Who owns your survey data?
Point of Beginning
In a digital age when projects routinely generate vast amounts of data that can be readily repurposed, the question of who owns the data becomes increasingly important. We may not necessarily be thinking about data ownership when we prepare our survey contracts, but one way or another it is addressed. Typically — and maybe by default — survey contracts assign virtually all ownership rights to clients.
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National Surveyors Week is March 17-23
National Surveyors Week will be celebrated nationwide March 17-23. Hundreds of surveyors nationwide are planning activities, such as talks to school groups, contacts with their local news media about the importance of the nation's surveying profession, booths at popular community locations to describe the importance of the work and role of surveyors and their contributions to society.
NSPS announces election results
The National Society of Professional Surveyors is pleased to announce the results of voting for 2013 NSPS Officers and Directors.
2012 President-Elect Lamar Evers (Florida) will accede as the 2013 NSPS President, and 2012 Vice President Patrick Smith (Texas) will accede as the 2013 President-Elect. John Fenn (Michigan) will continue in his role as NSPS Secretary-Treasurer in 2013.
Jon Warren (Washington) was elected as 2013 NSPS Vice President. Warren is Senior Associate and Puget Sound Region Survey Manager for David Evans and Associates, Inc. He is a past member of the NSPS Board of Governors representing the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (1994-1999), and served on the NSPS Board of Directors representing Area 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories) from 2000 to 2006. He has also served as Chair of a number of NSPS Committees.
In Area Director election results, Stephen Gould (ME) will serve a second term on the NSPS Board of Directors representing Area 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Isle and Quebec), and Chris King (MS) will begin his first full term representing Area 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico). He recently served as Area 4 Director, fulfilling the unexpired term of the former Area Director.
The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) is an individual membership
society of professional surveyors, academicians, students, and survey technicians trained or interested in the profession of surveying and mapping. NSPS strives to establish and further common
interests, objectives and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession
into a unified body in the United States.
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NSPS announces results of 12th annual student competition
The National Society of Professional Surveyors held its 12th Annual Student Competition in conjunction with the Utah Council of Land Surveyors conference in Sandy, Utah, on Feb. 27. Five schools with baccalaureate degree programs in surveying, surveying engineering technology and/or surveying engineering participated.
This year's competition was a "Quiz Bowl" style head to head competition focusing on four subject areas: Surveying Terminology, Surveying Mathematics, Boundary & Cadastral and Surveying.
First place: California State University – Fresno: Fresno, California
Second place: Southern Polytechnic State University: Marietta, Georgia
Third place: Utah Valley University: Orem, Utah
Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order): University of Arkansas, Monticello, Arkansas, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
At the conclusion of the competition, each team received a crystal bowl and each individual on the team received a participation ribbon and medallion in recognition of their efforts. This year's competition was coordinated by A. Richard Vannozzi, Assistant Professor of Civil Technology/Surveying and Mapping, Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., and further questions can be addressed to him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Schools wishing to receive information regarding the 2014 competition should contact Mr. Vannozzi at the above email, or visit the NSPS website at www.nsps.us.com. Instructions for the 2014 NSPS Student Competition, which will be an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey focused competition, will be posted on or before April 1.
What to do in the aftermath
The American Surveyor
The tragic truth is that the best means of determining the accuracy of risk predicted by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is to have a flood. Post disaster verification in the form of flyovers, high water marks and tidal gages are part of the process of ascertaining the true horizontal and vertical extents of flood risks.
Tracking signs to success
The great American road trip begins in Illinois. The nation's most famous highway, Route 66, originates in Chicago and travels southwest, ending in Los Angeles. It's designated as a scenic highway and serves as an iconic reminder of the nation's most popular form of travel. For decades, families and visitors have used America's well-developed web of highways to travel for vacations, business and holidays.
What and where: The integration of remote sensing and GIS
Sensors & Systems
The sciences, technologies and practices of remote sensing and of geographic information systems arose separately, developed in parallel, intersected, and are now inextricably linked. Nearly all the features in most GIS are collected by means of satellite imagery or aerial photogrammetry, and GIS is the application where this imagery is most commonly visualized.
The sequester and Its GPS discontents
Deep military spending cuts that were set to kick in March 1 will likely slow efforts to modernize the GPS constellation, insiders agree, in large part because many of the personnel needed to push the program forward will be sitting at home, unpaid, one day out of every five.
How Google and Bing maps control what you can see
In early February, Wired published a satellite photo of a desert structure in southern Saudi Arabia. The image, screencapped from Bing Maps, corresponded with a report that the CIA had built secret drone bases in the region. The site was available on any computer with a web browser, but appeared to be legit — Bing Maps, which is owned by Microsoft, had effectively outed a closely guarded intelligence secret.
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
Beyond Foursquare: Geolocation services proliferate, mature
In part one of this series, we looked back at the early days of geolocation, with Platial kicking off the geoloco revolution in the practically prehistoric year of 2005. Since then, a number of paradigm-shifting startups have already come, gone or been sold, among them fwix, Loopt, Ditto, Blockboard, Everyblock (shut down this month) and the late lamented NextStop and Whrrl.
NOAA and NASA's next generation weather satellite may provide earlier warnings
A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology that may help provide earlier warnings for severe weather.
NGS invites you to New Real Time GNSS Network Symposium
The National Geodetic Survey welcomes real-time GNSS vendors, RTN operators, managers and users to Memphis, Tenn., on May 29-30 to examine how local GNSS augmentations interact with each other, with NGS, with the National Spatial Reference System and with users, vendors and operators. There are currently more than 100 GNSS Real Time Networks operating in the United States.
SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Discover advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing, delivery, including laser scanning, LiDAR, photogrammetry, Kinect, portable/mobile mapping, point cloud processing, integration, BIM, web sharing, simulation and visualization.
Ten percent discount for NSPS members! Click here to register and enter 105174 when prompted for "Tracking Code."
Save the dates
Aug. 28-31: "Surveyors Rendezvous 2013," a large annual gathering of land surveyors, antique-instrument collectors and kindred enthusiasts hosted by Surveyors Historical Society. An event is planned to mark Charles Mason's Grave in Philadelphia with a "Real Mason-Dixon Stone."
Free copy of manual available
If you would like a FREE copy of The Surveyor's Contracts and Risk Management Manual, send $5 to cover the cost of shipping and handling to NSPS, Attn: Trish Milburn, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Please make checks payable to NSPS and in the memo field write Contracts Manual.