Boy Scouts Jamboree Update
The NSPS team of Will Clark, Kyle Schultze and Joe Elwell assisted 140 scouts in achieving the Boy Scouts Surveying Merit Badge during the recently completed 2013 Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
NSPS thanks the team for its extraordinary efforts. Typically 8-10 advisers have participated. Thanks also to Shelly Clark for coordinating the team's efforts. A more extensive report will appear in a future issue of News and Views.
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NSPS Seeks Photos for Website
NSPS is in the process of revamping its website and is looking for related photos to be posted from time to time on the site. Credit will be given for photos selected. Please submit your photos to email@example.com. Include name of photographer and a brief description of the photo.
NSPS Contacted About Young Surveyors North America Meeting
FIG President Teo CheeHai has reiterated to NSPS his interest in bringing together the FIG Young Surveyors Network, and perhaps FIG Commission 2, with NSPS for the first ever Young Surveyors North America meeting. The topic was discussed during the FIG President's visit with NSPS leadership in the Spring of 2013.
He suggested exploring the possibility of holding the meeting as early as the Spring of 2014.
The V International Training and Professional Training Course in Topography for Young Surveyors
Here’s a fantastic opportunity to attend and participate in an amazing international event.
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME YOUNG AMERICAN SURVEYORS ARE INVITED!
The Italian national surveying association, Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e e Geometri Laureati (CNGeGL), annually organizes and sponsors a 10-day training course for young surveyors. Fifty young surveyors from around the world are invited. All aspects of surveying are covered including topographic and geomatic surveys, large-scale UAV orthoimaging, GNSS surveys, RTK, photogrammetric and LIDAR surveys, laser scanning, geo-referencing of cadastral maps, remote sensing, GIS, structural monitoring and deformation surveys and cartography. All courses are taught in English. This year’s course will be held October 9-19 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The requirements set by CNGeGL to attend and participate in the course are:
All expenses to attend (course fee, accommodations, meals) are covered and paid for by CNGeGL. However transportation to Lisbon is not covered.
- 35 years or younger
- Good knowledge of English language
- Expertise in the field of topography
- Not present at previous courses
- Moral and psycho-physical requirements that are valid to work in the public administration and to practice the free profession
Here is a great opportunity to not only learn but network with young surveyors from around the globe. The 2012 course was held in Madrid, Spain with 50 young surveyors from 17 countries attending.
If you are interested please reply to John Hohol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a resume including education and work experience. Deadline to reply is July 31, 2013.
Large Costs Loom for Upgrades to U.S. Water Infrastructure
Buried beneath soil and cement, the thousands of miles of aging water pipes, storage tanks and distribution systems that carry water to homes and businesses most everywhere are rarely thought of — unless toilets stop flushing and taps stop flowing.
Did you know that the CST exam is offered online?
Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Interior and Environment Bill
To read the bill, click here.
For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, click here.
Highlights of subcommittee draft:
Page 2 - BLM cadastral surveying funded (DOI)
Page 68 - National Forest System cadastral surveying funded (USDA)
Page 131 - Limitation on Use of Funds for National Ocean Policy (Section 439)
Page 137-138 - Protection of Personal Information (Section 450)
Geographic Information Systems Courses at Cal State Fullerton
Students have a choice with the GIS courses offered through Cal State Fullerton's Extended Education. Two program formats are available — online or in-class. Whichever format you choose will remain your choice for all four courses. The first class in the online format begins in the spring term (January).
The Geographic Information Systems Certificate was created to help you develop the skills and the knowledge you need to work in industries such as law enforcement (incident management, emergency management, homeland security operations); real estate (site selection, mapping, investment analysis); marketing research; environmental studies; urban planning; and social/government services planning. The next intro course begins in August.
An important component of this program is the project which is introduced in the first course and carried through the entire program. Certificate graduates will have a completed project portfolio to demonstrate GIS skills.
Register online or call Student Services at 657-278-2611. For more program information contact Mimi Lawson at 657.278.3313 or email@example.com.
Surveying Mathematics Made Simple
A new series of e-books with useful formulas and helpful hints with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Click here for flyer.
Did You Know that NSPS Membership Provides Access to a Multi-Faceted Exclusive Business Insurance Program!
To learn more, Click Here
Rendezvous' Opening Event Rescheduled
Rendezvous' opening event, "Welcome Weary Travelers," on Wednesday, Aug. 28, has been rescheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
NSPS Radio Hour Guest set for July 29 — 11 a.m. EDT
The guest for July 29 will be Trent Turk, co-owner of GeoSurvey in Atlanta. He will discuss the use of social media and social interaction as a means of public relations for maintaining a viable practice.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
NSPS Apparel Now Available Through Lands End!
NSPS has arranged through Lands End to have logo apparel available.
Click here to order directly from the NSPS Lands End eStore.
NSPS logo currently available in white, black and blue.
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
House bill presses FAA on UAS privacy role
Privacy concerns appear likely to continue slowing the FAA congressional mandate to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. On July 2, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee issued a report on its transportation appropriations bill for the 2014 fiscal year that includes a measure directing the FAA "to collaborate with other Federal agencies in evaluating the impact that broader use of UAS in the national airspace could have on individual privacy."
Why is reinforcing the GIS value proposition more important now than ever?
Sensors & Systems
Lessons from the largest GIS event of the year (the Esri International User Conference) are still sinking in, and some of the takeaways give pause for the geospatial vendor community as a whole. The issue central to the need to defend and assert the value of a Geographic Information Systems deals with the new level of accessibility to spatial data and analysis capabilities that may make executives question why they own and maintain a system (and a professional staff) in the face of so many free or low-cost web-based services.
Apple's maps strategy is working just fine
Apple recently made two smallish acquisitions of map-related companies, Locationary and HotStop, that have produce some sneering press coverage since clearly in both instances the purchase is in a way an admission that Apple's Maps product continues to be markedly inferior to Google Maps. But I think that's the wrong way to look at it. The purchase of these companies is a confirmation that Apple's risky Maps strategy is continuing to pay dividends.
Trimble expands rugged handhelds to include enhanced GPS
Trimble has introduced new functionality and configuration options for its Juno T41 rugged handheld computer. In addition to a handheld computer and smartphone configuration, the series now includes enhanced, real-time 1-2 meter GPS accuracy and high-speed 1D/2D barcode imaging technology. The new configurations are in addition to the capabilities already available in Trimble's Juno T41 handheld computer.