Techniques

Japan-easy!

Japan-easy!

A visit to Mitsui's roadheader factory in Omuta, Japan was a nice way to round out the end of the year. It was a highly successful visit in which Geodata KODA and Mitsui performed our acceptance test of the electrical, mechanical and sensors systems we've been planning for months.

Chasing Millimetres

Chasing Millimetres

KODA has had a busy time in the last fortnight - lots of travel and lots interesting of work.

With a refurbished roadheader in front of us we required to assess the existing accuracy of the system, and then make any tweaks to the calibration if required.

SUUNTO LUUV

SUUNTO LUUV

KODA's been getting out and about quite a bit lately. One of my favorite activities is biking along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. I've been recording most of my adventures on my SUUNTO Ambit GPS watch, but haven't been able to do anything with the data as I lost the cable. Every time I get interesting in the data I realize that a replacement cable is a week away via Amazon.com, and I lose interest - well, until last week...

Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code

While discussing a new project with a colleague I was reminded of some prior work in which I was involved in 'maxing out' the accuracy of crackmeter measurement systems. Crackmeters have great precision, and, all things being equal, they are highly stable and repeatable. The problem is, more often than not: “all things being equal” is hard to find…

Making Leap Seconds Count

Making Leap Seconds Count

It seems a little silly at first – a leap second! I’ve been seeing it everywhere on LinkedIn and Facebook, so inevitably I started thinking about how a second can matter. Those more spiritual than I might see it as time for reflecting on life, the universe and our place in it – instead, KODA starting thinking about circuits, data-loggers, monitoring and navigation systems.

Habanero Jelly and Google's Spiral Challenge

Habanero Jelly and Google's Spiral Challenge

I struck up a great conversation with a friend while we were socializing over the weekend. We were drinking beer and doing what we could to help make some habanero jelly. Making these spicy jellies has become a bit of a hobby for me lately - it's strangely satisfying to see 20 or so new jars of yumminess sitting on the counter after a hour or so of toil. I find it also particularly good and keeping me distracted from all the other things that rattle around in my head... not this time though. Something got planted in there that I couldn't get rid of.

HxGN Live - Vegas 2015 - Day 4

HxGN Live - Vegas 2015 - Day 4

Today was KODA's turn to present its paper on "Multi-Instrument Total Station Monitoring with Advanced Weather Measurements". Not until I had to read the title out at the start of my presentation did I realize how gratuitous I was being with the naming of the paper. Either way, it was nice to reflect on my last (and successful) project before I left the mother country.