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ALTA/ACSM standards
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Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com. Responses will be posted in NSPS News and Views.

Question:

We have run into a question regarding the interpretation of the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. Specifically, the requirement for Table A, Item 1 (the Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications). We have been requested to have the surveyor set the monuments at each corner for this parcel of land. This property is plotted and the survey is recorded in the land title records. It is in a developed area and only one monument still exists at the property corners. This request was made in order to satisfy Item 1 referenced above. When speaking with the surveyor he informs me that his responsibility to meet the requirements of Item 1 is to locate the monument at the corner of the property or another monument that he might use as a reference point, which is what he did. He advises that this is the acceptable manner of meeting the requirements of Item 1.

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Did you know that the CST Program is recognized in all 50 states?


NSPS to testify at Congressional hearing on geospatial coordination and Federal land management
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NSPS Executive Director Curt W. Sumner, LS, will testify at a Congressional hearing to advocate for greater coordination of the Federal government’s geospatial activities and the need for a current, accurate cadastre-based inventory of Federal land.

The hearing is before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The hearing will take place Thursday, December 5 at 9:30 AM (EST) in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC and is available by webcast.

The hearing will concentrate on legislation introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), H.R. 1604, Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, a bill to enhance the use of gesoapatial data, products, and services and increase the efficiency of Federal geospatial activities and H.R. 916, Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bi-partisan bill to improve Federal land management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and eliminating duplicative and out of date land inventories.

Joining Mr. Sumner as witnesses will be Jeff Lower, PS, President, PAR, LLC (Bossier City, LA) and President of MAPPS, Jeff Lovin, CP, PS, Director of Geospatial Services & Senior Vice President, Woolpert. Inc. (Dayton, OH) and Chairman of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) ; Dr. Jay Parrish, PH.D., P.G., former state geologist, PA Geological Society and Chairman of the Mapping Committee of the Association of American State Geologist (AASG); Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for Core Science Systems, United States Geological Survey (USGS); and David Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Newest member of Congress has a surveying background
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Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), the newest member of the U.S. Congress, worked several years on a survey crew. McAllister was sworn in on November 21, the day NSPS members were on Capitol Hill for the society’s annual Lobby Day. He won a special election to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), who left Congress to join the Cabinet of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. McAllister said he “got frustrated,” left college and went to work on a surveying crew with Mustang Engineering. He eventually worked his way up to become Mustang’s supervisor of global surveying field operations. He now owns multiple successful companies in the oil-and-gas industry, as well as several Subway sandwich franchises, land developments, and even a mixed martial arts and wrestling promotions company.
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Amazon, NY train accident and the surveying profession
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Two items in the news this week point to the growing demand for surveying and other geospatial data. Amazon announced it is developing a system to deliver products from its distribution centers to individual customers’ homes using an unmanned aerial vehicle. To be successful, the system will require considerable survey, parcel, address, aerial imagery, elevation/LIDAR, and GPS data. The tragic railroad accident in New York has highlighted the need for Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, which utilize highly accurate geospatial data, such as GPS data, LIDAR data, high resolution digital imagery, survey data, and mobile mapping to delineate the location of rails and clearances, and to provide a detailed asset inventory to assure safety, train separation or collision avoidance, speed enforcement, and for asset management.
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Great news for the NSPS CST program
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The CST Board was recently notified that the Center for Information Dominance (CID), Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE), has finished performing the comparability analysis between CSFE's curriculum and the certification requirements, with favorable results. Consequently the Navy will fund the cost for any Engineering Aide Seabee who will take any level of the CST exams provided by National Society of Professional Surveyors.

The Navy COOL website provides details of each CST category. Click here.

A Naval Message will announce the availability of these new career opportunities to all Naval Construction Force units, and encourage everyone to take advantage of it.

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NCEES moves to computer-based testing
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The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying conducts approximately 90,000 examinations every year for the engineering and surveying professions. It is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure. NCEES develops, administers and scores the exams used by every state in the U.S.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Dec. 9, 11 a.m. EDT
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Gary Thompson (Treasurer) and David Widmer (President-elect) of NCEES will again join host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at www.americaswebradio.com to further the discussion they began on the November 4 show. This time, NCEES President Patty Mamola will join the conversation.

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 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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NSPS apparel through Lands End
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Job opportunities
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NSPS website links to job opportunities.

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

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Upcoming seminars/conferences
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Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014 - Tucson Marriott University Park
Florida Surveying and Mapping Society
Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors
The Eastern Section of the ISPLS is proud to be hosting the 2014 Conference - "40 Years — A Firm Foundation," March 4-7, 2014 at the Red Lion Inn in Pocatello. For information, contact Chairman Rodney Burch, rodney@dioptrageomatics.com
Register for the 2014 Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors' Annual Conference – January 15-17, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. For more information contact Jason Coyle.
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
Registration is now open for the 2014 PSLS Surveyors' Conference!
Please join PSLS in Hershey January 12-15 at the 2014 Surveyors’ Conference - our biggest event of the year!
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors - TSPS Symposium, February 21-22, 2014 in Lubbock, TX at the Overton Hotel
Virginia Association of Surveyors - VAS 66th Annual Convention, Wyndham Va. Crossings Hotel, Glen Allen (Richmond), VA - January 23-25, 2014. For More Information, Contact: Judy Hite.

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Amazon contemplates drones for last mile delivery: Implications for geospatial industry
Directions Magazine
There was a lot of "Gee whiz!" and corny jokes about Sunday night's announcement from Amazon that the retailer is considering using drone to deliver packages to its customers' doorsteps. CEO Jeff Bezos in an interview on 60 Minutes described drone delivery within 30 minutes of order could happen within the next five years. The company statement was a bit more aggressive, expecting implementation within two years.
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GIS, mapping and the Internet of things
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief How will maps interact with the Internet of Things? Will we cause actions with maps? Will a simple spatial query change traffic lights or lock gates?
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Urban positioning on a smartphone
Inside GNSS
The poor performance of GNSS user equipment in urban canyons in terms of both accuracy and solution availability is a well-known problem that arises where there are tall buildings or narrow streets. This situation is worse in the cross-street direction than in the along-street direction. The accuracy in the cross-street direction can be of great importance to daily life.
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What does the launch of more than 60 microsatellites in one week mean for the future of Earth observation?
Sensors & Systems
Last week, two rockets launched a combined 61 micro satellites, with many of them focused on Earth observation missions. This unprecedented explosion of low-Earth orbit satellites marks a wave of lower cost observation platforms that trade reduced longevity for nimble and flexible deployment and more tailored observations.
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