News and Views
Feb. 5, 2014

NSPS Radio Hour — Feb. 10, 11 a.m. EDT
Lisa Isom (Manager of the NSPS Insurance Program) will join host Curt Sumner for the second in a series of shows dedicated to insurance issues that affect surveyors. This edition of the show will focus on professional liability insurance. One of the topics to be discussed is Table A, Item 21 of the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey requirements. Optional Item 21 reads, "Professional Liability Insurance policy obtained by the surveyor in the minimum amount of $____________ to be in effect throughout the contract term. Certificate of Insurance to be furnished upon request."

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, listen to the archive of the show at 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 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. More

ALTA/ACSM standards
Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at Responses will be posted in NSPS News and Views.


I been licensed since 1990, never had a request for an ALTA survey of a road corridor by CSX with no title commitment, please let me know your thoughts on this. Read more for answer.More

FGDC publishes annual report for 2013
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the federal government's inter-agency coordinating committee on geospatial activities, has published its 2013 annual report. The report describes the actions taken by the FGDC over the past year to facilitate coordinated creation and sharing of geospatial data and processes, five new geospatial standards, and the updated strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, in which NSPS provided input.More

Connected Vehicle Technology or 'V2V' gets a boost
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that they will move connected vehicle technology forward in an effort to greatly improve safety and save lives on the nation's roadways. Also known as vehicle to vehicle technology (or V2V), the system allows vehicles to communicate potential risks to drivers and avoid rear-end, lane change, and intersection crashes. The program will create a significant demand for precise geospatial data.More

Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance reform
The U.S. Senate on January 30 passed a bill to delay new rates for flood insurance by a vote of 67-32. The bill, S. 1926, delays the effective date of key finance provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The bill faces an uncertain future in the House due to opposition from conservative groups opposed to the cost of the bill and shift of financial responsibilities from individual homeowners to taxpayers generally and by environmentalists who oppose subsidized construction in coastal and flood prone areas, as outlined in an editorial by the Washington Post. The bill also calls on FEMA to develop a flood mapping approach that "results in technically credible flood hazard data in all areas where Flood Insurance Rate Maps are prepared or updated." More

Congress hears benefits of geospatial data in marine transportation
Scott Perkins, GISP (Quantum Spatial), testifying on behalf of MAPPS, and Rear Admiral Gerd F. Glang, Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented testimony on geospatial activities that support maritime transportation at a hearing, "Finding Your Way: The Future of Federal Aids to Navigation," held by the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on February 4. Perkins provided four recommendations: (1) included weekly publication of the Coast Guard's Light List data as a web service, so updates can be used in web applications or on a desktop to increase ease of use of this data; (2) prompt passage of H.R. 1399 to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act pass H.R. 1382, the Digital Coast Act, to assist a coordinated and comprehensive national mapping effort for coastal, state and territorial waters of the United States and better integrate navigational and non-navigational geospatial activities in NOAA; (3) improved coordination the geospatial activities among various agencies and numerous programs and applications, as noted in several GAO reports, to develop a cross-cutting and joint funding strategy to leverage and coordinate budgets and expenditures for geospatial data related to charting, navigation, and aid to navigation (ATON); and (4) a public-private partnership to better utilize the capacity and capability in the private sector to provide government agencies the geospatial services that support ATON, while refocusing government agencies on inherently governmental activities.More

FIG Young Surveyors
After the successful 1st FIG Young Surveyors (YS) European Meeting held this past October in Lisbon, Portugal, in which 150 young surveyors from 32 countries attended, the FIG Young Surveyors Network is organizing the 1st FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2014 California/Nevada Surveyors Conference and the annual NSPS Student Competition at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. The YS meeting will be held April 14-15. Stay tuned for more information. More

Job Opportunities
Job Opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at More

Upcoming Seminars/Conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.More

Where are the business opportunities in 2014?
Point of Beginning
The dynamic nature of the geospatial profession makes it challenging to predict where the best opportunities might lie in the future; however, the start of a new year is traditionally the time to identify areas of growth and make plans so it's worth spending some time considering the options. The members of MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, have the opportunity to kick off the planning process for 2014 at the MAPPS Winter Conference to be held Feb. 9-13 in La Jolla, Calif. More

US DoT to move ahead with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology
GPS World
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, 10 times per second, the agency said. More

How to interpret a satellite image: 5 tips and strategies
Directions Magazine
Satellite images are like maps: they are full of useful and interesting information, provided you have a key. They can show us how much a city has changed, how well our crops are growing, where a fire is burning, or when a storm is coming. To unlock the rich information in a satellite image, you need to do several things. More

How has geodesign sparked geospatial technology innovation?
Sensors & Systems
Often, a really good problem to solve is needed in order to spur technology innovation. The evolution of geographic information systems from primarily recording conditions into an environment where it becomes the impetus for environmental or urban actions certainly has proven to be a challenge. This challenge comes at a time when CAD, BIM, and GIS are converging, and there are increasing numbers of sensors to inform our understanding of the world, often in real time. More