News and Views
Jan. 2, 2013

The new normal
The American Surveyor
The 2012 election is behind us, and the American people have decided to continue with the current administration. From a surveying perspective, it remains to be seen what impact this will have on commercial construction, however I'm encouraged to report that in some parts of the country residential construction is up nearly 20 percent from a year ago.More

NSPS sale items

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If you would like a FREE copy of The Surveyor's Contracts and Risk Management Manual send $5 to cover the cost of shipping and handling to NSPS, Attn: Trish Milburn, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Please make checks payable to NSPS and in the memo field write Contracts Manual. More

The Oregon Lidar Consortium
Professional Surveyor
In less than six years since it was formed, the Oregon Lidar Consortium has collected 16 million acres of high-resolution data, which is used for a variety of mapping, research and analysis projects. On their own, many users of the OLC's data — including federal, state and local government agencies as well as private companies — would not be able to afford to collect nearly as much airborne lidar data, if any at all. More

Surveying the future
Point of Beginning
Over the past several years, technology has played a key role in shaping the landscape for surveying and mapping professionals. From high-tech total stations and smart GPS solutions to sophisticated laser scanners and increasingly automated software, today's professionals have access to an increasing array of tools to help them solve complex problems and boost the value of their deliverables. What technology will have the biggest impact in 2013? More

Wall Street Journal: Path to mobile's future might be maps
Directions Magazine
Surprise! The path to the mobile future is ... maps! Who says that? Rolfe Winkler, writing in the Wall Street Journal, says that whoever has the best mobile maps "will be an important driver of shares in tech giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook and help determine who has the dominant mobile platform of the future." In case you missed the article, it was somewhat buried on the front page of the "Money and Investing" section.More

GPS battle against LightSquared continues
Flying Magazine
The fight between the Coalition to Save Our GPS and LightSquared continues. The Coalition responded to the Federal Communications Commission's request for comments regarding LightSquared's request to modify the ancillary terrestrial communications authorization of its mobile satellite services, which would allow the company to launch its broadband network. The 21-page document from the Coalition included several suggestions to prevent GPS interference.More

Taiwan's CDC creates epidemic situation management GIS
Nowadays, people in Taiwan have much more international communication and travel abroad more than before. This increases the occurrences of overseas infectious diseases and endemic infectious diseases. Therefore, an important task for Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan, is to prevent diseases and safeguard health of citizens. However, situated in subtropical zone, dengue fever has occurred frequently still in recent years. More

GPS technology supports tracking for airfield anomalies
Airfield anomalies? Sounds like a UFO or a unique atmospheric event. However, these anomalies are much closer to land and are routine airport occurrences. In 2009, when US Airways pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was faced with landing an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River, it was an airfield anomaly during takeoff — a flock of geese — that resulted in loss of thrust from both engines.More

China publishes official signal-in-space ICD for BeiDou Satellite Navigation Open Service
Inside GNSS
China released an official version of the complete interface control document for the nation’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Open Service signal-in-space. Ran Chengqi, director of China Satellite Navigation Office, announced the availability of the ICD — in both Chinese and Engligh-language versions — at a news conference held in the briefing hall of the State Council Information Office. More