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National Surveyors Week
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NSPS petitions President Barack Obama for National Surveyors Week Proclamation. Click here to read the request.



FTC regulation regarding 'precise geolocation data' of concern to NSPS
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The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (www.cogo.pro) will renew its opposition to Federal Trade Commission regulations that prohibit a firm from "collecting, storing or using" information it calls "precise geolocation data", that could include an address or parcel identification number. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, LS, and Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello participated in a COGO meeting in Annapolis, MD on Sunday, Feb. 24. Palatiello gave a power point presentation on how the FTC regulations, and "drone" legislation, will improperly and unnecessarily encumber land and aerial surveying activities. Such a regulation could be in conflict with state or local regulation require surveyors to show adjoining property owner information on survey plats.

White House issues memo expanding public access to federal research data
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The Washington Post reports the White House has issued a memo expanding public access to Federal research data. A new Obama Administration directive will allow the general public more access to federally funded scientific research, that could include studies, data and information important to surveyors. The article provides a link to the actual memo. More

Survey and Geotechnical Equipment Auction
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NSPS wins reversal of boundary survey bid 'commercial item' classification
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As a result of action by NSPS, the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service has reversed a survey bid request that also called the boundary service a "commercial item." The price-based solicitation violated the federal Brooks Act and did not treat the activity as a professional service, according to the groups. NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello explained the law and regulations to NRCS officials, who withdrew the bid request and indicated the professional boundary survey would be treated as a profession service, acquired through qualifications based selection.

NSPS represented at the White House
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New NSPS government affairs representatives John Palatiello and John Byrd were part of a COFPAES delegation that was at the White House on Feb. 21 meeting with the Obama Administration's Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator, Joe Jordan, to discuss QBS and related contracting issues.

Among the issues discussed was Federal agency compliance with the Brooks Act on surveying contracts, the listing of surveying as an activity for competitive bidding on the GSA schedule contracts for "Professional Engineering Services," a reverse auction on a recent contract by the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., on a service defined in the Georgia licensing law as the practice of surveying, and the negative impact design-build contracting has on small business, particularly specialty subcontractors such as surveyors.

OFPP officials committed to working with COFPAES on reform of these "Brooks Act"-related issues.
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Doom or boom?
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The question needs to be asked. What is the future of surveying? Over the past year, Professional Surveyor Magazine has been seeking insights into that very question, from licensed surveyors to those just starting their careers, from owners to crews, educators to students, scientists to developers, surveying authors, journalists, and more. More

Filling the PNT hole: Why non-satellite-based technology is urgently needed
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Despite its impressive legacy of success driving many essential position, navigation and time capabilities, GPS is not an infallible system and requires improvement to meet new threats, needs and PNT challenges, some of which go beyond GPS's obvious vulnerability to interference and dependence on an aging satellite constellation. GPS should be taken to the limit to provide a growing user base the absolute best possible satellite-based PNT solution in terms of accuracy, integrity and affordability. More

The ubiquitous digital map
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A lot of great conferences in the U.K. happen in London. But not all great conferences. For some, you have to travel a little further afield. Maybe to East Anglia. Or more specifically to Norwich, the county town of Norfolk. If you were in Norwich last week, you might have noticed that SyncConf was taking place and I'd been asked by ex-MultiMapper and co-founder of SyncConf, John Fagan to do a talk on something related to maps. How could I refuse? More



To license or not to license geospatial data: Still a challenge for government agencies
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Tim de Troye from the State of South Carolina offered a presentation that is an ongoing issue among states and local governments about how they distribute geospatial data collected with taxpayer money. He recognized that some organizations copyright their data and that data in South Carolina, for example, is available but through different agreements depending on whether it is spatial or not. More

Smartphone vs. tablet vs. desktop? It no longer matters
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The biggest mobile show, the Mobile World Congress, takes place this week in Barcelona, Spain. It comes at an interesting time. Attendees will find it no longer makes sense to think about which device, or screen, is of primary importance to users. Google reports findings that 90 percent of users move sequentially between several screens (TV, phone, desktop computer and tablet) to accomplish tasks. 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 3D
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April 15-18
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Discover advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing, delivery, including laser scanning, LiDAR, photogrammetry, Kinect, portable/mobile mapping, point cloud processing, integration, BIM, web sharing, simulation and visualization.
www.SPARPointGroup.com/International
Ten percent discount for NSPS members! Click here to register and enter 105174 when prompted for "Tracking Code."
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2013 Scholarship Program
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Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, $25,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students enrolled in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs. The scholarships are awarded in four eligibility categories. The application deadline is March 15. Visit www.nsps.us.com for details.

Free copy of manual available
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If you would like a FREE copy of The Surveyor's Contracts and Risk Management Manual, send $5 to cover the cost of shipping and handling to NSPS, Attn: Trish Milburn, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Please make checks payable to NSPS and in the memo field write Contracts Manual.


 
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