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Do geospatial communities work together?
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On the technical side the design, GIS, remote sensing and surveying communities have never been more aligned than they are at the present time. Most geospatial technology works together, interoperability is high and many products even display advanced cross product functionality. However, on the conceptual side of the equation there seems to be a dusty trail with many explorers setting up homesteads and staying in them.
This has important ramifications for growth. Do you think the design, surveying, remote sensing and GIS communities are aligned? More
NSPS surveying USA
The NSPS Surveying USA Event was a great success on many different levels.
Not only did it give surveyors across the nation an opportunity to participate in a
simultaneously carried out project, it also
gave the public an opportunity to learn
about our profession by asking questions and, in many cases, experiencing firsthand
what it is that surveyors do. The state events ranged from a one-person
set-up on a lonely hillside to over 300 surveyors taking part (in Tennessee).
We're almost done compiling all the data we received from the states and are
printing out the photos. A spreadsheet with the points occupied during the NSPS
Surveying USA Event will be sent to Donny Sosa of Esri. The points'
and metadata will be mapped; the map will be made available during the
2011 Survey Summit and subsequently posted online for access by everyone
interested. Eventually, we would like to produce a record of how many states and
state surveyors participated in the event; which were the furthest North, South,
East, and West points occupied; and which were the oldest, most historical,
and "weirdest" points occupied. Thank you all for participating in this event and
making it such a
memorable occasion. Debi Anderson, PLS, NSPS Governor
Montana; NSPS Surveying USA Chair, email@example.com
Rhode Island surveyors oppose
'Engineering Surveys' bill
bills H5470 and S0519 were introduced to the Rhode Island House and Senate
earlier this year in an
attempt to modify the Statute that defines Engineering
by adding a section to include "Engineering Surveys." The House bill was sent
to the House Commerce Committee for a hearing, and both sides were there
prepared to testify. The bill for the moment is tabled in committee for further
study, but as I write this I am informed that the climate has gotten very political
and that there is some concern of the bill moving forward again.
Rhode Island has two separate boards of registration.
From the surveyors'
perspective, Surveying services are regulated in the State of Rhode Island under
the State's inherent "police power" to promote public safety, health, morals,
public convenience, and general prosperity." The problem with "Engineering
Surveys" as defined by the Rhode Island bill (based on the NCEES Model Law)
is that the activities described are already defined and regulated under the
Surveying Statute. "Engineering Surveys" does not provide for any regulation of
the four E's
— Education, Experience, Examination, and Enforcement.
The Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors voted at
the Last General Membership Meeting to write the NCEES to petition them to
remove the term "Engineering Surveys" from the Model Law. The American
Society of Civil Engineering has expressed concerns in a list of issues
in its "Policy Statement 333 — Engineering Surveying Definition." In 2005, New
Mexico removed the very same language from their state
statutes. Whether the
term "Engineering Surveys" is used in a state statute or not is indicative of a
gray area of professional practice that is being played out in many states.
The days of transit and tape are gone; Surveying is no longer being taught to
engineers as a core curriculum requirement. Surveying has become specialized.
The states' education requirements to become a Registered Professional Land
Surveyor, as well as the Continuing Education Requirements, reflect
this fact. The
term "Surveying" is no longer limited to property boundary
surveys. — Edward J. O’Brien, PLS, RISPLS president, EJOBPLS2000@COX.NET
If you have attended Esri's annual User Conference in the past, you have
probably spent some time listening to Esri's Jack Dangermond during
address. His talk is illustrated with visual examples of surveying
and mapping work, and he is again inviting UC participants to contribute to
this presentation with screenshots, photos, maps, and GIS animations that:
1. Helped make a decision; 2. Helped communities work together; 3.
Helped communicate a message or tell a story; 4. Illustrate spatial analysis,
modeling, and science; 5. Illustrate integration with other systems; and 6.
ArcGIS technology applications. The illustrations can be
submitted using Esri
UC's online portal by May 27. If you have further questions, contact Karen
Hurlbut. Ilse Genovese, ACSM Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date!
- SCSPLS (South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors)
Annual Convention, to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Annual S.C.
Engineering Conference and Trade Show; June 9-11, Marriott Resort and
Spa, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Forms will be available at a later date at
- TSPS (Texas Society of Professional Surveyors) 2011 Annual Convention
Exposition; Oct. 5-8, Embassy Suites Hotel and
Conference Center, Frisco, Texas. www.tsps.org
- KSLS Annual Meeting, Oct. 21-22, in Dodge City, Kan. For
more information, email email@example.com.
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Don't Look! Don't Touch! It seems TRIUMPH-VS reads your mind! Many sensors, intelligence, and innovations inside TRIUMPH-VS
bring this new revolution to surveyors. You don't need to look. You don't need to touch.
Here's a surveying software solution that is extremely versatile as well as a real time- and money-saver—Carlson Survey 2011. As it always has, Carlson Survey in 2011 will connect to essentially every manufacturers' proprietary hardware and software.
New ways to exploit raw data may bring surge of innovation, a study says
The New York Times
Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data. Data is a vital raw material of the information
economy, much as coal and iron ore were in the Industrial Revolution. But the business world is just beginning to learn how to process it all.
Geospatial technology as a core tool
U.S. News & World Report
Geospatial technology affects almost every aspect of life, from navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood to locating the world's most wanted terrorist. "They couldn't have found Osama bin Laden without it," says Phillip Davis, director of the National Geospatial Technology Center.
Why we can have both reliable GPS and more broadband
The Hill (blog)
A major radio spectrum problem before the Federal Communications Commission this year is the dispute between the GPS community and a company called LightSquared, which seeks to operate a new mobile
broadband service using terrestrial base stations that will compete with existing cellular carriers. Depending on your viewpoint, this dispute is either an attempt by greedy entrepreneurs to wreck the ubiquitous GPS system, endangering public safety or a spectrum fight between users of neighboring bands in which one group wants to solve a technical problem by putting all the burdens of the solution on the other.
Analyzing tornadoes from a spatial perspective using GIS
Spring in North America brings not only new flowers, but a new crop of tornadoes. As we are all aware, the 2011 tornado season has already been horrific, and our hearts go out to all those affected. Like most natural phenomena, tornadoes exhibit a spatial pattern on a continental, regional, and local scale, and can be examined and understood with the use of GIS.
Selecting open source: A practical view
In the past few years, free open source software adoption has enjoyed tremendous growth in the IT industry. In the geospatial arena, growth is evidenced by the popularity of many tools and applications, and the emergence of a vibrant community of developers and users. Ignacio Guerrero, an IT consultant and former software director at Intergraph and Rolta, takes a look at the decision to evaluate and choose FOSS versus proprietary
software from the standpoint of a typical GIS program manager.
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Pursuing a state-driven national spatial data infrastructure
Vector 1 Magazine
Effective spatial data management is essential to government administration at all levels from local to national. The City of Springfield, Ore., and NASA Ames Research Center have begun collaboration on the technology and framework needed for sustainable spatial data management across all levels of government. This technology is open source and purposed to enhance the
sharing of data and the functionalities needed to administer that data.
Is there an app for that?
Seems government (in some cases) is rushing into the application world. For the purposes of this discussion, let's stick with mobile applications. Sure there are plenty of instances where innovation occurs through trial and error, but the building and deploying of mobile applications seems to be an area where government is generally wondering around in the dark. Think for just a second what mobile application could
government provide that people would actually use?
New report on GIS market in the retail sector
In the latest TechNavio report from Research And Markets l "Geographic Information System Market in Retail Sector 2010-2014" analysts forecast that revenues will reach $456.5 million in 2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market's growth is the increasing adoption of GIS to identify the right location for stores and outlets.
Location-based social media: Upping
In January 2011, GPS World's Wireless Pulse editor Janice Partyka conducted a webinar discussing location-based social media, with guests Chad Reed of Pelago
and Brian Cho of Booyah! What is a location based social network? What are its attributes? Gaming is big, we know that much. What else is coming our way? Coupons, offers and contests are already here, and check-ins are becoming big.