NSPS Fall Business Meeting to include Capitol Hill Day and Webinar
NSPS members are invited to participate in the Fall Business Meeting to take place November 20-24. For the preliminary schedule for the NSPS Fall Business Meeting and Hill day, click here. Included on the program is the society’s annual Capitol Hill Day on Thursday, November 21, 2013. NSPS Government Affairs consultant John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) will conduct a webinar, "Steps to Successfully Secure a Congressional Appointment" on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 1:00 PM (EDT),
to provide best practices to securing a Congressional appointment. JMP&A staff will provide tips on how to make appointments, coordinate with your state delegation, and NSPS's legislative issues. To register for the Capitol Hill Day or the Webinar, click here.
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DISH Network Seeks LightSquared
LightSquared, the now bankrupt company that for more than two years sought to operate broadband on a spectrum that studies have shown would interfere with GPS, is seeking court approval of an auction of its assets. The expected successful bidder is Dish Network Corp. (DISH). The auction proceedings, however, have run into legal difficulties. A judge is now setting new auction rules. NSPS, through the GPS Innovation Alliance, continues to be engaged in efforts to assure that LightSquared, or any successor, does not create GPS interference.
Interested in exporting? Join NSPS at the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference
While the U.S. economy remains sluggish, the international market is a bright spot in the demand for surveying and mapping data, products and services. Learn where the work is, how to compete for it, and what you need to know to go or grow globally at the "Geospatial and Engineering International Conference - Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities," November 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. In just two days, you will gather the information you need and conduct the "due diligence" that is necessary to enter the global market. To do this on your own would take months and tens of thousands of dollars. If your firm is looking to win contracts and offer services outside the United States, or grow your international portfolio, then you won't want to miss the valuable sessions planned. The conference will enable firms to learn about exporting their services, data and products to overseas clients. It will feature agencies and organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States with presentations on their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures. Agencies that assist U.S. companies with exporting will inform firms of services available to help with expansion into the global market. NSPS is a participating organization of the conference, which provides NSPS members a special discount. Registration and hotel information can be found at www.geointernational.org.
NSPS Radio Hour — October 7, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
John Frey is the current Clerk of the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, VA, and is a Past President (2002-03) of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC). He is also an attorney who was in private practice during the boom years of development in Fairfax County. Join John and host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at www.americaswebradio.com as they discuss issues Clerks of the Court and other local officials deal with, as well as John’s interaction with surveyors during his career.
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, 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 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 Apparel through Lands End
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NSPS website links to job opportunities.
New Positions Available at Oregon State University
Geomatics Engineering. The candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: GNSS testing and development of static and kinematic systems, inertial navigation systems, gravity, surveying with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, automated machine control/guidance in construction, deformation monitoring/inspection techniques and technologies, infrastructure inventory and assessment, 3D design, digital workflows, geospatial data management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Construction Engineering and/or Management
Wide range of expertise, including advanced technologies for construction, advanced information systems for construction, sustainable and green construction, building/civil information modelling (BIM/CIM), augmented reality and construction visualization, advanced procurement and contracting methods, and/or other complementary topics of expertise will be considered.
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at email@example.com.
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TSPS - TSPS Annual Convention and Tech Expo, Arlington, TX - October 30 - November 2, 2013
Florida surveyor rewriting job description
The American Surveyor
There is a growing concern among many today that the days of the survey function, as it applies to construction work, are numbered. Much of the work that was once the sole domain of the surveyor — hard staking, documenting as-builts, determining or verifying elevations, etc. — has either been eliminated altogether or can now be done by trained construction personnel using GPS or heavy machinery with GPS-based machine control.
Geospatial community feels pinch of government shutdown
Point of Beginning
The effects of the partial government shutdown already can be felt in the geospatial community. With no agreement from Congress on a government funding bill, the shutdown not only affected federal employees but also contractors that work for government agencies. The shutdown impacts almost all federal agencies, including those with strong ties to the geospatial community such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
What geospatial knowledge and skills should college graduates have?
At one time the thought was that a full course in GIS or geospatial technologies was the way to go for college students, even for non-geospatial majors. Now, with so many other topics crowding the learners plate, there's a move toward the use of technology and thinking across the curriculum. But the key question remains: What geospatial ideas and skills should students leaving college know?
Obama Administration directive lifted limits on NSA domestic spying, including GPS location data
In 2008, the campaign of President Barack Obama pioneered the use of social media to power his way to the White House. In 2010, the president unleashed the National Security Agency to collect and analyze details — including geolocation derived from GPS and other positioning technologies —— of billions of American citizens' telephone calls, e-mails and social media, such as Facebook.