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Ask Mr. Geodesy
NSPS News and Views Mr. Geodesy team member Dru Smith (Chief Geodesist - NOAA, National Geodetic Survey) responds to a recent question.
Question: I need to know the exact value of gravity at a location of interest to me.
What are the best ways available to do so?
Flood Insurance Work for Surveyors
When Nancy and Mike Heath wanted to refinance their home, they were stunned to learn they would have to pay for flood insurance to get the new mortgage. Their house sits up on a hill with no real risk of flooding. "All of a sudden, we were slapped with this huge flood insurance payment that we didn't expect," Nancy said.
Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) Commends Support for 3DEP
COGO is sending letters commending support for 3DEP to several House and Senate leaders. See Example Letter.
Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) Re-established
NSPS has received a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for nomination of candidates to serve on the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) that is being re-established pursuant to the MAP-21 Act passed by Congress last year. Nominations are due this Friday, September 20. NSPS intends to nominate Wendy Lathrop, Past President of NSPS, who represented the organization on the previous TMAC.
Did you know that the CST can be used as an evaluation tool for your local survey courses?
Potential Work for Surveyors
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has announced that 52 projects — including highways, bridge, transit, ports, rail and pedestrian paths — will share $474 million in grants in the latest round of its popular TIGER program.
Work for Surveyors Could be Jeopardized
Washington state's U.S. senators, Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, are proposing to repeal the harbor maintenance tax (HMT), a major funding source for dredging projects and hydrographic surveys, and replace it with a new fee on maritime freight.
Limitation Proposed on Contractor Past Performance Evaluation Comments
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council has issued a proposal, required by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, that would limit the periods within which contractors may make comments on past performance evaluations. The proposal would change contractor response procedures. Currently, contractors can respond within 30 days to a past performance evaluation. Under the proposal, contractors will have a maximum of 14 days to do so. Additionally, past performance evaluations must now be available to source selection officials no later than 14 days after an evaluation was provided to a contractor, regardless of whether contractor comments have been received.
Applications Requested for 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors
The online application form is now available to apply for the 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors Fellowships for the XXV FIG International Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be held 16-21 June, 2014.
A total of 8 fellowships will be awarded: one each to 6 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America). An additional two fellowships will be awarded to young surveyors in developing countries. If you are a young surveyor 35 years old or younger you should apply!
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NSPS Radio Hour - September 16, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
The September 16 show will feature Gavin Schrock who will be discussing his visit to the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), the celebrated research center in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the topics to be discussed are the surveying activities associated with the center.
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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Measurement Isn't Dead Yet
The American Surveyor
Is measurement dead? At times this expression is used to express the importance of evidence evaluation in boundary surveys. (This is in contrast to the survey that ignores evidence and pays attention only to measurements.) In this installment of Footsteps I wanted to talk about the different views on the importance of measurements in boundary surveying, and attempt to bring a balanced perspective to what can be an emotionally charged debate.
Planning in a 3-D world in Prince George's County, Md.
Within the Prince George's County, Md. Planning Department, there was increasing internal pressure to display geographic information in 3-D. Demand primarily came from the Development Review staff because 3-D capability had the potential of greatly enhancing their ability to understand the physical and political impacts especially for proposed large land developments.
Perspectives on women in GIS
Directions Magazine editor Joe Francica speaks with Diana Maties, a GIS professional with CDM Smith, who is leading a session on Women in GIS at the upcoming GIS Pro conference sponsored by URISA, the Association for GIS Professionals on Sept. 16-19 in Providence, R.I.. In this converation, Maties provides her perspective on what's needed to encourage more women to pursue GIS and what her expectations are for the session that will be held at the conference.
What are the top 10 existing and emerging disruptions for geospatial business models?
Sensors & Systems
It's a time of great disruption within the technology space, with a great deal of change taking place in how geospatial data is collected, stored, visualized and analyzed. There are new technologies and new approaches that have allowed new companies to emerge, and that have empowered existing players. Much more disruption is on the horizon that individually or combined will make it hard for practitioners and vendors to plan.