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FIG Young Surveyors to meet in San Diego
NSPS
After the successful 1st FIG Young Surveyors (YS) European Meeting held this past October in Lisbon, Portugal, in which 150 young surveyors from 32 countries attended, the FIG Young Surveyors Network is organizing the 1st FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2014 California/Nevada Surveyors Conference and the annual NSPS Student Competition at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. The YS meeting will be held April 14-15. There is no charge for the Meeting. Please register at www.nsps.us.com.
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Advance notice of proposed NSPS bylaws changes
NSPS
During the upcoming NSPS General Membership meeting in San Diego, CA on April 15, proposed NSPS Bylaws changes necessitated by the joint state/national membership program between NSPS and the respective state surveying societies will be considered. The text for the proposed changes will be finalized this week, and they will be posted on the NSPS website for review early next week. NSPS Bylaws state that notification to the general membership of such issues to be addressed during an upcoming meeting must be provided not less than 10 days, nor more than 60 days, prior to the date of the meeting.

NSPS members are encouraged to review the proposed changes, beginning early next week, at www.nsps.us.com.

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Assist your Political Action Committee (PAC) — please consider donating an item for our 2014 PAC Silent Auction
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Affordable Health Care Act!
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  SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference

SPAR International focuses on business and technology considerations for end-to-end 3D measurement for surveyors including tools to use for specific applications; balancing need for accuracy with cost; processing large data sets. April 14-17, 2014, Colorado Springs. PLS and PE CEU-approved.
 


ALTA/ACSM standards
NSPS
Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com. Responses will be posted in NSPS News and Views.

Question:

We have been creating a large number of varying width utility easement exhibits for a neighboring smaller city. After we had a fixed price contract, and were working feverishly to get these exhibits prepared, they said that they "always get" title insurance on their easements, and they wanted surveys prepared as ALTA/ACSM surveys. It's hard for us to imagine how to title and describe these exhibits as ALTA surveys (they will have accompanying metes and bounds descriptions). We have already prepared them as exhibit attachments in the normal fashion, signed and sealed appropriately per our licensing board, and some of the easement documents have already been recorded. Anything else we do will be a second survey map with, we presume, an ALTA certificate, etc. The title company won't issue ALTA insurance on Texas property to a Texas municipal subdivision, I don't think.

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Crime against surveyors hitting too close to home
Richard D. Pryce, PSM
Crimes against Surveyors in south Florida have been going on since 2002. Until recently, it was targeted against individual field crews, sometimes snatching their equipment while they were away from their vehicles, or breaking into their truck while at lunch in a fast food joint. Even more rare, but much more serious, the crews have also been confronted at gun point. Read More
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National parcel system in the making?
NSPS
The Consumer Financial Protection Board, a new federal agency created by the "Dodd-Frank" law, has released its first public information regarding collection of parcel information under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Regulation C. The agency is seeking public comment. General information includes a discussion of establishing a parcel or property identifier information, on page 48 of this document. Responses and feedback can be sent to cfpb_hmda_sbrefa@cfpb.gov.
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Obama Administration seeks new round of 'BRAC' military base closures
NSPS
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced the Obama Administration will seek a new round of military base closures and cuts as part of the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget. In the past, the Base Realignment and Closure process has resulted in millions of dollars in surveying, mapping, land inventory and master planning contracts.
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White House, Esri unveil climate data mapping app
NSPS
The White House, together with Esri CEO Jack Dangermond, last week unveiled an initiative to create an app for digital presentations where climate data can be mapped.
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Labor Department responds to House Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
NSPS
The Department of Labor has responded to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor regarding its controversial decision to broaden its definition of "laborers and mechanics" to survey crews under the Davis-Bacon Act. In a letter to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Labor Department, Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Laura Fortman indicated a willingness to "provide appropriate guidance," but failed to turn over any additional documents. Private individuals and several members of Congress have requested documents to the Davis-Bacon Act decision from the Labor Department.

The Labor Department's lack of transparency on Davis-Bacon is not an isolated incident, according to an analysis by the Center for Effective Government. Labor got a grade of "F," 56 percent, making it one of the lowest performing departments in the federal government.

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Change sought in how U.S. pays for fighting wildfires
NSPS
A bipartisan group of members of Congress, led by the Idaho and Oregon delegations, are seeking to change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds rather than prevention programs. The U.S. Forest Service uses a variety of geospatial technologies in its forest fire response program.
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NGA seeks input from profession on commercial airborne services and data
NSPS
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has invited the community to review and comment on the GEOINT Data Services — Commercial Airborne (GDS-CA) Draft Request for Proposal (D-RFP). The intent of the GDS-CA effort is to acquire imagery and datasets derived from commercial airborne collection platforms. Commercial airborne imagery shall be collected globally.
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NSPS participates in NOAA budget briefing
NSPS
On March 18 at the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, DC, NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd attended a budget briefing conducted by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NSPS has helped lead the advocacy campaign seeking to enact the Digital Coast Act (H.R. 1382), a bill creating opportunities for professional surveyors and a demand for surveying data via NOAA's Digital Coast project. NOAA's 2015 Budget Briefing highlighted surveying, mapping and related geospatial activities which serve as the underpinning for much of NOAA's conservation and coastal resiliency efforts. Under mission critical infrastructure, the National Ocean Service (NOS) has requested a $4 million increase for Coastal LIDAR. However, NOS requested a decrease of $4 million for Regional Geospatial Modeling Grants. The baseline budget for hydrographic survey priorities and contracts stays at $25mMillion. Following Dr. Sullivan's overview and remarks, JB prefaced a question to Dr. Sullivan by indicating NSPS support and interest for both NOAA's Digital Coast and GRAV-D operations, but asking how both the increase and decrease in funding plans would affect these programs. NOS Assistant Administrator Holly Bamford answered by indicating the +$4 million for Coastal LIDAR would aid the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding already underway in the Mid-Atlantic while the -$4 million for geospatial modeling grants would come out of the Gulf Coast states.
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NSPS Radio Hour — March 31, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Robert W. Zierman, Esq. leads Justice Smiles, pllc, a firm whose work methodology seeks to resolve — not escalate — Boundary Dispute Law matters. He joins host Curt Sumner to discuss a potential for surveyors to become critical players in the resolution of land ownership issues, not just presenters of the "facts."

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, 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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Employment opportunities
NSPS
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

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.



FAA may tap 3 reference networks to monitor civil GPS signals
Inside GNSS
Aviation officials are looking at combining data from the Air Force's planned GPS ground system with services from other monitoring systems — or even relying on other systems entirely — to save money on monitoring the GPS civil signals. To find the best option, the Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting a trade study that looks at relying on the Air Force's Next Generation Operational Control System or OCX for civil signal monitoring but also at combining it with other systems.
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Google's 3-D mapping phones head to developers
GPS World
Google's 3-D mapping project, Project Tango, is putting prototypes into developers' hands. Google has been collaborating with universities, research labs and industrial partners in nine countries to concentrate the past 10 years of research in robotics and computer vision into a mobile phone. "We now have prototypes ready to put into the hands of eager development partners that can help us imagine the possibilities and to transform those ideas into reality," Google said.
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NOAA satellite spending to nominally increase under budget request
FierceGovernmentIT
Systems acquisition for major satellite programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would nominally increase under the president's fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Several of the civil satellites, which are focused on collecting the planet's environmental data, have garnered attention from Congress and industry as cost and schedule overruns could result in a gap in reporting data because some currently orbiting satellites are approaching the end of their predicted lifespan.
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USGS launches beta of new website
Directions Magazine
In 1994, when the USGS launched its first website, the web was a very different place. Many websites that were launched had little consideration given to, or even had an understanding of, things such user experience, content strategies, or design. Over the next 20 years our USGS web presence has grown immensely as we've pioneered new research, tools and applications in the support of understanding our planets complex environment and the ground on which we stand.
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