Things you may not know!
Certified Survey Technicians: As the average age of Land Surveyors approaches 60 the need for well-trained and educated new Licensed Land Surveyors is critical. NSPS has an excellent program that was developed starting in 1986 that is helping to fulfill this need. The National Certified Survey Technician program is a multi-level credentialing program used in all 50 states. To find out more, click here.
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Did you know that colleges use the CST Program for assessment and accreditation?
Applications are Being Accepted for 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors
The clock is ticking ... only 2 weeks until the 1 December deadline to apply for one of the FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Fellowships to attend and participate in the 2014 FIG Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – June 16-21, 2014.
For application form click here. A total of 8 fellowships will be awarded: one each to 6 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America). An additional two fellowships will be awarded to young surveyors in developing countries. If you are a young surveyor 35 years old or younger you should apply!
Complete details are available on the FIG Foundation webpage: www.fig.net/figfoundation
Rep. Walberg to Address NSPS members on 'Lobby Day'
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, will be joining NSPS during the society's "Lobby Day" on Thursday, November 21. NSPS members will gather in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon after a day of meetings with their own representatives and Senators to hear Rep. Walberg discuss efforts to overturn a Labor Department ruling that members of survey crews are "laborers and mechanics" under the controversial Davis-Bacon Act. Walberg chaired the hearing in June on Davis-Bacon at which NSPS Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, LS, testified. Walberg has criticized the Labor Department’s actions and was joined by two full House committee chairman in a letter to the Department of Labor seeking documents related to the Davis-Bacon decision.
BRIDGE Act Introduced in Senate to Create an Infrastructure Bank
A bipartisan group of ten U.S. Senators has introduced a bill to spur transportation infrastructure investment, through a $10 billion infrastructure bank that would be an independent, nonpartisan financing authority. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the BRIDGE Act, cosponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dean Heller (R-NV), Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).
House Conferees Named on Water Projects Bill
The U.S. House and Senate will begin ironing out differences between their respective versions of a water resources bill now that the House has followed the Senate in naming conferees. In May, the Senate passed its Water Resources Development Act, S. 601 by a 83-14 margin, while the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, H.R. 3080, last month by a 417-3 vote. The bills provide millions of dollars in demand for surveying and mapping services for the civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including authorizing flood control, inland waterway navigation, flood damage reduction, shoreline protection, hydropower, dam safety, water supply, recreation, environmental restoration and protection, and disaster response and recovery.
Great News for the NSPS CST Program
The CST Board was recently notified that the Center for Information Dominance (CID), Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering (CSFE), has finished performing the comparability analysis between CSFE's curriculum and the certification requirements, with favorable results. Consequently the Navy will fund the cost for any Engineering Aide Seabee who will take any level of the CST exams provided by National Society of Professional Surveyors.
The Navy COOL website provides details of each CST category. Click here.
A Naval Message will announce the availability of these new career opportunities to all Naval Construction Force units, and encourage everyone to take advantage of it.
NSPS Radio Hour — Nov. 25, 11 a.m. EDT
The November 25 show will be a replay of a recently broadcasted show.
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 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 through Lands End
Click here to order directly from the NSPS Lands End eStore.
Looking for a Job?
NSPS website links to job opportunities.
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at email@example.com.
Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014 - Tucson Marriott University Park
Florida Surveying and Mapping Society
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
Registration is now open for the 2014 PSLS Surveyors' Conference!
Please join PSLS in Hershey January 12-15 at the 2014 Surveyors’ Conference - our biggest event of the year!
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors - TSPS Annual Convention and Tech Expo, Arlington, TX - October 30 - November 2, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
1 billion smartphones with location-based sensor fusion expected by 2016
As smartphones embrace always-on, ubiquitous location, location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature. ABI Research's report, "Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities," outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will enable the dawn of the quantified self, ambient intelligence, as well as provide huge potential around advertising and retail, ABI Research said.
A look at GNSS antennas
With new signals and frequencies coming on line with modernized GNSSs, antennas play a more crucial role than ever in receiver system design. Antennas are often an overlooked or undervalued aspect of GNSS user equipment. Many consumers take the antenna for granted because it is an almost invisible, intrinsic part of receiver design. Mass-market receivers typically have built-in antennas offering no choice for buyers even if they were interested.
What's the next evolution beyond the Map Wars and the Map Story Wars?
Sensors & Systems
There's a fascinating transformation underway in how map platforms are being marketed toward individuals and organizations. The consumer platforms (Google, Microsoft Bing Maps, Apple, etc.) have warred for some time over who has the better maps, navigation and developer tools. The battle to provide a mapping platform across all devices definitely became more interesting when Apple got in the game to combat Google's tactics that gave Android users greater functionality.
How to locate and track your lost or stolen Android or iOS mobile device
Here's the scenario ... You frantically go into a pocket pat-down dance searching for your shiny, new smartphone. Sadly, the device is gone. What's even worse is that you just got the device thanks to your once-every-two-years upgrade from your carrier and you still owe about $500 on your tab! Don't panic, though, as I'm sure you likely had it protected thanks to some of the many services that protect smartphone users from accidental loss or theft.