Article on The French Grant

This article is a work in progress which really began as a question nearly thirty years ago. Where is the so-called French Grant? The pages that I make available, in this first installment, began being written two years ago. The article relates to the earliest lotting development in the vicinity of coastal Hancock County. As it turns out, there were actually two so-called French Grants. Both of them cover a significant area and whichever French Grant we speak of, their locations are now better understood.

Many of the illustrations in this article dealing with geospatial data were produced using Global Mapper GIS software before being further enhanced in Photoshop and InDesign. So in this regard, the article is also about how marvelously Global Mapper can be used in studying this once elusive subject originating in 1688.

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The Vetting of Phodar

Screen capture from Pix4Dmapper Pro


The Vetting of Phodar ... or FUBAR My Phodar!

Screen capture from Pix4Dmapper Pro

This article is a work in progress. It relates to the results of several drone mapping tests completed. The burgeoning technology of drone mapping offers great potential for both consumers and producers of spatial data. It also offers the potential for serious errors measured in several feet to hundreds of feet.

Shift of Geotagged Camera Locations Studied




Photo illustration of the geoidThere are many aspects which Gravity attracts.

This two-part article relates to Gravity's fascinating role in the approaching National Spatial Reference System.

The name given by NGS for this new height system, Geopotential Reference Frame, is currently slated for implementation in 2022.

Illustration used for navigation header for the The Dodge Papers

The article discusses a little about an archiving project that I completed relating to three of the early land surveyors of this area. They were Reuben Dodge, and two of his sons; R.G.W. Dodge and Addison Dodge.

Follow the links from this introductory article to browse the entire collection.