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Arkansas Special Legislative Session (HB1001) elicits concern from ASPS and NSPS
NSPS
On June 5, 2015, the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors Board of Directors met with Rett Hatcher, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Shelby Johnson, Geographic Information Officer of the Arkansas GIS Office to discuss concerns with HB 1001. The bill, which was passed in special session with very little opportunity for ASPS to comment, moves the Division of Land Surveys from the Department of Agriculture to the Geographic Information System Office.

While such a move may not appear to be of concern on the surface, ASPS Board members, as well as NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, expressed to Hatcher and Johnson the concern that the language in the Bill could set a dangerous precedent, especially with regard to Section 143 (a) which states that "the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board may employ a State Surveyor to be the head of the Division of Land Surveys." Prior to passage of HB1001, Section 143 required that the State Surveyor supervise the activities of the Division of Land Surveys. The qualifications for a State Surveyor include that the person be "a registered professional surveyor." The option provided by HB 1001 (Section 143) allows the Arkansas GIS Board not to employ a State Surveyor, opening the door for an individual who is not a registered professional surveyor to undertake the activities currently designated to the State Surveyor.

ASPS President Tom Jacobs appointed a committee to work with Shelby Johnson (AGIO) and the Governor's office to address surveyors' concerns with the Bill as passed. NSPS will continue to participate as may be desired by ASPS.
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Novel federal easement created to monitor illicit foot traffic
NSPS
Have you ever wondered why compiling a truly comprehensive database of all federally held rights and interests in land within the continental United States has proven to be an incredibly difficult if not utterly impossible task? Can all of the various forms of federal land rights in existence, ranging from easements to fee-simple absolute title really ever be accurately quantified? An interesting scenario which has developed over the last few decades in a remote corner of the desert southwest, highly prone to politically controversial activity, well illustrates the fact that federal agencies, even including those involved in national security operations, often experience serious challenges when attempting to utilize and accurately define the land rights that they have acquired. An article written by federal land rights expert and historian of land rights law Brian Portwood documents an intriguing controversy, emphasizing the importance of developing a proper understanding of federal land rights, from the perspective of a professional land surveyor, for the benefit of all those employed as professionals in the many branches of the title and land acquisition industry.
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NSPS Radio Hour — June 15, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Richard Serby will join host Curt Sumner to discuss his continued work dedicate to personnel recruitment and contract staffing services to the geospatial sciences. In 1988, he founded GeoSearch in response to the need for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians, Photogrammetrists, Aerial Photographers, Remote Sensing Specialists, Surveyors, and related mapping and engineering occupations.

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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NSPS attends National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) meeting; Nominations to NGAC sought
NSPS
This week, NSPS registered lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended the quarterly meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) meeting at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. The agenda included presentations or reports on the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), the NOAA National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Geospatial Summit, the National Address Database Summit Meeting, the FGDC's comments to NTIA's focus on privacy for UAV-UAS, crowdsourced data, and Landsat. In addition, NGAC is seeking nominations for new members via this Federal Register notice with a July 17 deadline.
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Congressional panel examines Federal investment in roads and bridges, helping to improve small businesses
NSPS
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing focused on the need to invest Federal funding to relieve traffic congestion and increase small business growth by improving roads and bridges. Chairman David Vitter (R-LA) reasoned in his opening statement that, "Improving and updating our nation’s infrastructure is not a partisan issue. In addition to my role as Chair of the Small Business Committee, I also serve as the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee and have been working with my Republican and Democrat colleagues on a bipartisan, long-term highway bill that will implement reforms that our nation’s infrastructure desperately needs." David Kim of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commented in his testimony that, "Earlier this year, President Obama requested $51.3 billion for FHWA in FY 2016...to provide a sizeable boost in highway investment and address the Nation’s critical needs across the highway network. This investment would help close what [USDOT] Secretary Foxx has described as an "infrastructure deficit" in this country..."
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Congress begins FY'16 appropriations bills
NSPS
As Congress begins consideration of 12 appropriations bills to fund the Federal government for the fiscal year beginning October 1, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on the status of current and ongoing bills. As of early June, the House Appropriations Committee has reported six of the 12 regular appropriations bills for FY2016. The House has considered and passed four of these — Energy and Water Development (E&WD), H.R. 2028, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon), H.R. 2029, Legislative Branch, H.R. 2250), and the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), H.R. 2578. The Senate Appropriations Committee has reported two (E&WD and MilCon) of the FY2016 regular appropriations bills, but those bills have not yet received floor consideration. This week, the House is expected to finish its floor debate and action on the H.R. 2577, the Transportation-HUD (THUD) bill. See this table for information on the current status of FY2016 appropriations measures.
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Commerce bill focuses on NOAA surveying, mapping use of the private sector
NSPS
The report of the House Appropriations Committee on the bill funding the Department of Commerce included language providing, "Partnering with the private sector. — The Committee encourages NOAA to purchase services from the private sector when such services are available, cost effective, and practicable." During consideration of the bill in the full House of Representatives, Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) and subcommittee chairman Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) engaged in a colloquy establishing legislative history and the intent of Congress on the application of the language to surveying and mapping activities, pointing out that previous studies by the Commerce Department Inspector General and Government Accountability Office recommended greater use of private sector firms for aerial photography, hydrography and other surveying and mapping services.
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LiDAR featured in national media
NSPS
The Washington Post has published a major new feature on the use of LiDAR data to collect bare earth data to uncover archaeological ruins. A History Channel broadcast in 2013 featured a similar project application.
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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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Surveyors invited to 'Survey Earth in a Day' — in 4-D
GPS World
On the day of the solstice, June 21, geospatial professionals around the world and members of Land Surveyors United (a global support network for land surveyors) will be simultaneously recording survey-grade GPS data from thousands of points around the globe, to gain a more accurate understanding of the earth's surface.
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Elevation data: Where to go and what to know
Directions Magazine
Digital representations of the surface of the earth are a key data set for many GIS projects, but locating, identifying, downloading and manipulating digital elevation data is not for the faint of heart. There are many different skills required and hundreds of tools, systems and instruments from which to choose.
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How are 3-D maps spurring innovation and economic activity?
Sensors & Systems
Detailed 3-D mapping is much more readily accessible thanks to a wide variety of new sensors, high-performance processing tools, automation and cloud storage. The large-scale 3-D model has been something that has been discussed and achieved to varying degrees of realism for decades. It's now much easier and cheaper to capture and update a realistic 3-D model, and there's a growing call for a comprehensive update to national maps in high-resolution 3-D.
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Lower costs with GPS dispatching
Directions Magazine
Keeping vehicles on the road for as long as possible while minimizing maintenance costs and maximizing mileage, is crucial for companies that use vehicles to deliver their products or service, and even more so for small- and medium-sized businesses. Done correctly, companies can see a significant overall savings that translates into larger profits.
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