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House Appropriation Includes NSPS-Supported Fund for 3DEP Program in USGS
The House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2014 bill and committee report. Included are two items of interest to NSPS members.
DHS Seeks Views on Trends Affecting Stakeholders
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments from stakeholders on trends that will impact the legal and illegal flows of people, goods and services over the coming years. The Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) solicits views and ideas on models for public-private partnerships and seeking articles and anecdotes about them. Log-on, view and comment at http://www.qhsr.ideascale.com/.
NSPS Radio Hour Guest set for August 5 - 11:00 am EDT
The guest for August 5 will be Kris Kline. Kris will join host Curt Sumner to report on the release of his new book, "Rooted in Stone: The Development of Adverse Possession in 20 Eastern States and the District of Columbia."
He will also discuss mining rights and subterranean interests, as well as issues caused by surface water flow.
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.
NSPS 2013 Fall Meeting Dates Announced
NSPS will hold its 2013 fall meetings near BWI Airport (Baltimore) November 21-24. The annual lobby day event will occur on the 21st (lobby day attendees should plan to arrive on the 20th), followed by the normal business meeting schedule 22nd-24th. More details will be released when negotiations are finalized.
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Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Seeks Public Comment on the Draft Strategic Plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
The draft plan, which has been developed through collaboration with partners and stakeholders in the geospatial community, describes a broad national vision for the NSDI and includes goals and objectives for the Federal government's role in continued sustainable development of the NSDI.
Readers are encouraged to review the plan and offer any comments for improvement. The strategic plan, along with instructions for providing comments, is posted at the following address: www.fgdc.gov/nsdi-plan and a copy is attached. Comments may be submitted electronically to: email@example.com. Comments are due by August 21, 2013.
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Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
Surveying New York City's East Side Access, the Country's Biggest and Most Complex Tunnel Project
Control surveys for long tunnels may be the most nerve-wracking job in surveying; tunnel surveyors must work from short baselines and extend control for miles, with no ties to surface monumentation and no possibility of obtaining a GPS or astronomical fix. Because tunnels are narrow, even carefully constructed traverses are based on triangles with long legs of 1,000 feet or more and short legs that are a bit less than tunnel width — maybe 15 to 20 feet.
Lessons in Location Privacy and Twitter
Would you post a tweet that read, "I'm going to be at XXX place on 4th Ave. in the corner table at 6:15 PM tonight?" ... I doubt you would; however, contests on Twitter are encouraging people to do exactly that! Privacy and social media seem to be on the minds of many; however, for the most part, nobody really seems to care or really be going to any effort to protect their privacy — perhaps to many it simply isn't a big concern.
Survey on a Quad
The American Surveyor
Renewable energy — including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar — is big business in Italy. The country ranks among the world's largest producers of electricity from solar power. The photovoltaic (PV) solar sector has dramatically increased over the past five years, due in part to state incentives. Using PV modules located on the ground or on building facades and roofs, energy produced by the sun can be transformed into electrical energy.
Signal Structures for Satellite-Based Navigation: Past, Present and Future
Although satellite navigation signals and systems have been designed for more than 40 years, new signals and systems are still being developed. During that time, design concepts have been weighed, implemented or rejected, and improved. Some early concepts — postponed because of impracticality at the time — have been revisited and adopted.
Dutch Provinces Save Millions Sharing and Reusing GIS Tools
The 12 Dutch provinces estimate that since 2009 they have saved 4.5 million euro by working together and by using open source software solutions for their Geographic Information Systems. The 12 are now looking to build communities around their open source tools.