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At odds over satellites
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The nation's intelligence and military brass are at odds over the future of America's spy satellites, a divide that could determine whether the United States government will increasingly rely on its own eyes in the sky or on less costly commercial technology. More



The 'Highway Bill' and you
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Passed July 6, the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (or the Highway Bill for short) promises to be a boon for the geospatial community. New laws for federal highways and new directives for FEMA and the use of Gulf Oil Spill money can mean significant new business for those in surveying, laser scanning and other positional professions, wrote Sam Pfeifle of the SPAR Point Group.

The bill ensures highway funding through 2014 and, unlike in the past, the new language specifies that states "shall" use the private sector for work on the highways. Also new is the endorsement of intelligent transportation systems, otherwise known as ITS. To function properly, intelligent transportation systems will require accurate and precise geospatial data, and this means another business opportunity for surveyors and mappers.

The FEMA-specific portion of the Act includes directives affecting the National Flood Insurance Reform Program. One of them directs FEMA to ensure that National Flood Insurance Program rate maps use "the most accurate topography and elevation data available" and that FEMA assess the accuracy of current ground elevation data used for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of flooding sources and mapping of the flood hazard. In addition, "wherever necessary," FEMA is to "acquire new ground elevation data utilizing the most up-to-date geospatial technologies in accordance with guidelines and specifications of FEMA."

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EDUCATION
Wow! What a museum!

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A geography teacher visits the Abraham Lincoln National Museum of Surveying in Springfield, Ill., and gains an inspiration for his classes. More

Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program
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Designed to foster innovative approaches that solve natural resources management problems, the Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program sponsored by Esri, PCI Geomatics, MDA and RapidEye will provide 20 grants valued at $100,000 each. More



Accessing your sources of information
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Surveyors communicate with the geospatial community via numerous communication vehicles. Interested to check some of them out? More

The future of mobile computers is rugged
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We are going through a radical shift in the way people work and use computers. Increasing availability and affordability of wireless broadband is giving the global workforce true mobility for the first time in history. Many of them will use smartly designed mobile rugged computers for their everyday computing and communication needs, instead of traditional laptops. More

Do something to ensure surveying remains a viable professional career
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There are no longer any positions in surveying that can be described as entry level. Some level of skill is required for you to be useful on your first day, and many companies are either unwilling or unable to expend the resources to train untried, new hires. Some companies look to hire people who are already qualified to fill a position, but they offer no training for advancement beyond that position. So, who is in line to replace us? Do we know? More



How does the geospatial industry bridge the divide with the unmanned aerial community?
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The exploding interest in unmanned aerial vehicles and systems is a global paradigm shift that began with their heavy use in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan that is now poised to rapidly accelerate. The expansion to civilian use is coupled with technology and safety innovations, and upcoming more lenient FAA regulations in the United States. More

Tech giants compete over mapping
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From off-road mapping to imaging from the skies, competition is hotting up between Apple, Google and Microsoft in the mapping arena. Sumi Das looks at some of the amazing technology that makes such precision photography possible and finds out what new features the tech giants have in store. More

Business uses geographic mapping to increase business efficiency
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One newly formed Iowa City business aims to offer area businesses a better look into their marketing practices and customer demographics through the combination of geography and analytical data gathering to increase business efficiency. Recent University of Iowa graduates Jacob Langenfeld and Riley Gardam, both 22, are offering business owners just that with their company Needle Analytics, which launched just a few months ago. More

SAVE THE DATE
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Public Lands Foundation commemorates the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the General Land Office with two significant events. The first, General Land Office Commemoration, was held in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 12-14. The second, Public Lands Commemoration Forum, will be held in Phoenix on Sept. 27. MORE

MALSCE (Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers) 2012 Convention, Holiday Inn, Mansfield/Foxborough, Mass., Sept. 21

CALS (Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors) 2012 Annual Convention, Nov. 2

RISPLS (Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors) 2012 Convention, Nov. 16

NHLSA (New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association) 2012 Convention, Dec. 6


 
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