NCEES forms task force to address 'Engineering Surveys' term
Concerns expressed by NSPS about the use of the term "Engineering Surveys" within the NCEES Model Law/Rules, and in state licensing laws, has led to the formation of a NCEES Task Force for study of the issue. NSPS has offered to assist the Task Force as it performs its work.
Details and correspondence related to this topic can be found in the following links:
Letter/article by NSPS President Bob Dahn
Letter of Petition from NSPS to NCEES
Reply from NCEES to NSPS
Engineering Ministries seeking surveyors
By Curt Sumner, NSPS Executive Director
Engineering Ministries International (EMI) has for some time attended NSPS conferences to recruit surveyors to join their efforts providing design assistance to indigenous and international Christian organizations worldwide. John Boldt, National Field Representative for EMI says, "Our teams almost always need surveyors to volunteer."
EMI has "sending" offices in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as field offices in South Asia, Latin America and East Africa. Being a surveyor myself, I am fully aware of the giving spirit and generous nature of those in our profession.
I urge anyone among us who has an interest to contact EMI and offer assistance in any way you see fit.
Contact information for EMI is:
130 East Kiowa Street, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
I am certain that John and EMI will be happy to hear from you.
Strengthening the GIS profession
Is GIS a profession? If so, what's its relationship to other professions in the geospatial field? How can you tell if someone who calls herself a GIS professional — or a GIS educator for that matter — knows what she's doing? You might be surprised to learn that these are contentious questions in the United States and other parts of the world.
The education problem
The American Surveyor
The ongoing debate within the surveying community always seems to involve education. Are today's surveyors properly educated? Should there be mandatory continuing education and if so, what courses should be offered? There are many questions and not a lot of convenient answers. As an example, what are the implications associated with requiring a four year degree in land surveying if there are no universities to offer such a program?
You might be thinking, "Gee, another cool geospatial tool — what can it do for surveyors?" Some surveyors have already found that it can help expand their services and grow their businesses. How? Imagine a residential survey where you can offer your client an accurate 3-D visualization of their property with photo-realistic features that may include structures, additions or remodeling they might be thinking about.
How Google builds its maps — and what it means for the future of everything
From Alexis Madrigal: Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B — and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built.
Geography strikes back
The Wall Street Journal
If you want to know what Russia, China or Iran will do next, don't read their newspapers or ask what our spies have dug up — consult a map. Geography can reveal as much about a government's aims as its secret councils. More than ideology or domestic politics, what fundamentally defines a state is its place on the globe. Maps capture the key facts of history, culture and natural resources.
Times of Oman
The latest battleground for the world's biggest tech companies is one of its oldest forms of data: maps. Apple plans to release a new maps app this autumn featuring live traffic information derived from real-time iPhone user stats, and 3-D imagery harvested by a fleet of Apple aircraft. With typical immodesty, the company is calling its new creation "the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever."
Who is checking your LiDAR data?
From Jason Amadori: Throughout the years I have seen many projects advertised, awarded, executed and then delivered to the client. The client receives the data, copies it locally and then final payment is made to the vendor and life goes on as usual. Then, someone actually checks the data and notices that there are many discrepancies associated with the scope of work and what was actually delivered. How does this happen and more importantly, how can it be avoided?
Addessing the shortcomings of earthquake hazards maps
Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps failed to predict them. A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently studied the reasons for the maps' failure to forecast these events and how they might be improved. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid fault zone in Missouri.
Google Earth/Maps adds new satellite, aerial and 45-degree imagery for locations worldwide
As competition intensifies in the world of online mapping, Google continues to refresh and add to its existing data, last week rolling out ever more detailed satellite and aerial imagery for a plethora of locations around the world. Google geo data strategist Eric Kolb said users would be able to enjoy "another extensive refresh to our high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, as well as new 45-degree imagery in Google Maps spanning 30 new cities."