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Your Foundation Corner
NSPS
Greetings Surveyors, Mappers & Land Information Scientists!

My name is Joseph Dolan. I am a Trustee and Lifetime Member of the Foundation and a Past President of NSPS (2006). I was elected Chairman of The National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, Inc. this month in San Diego, CA. The Foundation I am talking about is YOUR Foundation! Many of you may not be familiar with the Foundation, but it truly is yours! Let me give you a little background.


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1st FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting
NSPS
The meeting was held in sunny San Diego, California on April 14 – 15 2014. The 25 enthusiastic surveyors from 15 states had a lively discussion on how to establish a Young Surveyors presence and program within North America.
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Use of GPS in ALTA/ACSM Surveys
NSPS
Readers of NSPS News & Views may recall that the April 2, 2014 edition included a question regarding the use of GPS in achieving the allowable Relative Positional Precision for an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey.

Subsequent to that article (and a response) being published, NSPS received another inquiry on this topic. (Read more) about that inquiry and a response to it. The response is in red letters.

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BOEM Accepting Nominations for Scientific Committee
NSPS
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), an agency of the federal government’s Interior Department, has announced it is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee. The committee of non-federal scientific experts advises the Secretary of the Interior on offshore environmental studies.
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Proposed Change to Clean Water Act Regulation Open for Public Comment
NSPS
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly issued a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. If adopted, the new regulation would revise current rules that have been in place for more than 25 years. The proposal is in part prompted by Supreme Court decisions. The regulations affect surveyors with regard to delineating and defining small streams, ditches and wetlands. The comment period is open until July 21.
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Mapping Science Committee Workshop on NGA Modeling
NSPS
The Mapping Science Committee (MSC) of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop on April 21 in Washington, DC, attended by NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd. The meeting focused on complex models, including climate models, agent-based models, Bayesian inference models, and social computing models. The event was prompted by previous MSC discussions with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which is looking to move beyond imagery analysis and static maps of the world toward a more integrated, near real time, predictive capability. The workshop illustrated some cutting-edge capabilities that could help NGA work toward this goal. Although the session focused on geospatial intelligence applications, complex models are relevant to other geography and mapping applications.
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NSPS Advocates for Digital Coast Act in Congress
NSPS
On April 23, NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd attended a luncheon on "NOAA’s and NOAA Sea Grant’s Roles in Creating Resilient Coastal Communities and U.S. Working Waterfronts," hosted by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). The panelists included representatives of NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) and included discussion of the Digital Coast project managed by NOAA's Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC. Earlier that day, Byrd helped lead advocacy efforts in educating other Senate offices on the benefits of the Digital Coast project as well as helping to introduce a Senate companion bill to H.R. 1382, the "Digital Coast Act," which NSPS supports. Included were visits with staff of Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Scott (R-SC). On April 29, Byrd shared lunch with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the chief sponsor of H.R. 1382.
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NSPS Attends Congressional P3 Caucus Briefing on DOD Innovation
NSPS
On April 29, NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd attended a meeting of the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Caucus in Congress, hosted by caucus co-chairs, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The briefing focused on how P3s are now being used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and how they could provide innovative solutions to longer-term issues. The mission of the Congressional P3 Caucus is to raise awareness of members of Congress on the growing use of public-private partnerships and to collect, exchange, and disseminate information on P3 issues through the legislative process. The briefing demonstrated how the private sector is creating jobs and growing the economy by helping government become more efficient, disciplined, and transparent in how it spends tax dollars and delivers services. Joining the Representatives was Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics; Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment; and Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment. Among the topics discussed was underground utilities, including where this infrastructure was located, how to identify its owner, and how best to transition its management and operations to the private sector via a P3. Privatizing DOD real property was one option discussed, but even that is problematic given the proliferation of real property databases within DOD. Rep. Rogers is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which will vote next week on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Rep. Connolly is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where he is the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Government Operations, which continues to oversee the General Services Administration (GSA) and its Federal Real Property Profile, as well as the process for identification and disposal of surplus property. NSPS supports the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 916, which calls for a current, accurate inventory or cadastre of all land and buildings owned by the federal government.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 5, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
During the NSPS General Meeting in San Diego, CA on April 15, Pat Smith from Austin, TX was installed as the 2014 NSPS President. Pat will join host Curt Sumner for a conversation about the progress made by NSPS in the past couple of years, and the direction he envisions for the organization moving forward.

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.



New GNSS signals: Will modern also be better?
Inside GNSS
The world's GNSS systems are entering a phase of transformation — modernization of existing systems (the U.S. Global Positioning System and Russia's GLONASS) and development of new systems (China's BeiDou and Europe's Galileo) that benefit from the lessons learned from the original GNSSs. Notable among the modernization initiatives is an interest in implementing new satellite signal designs.
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Is Nokia poised to be the location leader of the future?
Sensors & Systems
Nokia was on the ropes before the Microsoft acquisition of its device and services business, and now that the deal has closed it's focusing strongly on its future. The new organization is much leaner, with a focus on networks, location and aligned technologies. With this new birth comes a new strategy that could well make it a global location leader, or at least one of the top location companies to watch.
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'Don't touch me,' said Canada. 'I won't!' said the USA. So they moved 20 feet apart
NPR
The U.S. and Canada may be as lovey-dovey as two neighbors can get, but according to a charming video history by CGP Prey, both countries agreed to tuck themselves a little bit in, 10 feet back for America, 10 feet back for Canada, creating a corridor of open, surveillable, clear space between them. This ribbon of emptiness is constantly monitored, regularly gardened and persists for 5,500 continuous miles — considered the longest deforested straight line in the world — protecting the U.S. and Canada from interlopers, or beavers without passports.
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INSCOM points toward greater use of open standards
FCW
The Army Intelligence and Security Command's recent deployment of a large-scale geospatial database is hard evidence of the increasing government demand for IT solutions based on open standards, according to a manager on the project. The federal government "wants to move toward more open standards as opposed to being locked into one vendor from this standpoint," Bill Mannel, SGI's general manager of compute services, told FCW.
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