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NSPS Radio Hour — Nov. 10, 11 a.m. EDT
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Lisa Isom and host Curt Sumner will continue the ongoing dialogue about the NSPS insurance program and specifics on a variety of potential issues.

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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ALTA/ACSM question
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Question:

I have a question that's been bugging me, especially lately. I have been getting Table A's recently from some clients who are checking off items 20a and 20b. I have been doing ALTA's for years, but only recently have I been getting these items checked off.

I have spoken to several of my colleagues about it, particularly about 20b. I get a different take on what needs to be done from everyone I talk to.

Can you tell me what your thoughts are regarding 20b? I cannot get my head around what the limits of this might be; where do you stop? And what is meant by the term "monument?" I wonder if Lenders & Attorneys really understand what this means?

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Geophysical Techniques, Inc.

Our software offers the best in surface gridding, displays and editing to geological and geophysical professionals. The technology used in both GTEDIT and GTGRID consists of a set of procedures and data structures developed over many years that enable the creation, editing and displaying of gridded surfaces in a very efficient yet flexible manner. MORE
 


200 million CORS data files served!
NSPS
Users of the NGS-managed Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network passed a notable milestone at the end of October, downloading the 200 millionth GPS data file from the network. These data enable users to determine centimeter-level positions consistent to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) — the coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, and orientation for the Nation. Via the CORS network, users are able to simultaneously process their own GPS data with data from the network to support three-dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather, and geophysical applications.

NGS dates back to 1807 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to establish the Survey of the Coast. The same basic techniques based on line-of-sight observations were used in geodetic surveying until GPS revolutionized the industry. This 200 millionth milestone exemplifies how NGS is steeped in tradition, while meeting the needs of its customers with accuracy and efficiency today and into the future.

For more information, contact: Joe.Evjen@noaa.gov.

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NSPS reports results of CST poll
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The NSPS Certified Survey Technicians (CST) Board recently conducted a poll of current holders of the certification. Some of the questions asked were related to "perceived benefits of certification" and "suggestions for the program." When asked what recognition they would like, the highest number of responses said "NSPS membership." NSPS staff has sent the poll results to the state society offices.
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Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors Executive earns Certified Governance Trainer status
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Eric Ewald, CAE, executive director for the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS), has been named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Eric joined this select group of expert trainers after completing a rigorous application and certification process and is now certified to deliver BoardSource's signature nonprofit governance trainings among nonprofit organizations using BoardSource-approved curriculum in the following areas: roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, board-staff partnership, board structure, board's role in fundraising, the board-building cycle, and board performance assessment.

Congratulations to Eric for this accomplishment. We appreciate his offer to provide Certified Governance training, "if you all ever have a need for NSPS and/or if any states request a resource."

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Congressman seeks geospatial Subcommittee in U.S. House
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Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives and sponsor of H.R. 1604, the "Map it Once, Use it Many Times" Act, has formally asked for the establishment of a subcommittee with primary jurisdiction over Federal geospatial activities when the 114th Congress convenes in January, 2015. Lamborn sent a letter to Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), the retiring Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, asking for a geospatial subcommittee, to be renamed the Subcommittee on Energy, Mineral and Geospatial Resources. Creation of the subcommittee has long been a priority of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), of which NSPS is a member. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner testified on the Map It Once bill and H.R. 916, the FLAIR Act, before Lamborn’s subcommittee in December 2013.
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UN calls for mapping and remote sensing to address climate change
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The United Nations has issued a climate change report that includes in its recommendations, a program of “hazard & vulnerability mapping” and “systematic monitoring & remote sensing”.
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NSPS lobbyist reports on USGS 3DEP program
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NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd has written a detailed update on the 3-dimentional elevation program (3DEP) of the U.S. Geological Survey. NSPS has endorsed the program and testified before Congress earlier this year in support of funding.
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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) funds offshore research
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for ensuring that the effects on the natural and human environment are taken into consideration during the leasing and development of oil, natural gas, renewable energy and marine mineral resources from the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). To help inform management decisions affecting the OCS, BOEM develops, oversees and funds the collection of environmental information as directed by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act through its Environmental Studies Program (ESP). The ESP focuses on applied science, including baseline information about the environment and the effects from activities that result from the leasing and development processes.
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Forest Service needs to improve professional services contracting, says GAO
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has review aspects of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) contracting for professional services and released report indicating the Forest Service and other USDA agencies did not select contract types preferred by federal regulations, agency policies, and OMB guidance, for about two-thirds (about $783 million) of the funds obligated to contracts for professional, administrative, and management support services in fiscal years 2009 through 2013.
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Employment opportunities
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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
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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.


Report shows rapid and widespread adoption of open data by governments
GIS User
Socrata has announced the launch of the Socrata 2014 Open Data Benchmark Reportdesigned to measure and report public-sector use of open data in the United States. The report reveals that an increasing number of public-sector organizations have embraced open data as a way to boost visibility into government decision-making and performance.
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Modeling a changing American landscape
Directions Magazine
Through time the surface of the earth has become a mosaic of natural and cultural landscapes. Each patch of the mosaic forms part of a diverse, yet interconnected set of landscapes ranging from relatively pristine natural ecosystems to completely human-dominated urban and industrial areas. The scale of landscape change ranges from local to regional to global changes.
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Have we progressed beyond geospatial arrogance?
Sensors & Systems
A conversation that took place at the industry's largest geospatial gathering this summer is hard to erase from memory. There, a long-time industry veteran who is well respected to the point of holding office in a major industry association and giving many keynote addresses at regional events made a statement along the lines of, "we need to get over ourselves."
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GPS and relativity
GPS World
VideoBrief An educational video by the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics shows how GPS, a navigational tool that can pinpoint your location to within a few meters, incorporates a number of effects from Einstein's theory of relativity.
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