News and Views
Jun. 11, 2014

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.


We have some questions regarding the extent to which a Survey should extend related to Table A Item No. 20. We understand that each survey is unique, although the way we interpret the wording for Item No. 20, the Survey could possibly extend for miles depending on the circumstance. We were wondering if there have been any other questions or discussions related to this item that may be able to clear any confusion up on our part.

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Digital Coast Act to be introduced in U.S. Senate
On June 12, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will introduce the Digital Coast Act in the United States Senate. NSPS members are urged to contact your Senators NOW and request they cosponsor the Digital Coast Act. Call or email your Senators and/or their staff today. View a short NSPS video message on the legislation. "The provisions of the Digital Coast Act will significantly enhance the Digital Coast project through the creation of a sustainable program to utilize geospatial technologies to map and monitor the coastal waterways of the United States, providing an invaluable benefit to the public, and to the professionals whose charge is to protect their health, safety, and welfare," said Curtis W. Sumner, LS, NSPS Executive Director.More

'Introduction to Federal Contracting' webinar offered to NSPS Members
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), of which NSPS is a member, will present a special webinar "An Introduction to Federal A/E Contracting" on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00 PM (EDT). This webinar is intended for firms interested in entering the Federal market, employees who are new to marketing and business development with Federal agencies, and experienced personnel who want a refresher. It is focused on architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping services. If your firm is interested in expanding your business through Federal contracting, you will not want to miss this session. NSPS members receive a discount registration fee of $49.00. The non-member fee for this webinar is $99.00. Register today.More

GAO questions STEM workforce shortage
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has told Congress that fluctuations in the job market make it difficult to quantify the shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers. The GAO said estimating is a "challenge, in part because demand for STEM workers can fluctuate with economic conditions."More

NSPS to offer a 'Host Your Congressman' webinar
A free webinar advising NSPS members on how to effectively host a meeting with congressmen, senators or state legislators will be offered in the coming weeks. The free session will be held on Tuesday, Jun 24, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The webinar, to be presented by John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., the NSPS government affairs consultants, will provide step-by-step details on how surveyors can host meetings to introduce lawmakers to the profession and engage in discussions on legislation and government policies affecting the profession. Pre-registration is required.More

Surveyors, geospatial professionals to find overseas business at exporting conference
Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, a two-day conference to be held Sept. 25-26 in Alexandria, Virginia, will feature organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage surveying, geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States. Officials from agencies and non-governmental organizations will discuss their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures for engineering and geospatial services. NSPS members receive a registration discount.More

NSPS Radio Hour — June 16, 11 a.m. EDT
Lisa Van Horn is a surveyor in Green Bay, WI, and serves on the NSPS Board for Governors and Directors representing the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. She has been collecting surveying memorabilia for over 15 years, and often donates items for auctions that benefit NSPS activities.

Join Lisa and host Curt Sumner on June 16 to learn about Lisa's impressive collection, which includes a 1935 publication about the 150th anniversary of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad and the naming of a train for George Washington who founded the railroad as the George Washington Railroad, Chesapeake & Ohio Lines, in 1785. Also among Lisa's collection are four editions of the Saturday Evening Post, the covers of which feature surveyors.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, 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

New $500 million satellite can see you from 383 miles away
Bloomberg Businessweek
Most people use DigitalGlobe's satellites every day. They capture the super-realistic images on Google Maps and Bing maps. A wide array of corporate customers use these eyes in the sky for more specific targets, from mining companies looking for telltale clues of underground deposits to defense departments hunting for terrorists. More

Homeland Security researching GPS disruptions, solutions
Inside GNSS
The Department of Homeland Security is advancing beyond simple assessment of the risks that GPS disruptions pose to critical infrastructure and is considering the development of new technology to mitigate jamming and spoofing while working with vendors to integrate that technology into receivers. More

Harnessing the power of big data with geospatial mapping
IT Business Edge
It's no mystery that Big Data has the power to solve a number of known problems and unlock new ways of doing business. What is a mystery — for many organizations — is how to take advantage of the voluminous quantity of unstructured data. International Data Corporation forecasts that the Big Data technology and services market will grow at a 27 percent compound annual growth rate to $32.4 billion through 2017 — or about six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market. More

Russia turns IGS data back on — sort of
GPS World
On June 2, GPS World reported that GPS tracking stations co-sponsored by U.S. interests but located in Russia had stopped making their data available to scientists and others. Now, "It looks like the tap has been turned back on, at least at slow flow," reports Richard Langley, GPS World Innovation editor and University of New Brunswick professor. More