The Final Point
I used to joke with my wife that when I died, I wanted a geodetic marker set at my grave so that I could continue to be of service to my profession. I reasoned that my friends would come to visit me and it had the added benefit that I could keep an eye on projects in my neighborhood. I went so far as to pick out a plot in the Egg Harbor City Cemetery. It was on top of a hill along a county road with long sights in both directions. My wife was not amused however, when I suggested that she needed to be buried on the far side of the cemetery to provide the location for the azimuth mark. But whose wife ever laughs at their husband's jokes?
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NSPS 2013 Boy Scouts Jamboree Team Leader Report
After serving as team leaders for NSPS at Boys Scouts Jamborees for many years, neither Thomas Brooks (Past NSPS President) nor Wayne Hebert (Past NSPS Area 4 Director) were able to participate for the 2013 Jamboree. On short notice, Surveyor Will Clark (MO) graciously agreed to take on the task. Will and his onsite staff of only two other surveyors were able to serve the Scouts well during the 2013 Jamboree, for which NSPS is extremely grateful.
NGAC Meets September 4 and 5
The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) begins a two-day meeting today at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Gary W. Thompson, PLS, an NSPS member, serves on NGAC member. NSPS government affairs consultant John Byrd is also attending the meeting. Agenda items include the NSDI Strategic Plan, 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Implementation Plan, LANDSAT, geospatial workforce development, and geolocation privacy. Mr. Byrd reports some early announcements and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) news from the meeting includes, 16 NGAC members are retiring or are term limited and 39 candidates submitted applications by the August 12 deadline. The new appointees are expected to be announced in December. The NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) will not be funded in 2013 and 2014 due to tough budget choices. The FGDC steering committee will meet September 12 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Washington, DC.
Did you know that the CST exam is open book?
Congress Returns from Summer Recess
Congress returns to Washington, DC with military action in Syria on top of the agenda. Other issues to be considered in the coming weeks include appropriations bills, including NSPS-supported provisions on the 3DEP program, a federal land inventory, and others. NSPS continues to work with Congress to persuade the Department of Labor to abandon its March 2013 ruling that members of survey crews are "mechanics and laborers" subject to the controversial Davis-Bacon Act.
September is National Preparedness Month
This serves as a good reminder of the threats posed by natural hazards and the importance for individuals and communities to be prepared.
Read this story online at: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/september-is-national-preparedness-month-2/.
NSPS Radio Hour - September 9, 2013 — 11 a.m. EDT
The September 9 show will feature American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) President Madiha Kotb. Join host Curt Sumner and Ms. Kotb for a discussion about the mission of ASME and the relationship of its members to surveyors.
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.
Dear Land Surveying Professional
My name is Bruce Barrow. I am the GIS Technician for the Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, secretary of the Cape Cod Chapter of MALSCE, and current candidate for the Master of Geographic Information Systems degree at The Pennsylvania State University. The title of my MGIS capstone project is "The Undivided Garment: Plats, Parcel Fabric, and GIS." It will examine the relationship between the land surveying and GIS professions, with a focus on the potential impact of the ArcGIS® Parcel Fabric dataset on that relationship. I invite you to take a brief, anonymous SurveyMonkey® survey, which will add to the quality and credibility of my project. Please follow the link below to the online survey location:
Survey results and analysis will be included in my capstone project paper, which will be evaluated as part of the Penn State curriculum. It would be helpful to receive your response by September 9. Please contact me with comments and questions, and thank you for your cooperation.
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LiDAR Hits the Rails
The American Surveyor
Much like the apps that proliferate on our smart phones today, LiDAR is one of those technologies for which the possibilities seem, quite literally, endless. Already proven in a host of survey and construction-based operations, LiDAR has also proven its value in peripheral applications such as mining/aggregate inventory, forensic work, utility line inspection, GIS data gathering and more.
Apple sued over 'Find my iPhone' in new patent campaign against location apps
A shell company in Texas is invoking a 1996 patent to claim a monopoly over remote location services like Apple's "Find my Friends" and Google's defunct "Latitude," filing lawsuits against the two tech companies and against major phone carries like Verizon. The lawsuits, which also refer to Apple's "Find my iPhone" service, could spell trouble not just for the corporate giants but for the many small players in the burgeoning industry for location-based smartphone apps.
Ohio's first open source geospatial lab will be established at Kent State
Kent State University will be home to Ohio's first Open Source Geospatial Laboratory. The laboratory will support computational social science research and educational excellence through the development, implementation, and application of open source geo-computation and geo-visualization.
FCC fines operator of GPS jammer that affected Newark Airport GBAS
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a hefty fine for a New Jersey truck driver whose alleged use of a GPS jammer caused harmful interference to the new ground-based augmentation system at Newark Liberty International Airport. In a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture, the FCC concluded that Gary P. Bojczak is "apparently liable" for a forfeiture amounting to $31,875.
Colorado Town Wants to Issue Drone Hunting Permits
Do you like drones? No? Do you want to shoot them out of the sky sometimes? Yes? Do you feel like you need the government's permission to do so? Maybe? Well, head on over to Deer Trail, Colo., where drone-hunting dreams come true.