News and Views
Aug. 14, 2013

Ask Vic! Helpful Hints from Victor O. Schinnerer
Question: What is the difference between a statute of repose and a statute of limitations?

Question: A contractor client is asking that I waive any lien rights. Do surveyors have the right to place liens on the client's property?

Surveyor Credits Trig-Star for Career Choice
Upon reading the announcement of Trig-Star Winners in NSPS News and Views, Texas Professional Land Surveyor Mike Brown contacted NSPS headquarters to acknowledge that his participation in the 1998 Trig-Star competition is almost entirely responsible for his change in career path. Brown is licensed in 10 states and is a Certified Federal Surveyor.

Selling Surveying via Trig-Star featured in the August issue of Dual Frequency More

Harbinger sues GPS industry over LightSquared
Inside GNSS
Investors led by Harbinger Capital Partners have filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against a trio of GPS receiver manufacturers over LightSquared, a now bankrupt firm that still hopes to build a wireless broadband network across the United States. The investors are seeking compensation for losses incurred when the Federal Communications Commission denied LightSquared permission to build its wholesale wireless broadband communications network. More

NSPS to Participate in Conference on Exporting Opportunities for U.S. Surveyors
Surveyors looking to win contracts and offer their services outside the United States can gain information and practical knowledge at a "Geospatial and Engineering International Conference — Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities," November 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. NSPS will be a participating organization. NSPS members will qualify for a special registration discount.

The conference will enable firms to export their services, data and products to overseas clients. It will feature agencies and organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States with presentations on their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures. Agencies that assist U.S. companies with exporting will inform firms of services available to assist with expansion into the global market.

Private sector professionals experienced in international business will share best practices and lessons learned. The conference will also include unique teaming, partnering and networking opportunities. Session topics will be geared toward firms that are new to exporting and those who seek to expand their international portfolio. Participating agencies, speakers and sponsors will be announced at a later date and time. Interested professionals can sign up for email information on the conference web site. More

NSPS government affairs representative details Davis-Bacon Act issue
NSPS government affairs representative John Byrd has written a detailed background column on the Labor Department's ruling to include surveying technicians in the Davis-Bacon Act, explaining why it is bad policy, a bad process, and bad for the surveying community. Meanwhile, NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, Byrd and government affairs representative John Palatiello are scheduled to meet with Labor Department officials this Friday, August 16, to discuss the issue.More

FGDC seeks input on NSDI strategic plan
NSPS's government affairs representatives, John Byrd and John Palatiello, have been working with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and other partners in the Federal and non-Federal geospatial communities to develop an updated strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). NSPS representatives participated in two NSDI Leaders Forum meetings in March and June and provided comments and suggestions as the FGDC staff developed the strategic plan. The revised draft of the NSDI plan (Version 2) was released for public comment on July 31. The public comment period will be open until Aug. 21. NSPS members are invited to review the updated draft and provide your own feedback and reactions to the NSPS staff ( or directly to FGDC. More

Energy bill would create demand for surveying, mapping
A bipartisan group of Senators have introduced S. 1401, a bill to provide for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas exploration, development, and production under oil and gas leases of Federal land. The July 31 legislation by Senators Hoeven (R-ND), Murkowski (R-AK), Boozman (R-AR), Cochran (R-MS), Vitter (R-LA), Crapo (R-ID), Blunt (R-MO), Manchin (D-WV), Wicker (R-MS), Roberts (R-KS), and Chambliss (R-GA) includes a provision providing that permits include certain information from nongovernmental entities or the Secretary of the Interior "may carry out field work (including drilling, remote sensing, geophysical surveys, geological mapping, and geochemical sampling and analysis) to supplement existing information and datasets available for determining the existence of critical minerals."More

Legislation seeks to reform design-build contracting
House Small Business Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and a bipartisan group of members of Congress have introduced the Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act of 2013, H.R. 2750. While preserving the Brooks Act qualifications based selection (QBS) process, the legislation would significantly improve federal project delivery procedures and increase taxpayer value by requiring agency heads to better justify and report when their agencies short-list more than five finalists on a specific project in the two-step process. The bill would also limit the use of single-step design-build to projects that are less than $750,000. In addition to Rep. Graves, the current list of co-sponsors includes Reps. Connolly (D-VA), Farenthold (R-TX), Hanna (R-NY), Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), Meadows (R-NC), Meng (D-NY), Mulvaney (R-SC), Schrader (D-OR), and Terry (R-NE). More

ACSM Past President Jim Plasker Announces Retirement as ASPRS Executive Director
Soon after his term as ACSM President ended, Jim Plasker took the position of Executive Director for ASPRS. However, he has continued his service to ACSM (and subsequently to NSPS) as a member of the organization’s delegation to ABET, serving in a number of capacities including representation on the ABET Board. NSPS wishes Jim the very best in his retirement, and hopes he will continue his service in its ABET activities. More

NSPS Radio Hour Guest set for August 19 — 11 a.m. EDT
Host Curt Sumner will interview John Failla, a surveyor/historian originally from Nebraska who has conducted a number of historically significant surveys. John, who is licensed in Nebraska, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, will share his experiences and historical perspectives.

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

NSPS Logo Apparel Now Available!
NSPS has arranged through Lands End to have logo apparel available.

Click here to order directly from the NSPS Lands End eStore.More

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Uncertain funding jeopardizes US land imaging satellites
Environment News Service
Landsat satellites orbiting the Earth have continuously recorded changes to the planet's land surfaces for 40 years, but while it is essential to U.S. national security, the future of the program is now in jeopardy, warns a new report from the National Research Council. The committee that wrote the report warned that while the United States pioneered frequent-repeat global imaging, "other nations are now developing systems whose capability rivals or exceeds U.S. systems." More

Will the move toward Web GIS provision an operational augmented reality?
Sensors & Systems
Geospatial systems and data are a form of augmented reality already, providing insight into assets and operations in the context of the broader world. However, there's a new level of augmented reality that is coming about that promises real-time insight, juxtaposing our models and asset information onto what we can see where we're standing in real time. More

Geographers seek solution to student ignorance of the globe
CBC News
Geographers from across the globe met in St. John's, Newfoundland, to discuss the future of geographic education in Canada after alarm bells went off when some Memorial University students couldn't locate the Atlantic Ocean on a map. James Boxall, a geography professor at Dalhousie University, said he wasn't exactly shocked when he saw a previous CBC report in which university students struggled to locate basic things.More