News and Views
Feb. 6, 2013

A baseline to remember
Point of Beginning
Sixteen years ago, long before the widespread use of robotic total stations and GPS surveying equipment, a small group of surveyors gathered at some forgotten location. The surveyors were members of the Firelands Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, taking part in their monthly ritual of discussing the issues affecting the surveying profession, the business climate, interesting projects and a myriad of other topics. More

NSPS Government Affairs Consultant
NSPS
NSPS is pleased to announce the selection of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. as its new government affairs consultant to represent the society before the U.S. Congress and Federal agencies. JMP&A will advise and counsel NSPS on legislative strategy and provide lobbying services to advocate NSPS policy positions to enhance NSPS members' professional image, permit members to carry out their professional practices under a legislative framework that is consistent with their professional ethics and standards of practice, and create market opportunities in the Federal government.More

2013 Scholarship Program
NSPS
Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, $25,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students enrolled in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs. The scholarships are awarded in four eligibility categories. The application deadline is March 15. Visit www.nsps.us.com for details. More

Free copy of manual available
NSPS
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

An uphill battle for height
Professional Surveyor
It may surprise you to learn that the majority of the world's mountains do not have official, recorded heights. Debate still swirls around the true elevation of even Mount Everest, which has long been accepted as the world's highest mountain. Nepal stands by the measurement of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), China refers to the mountain as 8,844 meters (29,016 feet), and the U.S. Geological Survey lists a height of 8,850 meters (29,035 feet).More

Einstein on surveying — the seasoned surveyor's lament
The American Surveyor
By Chad R. Erickson, PS: Albert Einstein wrote at the age of 17, "A happy man is too satisfied with the present to think too much about the future." Considering the present state of the land boundary survey profession, please accept me as a poor surrogate for Einstein's unhappy man. More

Wow, the new BlackBerry Maps are worse than Apple Maps
Business Insider
By Steve Kovach: BlackBerry's new smartphone, the Z10, has received pretty good reviews so far. We've only had a Z10 for a day now, so we're still chugging through all the new stuff. But we wanted to take some time to talk about our experience with one of the most important apps on any smartphone, the mapping app. More

Experts weigh in on the state of geotechnology education
Geoplace
By Todd Danielson: Because there's so much good information to be gleaned, I'm still spending a couple more weeks highlighting some of the interesting responses in our Industry Outlook feature. So for this installment, let's look at some responses from these questions: What is the state of geography/geotechnology education? How can it be improved? More

Esri: 24 organizations to receive more than $2 million in GIS Imagery Grants
GPS World
Esri and PCI Geomatics announced they have selected 24 organizations to develop and apply innovative methods for using GIS to analyze imagery for land-use management. Through the Esri Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program, Esri, the world leader in GIS, and PCI Geomatics, the world leader in geoimaging, provide each grant recipient with software and data valued at $100,000. More

Do Google-sponsored research reports shed new light on the Geo services industry?
Sensors & Systems
This past week, Google unveiled two reports they commissioned that take a close look at both the domestic and global market for Geo services. The reports were prepared for Google by The Boston Consulting Group for the domestic portion, and Oxera for the global take. Both studies are keyed toward three outcomes: the assessment of the size of the industry; its economic impact; and the drivers for broader global expansion. More