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Measure This!

Measure This!

By Nathan Sandler
A podcast for the geospatially inclined.

Measure This! Is:
*interviews of geospatial leaders who will change the way you look at your work
*stories about projects that might suprise and inspire you
*updates on current events and how our industry is making a difference
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[EP 20] Modern Solutions to Historic Challenges with Doug Reed
Keeping an eye on the structural components of a 189-foot historic chimney has traditionally meant building scaffolding and sending people to precarious heights – a time-consuming, costly, and dangerous endeavor. Doug Reed of Meridian Associates talks about how a small drone equipped with a high-resolution camera quickly collected hundreds of images to provide a comprehensive assessment of the structure.
June 09, 2021
[EP 19] Talking with Frank Relou of Sea Machines
Frank Relou, European Business Development Manager at Sea Machines, talks about his company’s new autonomous technology for marine vehicles and its impact on surveying and mapping ocean waters.
January 30, 2021
[EP 18] Democratization of GPS with Nikolas Smilovsky from Bad Elf
The geospatial world is not slowing down, in fact, it is expanding–this conversation with a university professor and GPS expert demonstrates the greater need for geodetic control in modern society -
July 29, 2020
[EP 17] Autonomous Infrastructure with Dr. James Selevan
Dr. James Selevan talks on preparing our transportation infrastructure for autonomous/assisted navigation – Pi-Variables INC.
July 15, 2020
[EP 16] Talking with James Cooper of Survey Solutions
How a surveyor started his solo surveying business 20 years ago, diversified services to weather several economic downturns, and grew to one of the largest multi-discipline surveying firms in the UK. With our guest James Cooper, MRICS MCInstCES MCIHT FRGS, CEO of Survey Solutions (UK)
June 30, 2020
[EP 15] Fab n' Dave talk seamless 3D meshes
Fab n' Dave, Aussie surveying and remote sensing whiz kids with Aeromterex talk their work on projects ranging from individual sites to entire 3D cities using methods they have developed for producing seamless aerial+terrestrial 3D meshes. With guests Fabrice Marre and David Byrne.
May 22, 2020
[EP 14] Digital Connectedness with Michael Dix
Growing your surveying and geospatial mobile data and communications skills and tools with Michael Dix
May 02, 2020
[EP 13] Distance learning with Joe Paiva
Joe Paiva discusses trends in distance learning for surveying and geospatial professionals. -
April 15, 2020
[EP 12] Global Surveying with John Hamilton
John Hamilton PLS, is a surveyor in Pennsylvania that does geodetic, monitoring, and engineering surveying all over the world, including work with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). He talks about some of his latest projects in Ecuador, where he used the RTX precise point positioning service with his GNSS rover on an EWB project to bring water to a remote village high in the Andes.
April 08, 2020
[EP 11] Corryn Greenawalt talks about adapting to COVID-19 through online surveying programs
Gavin talks about transitioning to online programs amidst the COVID-19 event with guest Corryn Greenawalt, Surveying Program Director at Flathead Valley Community College (
March 26, 2020
[EP 10] Mapping an Entire Country with Rohan Verma
Gavin talks mapping applications with Rohan Verma, CEO and Executive Director of MapmyIndia. 
March 11, 2020
[EP 9] Talking with Dr. Joseph Kerski on Mentoring in the Age of Automation
Gavin and Joseph answer reader questions with geospatial figure Dr. Joseph Kerski–distinguished geographer, author, and educator.
February 21, 2020
[EP 8] Practical Droning with Zach Pieper of Quantum Land Design and Aeroview Services LLC
Gavin Schrock talks with Zach Pieper about interdisciplinary solutions in the ever-evolving fields of UAV flight, surveying, excavation, and machine control.
February 05, 2020
[EP 7] Amanda Allred VP-Elect for the NSPS
xyHt's Gavin Schrock interviews Amanda Allred, a distinguished surveyor with the Corps of Engineers – and the incoming VP for the NSPS.
January 18, 2020
[EP 6] Amr Raafat, the 2019 Autodesk Innovator of the Year
Amr’s novel use of BIM—often meshed for the first time ever with technologies such as drone mapping, virtual reality, mixed reality, laser scanning and more—helped make him the first U.S. citizen to receive this honor.
December 30, 2019
[EP 5] Lewis Graham from GeoCue on lidar in unmanned aircraft
Neil interviews Lewis Graham, president and CTO of GeoCue. Lewis advises on transitioning to new technologies, including when surveyors resist relaxing accuracy.
November 20, 2019
[EP 4] David Daly, owner of Vigilante Enterprises
David Daly, owner of Vigilante Drones and Vigilante Cares and an Iraq & Afghanistan war veteran, talks with Neil about using UAVs as therapy tools for veterans with PTSD.
November 07, 2019
[EP 3] Talking with Steve Kasten of Surdex
Mapping a Levee: An aggressively scheduled survey project mapping the alignment of a levee along the Mississippi River during flooding was undertaken using multiple aerial and hydrographic platforms, which reduced costs but created the challenge of merging elevation data from temporal data sets. Surdex’s Steve Kasten tells us the details.
October 01, 2019
[EP 2] Talking with Alexis Smith, founder and CEO of IMGeospatial
 xyHt magazine editor Gavin Schrock, PLS, interviews Alexis Hannah Smith, the founder and CEO of IMGeospatial. Her company creates data intelligence products via machine learning, artificial intelligence, automatic feature extraction, and remote-sensed data for multiple industries, globally. It won the 2019 Geospatial World Startup of the Year award. 
August 14, 2019
[EP 1] Talking with Tim Burch, VP of the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors
In this inaugural episode, Neil interviews Tim Burch, the vice president of NSPS and a land surveyor, on topics ranging from keeping up with surveying technology to NSPS’s success in attracting youth and their new initiatives. 
August 14, 2019