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ALTA/ACSM question!
NSPS
Under No. 7 Certification (2011 standards) is a blue wet ink signature required? Is digital being accepted with recorded "Digital Certificate." Also a seal appears to be required. However, Minnesota, from what little I can find, appears vague on the seal requirement. Are any of these questions decided per state? Thank you.

Answer:
Some states require a "wet" signature; ALTA/ACSM does not. There is at least one state (NY) where the law says a survey is not valid unless there is an original signature (in some color of ink, as I recall). ALTA/ACSM do not require an original signature.

I was unaware that any state was vague on use of a seal, but ALTA/ACSM expects one. How it is applied is, again, a function of state law and/or surveyor preference. The manner and nature of digital delivery is also controlled by state law and/or the individual surveyor's preference. All ALTA/ACSM is saying is that digital delivery of a Land Title Survey is fine with ALTA and NSPS. The same would go with a digital signature — whatever state law prescribes, and the surveyor is comfortable with.
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ALTA/ACSM question!
NSPS
I have a client who wants me to prepare an ALTA survey for an easement area. Not the underlying parcel that the easement encumbers, but for the easement area itself. Theoretically, it seems that since these are standards controlling the survey, they could be applied in principle to any survey. But I am struggling with how the title report would be prepared/connected to the survey since an easement is not a title ownership of property. Any thoughts? And would anything be different if the request was for a Lease area?

Answer:
Yes, it is perfectly fine to provide this type of survey. It isn't certain what the title work will look like, but you just go with what is presented, and conduct your work accordingly.

The 2016 draft standards already include "easements" as one of those odd types of parcels that a surveyor might be asked to survey.

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NSPS Radio Hour — Feb. 2, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Jerry Penry, RLS (NE and SD) will join host Curt Sumner to talk about some of his activities, including recovery of 1850’s GLO stones, recovery of monuments on the USC&GS network of the 98th Meridian Survey, on the Missouri River Commission, and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to quikstakescontest@americaswebradio.com to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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NSPS meets with chairman of House Small Business Committee
NSPS
Last week, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH). Representing Ohio's 1st Congressional District, Rep. Chabot serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, and previously as Ranking Member from 2007-2008. Rep. Chabot will focus on addressing the ongoing reality of burdensome regulations impacting small business.
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Senate bill introduced limiting DHS UAV/UAS for border patrol
NSPS
Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have jointly introduced S. 159, the "UAS Improvement Act of 2015." This bill prohibits the procurement of new UAS by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It also requires DHS to submit a detailed report to Congress regarding the program's effectiveness, as a follow-up to the December 2014 DHS Inspector General report highly critical of the DHS request for an additional $443 million to acquire 14 more UAVs.
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Government report says VA has improved construction management
NSPS
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented GAO recommendations from 2013 on a variety of VA construction management issues. In 2013, VA managed the construction of 50 major medical-facility projects at a cost of more than $12 billion. The VA issued guidance on assigning medical equipment planners to major medical facility projects who will be responsible for matching the equipment needed for the facility in order to avoid late design changes leading to cost increases and delays.
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Government report highlights Keystone Pipeline siting issues
NSPS
A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report has found the controversial Keystone pipeline would consist of 875 miles of 36-inch pipe with the capacity to transport 830,000 barrels per day. The federal government does not currently exercise siting authority over oil pipelines within the United States. Instead, pipeline siting for the Keystone XL Project must comply with any applicable state law — which varies from state to state. In addition to state siting requirements, there are numerous local, state, tribal, and federal requirements applicable to oil pipeline construction, operation, and maintenance including water and wetlands-related permits, and multiple state/county agency consultations or permits for projects that cross navigable waters or state highways, or involve work potentially affecting state streams, cultural resources, or natural resources.
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UAV rulemaking said to be moved up
NSPS
In light of the recent UAV crash on the White House lawn, action on the significant rulemaking on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) has stepped up to THIS WEEK rather than a handful of years from now. The "Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings" is available from the following link under the heading of "Access to the Report": http://www.dot.gov/regulations/report-on-significant-rulemakings.

Within the document is a clickable link for Item 3 in the Table of Contents. Item 3 (Screen 12) is about Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). This is where it states that the Rulemaking Publication Date will be Friday, January 30, 2015, and will have a two-month comment period, ending March 30, 2015. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be a booming market for surveying, engineering, GIS and related fields. The media is going to spin this toward an image of little flying bombs hovering over government facilities because of the stigma attached to the word drone.

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Employment opportunities
NSPS
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Check out new listings: Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at jhohol@gmail.com.



Upcoming seminars/conferences
NSPS
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.


Unraveling the debate over sUAV regulation: Will the FAA be able to regulate safety?
Directions Magazine
Between June and November 2014, pilots of passenger airlines and other aircraft reported 25 near-collisions with small drones across the United States, according to the Nov. 26 issue of The Washington Post. On July 4, a small quadcopter crashed into a crowd on a pier in Key West, Fla., cutting the arm and leg of a bystander.
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Why does geodesign have to start with authoritative data?
Sensors & Systems
The 2015 Geodesign Summit, the sixth in the series, took place at the Esri campus in Redlands, Calif. The event continues to draw a consistent and passionate crowd who have evolved from defining the art and science of geodesign to applying it and making an impact. Geodesign is about more holistic planning that takes into account a myriad of site details with the goal of more efficient and sustainable urban places and built infrastructure that is more in tune with nature.
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Snowed in? Track your city's snow plows with GPS apps
GPS World
Snow plows in many cities cleaning up the snow from a winter storm that blasted the Northeast are being tracked with GPS. One website application, PlowNYC, provides real-time updates on where the plows are in the Big Apple, according to CBS News. PlowNYC was developed by Rastrac, a GPS fleet tracking and remote asset management solution company.
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Frank van Diggelen: Riding the GNSS wave
Inside GNSS
"It all traces back to my parents," says Frank van Diggelen. "My father, Tromp van Diggelen, was a surfer. He taught me to surf and swim, in that order, when I was five. I was racing sailboats before I was 10, and there's a lot of navigation there. Even when you're just on a lake, the racing is all about reading the wind, understanding angles of convergence, velocity-made-good, and so on."
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