” products …

Dec 2005 | Comments Off on 21st Century Indian Geodetic System, Distortion-Free Maps, Charts, and GIS

As India launches the DSMs and OSMs under its new map policy, it should not let the opportunity …

Nov 2005 | Comments Off on Innovations 1983 and 1996

Tidal Modeling for GPS Positioning –

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Oct 2005 | Comments Off on Make maps quickly

Seven out of ten customers of surveys and mapping who talk to the suppliers (consulting fi rms of surveying agencies) demand their maps to be delivered `yesterday’(!) or indeed as early as possible. These customers are `decision-makers’ who have taken some months (if not years) to come to the demand level! Same is the situation in respect of the tenders in mapping discipline. All the risks and uncertainties are put on the door of the suppliers / contractors. One should realize that although the surveying and mapping process never costs more than 1 or 2 percent of total budget, the same is not true when it comes to the time taken for the mapping project. The fact is that many projects are delayed just because the survey data of right quality and proper map was not made available to the engineer / planner.

Jul 2005 | Comments Off on Global Usage of Ellipsoidal Heights


With the Navy Navigation Satellite System (NNSS), we …