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NSPS/State Society Joint Membership Program Half Way Home!
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NSPS Entertains Representative of Spanish Association of Geodetic Surveyors
On June 27, Executive Director Sumner, along with David Doyle (recently retired from NGS) and Bill Orsinger (Maryland Society of Surveyors), met with Pedro Jesus Ortiz Toro, Head of Cadastral & Land Management Affairs and Head of International Affairs for the Spanish Association of Geodetic Surveyors. Orsinger’s employer, GPI/Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. in Annapolis Junction, MD hosted the meeting and several GPI employees participated in the meeting intermittently. This is the second such meeting NSPS has had in the past couple of months.
|Pictured are Orsinger, Sumner, Ortiz, and Doyle
Did you know that the CST can be used as an evaluation tool for your local survey courses?
USGS Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Following is a link to the formal publication, "Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy — A U.S. Geological Survey Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery."
Check Your Community's Preliminary Flood Hazard Data
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new authoritative source for Preliminary Flood Hazard Data (preliminary data)! Moving forward, preliminary data will be available to the public in a centralized and easily accessible location, along with FEMA’s other flood mapping products and tools.
As data are released, they will populate in the new preliminary data search tool. You may access this tool through the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data FEMA webpage, or through FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC) Product Catalog. Preliminary data available include new or revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, and FIRM Databases.
This preliminary data search tool provides:
For more information about preliminary data, visit the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data webpage or contact the FMIX at 1-877-FEMA MAP (336-2627).
- Centralized access and simple navigation to nation-wide preliminary flood hazard data
- Quick and easy search functions
- Ability to search for data by state and county
- FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) customer service support
- Accessibility of both preliminary and effective data from the MSC
NSPS Government Affairs Update
- Senate Confirms Foxx as Transportation Secretary
- Bipartisan Legislation Would Provides $50 Billion for Transportation Infrastructure
- NSPS to Participate in “Digital Coast” Briefing
- Senate Bill Limits UAVs, Recognizes the Importance of Mapping and Aerial Imaging
NSPS Radio Hour on Monday, July 8 - 11:00 am EDT
The guest for July 8 is not yet confirmed, but be sure to join host Curt Sumner.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Congress slashes civil GPS funding
In a set of decisions that could potentially slow GPS modernization, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees slashed funding for the civil community's contribution to the GPS system from the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The House eliminated the entire amount of the White House budget request for $20 million, which is paid through the FAA. The Senate cut a mere $5 million — 25 percent of what had been the requested.
How geospatial education suffers because of government classification
Point of Beginning
Recently, MSNBC aired a story featuring Alex Trebek, host of the television game show "Jeopardy," pointing to the neglect geography education is afforded in the United States. Geography is one of the nine core subjects listed in the No Child Left Behind Act, but it is the only one that has been unfunded. The news story discussed why geography is important to an informed and engaged society.
What are the top 10 civilian uses of drones that don't impinge privacy?
Sensors & Systems
Geospatial vendors in the United States wait rather impatiently as the FAA works on regulations that will allow the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems for commercial applications. While research and development is ongoing, other countries stand to make a leap ahead where there are fewer regulations, despite the fact that much of the technology development has come about thanks to heavy use of these technologies by the American military.
Bing Maps getting 3-D imagery in Windows 8.1
If you like the Flyover feature in Apple Maps that lets you see a cityscape in 3-D or Google Maps' similar graphics, that same functionality is coming to the Bing Maps app in Windows 8.1. The Maps app in Windows 8, powered by Bing, will get 3-D imagery when it becomes available in the fall, Microsoft corporate vice president Gurdeep Singh Pall announced at the company's Build 2013 conference.
Russian rocket crashes, 3 GLONASS satellites lost
A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites crashed soon after liftoff from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, reports Russia Today. About 10 seconds after takeoff, the rocket swerved, began to correct, but then veered in the opposite direction. It then flew horizontally and started to come apart with its engines in full thrust. Making an arc in the air, the rocket plummeted to Earth and exploded on impact.