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Getting to know your 2015-2016 NSPS Leadership Team
NSPS
The recently installed officers of NSPS will serve from April 2015 until the date of the 2016 NSPS general membership meeting. This year's leaders come from a variety of backgrounds in the surveying profession, and are indicative of the diversity of the NSPS membership in general, as have NSPS leaders since the organization's beginnings in 1980. All are licensed professional surveyors with extensive experience in NSPS, either as NSPS Governors, Directors, or Officers.
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NSPS YouTube Channel
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The NSPS channel is active, and videos from the conference are being uploaded. Here are a few that are ready to view:

Interview with some of the members of the Puerto Rican student competition team: http://youtu.be/r01qvr0T1u4

Amanda Askren on what the Young Surveyors Network is about: http://youtu.be/Kvi1k5VH25U

Or you can simply search for the National Society of Professional Surveyors YouTube channel.

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NSPS advises HUD on multi-family survey guidelines
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NSPS has responded to a request for feedback on proposed changes in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan underwriting guidelines on multi-family projects. In its response, NSPS provided suggestions and volunteered to assist in resolving the numerous redundancies and problems related to the HUD Multi-family survey requirements. Examples include the use of a separate "Surveyors Report," requiring an additional certification, and other requirements that cause confusion such as those related to wetlands and references to "as-built" surveys. Thanks to Gary Kent, PS, chair of the NSPS committee on the ALTA/ACSM Standards.
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FGDC publishes annual report
NSPS
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the federal government's interagency committee which coordinates surveying, mapping and geospatial data and activities, has issued its 2014 annual report. The report provides a summary of program, management, and performance information, as well as describes the FGDC's actions over the past year to facilitate sustainable development and dissemination of geospatial data and technology. It also includes many agency success stories, NGAC contributions, and FGDC accomplishments, such as implementing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) strategic plan and the National Geospatial Data Asset management plan, continuing support for the Geospatial Platform, international efforts, and the endorsement of two new geospatial standards. NSPS participated in the strategic plan effort.
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NSPS files comments on FAA NPRM for Commercial sUAS
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NSPS has filed comments with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). NSPS stated its strong support for, "the safe integration of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Air Space (NAS). UAS presents an extraordinary opportunity for utilization by surveyors to provide services to contribute to public health, safety, and welfare, and enhance the quality of life of all Americans, foster economic growth, increase the efficiency of surveying activities, and create business opportunities for the surveying profession."
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Government report highlights women applicants in STEM research
NSPS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report identifying selected federal grant-making agencies that support research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, as they routinely collect demographic information about the individual researchers who apply for and receive federal grants. Recent research shows that women continue to lag behind men in academic and professional advancement in STEM fields. In fiscal year 2014, colleges and universities around the country received nearly $25 billion in federal funding for research in these fields.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 4, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Join host Curt Sumner and his guests John Palatiello and JB Byrd for a discussion about the recently completed Surveying and Mapping Conference which included a very successful day on Capitol Hill.

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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New Geoid Model GEOID12B
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The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has produced its new geoid model GEOID12B to replace the previous GEOID12A model. The GEOID12B is identical to GEOID12A everywhere, except in the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands region. When using the geoid models, please be advised that GEOID12B should supersede previous models GEOID12 and GEOID12A.

Please visit www.ngs.noaa.gov/GEOID/GEOID12B/ for more information.

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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.


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Happy 20th anniversary, GPS!
GPS World
The Global Positioning System marked its 20th year of operation on Monday, April 27. Follow the link for a timeline showing important milestones in the 20 years since the constellation reached full operational capability (FOC) on April 27, 1995. FOC was formally announced on July 17, 1995.
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The practical side of on-demand aerial image analytics
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A contractor showed up at my house to give an estimate for a long overdue roof replacement. He hadn't pulled out a ladder, so I asked if he needed mine. His response was, "Since we started using EagleView, I don't really have to climb up there anymore." Instead, he pulled out a seven-inch semi-disposable tablet and showed me a fully dimensioned image of my roof that he'd ordered online the day before, and he cranked out an estimate on the spot.
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Car technology choice study shows low interest in navigation functions
Inside GNSS
Navigation technologies appear to be losing their charm among new car buyers in the United States. Twenty years after Detroit introduced the first in-vehicle car navigation systems, employing GPS and digital map technology, collision avoidance appears to be the common theme among the most popular automotive technologies, according to a new J.D. Power study
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Standards, best practices advance at 94th OGC Technical Committee Meeting
Directions Magazine
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) held its 94th Technical Committee (TC) meeting in Barcelona, Spain from March 9-13. In addition to discussion and reports on progress made in numerous OGC Standards Working Groups, this meeting was marked by three significant organizational activities.
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