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NSPS asks Department of Labor to rescind recent Davis-Bacon ruling
Following an Aug. 16 briefing with DOL staff, attended by NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and NSPS Government Affairs Consultants John Palatiello and John Bryd, NSPS has sent a letter summarizing the briefing and asking DOL to rescind its AAM-212 Memorandum to contracting officers.
NSPS comments on draft NSDI Strategic Plan
NSPS has followed up on a recent report of its intent to comment on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Strategic Plan 2014-2016. Comments were filed on Aug. 20.
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NSPS to participate in conference on exporting opportunities for US surveyors
Surveyors looking to win contracts and offer their services outside the United States can gain information and practical knowledge at a "Geospatial and Engineering International Conference — Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities," November 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. NSPS will be a participating organization. NSPS members will qualify for a special registration discount.
The conference will enable firms to export their services, data and products to overseas clients. It will feature agencies and organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States with presentations on their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures. Agencies that assist U.S. companies with exporting will inform firms of services available to assist with expansion into the global market.
Private sector professionals experienced in international business will share best practices and lessons learned. The conference will also include unique teaming, partnering and networking opportunities. Session topics will be geared toward firms that are new to exporting and those who seek to expand their international portfolio. Participating agencies, speakers and sponsors will be announced at a later date and time. Interested professionals can sign up for email information on the conference web site.
NSPS Radio Hour guest set for Aug. 26 — 11 a.m. EDT
Host Curt Sumner will interview Joel Leininger, owner of what is believed to be the oldest active surveying company in the U.S.
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How can drones transform surveying?
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During the past 50 years, surveying and engineering measurement technology has made five quantum leaps: the electronic distance meter, total station, GPS, robotic total station and laser scanner. Unmanned aircraft systems or drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles) will be the sixth quantum leap in technology. Although drones have been around for awhile, the technology has not yet been widely used in the surveying and remote sensing professions.
GPS tracking and secret policies
The New York Times
This week brought fresh revelations about the National Security Agency's sloppy and invasive collection of phone data on Americans and others, as reported first by The Washington Post. In another realm of surveillance — the government's broad use of location tracking devices — the Justice Department was in federal court defending its refusal to release memos containing information about its policies governing the use of GPS and other potentially invasive technologies.
Do our brains pay a price for GPS?
The Boston Globe
When I moved to Boston in 2011, I took public transportation to work. A couple years later, a friend lent me his car while he was out of town, and for the first time in my life I became a guy who drove to the office. Parking in the employee lot came naturally enough; so did listening to "Morning Edition" and balancing my coffee in the cup-holder. Actually navigating the streets of Cambridge and Boston, however — that part was less intuitive.
Skybox: Taking democratization to satellite imaging
Skybox Imaging, a Silicon Valley startup, has plans to revolutionize the satellite imaging industry by launching a constellation of 24 low-cost imaging microsatellites. Their goal? Transform the remote imaging market by increasing accessibility while simultaneously lowering prices (their satellites cost a small fraction of the big boys).
Google and Waze start mixing their maps for the first time
All Things D
Google is introducing the first integrations between its homegrown Google Maps for mobile and its newly owned Waze. The traffic tab on Google Maps for iOS and Android will now include accidents, construction, road closures and other incidents reported by Waze users. Meanwhile, the Waze app now supports Google search, and Waze map editors will have access to Google Street View and satellite imagery.
NPR: Drone manufacturers confident domestic industry will grow
Gathering in Washington, D.C., drone manufacturers say they are optimistic about their business, despite a downturn in defense spending. The unmanned vehicle industry is hopeful the domestic market will open up. But they first must address privacy concerns exacerbated by the NSA spying scandal.
Surveying the AUVSI Conference
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Rob Miller believes that unmanned aerial systems are well-suited for the surveying and engineering professions. "It's a cliché, but it's another tool in a surveyor's toolbox," said Miller, the UAS product portfolio manager for Trimble. Miller and Trimble colleague Michael Maes led the session "Use of Very Small UAS for Precise Feature Collection Applications."
Crowd-sourcing the national map: Now a national effort
USGS via GIS User
The USGS continues to expand its crowd-sourcing of geographic data and is seeking volunteers nation-wide to contribute structures information. The mapping crowd-sourcing program, known as The National Map Corps, encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points and correcting existing data for The National Map database. Structures being mapped in the project include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations and other important public buildings.