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NSPS Young Surveyors group will hold first webinar
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The Young Surveyors group of NSPS will be holding its first webinar to introduce itself. They have prepared a presentation to highlight the beginnings and vision of the group, and to present ideas on how to get a Young Surveyors Group started in your state. The Young Surveyors are excited to share with everyone and look forward to hearing from, and discussing ideas with, the audience. They want to know what you are looking for, and how they can help grow the Network. Please plan to join the webinar on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

The link for registration is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2665390269623979265.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Oct. 6, 11 a.m. EDT
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Within ABET, NSPS is the "Lead Society" for the evaluation of surveying/geomatics college programs seeking, or renewing, accreditation. Currently, there are 28 programs nationwide for which NSPS is tasked with providing Program Evaluators (PEVs), in addition to its other ABET obligations. Join host Curt Sumner as he welcomes members of the NSPS team, led by Jason Racette.

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 quikstakescontest@americaswebradio.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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Survey Party at the Arch
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News & Views readers will recall an article some time ago about an activity which was called "Survey Party at the Arch." A more detailed article about that event appeared in the September issue of the Missouri Surveyor, the magazine of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS). The link to that article is: http://www.missourisurveyor.org/images/1203/document/mspssept14-1_314.pdf

The St. Louis Chapter of MSPS is now in the planning stages of another project that it hopes will involve more than just Missouri Surveyors. Bob Myers, the First State Land Surveyor of Missouri, has located the Final Resting Point of Joseph C. Brown. This is the same Joseph C. Brown who ran the Fifth Principal Meridian. The grave site is currently without a Headstone, and the Chapter is planning to rectify that with the dedication of a monument, with media coverage, and other activities. They are hoping to involve other States such as Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and any other state that has reference to Joseph C. Brown in their Land Surveying Records. The Chapter will keep NSPS News & Views informed of the progress for the project, and for outreach to other State Societies.

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Transformations:
NGS Announces Joint Beta Release of GEOCON version 1.1 and GEOCON11 version 1.1

NSPS
NGS is pleased to announce the joint Beta release of two related product updates: GEOCON v1.1 and GEOCON11 v1.1, updates to the current (v1.0) versions of GEOCON and GEOCON11 which currently reside on the NGS web page. GEOCON v1.1 allows users to transform their latitudes, longitudes, and ellipsoid heights between the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83["HARN"]) and NAD 83(NSRS2007). GEOCON11 v1.1 performs a similar task between NAD 83(NSRS2007) and NAD 83(2011).

Following are the changes between v1.0 and v1.1:
  1. In addition to the FGCS standard format (bluebook), users may now opt for "free format" input and/or output
  2. The output "quality" file has been merged with the output "coordinate" file. (4 output files have been reduced to 3)
  3. The "User Guide" and "Operating Instructions" have been merged into one document (3 supporting documents have been reduced to 2)
  4. Minor bug fixes
    Both updates have been released on the NGS Beta website for test and evaluation. NGS encourages users to try them and provide feedback so that the final product may be improved prior to release as official NGS products.
GEOCON v1.1 tool on the NGS Beta site:
http://beta.ngs.noaa.gov/GEOCON/

GEOCON11 v1.1 on the NGS Beta site:
http://beta.ngs.noaa.gov/GEOCON11/

For more information, contact:
Dru Smith Dru.Smith@noaa.gov 301-713-3222 x144

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NSPS stolen equipment registry
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You may not be aware that NSPS offers a registry for any NSPS member to use for listing stolen equipment, and for members to check if they are approached to purchase equipment from unknown sources. Anyone wishing to utilize the NSPS registry can access it by using the link, http://www.nsps.us.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=676&parentID=525&nodeID=2.
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FEMA hosts first TMAC meeting
NSPS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) held its first meeting Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Auditorium in Reston, Virginia. The TMAC was established by Congress in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 to review the national flood mapping program and make recommendations to FEMA. The committee, which includes NSPS member (and Past President) Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM, is tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA's flood mapping program to ensure that flood insurance rate maps reflect sound science, and are based on the best available methodologies for considering the impact of climate change and future development on flood risk. The panel will also produce a Review of the Mapping Program, a Future Conditions Risk Assessment and Modeling Report, and an Annual Report on Activities to include recommendations.
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NSPS PAC meets with House candidate Ken Buck (CO)
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Ken Buck, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in an open seat in the 4th district of Colorado. Byrd discussed surveying issues, including UAVs and privacy.
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President Obama promotes geospatial data in UN climate speech
NSPS
President Barack Obama addressed geospatial issues in a speech to a climate summit at the United Nations last week in New York. The president announced the release of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data collected on the space shuttle to help address climate change and community resilience.
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FAA approves first commercial UAV operations
NSPS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first applications for waiver and exemption from existing regulations to permit commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Approval was granted to six companies engaged in motion picture and television productions. There are approximately 40 other applications pending before the FAA, at least two of which are from firms involved in aerial surveying. The current approvals are based on an interim process authorized by Congress under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Act. The FAA is expected to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for a permanent applications process by the end of the year. The NPRM will be for small, light, low-flying UAVs, operating within the line of sight of the operator. Meanwhile, a working group advisory committee has been established by FAA to begin exploring rules governing UAVs operating beyond visual line of sight. NSPS government affairs consultant John Palatiello has been named to the committee, thus giving the surveying and mapping community a voice in the next rulemaking process.
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Ban sought on reverse auctions
NSPS
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has filed an amendment in the U.S. Senate that would help prohibit federal agencies from procuring design and construction services, including surveying and mapping, through reverse auctions. Senate amendment SA 3850 has been proposed to S. 2410, the 2015 National Defense Authorization bill. Reverse auctions are procurements where an agency posts a requirement, and firms submit prices lower than their competitors until a lowest price is established at the end of the auction period. The Wicker amendment would ban the process for certain services, including architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping, which are covered by the qualifications based selection (QBS) process in the "Brooks Act." NSPS supports the Wicker amendment. NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd has been working with a coalition of design and construction organizations and Senator Wicker on the proposal, which will be considered when Congress returns to Washington after the November 4 election.
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Labor Department denies Congressional request to rescind Davis-Bacon rule on survey crews
NSPS
The U.S. Department of Labor has turned down a request from three committee and subcommittee chairmen of the U.S. House of Representatives to reverse a March 2013 policy that expanded application of the Davis-Bacon Act, classifying members of survey crews as "laborers and mechanics." NSPS Executive Director Curtis Sumner, government affairs consultant John Palatiello and lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with Labor Department officials on September 30 to seek a revision and narrowing of the new policy. Details of the meeting will be reported in a future edition of NSPS News & Views.
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NSPS members urged to contribute to the NSPS PAC-Election Day is less than 50 days away!
NSPS
In less than 50 days, the American people will go to the polls to elect all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 U.S. Senators. The question for NSPS members across the country is: "Will the 114th Congress be pro-surveyors?"

The NSPS political action committee (NSPS PAC) is a special fund that accepts voluntary personal contributions from individual NSPS members, pools those funds, and contributes to the campaigns of candidates for Congress who are supportive of the surveying profession. It is the ethical and professional way for surveyors to be engaged in America's great political process.

Please make your personal contribution of $5, $10, $25, $50, $250, $500, or $1,000. Under the law, individuals may contribute up to $5,000 per year, but any amount will assist NSPS in its efforts to elevate the surveying profession and improve the image of professional surveyors in the minds of our elected leaders.

The NSPS PAC is bipartisan. We support Republicans and Democrats who support surveyors' issues. The goal of the PAC is to elect a Congress that understands and appreciates the important role of surveyors in our society and economy. The PAC helps elect incumbents and challengers who have backgrounds and records of support for surveyors' issues.

There are numerous issues before Congress that affect surveyors — Davis-Bacon Act, location of pipelines and underground utilities, a Federal land inventory, national elevation data (3DEP), the national geodetic network, flood mapping, reform of Federal geospatial coordination, and many others. The PAC will help elect to Congress those who are willing to work on legislation that serves the public, and the surveying profession.

Contributions to the PAC must be personal (no corporate funds), and from U.S. citizens. To contribute, click here and select "PAC Fund" from the drop-down menu titled "Fund."

Contributions to this committee are not deductible on federal tax returns. The maximum annual individual contribution is $5,000. Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of the employer for each individual whose aggregate contributions are in excess of $200 per calendar year. All contributions are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited.

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Employment opportunities
NSPS
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at jhohol@gmail.com.



Upcoming seminars/conferences
NSPS
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.


Modeling a changing American landscape
USGS via Sensors & Systems
Land change is a signature activity of human civilization. Since the dawn of history, people have purposefully converted natural landscapes to human-dominated areas. Typical motivations for land change are cultivation (e.g. slash-and-burn fields, rice paddies, modern farms); occupation (villages, cities, housing developments); and other cultural and economic pursuits (roads, schools, airports).
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Is the convergence of geospatial technology ripe to cause disruption in natural resource industries?
Sensors & Systems
A new population projection from the United Nations pushes past predictions beyond marks made just a decade ago. The new numbers show that we have an 80 percent chance of reaching 11 billion people by 2100, up from today's 7 billion number, and well beyond the prior estimate that showed growth rates leveling off. With these numbers, there's a need to consider the carrying capacity of our planet with an eye on our raw resources.
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Geospatial companies! Is your homepage doing its job?
Directions Magazine
By Adena Schutzberg: In 1995, I had a job interview with a company about which I knew very little. A good friend used something called Mosaic (an early Web browser) to access and print out the company's website. It had five pages. Those pages most definitely helped me as I prepared for the interview and ultimately got the job.
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Microsoft back in the geo game?
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief Microsoft seems to be finally making waves in geo: Bing Maps Favelas; Azure Search; Power BI Visualization. Does all this point to a renewed focus on geospatial for consumer and enterprise?
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