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Peter Grunawalt

By: Peter Grunawalt

May 19th, 2015

Just Another Day On The Job

Working on a mountainside near Farmington, CT, our Hodge survey crew gets a nice view of the valley. In the foreground is our backsight prism, which we use as a point of reference for our total station. Just beyond it is an old stone chimney and the remains of a foundation for a home that has long since decayed. A goose had been nesting on the top of the chimney until moments before the photo was taken.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

May 8th, 2015

Project Spotlight: #1040 State St., New Haven

project spotlight

If you have ever lived near or driven by 1040 State Street, you are sure to have recognized the old Star Supply building. For years, this site has been the subject of multiple discussions about urban development projects. However, a project is now fully underway to turn the blighted industrial site into modern housing apartments, rendering all but the iconic entrance to the building unrecognizable.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

April 21st, 2015

Surveying An Entire City: The Case of Detroit

land surveying | economic development | land development

Detroit once bustled with business and manufacturing, but unlike many other cities of similar size, has seen population decline since the 1950s. As people left, and city blocks were abandoned, it became increasingly difficult to keep track of the over 400,000 parcels of land within its limits, especially with an antiquated computer system. It is estimated that there are some 80,000 or more abandoned buildings.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

March 3rd, 2015

Surveyors, Drones, and the FAA: Bringing Law and Order to the Sky

land surveying | drones | FAA | Federal Aviation Administration

Sometimes, technology develops faster than regulatory agencies can regulate, and with drones, this has certainly been the case. For years now, law regarding the use of drones has been unclear and rarely enforced. For some surveyors, this lax regulation has allowed the latest surveying technology to thrive; surveying by drone.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

February 3rd, 2015

What Should Come First: the Survey or the House?

home owners | land surveying

In a story showcased by the January 2015 edition of the CALS Newsletter (Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors), one couple learned the hard way why it can be important to have a property surveyed before closing the deal on a house. They had just closed on their dream house with the intention of building a swimming pool in the backyard. Plans were submitted, and the city promptly denied their application to build. Why?

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By: Peter Grunawalt

January 23rd, 2015

Surveyor Spotlight: Roving GPS with the Carlson Supervisor

land surveying | GPS | carlson supervisor

As with all GPS technology, it has come a remarkably long way very quickly. And though it is still a long ways from being survey-grade acceptible in accuracy, it has an array of practical applications that are saving surveyors a lot of time and hassle.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

January 15th, 2015

The Traveling Surveyor - Volume 1 "Israel"

Adam Hoffman and his wife recently visited Israel for the first time. Here are some of the photos from that fantastic trip.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

January 8th, 2015

Project Spotlight: State Street Lofts

News | star supply | state street lofts | Civil Engineering | site planning | economic development | CAD

  Photo courtesy of the New Haven Independent, taken by Markeshia Ricks.  

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By: Peter Grunawalt

January 2nd, 2015

Hodge, LLC Gives Back

hodge | Salvation Army | WTIC | land surveying

The 25th annual Salvation Army/WTIC Holiday Store donation drive was held on Christmas Eve this year and once again Hodge, LLC was part of this event.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

December 10th, 2014

Printing the President's Face: 3D Scanning

3D Laser Scan | Autodesk | Barack Obama | Whitehouse Blog

This week (December 2014), using some of the most advanced camera and laser scanning technologies, "[a] bust of President Obama was created by a Smithsonian-led team of 3D-digital-imaging specialists, Autodesk and 3D Systems, in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies" (whitehouse.gov).

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