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Capturing paradise
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The Island of Oahu in Hawaii is known for its spectacular beaches, scenic mountain views, incredible natural beauty, rich history and, increasingly — gridlock. The traffic congestion in the island's city of Honolulu is so bad that it earned the dubious distinction of first place in the ranking of Top 10 Worst U.S. Traffic Cities on the 2012 INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, with Honolulu drivers wasting an average of 58 hours in traffic in 2011. More



NCEES seeks professional surveyors for PS standard-setting study for Principles and Practice of Surveying exam
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NCEES is seeking volunteers to participate in a standard-setting study for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam. To qualify, volunteers must have taken and passed the NCEES PS exam and must be a licensed professional surveyor. The standard-setting study will take place May 17–18 in Clemson, S.C. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by NCEES. More

Americas Web Radio announces Droid app for the NSPS Radio Hour
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Listeners of the NSPS Radio Hour, with Curt Sumner as host, can now hear the show on their Droid cell phones by clicking here.

The show airs each Monday at 11 a.m. Eastern on www.americaswebradio.com.

Station owner David Moxley says that an App will be available for iPhones and iPads as soon as approved by iTunes/Apple.


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Save the dates
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August 28-31: "Surveyors Rendezvous 2013," a large annual gathering of land surveyors, antique-instrument collectors and kindred enthusiasts hosted by Surveyors Historical Society. An event is planned to mark Charles Mason's Grave in Philadelphia with a "Real Mason-Dixon Stone". More

Change is hard, but it's not the end
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Chances are that students currently enrolled in surveying and geomatics programs are familiar with the writings of Dr. Charles Ghilani, author of such reference/textbooks as "Adjustment Computations: Spatial Data Analysis and Elementary Surveying (An Introduction in Geomatics)." Dr. Ghilani is a professor of engineering in the Surveying Engineering Program at Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More

Zoning: Taking sides
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Aside from the intrigue of what could possibly trigger million-dollar-plus awards, land use and zoning cases are interesting because of the variety of arguments presented for and against particular projects and developments, many of which can inform surveyors of possible scenarios we may face in our own careers. These cases tell us what kinds of protests we may face from the community and provide some insight as to various counters to those protests. More



NGS invites you to New Real Time GNSS Network Symposium
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The National Geodetic Survey welcomes real-time GNSS vendors, RTN operators, managers and users to Memphis, Tenn., on May 29-30 to examine how local GNSS augmentations interact with each other, with NGS, with the National Spatial Reference System and with users, vendors and operators. There are currently more than 100 GNSS Real Time Networks operating in the United States. More

SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3-D
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April 15-18
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Discover advances and technologies in 3-D data capture, processing and delivery, including laser scanning, LiDAR, photogrammetry, Kinect, portable/mobile mapping, point cloud processing, integration, BIM, web sharing, simulation and visualization.
www.SPARPointGroup.com/International
10 percent discount for NSPS members! Click here to register and enter 105174 when prompted for "Tracking Code."
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The new face of GIS: LiDAR and the intelligent 3-D map
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The real world consists of three dimensions — not two. It therefore makes sense that the map of the future isn't a flat 2-D map — it's a sophisticated 3-D map that can be interrogated in new ways. Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and 3-D technology represent the new face of GIS: the 3-D-enabled map. With the recent integration of native LiDAR data into GISs, both technologies interact with each other to an extent that couldn't be dreamed of 30 years ago. More



NASA launches new earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy
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NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 1:02 p.m. EST Monday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The LDCM spacecraft separated from the rocket 79 minutes after launch and the first signal was received three minutes later at a ground station in Svalbard, Norway. The solar arrays deployed 86 minutes after launch, and the spacecraft is generating power from them. More

The GNSS quartet: Harmonizing GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo
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The world's four GNSS programs aren't exactly a classical quartet, weaving Mozart stanzas in disciplined execution. They are more like a new jazz combo, riffing off one another while still trying to get in the groove. Whatever image the metaphor evokes, if the world's GNSS programs want to hit that high note of interoperability (to which they all say they aspire), the operators of GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo must learn to harmonize better. More

Facebook is said to create mobile location-tracking app
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Facebook Inc. is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users, two people with knowledge of the matter said, bolstering efforts to benefit from growing use of social media on mobile computers. The app, scheduled for release by mid-March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn't open on a handset, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. More

Working in the age of geodesign
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Data is becoming the designer's new best friend. Urban designers, architects and landscape architects — whether they've realized it yet, or not — will soon be integrating massive sets of data into every design they do. These fields are entering the age of geodesign, an emerging concept that melds the geospatial data of geographic information systems, or GIS, with simulation and design evaluation techniques. More


 
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