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NCEES launches Squared: a year in numbers
NSPS
NCEES has recently released the inaugural edition of its publication, Squared, the official NCEES source for engineering and surveying licensure statistics. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner notes, "this important publication provides a much sought after historical look at the size of the surveying profession from both a nationwide and state-by-state perspective, as well as showing the current pass/fail rates for examinees and the average age of examinees during the past five (5) years."
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ALTA/ACSM question
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Question:
I'd like to clarify the definition of a building height, Table A Item 7(c). Does that count chimneys and store fronts, or just parts of the main structure?

Answer:
The requirement is a bit of a moving target because it has to do with zoning compliance as the title company is being asked to address it. So, it is really a function of how building height is defined in the applicable zoning ordinance. However, notwithstanding that and in any event, I think it is most important (and entirely appropriate) — for the surveyor's liability purposes and so the title company and lender know — to explain on the face of the survey to where the measurement was made. If someone takes exception to how or where the measurement was made, they can raise their concerns based on the surveyor's detailed explanation.

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NSPS Radio Hour — March 2, 11 a.m. EDT
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Ever think about collecting historical surveying equipment, or how it was used? Join host Curt Sumner and Dr. Dick Elgin, second generation surveyor, professor, and long-time collector and student of surveying equipment, for an enlightening conversation.

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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  RTK Corrections Where Others Fail

“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
 


Support builds for NSPS-MAPPS national surveying and mapping conference
NSPS
Berntsen, Microsoft, and Riegl are among the first sponsors for the NSPS-MAPPS national surveying and mapping conference, "Collaboration: The Map to the Future" to be held April 13-16 in Crystal City (Arlington), Virginia. The surveying, mapping and geospatial conference 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, including NSPS committee and business meetings. NSPS and MAPPS members will visit Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 15.

Visit www.surveyingandmapping.net for the program, registration, hotel information, sponsorships, exhibits and a call for presentations. If you have a presentation you would like to make, or session you would like to organize, please submit your suggestion or expression of interest, along with a title, 50-word abstract, and name of the presenter, to John Palatiello, by March 1.

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U.S. spatial data requires attention, COGO reports
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The nation's spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of "C" indicating it "requires attention," said former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, citing a Report Card on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) prepared by of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), of which NSPS is a member. Geringer said the report card, modeled after the American Society of Civil Engineers report card on physical infrastructure, shows there are "no effective metrics" to measure progress on the NSDI.
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NSPS meets with Rep. Gary Palmer
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL). Representing Alabama's 6th Congressional District, Rep. Palmer serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as the committees on Budget, and Space, Science and Technology. These panels oversee Federal spending, procurement and research and development.
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Government report highlights NFIP and TMAC action
NSPS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on FEMA's efforts in establishing the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), as required by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act (Biggert-Waters Act). The TMAC, which held its first meeting in September 2014, anticipates implementing additional Biggert-Waters Act mapping requirements over the next several years. FEMA also made progress in providing mapping-related notifications to Congress. GAO was asked to examine the status of FEMA's implementation of the requirements established by the Biggert-Waters Act, as amended by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA). FEMA estimated that it had met requirements to complete almost half of Biggert-Waters Act sections, and about one-third of HFIAA sections, as of December 2014. The TMAC meeting notes from December 2014 are now available. NSPS is represented on the TMAC by Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM.
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Government report calls for increased oversight for SBA HUB Zone program
NSPS
The Small Business Administration (SBA) should establish a mechanism to better ensure firms are notified of changes that could affect their participation in the HUB Zone program, assess the recertification process and implement additional controls, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. GAO found small firms participating in the HUB Zone program received about $4 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2013. The program's purpose is to stimulate economic development in economically distressed areas. A certified HUB Zone firm is eligible for federal contracting benefits, including limited competition awards such as sole-source and set-aside contracts.
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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.


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A milestone in digital mapping
GPS World
Hard to believe, we have only now reached the 10th anniversary of Google Maps. As important as digital maps have become, their purpose is much the same as the printed and drawn maps that preceded them. Digital maps emerged in the 1960s with the Census Bureau’s DIME maps. These first digital maps were used for analysis of place-specific data, such as populations within census tracts or cities.
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Small satellites are changing who dominates the field of satellite remote sensing
xyHt
There are big changes afoot in the satellite remote-sensing field: improved technology as well as regulatory shifts enabling the application of this technology. Here I look at current trends in — as well as future possibilities for — satellite remote sensing through the eyes of three industry players. I start on the ground, where satellite data is received, then liftoff into orbit to look at satellites themselves, and finally take an inside look at how sats get into space: launch platforms.
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Google's recent deprecations 'not cataclysmic'
Directions Magazine
Before this month, "deprecate" was not a term that I associated with software or applications. I thought it was an attitude or behavior most often pointed towards one's self, such as a comedian's self-deprecating style, but over the last few months, Google has brought "deprecate" into the geospatial technology forefront.
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Galileo's commercial service
Inside GNSS
After some years of concept studies and simulations, the Galileo Commercial Service is taking off. The journey has started toward what can be the most accurate and secure worldwide satellite-based navigation services for civil use. Employing only GNSS signals, authenticated position fixes accurate to the decimeter level were achieved for the first time in the summer of 2014. Future prospects are for even better results.
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