Sweet Science Series – Actionable Insight With Scanners and Drones

April 4, 6:00-7:30 pm

Refreshments at 5:30

NEW LOCATION! The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Several “reality capture” methods including 360 photos, drones, and 3D laser scanning that have emerged in recent years are changing the way that design teams are approaching a variety of building and site projects. These tools provide some allure to attract clients, but how often do these technologies result in quick, actionable insights? We have found that these emerging tools can be used to provide new perspectives on building and site conditions and have proven to be effective ways to save time and energy. Some examples include facade analysis, floor analysis, and thermal scanning. In addition, virtual reality (VR) can be used in combination with reality capture to precisely compare design intent to as built conditions. This validation process is developing quickly and offering more actionable insight into projects as well as a rapid return on investment. In this session, we will take a look at several projects highlighting these technologies that assist in improving quality, mitigating risk, and building confidence within our project teams. The perception is that these technologies are difficult and expensive to implement into your workflows. We hope to offer some keen insight on how you can leverage many of these tools within days with your own projects teams at a low cost. We’ll also explore some additional uses such as augmented reality that can take your projects to the next level.

People interested in learning more about applying drone insights are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Thursday, April 4th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY 13202. Note, this is a new location! Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served at 5:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP to sweet.science@tacny.org by April 2, 2019.

Presenter Information

Greg A.M. Hale, PE, is CTO & Disruptor with Hale Technology in Practice – Greg has been disrupting the AECO industry for the last 19 years with a background in construction management, structural engineering, BIM management and technology consulting. Hale Technology in Practice (Hale TiP) was founded in 2014 and now manages seven technology professionals. He specializes in Autodesk Revit and Navisworks, laser scanning, photogrammetry and mobile technology and provides training, strategic planning, 3D building documentation services and best practice solutions. Greg has spoken at many professional events including Autodesk University, SPAR Point International and New York State Geocon. During the school year he is an adjunct professor, teaching Revit and Design Technology to students at Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, Greg is founder of the Western New York AEC Technology Group and supports BIM user groups across western New York. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada – Reno.

About Sweet Science Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, is now called the Sweet Science Series and features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere for adults of all levels of technical understanding. A minimum of six free and open to the public presentations are held each year.


Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York. For more information, see www.tacny.org

Free Astronomy Magazine – March-April 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (March-April 2019) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at www.astropublishing.com (click the link to go directly to the issue).

Free Astronomy Magazine (website, facebook) was featured as the first of a series of articles on great free online content for amateur astronomers (see A Universe Of Free Resources Part 1) and we’ll be keeping track of future publications under the Online Resources category on the CNYO website.

You can find previous Free Astronomy Magazine issues by checking out our Free Astronomy Magazine Category (or look under the Education link in our menu).

For those wanting a quick look at what the issue has to offer, the Table of Contents is reproduced below.

March-April 2019

The web browser-readable version of the issue can be found here:

March-April 2019 – www.astropublishing.com/2FAM2019/

For those who want to jump right to the PDF download (15 MB), Click here:

March-April 2019

Celestron CGEM DX Mount For Sale In CNY

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from CNYO email list member and local astrophotographer extraordinaire (and “regular” photographer extraordinaire at Revette Studio) Brad Loperfido. Link to the model (and pic – not the actual one being sold) below – and feel free to contact Brad directly about the mount.


Anyone interested in buying a CGEM DX mount? I’ve had it for 6 years now and plan on upgrading.  Tracks well and can support 50 lb load. I used it exclusively for astrophotography and it has served me well. I have two counter weights for it a 25lb and 10 lb for smaller loads.

I have pics on request.

Brad Loperfido
Revette Studio