Call for presentations issues for national surveying and mapping conference
"Collaboration: The Map to the Future" is a surveying, mapping and geospatial conference that will serve as an umbrella featuring a "conference within a conference" format in which participating organizations will hold respective meetings and sessions. The hosts are MAPPS and NSPS, with events during the conference by the National Geodetic Survey of NOAA, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Geospatial Management Office of the Department of Homeland Security.
The conference will include general sessions, an exhibit hall, and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments (technical disciplines, applications, and sectors) of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community. It will bring together all stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. It will be a forum for a discussion of issues and policies, sharing of information and provision of education, and collaboration.
For the general sessions, this "Call for Presentations" is being issued to invite thought leaders in the community to share their knowledge and facilitate discussions on issues in the profession.
Proposals for individual presentations, panel discussions, and "town hall meetings" are requested on topics such as:
Government Coordination; Public-Private Partnerships; Data Acquisition, Processing, or Applications; New and Emerging Technology; New Markets; GPS and GNSS; LIDAR; BIM; Mobile Mapping; Cloud Computing; UAVs; Surveying
The conference organizers particularly encourage firms that are exhibitors to propose presentations on technologies to be the subject of their exhibit booths.
Presentations can be — Technical: an emerging technology, applications, data collection or processing; Government Programs: data collection initiatives, contracting, legislation, or public policy, or Business and Professional Practice: management, ethics or operations issues in a surveying, mapping, or geospatial firm, agency or organization.
If you have a presentation you would like to make, or session you would like to organize, we would welcome those offers and ideas.
Please submit your suggestion or expression of interest, along with a title, 50 word abstract, and name of the presenter, to John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director, by March 1.
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Registration open for NSPS-MAPPS national conference, April 13-16
Registration is now open for the joint National Surveying and Mapping Conference hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and MAPPS April 13-16 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.
Register today on the conference website, where you will also find program, sponsorship, and exhibitor information. To make your hotel reservations, click here. Conference room rates at the Hilton expire March 13, so don't delay, as we expect rooms to sell out.
In order to be able to attend the continental breakfasts, the Keynote Luncheon (Tuesday, April 14), plenary sessions and exhibits, attendees must pay the conference registration fee.
"Collaboration: The Map to the Future" will serve as an umbrella to include plenary sessions, an exhibit hall, and social/networking activities designed to create synergy among the many vertical segments (technical disciplines, applications, and sectors) of the surveying, mapping and geospatial community. It will also feature a "conference within a conference" format in which participating organizations will hold their own meetings and conference sessions.
For NSPS members, the conference will feature the annual Student Competition, annual General Membership meeting, Committee and Board of Governors/Directors meetings, and a "Capitol Hill Day" with visits to the U.S. House and Senate by NSPS and MAPPS members. There will also be special general sessions throughout the conference dates.
Capitol Hill Day, Wednesday, April 15, will feature visits with some 200 Congressional Representatives and Senators for NSPS and MAPPS members. Together, we will advance a common agenda of legislative issues that serve the public, and engage the surveying and mapping community. Plan to join your professional colleagues in an effective day of advocating for your profession. As usual, attendees will visit their respective Congressional delegations. Please contact MAPPS & NSPS staff who will make all the appointments and arrangements. Make your voice heard in this informative, educational, exciting and effective activity.
Also on the program will be a Geospatial Summit by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to be held on Monday afternoon, April 13 and Tuesday morning, April 14.
A joint MAPPS PAC - NSPS PAC dinner will be held on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, April 14. The cost for attending this event is a separate cost from the conference registration fee.
A licensed geospatial data forum by the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be on Thursday, April 16.
Visit www.surveyingandmapping.net for more information about the conference which seeks to bring together all sectors, stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. It will be a forum for a discussion of issues and policies, sharing of information and provision of education, and collaboration on data acquisition, processing, applications and the employment of new and emerging technology, as well as new markets.
“We use the RTK Bridge-X to grab a correction through the Internet where a typical cell phone won’t connect,” says Chuck Hutchins, Vectors, Inc. “Since the RTK Bridge-X can be put in a truck, it serves as a mobile platform to maintain crew’s connections when no other options exist.” MORE
Do I need to show record dimensions on an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey when my survey resulted in calculated or measured dimensions that differ from the record dimensions? It seems like I should only show the dimensions as I determined them to actually be on the ground.
Section 6.B.iii. of the 2011 Minimum Standards Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys states that the plat or map of the survey must show, "All distances and directions identified in the record description of the surveyed property (and in the new description, if one was prepared). Where a measured or calculated dimension differs from the record by an amount deemed significant by the surveyor, such dimension shall be shown in addition to, and differentiated from, the corresponding record dimension."
Showing the record dimensions is desirable for a number of reasons. The record description represents the current written title of the property, and it is – at least at the inception of the work – the basis for the survey. It is entirely appropriate to provide that description on the face of the plat or map. Even if the surveyor writes a new description based on his or her survey (see more on this below), the record description is likely to end up being the description that the title company will be asked to insure (sellers often loathe conveying a description that is not exactly as what was conveyed to them).
Subsequent research or fieldwork may show that the current record description is imprecise, contains errors, or was possibly inappropriately altered over the years since the parcel first came into existence. In those cases, if the surveyor deems it appropriate to write a new description, it and the record description should appear on the face of the plat or map – with their respective bearings and distances - and it would be very helpful for the surveyor to provide an explanation as to why a new description was written and how it differs from the current record description.
Even if the lender or buyer persuades the title company to insure a new description, the differences from the record are still relevant and desirable for all to see, and have the opportunity to understand.
We do understand that in one or two states regular practice may differ from the above; in responding to questions about ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, we can only outline what the standards say and explain what the intent was in writing them.
NSPS Radio Hour — Feb. 23, 11 a.m. EDT
J. Anthony "Tony" Cavell, PLS, CFEDS will join host Curt Sumner for the second of two interviews with the candidates for the office of NSPS President-Elect. The election will take place electronically, beginning within the next few weeks.
Tony currently serves as NSPS Vice-President, and has formerly served as the NSPS Louisiana Governor, and as Secretary of the Board of Governors, as well as Director for the Public Lands Survey System Foundation (PLSSF).
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 email@example.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.
Real property management, land inventory make GAO 'high risk' list
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its annual "High Risk" report — those Federal activities with the highest risk of waste, fraud, and abuse.
Once again, the government's real property asset management is on the list. Not only is the actual management a problem, but the lack of a current accurate inventory of Federal property is again highlighted by GAO. Here is the most direct passage, "... effective real property management and reform are undermined by unreliable real property data. Specifically, despite a high level of leadership commitment to improve real property data, the federal government continues to face challenges with the accuracy and consistency of the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP), causing the federal government to report inaccurate inventory and outcome information."
This continues to provide evidence of the need for the FLAIR Act. Also included as a "high risk" activity is FEMA's flood insurance program.
FAA releases proposed rules on commercial UAS/UAV
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for integration of commercially operated unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAV/UAS) in the national airspace. Forbes magazine reported that an economic analysis by FAA had been mistakenly posted online, and that version painted a lower regulatory hurdle for commercial operations.
NSPS meets with Rep. Paul Gosar
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Representing Arizona's 4th Congressional District, Rep. Gosar serves on the House Committees on Natural Resources and Oversight, and Government Reform. These panels oversee Federal lands, the Interior Department, NOAA, and the Forest Service, as well as Federal procurement.
Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 924, the "Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act," to require the calculation of wages for public works projects, such as those under the Davis-Bacon Act, be based on actual statistics calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The bill also allows savings to be used on additional worthwhile infrastructure projects around the country. Research conducted by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that upwards of $13 billion could be wasted over 10 years if Davis-Bacon is left unreformed.
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.
Check out new listings:
Amec Foster Wheeler, Phoenix, AZ - Senior Field Survey Technician/Crew Chief
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George F. Young, Inc, St. Petersburg, FL - SUE Lead Locator
George F. Young, Inc, St. Petersburg, FL - SUE Locater Technician
MD Department of Transportation, Baltimore City, MD - Transportation Engineer IV (Area Engineer)
Rowe Professional Services Company, Mt. Pleasant, MI - Project Manager - Civil Engineer
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.
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What do the FAA's new UAS regulations portend for mapping and monitoring?
Sensors & Systems
The much-anticipated regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was made public on the FAA website, and on a call with reporters. The agency has been under increasing public as well as legislative pressure to ensure that American companies don't miss out on business opportunities because of restrictive regulations.
Using Google Earth to make 3-D models
No, I haven't gone crazy; in fact, quite the opposite. I was sent a visualization of a wind farm from a company, and the back of my mind was niggling at me, telling me that I could do better at little or no cost.
My first few attempts were involving QGIS2Threejs (QGIS 3-D plugin), where I could create some great accurate 3-D terrains but couldn't for the life of me get the .json models to work.
DoT sets another GPS/GNSS workshop on adjacent band compatibility, receiver testing
A Federal Register notice announced a third U.S. Department of Transportation workshop on March 12 to continue discussions of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Plan.
The workshop will focus on identification of GPS and GNSS receivers to be considered for testing that are representative of the current categories of user applications and discuss a GPS/GNSS receiver test plan.
Third, fourth Galileo FOC satellites confirmed fit for Soyuz launch
The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed "fit" for their Arianespace Soyuz launch March 27, having made initial contact with the mission's dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana, according to Arianespace. The fit check was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport's S1A payload preparation building.