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'Is Your Firm in the Top 100?'
NSPS
With its new POB Top 100 program, POB magazine is compiling not only the top 100 geospatial companies in terms of revenue, but also capturing good data about the market for the market. We encourage our members' companies, large and small, to participate by completing the online POB Top 100 questionnaire. All information submitted and gathered is both valuable and greatly appreciated. Our members can complete the online questionnaire via this NSPS-specific link: https://clearseassurveys.com/survey/html.pro?ID=211&pbsrc=plnk2717. If you would like to preview the questions first, please don’t hesitate to email POB editor Mike Anderson at andersonmd@bnpmedia.com and he will send you a sample questionnaire.
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NSPS members! Receive your discount to the Summit — July 18-21
NSPS
NSPS members are entitled to a significant conference discount off the regular priced Esri AEC Summit — formerly known as the Survey Summit. Pay only $249 to attend the summit, compared to the standard fee of $395. To receive your discount, please include your NSPS member ID in the Note to Registration Staff field on the registration form.
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2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey standards in final review
NSPS
Members who represent the respective organizations will meet in early August 2015 for a final review of the proposed changes/updates to the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey standards, with the goal of having them take effect in early 2016. The group has reviewed several hundred comments and suggestions received during the past few years from members of both the ALTA and NSPS communities. Once the committee has completed its review, the respective governing boards of ALTA and NSPS will take action to accept, or offer further suggestions, prior to the new version of the standards being published, and made available to practitioners. Readers will no doubt observe from this notice that among the proposed changes is a name change for the standards, from ALTA/ACSM to ALTA/NSPS. This proposed change is in recognition of the merger of ACSM and NSPS in 2012, through which NSPS is the surviving entity.
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Geothermal resources mapping bill introduced in Congress
NSPS
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has introduced the "Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act of 2015," to promote the mapping and development of United States geothermal resources by establishing a direct loan program for high risk geothermal exploration wells. Section 2 of S. 1155 authorizes data sharing between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Interior involving all exploratory wells for use in mapping national geothermal resources and other uses, including subsurface geologic data, metadata, borehole temperature data, and inclusion in the National Geothermal Data System of DOE. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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Government report highlights border patrol infrastructure deployment
NSPS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report indicating that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), had made progress in deploying programs under the Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan, but that CBP could strengthen its management and assessment of the Plan's programs. DHS has employed a variety of technology, infrastructure, and other assets to help secure the border. CBP has also deployed tactical infrastructure — fencing, roads, and lights — and tactical communications using air and marine assets to secure the border.
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NSPS meets with Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative John Katko (R-NY). Representing New York's 24th Congressional District, Rep. Katko serves on the House Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure, and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security on the Committee on Homeland Security. These panels authorize and provide oversight of Highway, Aviation and other-related infrastructure projects, including supervision and oversight of border access and infrastructure. Earlier this Congress, Rep. Katko introduced H.R. 455, the "Northern Border Security Review Act" which requires the DHS to conduct a northern border threat analysis with a focus on data and improvements involving ports.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 25, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Host Curt Sumner and NSPS wish for everyone an enjoyable Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. The observation of the holiday by NSPS staff will result in the NSPS Radio Hour on May 25 being a replay of a recent show.

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.

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3DEP contract awarded
NSPS
Martin County (Florida) Surveyor/Real Property Supervisor Michael O'Brien reports that Martin County is one of only three to have been awarded a 3DEP grant in Florida to date, and is the only one on the east coast of the state. The others are Suwannee River WMD and Osceola Co. Additionally, the project has been re-opened for continuing federal funding and awards. Data acquisition is expected to begin in early winter.

O'Brien notes that, in efforts to advance the national initiative, the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, National Society of Professional Surveyors and MAPPS have recently lobbied in DC for "continued" and enhanced funding supporting the 3DEP project.

He expressed the County's appreciation to SFWMD, SWFMD, FDOT & DEP/BSM and others who assisted Martin County on its successful application.

NSPS News & Views readers will recall that recent editions of the newsletter have highlighted the USGS 3DEP program.

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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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Making sense out of Google's geospatial evolution
Directions Magazine
When Google announced in December that it would withdraw support for its Google Earth browser plug-in in one year's time, then in January stated that Google Maps Engine API would follow into the company's archives, and subsequently in February communicated that there would be key changes to the Google Earth Enterprise product sales and support model, there was understandably a ripple effect in the geospatial industry as various GIS companies looked at how to address a future opportunity.
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House lawmakers cut civil GPS funding across the board
Inside GNSS
The House Appropriations Committee voted May 13 to cut the White House request for civil GPS funding and a number of other GPS-related program at the Dept. of Transportation. The committee slashed the $27 million request for civil GPS monies by more than 60 percent — to just $10 million. Although GPS is a military program, it has enormous commercial and civil benefits, which are furthered by adding design elements Pentagon mangers would not otherwise incorporate.
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Do you fear the the takeover of artificial intelligence in the geospatial marketplace?
Sensors & Systems
Artificial intelligence is present and growing in adoption in workflows that require the processing of large imagery datasets. Algorithms that are trained for pattern recognition are counting and classifying objects that are then processed for dashboards, reports and other insights. This kind of information extraction drives business and other critical decisions on a daily basis, and there are very few humans involved.
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June 30 leap second worries markets, Internet
GPS World
The coming leap second on June 30 sounds as scary as the (turns out not-so-scary) Y2K bug. But the world has experienced leap second issues before, and most affected industries are taking steps to prepare. The world's clocks will be adjusted by one second on June 30, when a leap second will be inserted into Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the standard international time scale.
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