Limited CORS GPS Data Availability to End
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
As post-Tropical Storm Karen activities are completed this week, the limited CORS GPS data will STOP being available starting at 1700 ET on October 11, 2013. For questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this email is only checked periodically.
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Register for Webinars Related to NSPS Capitol Hill Day
NSPS Government Affairs consultant John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) will conduct a webinar, "Steps to Successfully Secure a Congressional Appointment" on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 1:00 PM (EDT), to provide best practices to securing a Congressional appointment. JMP&A staff will provide tips on how to make appointments, coordinate with your state delegation, and NSPS's legislative issues. To register for the Capitol Hill Day or the Webinar, click here.
Look for information in an upcoming edition of NSPS News & Views to learn details about, and to register for, a second webinar to be held on Monday, November 18 at 1:00 PM (EST). The second webinar will provide guidance on the logistics of Lobby Day and a briefing on the surveying issues to be discussed with Congress.
Did you know that many companies participating in the CST Program pay or reimburse the exam costs when you pass?
Joint State/National Membership Program Continues to Grow
NSPS has recently signed joint membership agreements with the Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors (RISPLS) and the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG), bringing to 32 the number of state societies now officially in the program. The North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NDSPLS) has sent a first draft of the MOU to NSPS for review, and a recent report from the Utah Council of Land Surveyors notes that UCLS plans to sign the MOU in January 2014. Several other state societies have indicated that they are also near to signing on.
NSPS is very pleased with how the program has progressed to date, underpinning the notion that the profession recognizes the importance of a unified national voice.
NSPS Radio Hour — October 14, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
The recent, and ongoing, government shutdown is affecting surveyors in a number of ways. Access to NGS services is unavailable and government installations where surveyors may have projects, or from which surveyors need to collect data, are not open. Join host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at www.americaswebradio.com as he discusses these issues with recent NGS retiree (and well-known expert) Dave Doyle and the equally well-known Eric Gakstatter (GPS World magazine).
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to email@example.com 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.
Davis Bacon Act Activity
NSPS has set up a page on our website about the ongoing efforts related to the recent DOL ruling.
NSPS Announces 2014 Scholarship Program and Map/Plat Contest
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NSPS Apparel through Lands End
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Looking for a Job?
NSPS website links to job opportunities.
New Positions Available at Oregon State University
Geomatics Engineering. The candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: GNSS testing and development of static and kinematic systems, inertial navigation systems, gravity, surveying with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, automated machine control/guidance in construction, deformation monitoring/inspection techniques and technologies, infrastructure inventory and assessment, 3D design, digital workflows, geospatial data management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Construction Engineering and/or Management
Wide range of expertise, including advanced technologies for construction, advanced information systems for construction, sustainable and green construction, building/civil information modelling (BIM/CIM), augmented reality and construction visualization, advanced procurement and contracting methods, and/or other complementary topics of expertise will be considered.
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSAPLS - http://nysapls.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=101
PSLS - http://www.psls.org
MALSCE - http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm/page/Seminars/pid/10280
TSPS - TSPS Annual Convention and Tech Expo, Arlington, TX - October 30 - November 2, 2013
CALS - Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors 46th Annual Meeting, November 1, 2013, Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT - Keynote Speaker – Wendy Lathrop
For more information contact Kathy Kurland.
GISCI releases exam development process summary
GIS Certification Institute
To strengthen the GISP certification program and advance the GIS profession, GISCI is developing an exam component for the GISP certification process. The exam is based on the Geospatial Technology Competency Model Tier 4, Geospatial Core Technical Competencies. Because the GTCM is exemplary, in order to develop the detail needed as a foundation for an exam, GISCI is basing its exam development on job analysis, a standard practice of certifying organizations.
The impact of government shutdown on geospatial business
How is the government shutdown affecting those in the geospatial workforce? Could this be a teachable moment about the importance of geospatial data and technology?
Shipments of wearable technology devices will reach 64 million in 2017
Sales of smart glasses, smart watches and wearable fitness trackers reached 8.3 million units worldwide in 2012, up from 3.1 million devices in the previous year, according to researchers at Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent, total shipments of wearable technology devices are expected to reach 64.0 million units in 2017.
Harm claim thresholds may be coming for GNSS
A group of top frequency experts recommended that the Federal Communications Commission conduct a pilot test of the concept of "harm claim thresholds," an approach that requires receiver manufacturers to build devices capable of withstanding a predetermined level of interference from users in adjacent frequencies. The concept was floated earlier this year by a committee of the FCC's Technical Advisory Council.
5 tips to choosing the right software
Poitn of Beginning
Whether you're creating traverse databases, processing point clouds or generating invoices, having good software can mean the difference between being mediocre or highly productive. Here's a step-by-step plan for getting it right. If it's been some time since you've invested in new software, you've probably been eyeing some of the latest product offerings with interest.