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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, is a type of remote sensing technology that is similar to radar. It is used in a variety of geographic and environmental applications to model and analyze the physical world.

Often mounted to an airplane or motor vehicle, the sensing unit uses radio waves and the measured time delay between pulse transmission and reflected pulse receipt to determine the distance from an object. There are two styles in which this data can be received by the unit. Some units use what is called “discrete-return,” which only records data at predetermined precise locations (space or time). Some refer to this style as “point” because it returns information specific to locations. The other type of data receipt is called “waveform,” which records data nearly continuously from the unit.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A favicon is a small icon associated with a website or a web page. Many favicons are simply the logo of the organization or business. In a browser, a favicon appears next to a website title when bookmarked.  You will also see them in your browser tabs, and if you’re using Internet Explorer, the address bar. Firefox previously allowed them in the address bar, but removed this feature early last year to increase security and hide fraudulent SSL-esque favicons.

Why use a favicon?

Having a favicon is by no means essential to your website.  However, a favicon becomes part of your site’s identity, gives your site a professional look, and can actually improve the overall quality of a website.  Because we notice images before we read text, a favicon can also help your visitors find your website quicker in their bookmarks or from a group of open tabs.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

As a small professional services company, Zekiah is constantly evaluating opportunities and making decisions about how to approach and/or respond to those opportunities. One of the most important decisions that can be made as part of the bid/no-bid process is teaming. For small businesses, teaming can be the life blood of business development and building a good team can be the difference between a win and a loss. What follows are four principles regarding teaming that have served me well during the course of my career:

Friday, December 7, 2012

I have been a part of three different data collection efforts that collected line geometry and infrastructure of recreational trails.  One effort was the development of the Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) Trails Inventory Program.  This effort involved collecting trails data in FWS national wildlife refuges across the United States.  The second was an effort to collect trails data on all of the recreational trails at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.  This effort was based upon the FWS trails data collection with a few minor changes to how the data was collected.  In the third effort I was responsible for taking the data to its final state and for training field staff employed by the Student Conservation Association.

Based on these experiences, I have come to understand that the keys to a successful data collection effort lie in:

·         Communication

·         Planning

·         Flexibility, and 

·         Very clear goals of what is to be accomplished. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

WordPress and Drupal are open source content management platforms powering millions of websites and applications. They allow you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization. Both are written in the PHP programming language and depend on a MySQL database to hold content. Because WordPress and Drupal are Open Source projects, hundreds of users and developers all over the world are working on it, and you are free to use it without paying anyone a license fee. The best part about these platforms is that you can focus your time and effort on building great web sites, not re-creating features available elsewhere.