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NSPS members respond!! THANK YOU!
NSPS
The February 4 edition of NSPS News & Views contained a "second notice" solicitation asking readers to participate in a project by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to assist the Department of Labor in defining the positions of Surveyor and Survey Technician. Within days of the solicitation, about 80 people (licensees and technicians) responded to offer their assistance in this very important matter. NSPS is preparing a message to be sent to all of the volunteers.

The O*NET contractor will select a number of the volunteers, and sometime near the end of summer 2015 will contact those selected with details for the study.
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NSPS-MAPPS national surveying, mapping conference gaining attention
NSPS
xyHt magazine (formerly Professional Surveyor) includes an OpEd by NSPS President-Elect Jon Warren, PLS, on the significance of the upcoming NSPS-MAPPS conference, to be held April 13-16 in Crystal City (Arlington), VA, just outside Washington, DC. Information is available on the conference website, including exhibit, sponsorship and registration.
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NSPS announces extension of Map/Plat design competition deadline
NSPS
The new deadline is 5:00 PM Eastern, April 15, 2015.

The original, earlier than normal, deadline of February 1, 2015 was set in hopes of having the judging completed in time to make awards presentations during the NSPS joint conference with MAPPS April 13-16. However, the February 1 deadline did not allow some of the state societies that regularly participate, but who meet during the early part of the year, to be able to submit by that date.

A direct link to information about the competition on the NSPS website is, http://www.nsps.us.com/document/docWindow.cfm?fuseaction=document.viewDocument&documentid=1201&documentFormatId=1223.

Do not pay attention to the February 1 deadline shown on the form.

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NSPS Radio Hour — Feb. 16, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Be sure to tune in for the first of two interviews with the respective candidates for the office of NSPS President-Elect. The election will take place electronically, beginning within the next few weeks.

Glen Thurow, former NSPS Governor for the New Mexico Professional Surveyors, and who is developing online training materials for the NSPS Certified Survey Technician (CST) program, will join host Curt Sumner.

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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City of LA surveyor uses new GIS applications and wins civic innovation award from mayor
City of Los Angeles
On Tuesday February 3, 1015, Mayor Eric Garcetti presented the City's second Civic Innovation Award to the Survey Division of the Bureau of Engineering. The award was accepted by John Tosto, Survey Party Chief, who developed a cost-effective technique for mile marking the LA River Bike Path and digitally mapping maintenance holes.
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National Bridge Inventory highlighted in Washington Post
NSPS
A column in the Washington Post drew attention to the importance of surveying and mapping the nation's infrastructure. By focusing on the Federal Highway Administration's National Bridge Inventory (NBI), which contains detailed information of the state of 600,000 bridges, there is a discussion in Congress to fund the maintenance of such infrastructure.
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House panel introduces energy agenda highlighting infrastructure
NSPS
The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of its Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), is preparing draft legislation for release in the coming months for a national energy strategy. The Committee has released an "Architecture of Abundance" creating a framework for a focused, solutions-based energy package, which the panel intends to move through the legislative process and bring to the House floor later this year. There will be a focus on modernizing energy infrastructure.
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NSPS meets with Rep. Jody Hice
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative Jody Hice (R-GA). Representing Georgia's 10th Congressional District, Rep. Hice serves on the House Committees on Natural Resources, and Oversight and Government Reform where his oversight opportunities will include Federal lands, procurement reform, and government reorganization.
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New UAS safety legislation introduced in Congress
NSPS
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined Rep. Don Young (R-AK) in bipartisan introduction of S. 387 and H.R. 819, the "Safe Skies for Unmanned Aircraft Act." This bill encourages the safe use of UAS, removal of bureaucratic red-tape for UAS research and testing, and opens the door to opportunities for more commercial investments and uses of technologies. It also directs the FAA to implement procedures to allow for safe, beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights to conduct this research.
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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.


Federal court drops all but 2 claims by LightSquared against GPS companies
Inside GNSS
A U.S. District Court has dismissed most of two lawsuits brought in 2013 against GNSS manufacturers stemming from the effort by LightSquared Inc. to build a high-powered broadband wireless network using RF spectrum adjacent to the GPS L1 band and allocated for mobile satellite services.
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Geocoded no fly maps key to safer sUAV flights
Directions Magazine
The cry to regulate small unmanned aerial vehicles has gotten much louder after a recreational pilot crashed his quadcopter on the south lawn of the White House on Jan 26. After the incident, President Obama commented in a CNN interview that drones have many positive uses, but that there is currently no regulatory structure in place to control these fights. Unfortunately, this statement is only half true.
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Alternatives for users of Google Maps Engine
GIS User
An official announcement came through the Google Group Forum on Jan. 20. From the company, "Effective immediately, we will no longer be allowing new free sign-ups. However, your existing GME project will be available for use through January 29, 2016. The GME API will still be available throughout this time."
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Latest Galileo satellites reach launch site
GPS World
Another two Galileo satellites have touched down in French Guiana ready to take their place in Europe's satellite navigation constellation. The pair, safely cocooned inside their air-conditioned containers inside an Air France Boeing 747, landed at Cayenne–Félix Eboué Airport. They were then taken by lorry to be installed in the cleanroom surroundings of Europe's Spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.
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