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Mining giant enters the battle to save GPS
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NSPS Area 9 Director Carl CdeBaca has become an instrumental figure in the LightSquard/GPS debate by encouraging members to let the FCC know their concerns. This includes a letter by Gerry Gluscic, the vice president and chief information officer of Newmont Mining Corporation, that outlines his company's concerns about the potential interference that would be caused by LightSquared's transmissions. More



The surveying body of knowledge
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As positioning technologies evolve and mapping tools become prevalent through GPS and GIS there is a growing misconception that "everyone can do surveying and mapping." The impact of this notion is already felt. More

Analyst says key FCC staff excluded in LightSquared decision
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Staff at the Federal Communications Commission told an equities analyst they weren't consulted about a crucial waiver that fast-tracked billionaire Philip Falcone's satellite broadband venture LightSquared. If true, the situation could bring more scrutiny to the FCC, which has supported LightSquared's mobile broadband ambitions even as the GPS industry has warned the network would interfere with key aviation, aerospace and other GPS technologies. More

Digital maps are giving scholars the historical lay of the land
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Few battles in history have been more scrutinized than Gettysburg's three blood-soaked days in July 1863, the turning point in the Civil War. Still, there were questions that all the diaries, official reports and correspondence couldn't answer precisely. What, for example, could Gen. Robert E. Lee actually see when he issued a series of fateful orders that turned the tide against the Confederate Army nearly 150 years ago? More



The Elevation Certificate translated: Part 1
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Over the years we keep hearing the crying and moaning from our colleagues about the abuse surveyors endure at the hands of civil engineers, zoning and planning regulators, government officials and all outsiders having no understanding of what surveyors do and especially, no understanding of the knowledge necessary to do the things surveyors do. We as surveyors are simply misunderstood and we get no respect. More

Expert advice: Who won?
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Thousands of man hours and millions of dollars later, we finally have the 975-page GPS Technical Working Group report, confirming what five minutes of back-of-the-envelope calculation predicted. Hooray for our side, good job GPS Industry Council; we've won the war and the foe is vanquished, never to brighten our skies again. Well, maybe. More

Can mapping exist separately from surveying?
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An RFP for lidar data collection was crafted back in October 2010 for a local government in central Florida. After the surveyor read Florida statutes and the opinion of city attorneys from a national law firm, some parts of the work were within the scope of regulated surveying and some parts were not, so it was carefully stated that a Florida-licensed surveyor was required to perform those parts of the work that were explicitly covered by regulated practice laws. More



Subterranean intelligence in Japan
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The dynamic, bustling city of Fukuoka, Japan, relies on a complex network of pipes, ducts and cables to carry its power, water, communications and gas — the city's lifeblood. Increasingly, many of these utilities are buried underground. Accurate mapping of this network is essential for planning and maintenance. Much of this work falls to NTT Infrastructure Network Corp., part of the NTT Group, which manages the communications infrastructure in Japan. More

Intelligence agency has plan to cut power via software
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is looking to cut power consumption and costs in facilities and data centers throughout the U.S. with new power management software. NGIA plans to deploy MiserWare's Granola Enterprise and Datacenter software, which lets organizations track energy use and savings across thousands of computers. More

Photogrammetry at the leading edge
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In the last two decades, photogrammetric mapping procedures have undergone significant changes as a result of several technical advances (e.g., improved performance and wider availability of direct georeferencing systems, digital imaging systems, high resolution imaging satellites, and LiDAR mapping). Moreover, the user community is showing unquenchable demand for more products. More

In absense of privacy, how enterprises can turn weakness into strength
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Google+ is only a next step to cement the dominance of Internet and mobile leaders such as Facebook, Google or Apple. The cornerstones of their power are closed systems, social inclusion and consequent exploitation of customer data. But consumers as well as legislators have become wary: privacy has made it to the top of the agenda. For enterprises, the time is now to come up with useful solutions that value privacy as a competitive advantage. More


 
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