NSPS News Release summarizing 2013 Spring Business Meetings
The six‐month‐old national campaign by the National Society of Professional Surveyors to include every licensed surveyor in the United States among its membership is exceeding all
expectations, with 22 state societies on board. "This is truly exciting," exclaimed incoming NSPS President Lamar Evers, PSM.
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NCBEES nominates NSPS Past President Gary Thompson, PLS (NC) for NCEES Treasurer
The North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors has nominated Past NSPS President Gary Thompson for the position of Treasurer of NCEES.
NSPS fully supports Gary's nomination and encourages surveyors nationwide to contact the members of their respective state licensing to cast their ballots in support of Gary.
In his position as Geodetic Survey Manager for the State of North Carolina, Gary has worked closely with surveyors and others professionals for almost 40 years. He has also served as President of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors.
Click here to see a full resume submitted with Gary's nomination.
NSPS introduces Ask Vic! Column to News and Views
Through its longstanding relationship with NSPS, the Victor O. Schinnerer Company has provided periodic issues of a column called Ask Vic! that addresses topics related to professional liability. Click here to see the latest column.
NSPS Government Affairs Topics
President Obama's Budget Request a Mixed Bag for Surveyors
President Obama sent his fiscal year 2014 budget to Congress last week, requesting increases in some key surveying and mapping programs, but cuts in others. NSPS lobbyist John Byrd was at the April 10 release of the USGS FY 14 budget at the agency’s headquarters in Reston, VA. He met with USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball and highlighted 3-DEP funding, interagency coordination and leveraging opportunities given the Congressional budgetary environment. Click here for details.
NSPS Endorses “Digital Coast” Act
The NSPS Joint Government Affairs Committee has endorsed a bi-partisan bill, H.R. 1382, the "Digital Coast Act of 2013" by U.S. Representatives C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Don Young (R-AK). The bill will authorize a "Digital Coast" program whereby the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would develop a coordinated and comprehensive national mapping effort for coastal, State and territorial waters of the United States.
The "Digital Coast" is a geospatially enabled program to improve coordination and support work with stakeholders to identify geospatial priorities; improve coordination of coastal mapping and management activities; use standards and standardized methods for data acquisition, processing, and distribution to ensure broadest utility of data; promote best practices when applying geospatial data for coastal decision making; and contract for the collection and creation of quality non-navigation feature data sets to include: shoreline change, satellite and aerial imagery, land use and land cover maps, benthic habitat mapping, terrestrial topography, shallow water bathymetry, and submerged aquatic vegetation.
Congressman Ruppersberger serves as the Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. H.R. 1382 was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources where Congressman Young is a member and former Chairman. H.R. 1382 authorizes $85,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2019.
NSPS Approves Resolutions on Surveying Data and Personal Privacy
NSPS has approved three resolutions pointing out that the collection of surveying data, including parcels and addresses, do NOT constitute invasions of personal privacy and call on Congress and state legislatures to exempt such activities from any privacy legislation or regulations. The NSPS actions include a society resolution, endorsement of a resolutions pending before the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), and a resolution proposed for introduction in the United States Congress. Visit the NSPS website for the resolutions.
NSPS Wins Brooks Act Compliance on VA Cemetery GPS Project
NSPS, acting through the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), has won reversal of a bid request in favor of the Brooks Act qualifications based selection (QBS) process. The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a price-based procurement for GPS locations on cemeteries at various locations in the U.S., but neither required a licensed surveyor nor complied with the federal government’s Brooks Act.
After COFPAES Administrator and NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello advised the VA of the requirements under the Brooks Act and state licensing laws, the federal agency issued amendment #9 at the link above, indicating the bid request has been cancelled and the requirement will be re-competed in accordance with the Brooks Act.
Click here to view the full list.
Coordinates as Boundary Evidence
Mention "coordinates" in relation to cadastral surveying to a group of land surveyors and you will likely raise eyebrows and voices — often the conversation leads to a mischaracterization of the issue as somehow being "coordinates versus monumentation." Although many countries (and even states and individual jurisdictions in the U.S.) have already ruled coordinates as an accepted form of boundary evidence and with many coordinate-based cadastres under way around the globe and even parts of the Unites States, there has been general confusion about and avoidance of the subject.
When Inches Count
The American Surveyor
By John Hiatt: Today is another example of why I love my job. Surveying is everywhere and can be applied to just about anything. Whether you take advantage of today's technology or kick it old school, the end product is the same. Today was as simple as measuring a distance from beginning point "A" to an ending point "B". It wasn't a construction job or a boundary survey, but a charity benefit truck and tractor pull for the Gage Edwards Memorial Foundation.
NGA, geospatial community plan a clear picture of major disasters
A major disaster, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, typically draws help from a diverse array of international players, including emergency response crews, military units, non-governmental organizations, relief workers, physicians and a host of others who need an accurate view of the situation — what infrastructure has been damaged and what's still working. But too often they work with different geospatial or mapping systems, impeding the sharing of information.
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Strong urban cores promote socializing in the city
Long commute times and urban areas that leapfrog over open space make it harder for people to socialize, but cities that are decentralized are even worse, University of Utah researchers say in a study published online in the Journal of Transport Geography. "We found that decentralization has 10 times the negative impact of fragmentation, and 20 times that of longer commute times," says Steven Farber, assistant professor of geography at the university.
Galileo satellite achieves high Earth orbit positioning with GPS
When the European Space Agency launched its Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element-A satellite in 2005, its main mission was to transmit Galileo test signals that secured the system's frequencies, evaluate hardware under space environmental conditions, and so forth. ESA formally decommissioned the spacecraft in the middle of 2012 after the agency had finished checking out the first Galileo in-orbit validation satellites.