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You may be aware that the initial version of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys were adopted in 1962 by the American Title Association (now American Land Title Association — ALTA) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM, now merged into the corporate structure of NSPS). But, did you know that those standards were primarily based on the Technical Standards for Property Surveys adopted by ACSM in 1946?
A statement in the preface of the 1962 ALTA/ACSM standards says "while the 'Technical Standards for Property Surveys', adopted by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) in 1946, are recognized as clear and concise technical standards for property-line surveys, and are so recommended, it is recognized that members of the American Title Association (ALTA) have specific problems peculiar to title insurance matters which require particular information in detail and exactness for acceptance by title insurance companies when said companies are asked to insure title to land without exceptions as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection and not be evidenced by public records."
Click here to see the 1946 ACSM requirements.
Click here to see the 1962 ALTA ACSM standards.
NSPS Radio Hour July 28, 2014
The website for SurveyorConnect.com notes that it was created on June 30, 2010 to offer land surveyors a simple yet modern place to gather and discuss various topics online. SurveyorConnect.com provides a refuge for those who just want to get together and talk about surveying and other popular topics. Founder Wendell Harness says, "I am a registered Professional Land Surveyor in two states with 25 years of experience. I'm also a web geek, so I build and maintain this site while my wife (Angel) keeps things in order."
Join Wendell as he discusses SurveyorConnect.com, and other topics, with host Curt Sumner.
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.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to email@example.com 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.
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NGS releases new series of videos on Geodetic Datums!
In a new and collaborative effort between the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and The COMET Program, a series of four, three- to four-minute videos has been developed as an introduction to geodetic datums. The videos are titled "What are Geodetic Datums?," "How Were Geodetic Datums Established?," "What is the Status of Today's Geodetic Datums?" and "What's Next for Geodetic Datums?"
The videos are informative and well-presented. They will be useful to all those who employ mapping products and other geo-spatial tools. NGS customers and stakeholders will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the effort involved in NGS' upcoming release of new datums (which is planned for 2022), as well as what they can do to prepare for the new datums. The videos are the first wave of a planned series of collaborative efforts with COMET.® COMET is world leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences.
The videos can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsyDl_aqUTdFY6eKURmiCBBk-mP4R10Dx
For more information, contact: Christine Gallagher or Erika Little.
NGS collects emergency response for Arthur
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected pre- and post-event oblique imagery as well as video imagery on July 2-4 of Tropical Cyclone Arthur's track from Cape Henry, Virginia, to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This was the first time NGS collected oblique imagery for emergency response. Oblique imagery provides a different aspect of viewing, improving the visibility of vertical structures, such as the sides of buildings, rather than just the tops of structures. See more on this story at: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/jul14/oblique.html
For more information, contact: Gretchen Imahori
Congress nears agreement on short term extension of highway program
While prospects are dim for a multi-year reauthorization of the federal highway program, Congress is nearing agreement on a short term extension. The House has passed a bill, which the Senate is expected to take up, to keep money flowing to states for projects under the current law.
Flair Act approved in House Committee
The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 916, was approved by unanimous consent in the House Committee on Natural Resources on July 16. NSPS supports the bill to create a current, accurate inventory or cadastre of all federally owned land and buildings.
Davis-Bacon repeal introduced in US Senate
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced a bill to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. Similar legislation is already pending in the House of Representatives. NSPS opposes the inclusion of survey crews as "laborers and mechanics" under current DoL interpretation of the controversial law.
USGS to host 3DEP briefing in Congress
The Obama Administration is throwing weight and money behind the USGS program, 3DEP, to provide nationwide elevation data, primarily from LiDAR. Initiatives in climate and earth observation released by the White House promote 3DEP and allocate funds. NSPS is invited to attend and encourage attendance by Congressional staff contacts at a briefing on 3DEP to be held this Friday, July 25.
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.
NEW LISTINGS — NJIT is seeking a candidate to teach a fall lab section of SET 302 (GPS and Geodetic Control), City of Olympia is looking for an Engineering Technician, Bayer Becker in the Greater Cincinnati region is seeking a mid-level professional project land surveyor, a company in Oahu, HI is looking for an experienced Party Chief, and Gayron de Bruin Land Surveying and Engineering in Bethpage, NY is seeking Land Surveying Party Chief and Technicians, CAD Operators, and GIS Programmers. Click on the employment opportunities link for details.
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Property survey recommended when buying real estate
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via Press Display
Even though there is a myriad of professionals working to bring a real estate transaction to pass, the only professional truly capable of establishing property lines, rights and access is a surveyor. This week's column was written by Gary Isom, executive director of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. By far one of the biggest mistakes buyers make when purchasing real estate is choosing not to have a new survey completed.
Is mapmaking becoming as easy as PhotoShop for the planet?
Sensors & Systems
At the rate that earth observation platforms are advancing, daily and even more frequent images of our world are becoming available. These regular updates are coupled with more automated processing tools as well as an increasing number of digital tools for cartography and artistic mapping.
Bringing Google Earth images to business
Since launching Google Earth in 2005, imagery has become a powerful tool to virtually visit almost anywhere in the world right from a computer, tablet or phone. Organizations also need this type of imagery for their business — whether they're mapping public service projects, reviewing the environmental impacts in a region or evaluating a property.
Do you know your GIS acronyms?
Directions Magazine asked visitors to our booth at the Esri Education GIS Conference to show how well they knew their GIS acronyms. We asked educators, administrators, students and anyone else brave enough to stand in front of our camera. Here are some highlights.
Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can't wait to get our hands on
Google is hardly one to rest on its laurels despite having released a product that has had such an impact. The company is constantly adding nifty new features to Maps, and now it's working on one we cannot wait to get our hands on. Getting to your destination is one thing, but discovering interesting things about your surroundings is an area where Maps clearly has room to improve.