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NSPS Radio Hour on Monday, July 15 - 11:00 am EDT
The guest for July 15 is current NSPS President Elect Pat Smith. Join host Curt Sumner as he continues to introduce the NSPS Leadership to our listeners. Pat Smith is a former president of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and former chair of the NSPS Board of Governors. He is currently the Senior Staff Surveyor at Surveying and Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.)
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.
V International Training and Professional Training Course in Topography for Young Surveyors
Here’s a fantastic opportunity to attend and participate in an amazing international event.
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME YOUNG AMERICAN SURVEYORS ARE INVITED!
The Italian national surveying association, Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e e Geometri Laureati (CNGeGL), annually organizes and sponsors a 10-day training course for young surveyors. Fifty young surveyors from around the world are invited. All aspects of surveying are covered including topographic and geomatic surveys, large-scale UAV orthoimaging, GNSS surveys, RTK, photogrammetric and LIDAR surveys, laser scanning, geo-referencing of cadastral maps, remote sensing, GIS, structural monitoring and deformation surveys and cartography. All courses are taught in English. This year’s course will be held October 9-19 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The requirements set by CNGeGL to attend and participate in the course are:
All expenses to attend (course fee, accommodations, meals) are covered and paid for by CNGeGL. However transportation to Lisbon is not covered.
- 35 years or younger
- Good knowledge of English language
- Expertise in the field of topography
- Not present at previous courses
- Moral and psycho-physical requirements that are valid to work in the public administration and to practice the free profession
Here is a great opportunity to not only learn but network with young surveyors from around the globe. The 2012 course was held in Madrid, Spain with 50 young surveyors from 17 countries attending.
If you are interested please reply to John Hohol at email@example.com. Please provide a resume including education and work experience. Deadline to reply is July 31, 2013.
Biggert-Waters Act Generates Work for Surveyors
Following up on last year's Biggert-Waters Act mandating the phasing out of subsidized rates and phasing in of true actuarial rates, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report entitled "Flood Insurance: More Information Needed on Subsidized Properties."
Flood Insurance carrier Wright Flood seeking Surveyors in connection with the Biggert-Waters Act
Wright Flood is the largest Write Your Own flood insurance carrier for the National Flood Insurance Program. Due to the passage the Biggert Waters 2012 flood insurance reform act, thousands of property owners are now required to provide an Elevation Certificate and additional rating information to obtain/ continue their flood insurance coverage.
Did you know that the CST Program has four levels of certification?
NSPS Government Affairs Update
Connect to NSPS Online
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Surveyors Rendezvous 2013
Chas Langelan, Surveyors Historical Society
The Early-Bird registration fee is far below SHS' actual cost per person, and was made possible only through generous sponsorship donations by numerous professional organizations and commercial firms. But the sponsorship money only stretched so far, and we had to place a limit. Everybody who registers by July 15 gets the discount. After that date, registration costs go up. We'd hate to see that happen to anyone just because they didn't realize a deadline was approaching.
Attached is the most recent brochure. It has a few minor corrections from the mailed version. People can register by mail using the form in the brochure, or they can register on-line, with credit card or PayPal, at www.SurveyorsRendezvous.org. Our updated brochure is available there as well. We urge everyone to attend this exceptional surveyors' event in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
California Supreme Court says GIS data are public data
Orange County's attempt to get more money from people trying to access its database of information about land parcels is contrary to the law, the California Supreme Court says. ... "We hold that although GIS mapping software falls within the ambit of ... statutory exclusion, a GIS-formatted database like the OC Landbase does not."
Reviewing the 2013 Esri UC plenary
As is the tradition at Directions Magazine, our editors explore and critique the key ideas and announcements from the opening plenary at the Esri International User Conference held Monday morning in San Diego.
Falcone works to block Ergen from LightSquared
LightSquared financier Philip Falcone is preparing to submit a reorganization plan to a bankruptcy judge that would specifically block Dish Network's Charlie Ergen from receiving compensation, according to a report from the New York Post that cited unnamed sources. Ergen reportedly has collected more than half of LightSquared's $1.7 billion in secured loans through hedge fund firm Sound Point Capital Management with an eye toward acquiring the company.
SAP, Esri step up geospatial analysis
SAP had a geospatial deal here with Google and a deal there with Tomtom and Nokia. But where enterprise-grade geographic information systems are concerned, Esri is the blue-chip provider of location analytics and geo-enablement. Thus, SAP announced it will partner with Esri to integrate its ArcGIS platform with the Hana database, BusinessObjects analytics and the SAP Mobile platform.
Premature launch may have doomed GLONASS satellites
A special commission conducting a criminal investigation into the failed attempt to place three GLONASS satellites into orbit is looking at premature launch as a likely cause of the Proton-M rocket crash. Citing an unnamed space industry source, the official RIA Novosti news agency said that the commission is also considering other possible scenarios surrounding the botched launch at the Baikonur space facility in Kazahkstan.