Eric Colburn, PLS Presents DatuGram™3D to RISPLS

Eric Colburn Presents DatuGram3D to RISPLS

Eric D. Colburn, PLS with RISPLS President Ed O’Brien, PLS

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Presentation RI Society of Professional Land Surveyors General Membership Meeting June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014

Warwick, RI – Eric Colburn, PLS, President of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. presented DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan technology to the Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors at their June 19, 2014 General Membership Meeting.

The presentation showed RI land surveyors how to use DatuGram™3D to measure and draw maps directly on images taken from regular, inexpensive (but high-resolution) consumer-grade cameras.

This innovative field-to-plan solution from Datumate makes surveying work:




  • Faster
  • Less costly
  • Safer
  • At higher accuracy

Key Takeaways:

The key concepts Eric Colburn, PLS presented to the audience to takeaway were:

  • 3D measurements from images of 1-2cm accuracy at distances up to150m
  • Work safer – You don’t need to enter roadways or high hazard areas
  • Field best practices: taking photographs and measuring control points
  • Making the best out of DatuGram™3D: drawing plans directly on images

Close-Range Photogrammetry

In addition to reviewing close-range photogrammetry principles the professional land surveyors attending were introduced to the new revolution in terrestrial photogrammetry.

  • A brief overview of close-range photogrammetry, principles, and challenges
  • Revolution in digital photography
  • Rapid evolution of office computing

DatuGram™3D Software and Process

  • Shoot the survey area using a regular camera
  • Anchor a few control points using TPS or RTK-GPS
  • Make technical drawings and measure new points directly on images
  • Export technical drawings in DXF format to CAD software

DatuGram™3D Field-to-Plan Case Studies

  • Junctions, intersections, and roads
  • As-built surveys
  • Buildings and facades
  • Site monitoring and jobsite documentation
  • Topographic surveys
  • Stockpile surface generation for volume calculations (coming soon)

About Eric D. Colburn, PLS

Eric D. Colburn, PLS is a land surveying, technology and AutoCAD Civil 3D consultant with over thirty 30 years of experience in land surveying and development. He is a successful entrepreneur and consultant, industry writer, Rhode Island licensed professional land surveyor, president of Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc., president of Foster Survey Company and publisher of since 2008. His mission is helping land surveyors, business owners, designers and industry stakeholders reach their goals by design!

About Datumate

Datumate’s products are revolutionizing “field-to-plan” processes for land surveying, civil engineering and architectural applications, providing at least a threefold increase in productivity and cost reduction. Datumate’s products serve a multitude of customers, including both private land surveying firms as well as national mapping agencies, allowing them to execute and process their land surveying works easier, faster, cost effectively, and with enhanced quality. Among the shareholders of Datumate are some of Israel’s largest venture capital firms. More information about Datumate’s products and services can be found at

About Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc.

Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. is a business consulting and project management firm, specializing in workflow optimization, online omnipresence and visual excellence. CSP will review your strengths and weaknesses and help you capitalize on the former, while implementing measures to turn weaknesses into growth opportunities. Learn more about Colburn Strategic and their vision of excellence in design at


To learn more about Colburn Strategic Partners, Inc. please contact:

Alex Colburn
+1 (800) 277-3265
Or contact us by email

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