Challenges in Mapping Change – Part 2

Challenges in Mapping Change – Part 2

The first part of this article was mostly me whining about the problems associated with mapping change. This part focuses on solutions. One of the fundamental principles introduced earlier was the idea that we need to account for “allowable error” in the data. We...
Challenges in Mapping Change – Part 1

Challenges in Mapping Change – Part 1

What’s the Problem? In the geospatial profession, we really have great data. And we have LOTS of great data. And a bunch of that data has been around for a pretty long time. Which means as more and more new data arrives on the scene, buried in there somewhere is the...
Culvert Mapping Pays Off

Culvert Mapping Pays Off

Culverts Are A Problem Let’s face it, most of the culverts in your Town are old. And quite often there is no record of when they were installed. Plus, in the past 50 years or more, the surrounding landscape has changed. That means runoff has changed too. At Indian...
Storm Water Video

Storm Water Video

This past Fall (2020), GroundPoint was fortunate enough to participate in the Southeast New York Storm Water Conference, being led by the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts. For such as small group, the sessions, conducted virtually over the course of...
Mapping Change

Mapping Change

Does anyone remember the old TV add campaign “Is it live, or is it Memorex”? It’s a great reminder that even though we continually strive to make technology reflect reality, it doesn’t always match reality. At least not…exactly. And if you haven’t ever read the quote...
Wetlands Mapping in 2020

Wetlands Mapping in 2020

Mapping wetlands in accordance with the US Army Corps of Engineers standards requires of evaluation of three things: wetland hydrology, wetland plants, and wetland soils. Typically, that requires standing in the field with a shovel or a soil auger, and marking the...
Drones and Environmental Monitoring

Drones and Environmental Monitoring

Drones & Environmental Monitoring One of the great values of remote sensing technology is that it not only  allows us to see things, but it allows us to MEASURE things that we wouldn’t otherwise be able- either because we just cant get close enough  to measure it...
Maps Mean Measurement

Maps Mean Measurement

What’s measured is improved As communities respond to both the need for and the availability of better geospatial data, so does their need to understand HOW that data was created, and its implications for the underlying accuracy. And that doesn’t just mean throwing...
Pembroke VA Cemetery Case Study

Pembroke VA Cemetery Case Study

The Problem: A new VA Cemetery being constructed east of Buffalo, NY in the Town of Pembroke needed validation of the initial cut/fill calculations, which had been based on a topographic survey done several years prior by another team.    The prime contractor had...