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ALTA/ACSM question
NSPS
Question:
Have you had clients wanting an ALTA survey using a title opinion vs a title commitment? All I was given was basically copies out of an abstract and a two-page title opinion (August 26, 2014) listing restrictions and limitations along with a legal from a title company in 2009.

Response:
In my opinion, "the most current" title opinion should be perfectly acceptable in lieu of a commitment — at least until or unless the next version of the standards says otherwise! You would want to reference the source and date of the opinion on your survey, obviously.
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Report on TMAC meeting
NSPS
As reported in NSPS News & Views last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) held its first meeting Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Committee member, and NSPS member (and Past President) Wendy Lathrop, PLS, reports on that meeting.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Oct. 13, 11 a.m. EDT
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News & Views readers may be among those who receive a monthly newsletter entitled "Welcome to the Flood Zone." Professional Surveyor Jim Nadeau began the newsletter a few years ago with the intent to "guide, assist, and educate all interested parties in regards to flood zone issues." Join Jim and host Curt Sumner for a discussion about the newsletter, and about Jim's perspectives on the surveying profession.

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.

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ALTA/ACSM question 2
NSPS
Question:
It has come to my attention that surveyors in SE Michigan are being inundated with requests for "Modified ALTA" surveys. Apparently the request, mostly from First American, asks for a glorified mortgage survey with their own certification, and call it a "Modified ALTA." Unfortunately, there are surveyors and lawyers who think this is acceptable. I would like to know if a "white paper" type of document has been prepared? What I am thinking about is a one page letter cosigned by NSPS and ALTA that defines, in no uncertain terms, that an ALTA/NSPS Land Title survey is a survey that strictly conforms to the requirements, certification, and intent of the currently published standards. Additionally, any survey having a certification other than the required certification IS NOT an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey.

Response:
Maybe this could be one of the ALTA/ACSM FAQs. Just a paragraph stating why there is no such thing as a "modified ALTA" survey.

There has been a trend in the last few years on the part of the various parties to conveyances of commercial property to accept something considerably less than ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys as part of securing title insurance. The tactics associated with this trend continue to evolve.

The trend is driven by lenders whose only concerns are in securing "extended coverage" (removal of the standard survey exception) for their policies. Everyone involved in these transactions needs to understand that lenders have only their own proprietary interests in mind — not the buyer's. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with that fact, it results in distortions to the detriment of others — and surveyors are not immune.
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USGS continues delay in 3DEP partnerships
NSPS
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) continues to delay the due date for proposals in response to a broad agency announcement (BAA) first issued on July 18 seeking proposals from partners for data collection activities in support of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). USGS most recently announced that the due date for stage 1 pre-proposals was extended to Friday, October 10, 2014 and the due date for stage 2 proposals was extended to Friday, November 21, 2014. Another extension is expected. USGS has posted information on 3DEP and its benefit to individual states. NSPS supports 3DEP and has been advocating for funding in Congress.
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GAO criticizes Census Bureau on address and mapping for 2020
NSPS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a watchdog agency of Congress, has issued a report critical of the Census Bureau for its Geographic Support System Initiative (GSS-I) in support of the 2020 Census. GAO evaluated the extent to which the Bureau is considering non-Bureau data source opportunities to meet such 2020 needs and reviewed the status of the Bureau's plans for meeting its key 2020 address and mapping needs. The study found "it will be difficult for the Bureau to ensure that it is adequately evaluating the costs and benefits of alternative data sources, measuring and reporting its progress, or holding managers accountable for results."
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NSPS Young Surveyors group will hold first webinar
NSPS
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 members urged to contribute to the NSPS PAC
NSPS
In less than 30 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-surveyor?"

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 (which is non-deductible), but any amount will help elevate the surveying profession and improve the professional image of surveyors.

The NSPS PAC is bipartisan. We support Republicans and Democrats who support surveyors. 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.

The PAC will help elect to Congress those who are willing to work on legislation that serves the public, and the surveying profession.

To contribute, click here and select "PAC Fund" from the drop-down menu titled "Fund."

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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BNSF applies for commercial drone use approval
Trains Magazine
BNSF Railway has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to allow it to use aerial drones to supplement the regular inspection of its infrastructure and operations. FAA regulations currently prohibit the commercial use of drones, or what it calls small unmanned aerial systems. The agency, on Sept. 25, granted exemptions that will allow six movie and television production companies to use drones for filming. BNSF is the only railroad among the 40 companies from a range of industries to apply for FAA exemptions.
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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.




Toward a unified PNT — Part 1
GPS World
The next generation of navigation and positioning systems must provide greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments to meet the needs of a variety of mission-critical applications. No single navigation technology is robust enough to meet these requirements on its own, so a multisensor solution is required. Four key challenges must be met: complexity, context, ambiguity and environmental data handling.
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A new reward from the USGS for crowd sourcing citizen scientists
GIS User
An update from the USGS on their crowd-sourcing efforts: The National Map Corps data volunteers continue to make significant additions to the USGS's ability to provide accurate mapping information and data to the public. To reward those citizen scientists, TNM Corps has issued virtual badges to those participants that reach certain point (structure data submission) levels.
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Tally ho! The hunt for GNSS innovations
Inside GNSS
On display in the Smithsonian's "Time and Navigation" exhibit in Washington D.C. is the world's first GPS-enabled cell phone. It was developed in 1995 by NAVSYS Corporation, a Colorado GNSS and inertial R&D company, as part of the push to build a national emergency notification system for mobile users, E911.
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Addressing the madness of addressing
Directions Magazine
By Benjamin Clement: A few weeks back we had a flooding event here in Carbon County, Utah. A hotline was established, and folks started calling in for help and to report damage. My GIS department was tasked with the usual chore of mapping the locations of all the calls to help coordinate the response.
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