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Congressman to speak to NSPS leadership
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NSPS is pleased to announce that Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS) will speak at its Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, October 23. Rep. Yoder represents Overland Park, KS, the site of the NSPS Fall Meetings which are being held in conjunction with the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors & Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors Bi-State Joint Conference. Rep. Yoder was a leader on legislation that sought to prevent GPS spectrum from interference that would have resulted from a system proposed by Lightsquared, and has pushed for improving the Real Property Profile, the General Services Administration's inventory of land and buildings owned by the Federal Government. Rep. Yoder will speak at 8:30 am at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. Yoder is pictured here in a recent meeting with NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner.
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Thursday, Oct. 9 — Multi-year Database Modernization project complete
NSPS
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has successfully completed a multi-year Database Modernization project, migrating NGS databases from Sybase to Oracle and converting a massive set of applications to function seamlessly under Oracle. This major milestone meets one of the objectives identified in the NGS Ten-Year Plan.

Having digital data holdings in Oracle enables NGS to offer innovative geospatial products and services to the public that could not be readily realized under Sybase. The transition will make it more cost-effective for NGS to maintain the National Spatial Reference System, as well as offer more user-friendly services to consumers.

For more information, contact: Krishna.Tadepalli@noaa.gov

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Thursday, Oct. 9 — NGS releases video explaining difference between 'precision' and 'accuracy' in geodetic surveying
NSPS
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has just released a new (approximately two-minute) video focusing on the importance of both precision and accuracy in geodetic surveying and the difference between the two terms. Produced as a collaborative effort between NGS and The COMET® Program, the video is designed for surveying professionals, planners, policy-makers, and others who use mapping products.

This resource is hosted on COMET's YouTube Channel. COMET is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences. The video emphasizes that the accuracy of survey measurements should always be verified by relating measurements to a known reference system, such as the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) in the United States. NGS defines, maintains, and provides access to theNSRS, the consistent coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation throughout the United States and is designed to meet our nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.

Watch the video today on YouTube.

For more information, contact: Brett.Howe@noaa.gov

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NSPS Radio Hour — Oct. 20, 11 a.m. EDT
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NSPS Past President Bob Dahn will join host Curt Sumner for a discussion about the "Innocent Surveying Mistake" that made national headlines earlier this year related to the placement of a $1.9 million home on the wrong property in Rhode Island. However, it wasn't a mistake made by a surveyor.

Listen to learn the facts.

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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FGDC leadership in transition, still focused on geospatial
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NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended the quarterly meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held in the USDA Conference Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on September 22. Byrd is pictured here with Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science and chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), who stepped down from her government positions on September 30. Secretary Castle provided updates on the USGS 3-D Elevation Program (3DEP), the Open Water Initiative, LandSat, as well as the Geospatial Platform. She told the NGAC that geospatial data, services, and activities will continue to be a major focus in the transition while her replacement is found. The next NGAC meeting is tentatively set for early December.
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GAO says U.S. DOT can improve tracking of highway spending
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on the Highway Trust Fund, finding that in fiscal year 2013, operating administrations within the Department of Transportation (DOT) collected and reported some information on the types of activities and administrative expenses funded from the Highway Trust Fund, but did so with varying levels of detail. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) obligated about $41 billion in fiscal year 2013, most of which ($39 billion) was apportioned to states through the federal-aid highway program. FHWA tracks federal-aid highway program obligations in its Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS) for individual project segments or contracts. This process allows FHWA to collect and report information on the types of activities (such as obligations for the construction of new roads or bridges) funded with Highway Trust Fund monies. Ultimately, GAO recommended that U.S. DOT improve transparency and provide Congress and the public greater visibility into the types of highway activities funded with Highway Trust Fund monies, and that the Secretary of Transportation should direct the FHWA Administrator to explore the costs, feasibility, and options for collecting and publicly reporting consistent aggregate project-level spending data.
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NSPS PAC meets with House candidate Ryan Zinke (MT)
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met recently with Ryan Zinke, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the At-Large District of Montana, an open seat that will be vacated by Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Zinke is favored to win this open seat, and Byrd, attending the meeting on behalf of the NSPS PAC, discussed surveying issues connected to infrastructure and contracting, as well as UAVs and related privacy concerns, with the goal of working with Mr. Zinke to address these issues should he serve in the 114th Congress that convenes in January, 2015.
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World Bank, investors join in new infrastructure finance plan
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The World Bank and private investors have announced a new financing venture that seeks to raise billions of dollars to help meet developing countries' huge infrastructure needs. The new public-private Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), launched on October 9 at the bank's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., seeks to provide some of the estimated additional $1 trillion needed annually to address future infrastructure needs in developing nations through 2020.
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Congressman to talk infrastructure to Maryland surveyors
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The Maryland Society of Surveyors has announced that Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) will deliver the keynote address to open its Fall Conference on Friday, October 17. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Delaney has oversight of the FEMA flood insurance program, including map modernization and elevation certificates, all of which are important to surveyors. He has also introduced innovative legislation, H.R. 2084, the "Partnership to Build America Act of 2013," as a means of rebuilding America’s Infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades America's infrastructure a D+ and estimated some $3.6 trillion will be needed by 2020 just to maintain our current roads, bridges, airports, ports, water systems and other infrastructure, not to mention expand and build new facilities. All of this would create considerable demand for surveying services and jobs for surveyors. Rep. Delaney will discuss his bill, how it raises revenue without raising taxes, and how it would use public-private partnerships (P3s) to fund infrastructure projects. The conference is October 16 – 18 at the Hilton Hotel in Gaithersburg, MD.
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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.


Reports from InterGeo
GPS World
GPS World staff reported from InterGeo Oct. 7-9. The massive trade show, held this year in Berlin, is considered the world's leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. With more than 16,000 visitors from 80 countries, it is one of the key platforms for industry dialogue.
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The 2014 NSGIC annual conference: States are focusing on coordination, actions and technology solutions
Directions Magazine
The 2014 National States Geographic Information Council annual meeting focused on coordination and partnerships among the state coordinators, with an emphasis on data sharing, open source solutions and the importance of involving local government GIS coordinators. NSGIC member Mike Vanhook provided a synopsis of the meeting.
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Is it time for another spatial analysis revolution?
Sensors & Systems
Earlier this month, noted geospatial author and spatial analysis pioneer Joe Berry gave a series of talks marking his retirement. His 40-year perspective on the evolution of GIS technology takes in a remarkable progression from punch cards to digitizers and on to personal and portable computers. Much of the changes to GIS were driven by the availability of computing power, with the software always rooted in decision making.
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Alabama establishes Geographic Information Program Office
Directions Magazine
On Sept. 26, by executive order #16, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley established the state's Geographic Information Program Office and continued the Alabama Geographic Information Executive Council. The order establishes a new position of Geographic Information Officer as well as a Deputy GIO. The GIO serves at the pleasure of the Governor, and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center will serve as the fiscal agent.
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