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Registration now open for a NSPS Young Surveyors webinar on May 13
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Registration is limited to 100 people. Please register only if you plan to participate. If you work in an office where multiple people want to participate, please sign on for a single registration and make arrangements to share a computer. The presentations will be followed by a question/answer session, and close with announcements of upcoming events.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 11, 11 a.m. EDT
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NSPS ABET Committee Chair and Member Society Liaison Jason Racette with join host Curt Sumner to discuss a number of issues related to the role of NSPS as the Lead Society within ABET for the evaluation of college programs seeking accreditation, or re-accreditation, through ABET. Jason will define the steps for becoming a Program Evaluator (PEV) and the process for being assigned for site visits, as well as other leadership position opportunities that follow being approved as a PEV. He will also discuss the recent changes to the governance structure of ABET.

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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NSPS-MAPPS day with Congress pays dividends
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More than 120 NSPS and MAPPS members visited the U.S. Congress on April 15 as part of the two organizations' joint national conference held in Crystal City/Arlington, VA. More than 185 members of Congress were visited by surveying and mapping professionals from 39 states, providing a team that delivered a message about geospatial issues to 78 U.S. Senators, and more than 100 House members.

Thanks to the NSPS-MAPPS efforts on Capitol Hill, the Freedom from Government Competition Act was introduced April 28 with House Bill H.R. 2044 garnering 17 original cosponsors, and Senate Bill S. 1116 being offered by two U.S. Senators.

The Capitol Hill Day efforts also resulted in the soon to be introduced Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act earning 7 commitments as cosponsors for the House bill, while 2 Senators are working to possibly introduce a version of the bill in that body.

Visits by the surveying and mapping delegation produced feedback that 5 House members and 2 Senators will be cosponsors for legislation to accurately locate pipelines and other underground infrastructure in utility and transportation corridors.

The day's activities also generated 38 commitments by members of Congress to urge the Appropriations Committees to fully fund the 3DEP program for national elevation data. See www.3DEP4America.com for more information.

During the visits to Congress, NSPS members from Washington State were photographed with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), a member of the Senate Democrat Leadership who sits on the Appropriations Committee.

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Highlights from the NGS Summit at the NSPS/MAPPS conference
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At the NSPS Conference in April, NGS Director Juliana Blackwell talked about three different topics of interest to NSPS members: 3D Nation, the new 2022 Reference Frames (or Datums) and the effort that will be needed to get Statute (and local regulation) Changes to reflect the update in the datums. View the videos on the NSPS YouTube channel.
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NSPS attends Mapping Science Committee workshop on elevation data for cities
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NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended a workshop in Washington, DC organized by the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academies of Science, focusing on new research into applications and benefits for cities using enhanced elevation data, including climate change analysis, energy analysis, and urban resilience. Byrd briefed the attendees on the funding status of the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), as well ongoing efforts to promote greater awareness in Congress, as well as with Governors and Mayors nationwide.
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Senate Committee evaluates flood mapping changes
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The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship examined how flood insurance rate increases and flood mapping policy changes will impact small businesses and economic growth. The Committee, chaired by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), hosted the field hearing at the University of New Orleans. FEMA testified on the activities of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), on which NSPS member Wendy Lathrop represents the professional surveyor community.
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Government report highlights GPS satellite capability problems
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report finding that while the most recent Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite program took steps to avoid past problems with satellite acquisitions, it is facing more than a 2-year delay for its satellite launch due to development problems. A complete GPS III satellite has not yet been tested, and the program is now re-base-lining its cost estimates as a result of the schedule delay and associated increased costs. The next-generation ground system needed to operate GPS satellites has experienced significant schedule delays and cost growth, and is still facing technical challenges. As a result, some GPS satellite capability will likely go unused for several years while the capability of the ground system catches up to the functionality of the satellites.
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More NGS information available from NSPS/MAPPS conference activities
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The National Geodetic Survey (NGS), an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hosted a 2015 Geospatial Summit on April 13 and 14, 2015, to share updates and receive feedback on the planned 2022 release of new geodetic datums being developed to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). There were over 220 in-person attendees, and over 125 webinar participants at this event.

The Presentations and webinar videos from the event are now available through the NGS 2015 Geospatial Summit Website: http://www.geodesy.noaa.gov/2015GeospatialSummit/.

For more information about the new datums and related NGS projects and programs, visit: http://geodesy.noaa.gov/datums/newdatums/NewDatums.shtml

If you have additional questions about this NGS event, please contact us at: NGS.GeospatialSummit@noaa.gov.

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Employment opportunities
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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
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Communicating through Maps: An exclusive Directions Magazine series exploring the complexities and challenges of GIS mapping
Directions Magazine
Readers of this magazine are unlikely to need convincing about the inherent utility of maps. As representations of information, maps enable the analysis of spatial distributions and patterns and are a medium for communication both for and by the mapmaker. In fact, a map is a common metaphor for the arrangement of any type of information because being able to visualize spatial relationships among the data, whether words, numbers, shapes, images, objects, or concepts, helps us interpret and extract meaning.
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How has cloud computing added friction in the geospatial software space?
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As cloud computing is increasingly becoming the platform for software delivery, accompanied by software subscriptions and software as a service models, users are finding their options forced. Instead of the prior model, where users could pick and choose the tools for the task, the increasingly capable platforms with their associated data and services make the work easier, but also create an all-in adoption.
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Lockheed completes integration of first GPS III spacecraft
Inside GNSS
Lockheed Martin has finally been able to announce victory in its effort to complete integration of the first GPS Block III satellite. Integration took place last month at the company's GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colorado, bringing together the system module — which includes the navigation payload that performs the primary positioning, navigation, and timing mission — the functional bus containing the electronics that manage all satellite operations, and the propulsion core that enables the satellite to maneuver for operations on orbit.
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Model plane fliers to get real-time, location-based flight safety info
GPS World
A soon-to-be released smartphone app will provide users with real-time information on flight regulations, and restrictions for the user's actual location; alternately, for a location to which the user is planning to travel to for a model plane flight. Named B4UFly, the app is designed to answer for users, "Is it safe and is it legal to fly my model aircraft based on where I am right now?"
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