News and Views
Oct. 16, 2013

Things You May Not Know!
Although some do not recognize the benefit of the NSPS Trig-Star program, 35 state contest winners participated in the 2013 national competition, and thousands of students nationwide were exposed to the surveying profession through the program. Each year, hundreds of local Trig-Star contests are conducted, either through the program that allows state surveying societies to purchase a "state license" and sponsor as many contests as they wish, or through individuals who purchase the packet for their individual local contest(s). Local winners' scores are utilized to determine the state winner.

NSPS is updating its career brochure, with assistance from NCEES, to make it compatible with the NCEES/NSPS Speakers Kit that is used for promoting the profession. Brochures are included in all Trig-Star packets, and are available for other promotional activities.

For more information about NSPS Programs, contact Trisha Milburn at More

ALTA/ACSM Standards
When the ACSM Bulletin magazine was still in publication, it included a column call "ALTA/ACSM Standards." In the column, Gary Kent, who is Chair of both the NSPS ALTA/ACSM Committee and the joint ALTA/NSPS/Lenders Council Committee, responded to questions raised about some aspect of the standards. NSPS hopes to reinstate this column in NSPS News & Views on a regular (if not weekly) basis. Below is the first installment of this effort.

Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at


We are conducting a survey of a property that is currently bare ground with no improvements. We are designing a large apartment building along with other site improvements, and the lender is requesting that we show all the proposed improvements on an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey that they are currently requesting. They have listed this requirement as Item #22 on Table A. I am not sure how I would do this or if it's even allowed on an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey — can you help? More

Webinar Helps NSPS Members Schedule Appointments for Capitol Hill Day
To prepare members for visiting Congress, NSPS Government Affairs consultant John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) conducted a webinar, "Steps to Successfully Secure a Congressional Appointment" on Tuesday, October 15. That webinar has been recorded and is available to all NSPS members, click here (audio begins at 1:45). For the preliminary schedule for the NSPS Fall Business Meeting and Hill Day, click here.

There will be another webinar on Monday, November 18 at 1:00 PM (EST). It will provide guidance on the logistics of Capitol Hill Day and a briefing on the issues to be discussed with Congress. To register for the webinar and Capitol Hill Day, click here. This training will also be presented on the evening before Capitol Hill Day, Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 PM (EST) at the Sheraton Four Points – BWI, site of the NSPS Fall Business Meeting. To view summaries of the four issues NSPS members will discuss with their Congressmen and Senators, click here. More

NSPS Members Get Discounted Rates for Exporting Conference
Did you know that the United States has a trade surplus in professional services? That means we export more than we import. Small business is the backbone of U.S. exporting. Small exporting firms actually account for 98 percent of all exporting firms and 33 percent of U.S. exporting dollars. And you don't have to travel around the world to export. The #1 consumer of U.S. exports is Canada (19 percent of total exports) and Mexico is not far behind (14 percent).

Thanks to the Small Business Administration, the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference will include presentations directly targeted to exporting by small firms.More

South Carolina Governor Seeks State-Owned Land Inventory
Governor Niki Haley (R-SC) has issued an Executive Order calling on state agencies to compile an inventory of all state-owned land in the Palmetto State. The Governor gives agencies until December 31 to submit data requested by her order, and which is already required under South Carolina state law.More

MAPSearch Announces Major Updates to North American Pipeline Mapping Database
Energy infrastructure data provider, MAPSearch, announced that in the past 12 months, they have added or adjusted nearly 100,000 miles of crude oil, natural gas, refined products and other commodity pipelines in their dataset. More

NSPS Radio Hour — October 21, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
Within the past year, David Totman has been named as Public Works, AEC, and Survey Industry Manager at Esri, replacing Brent Jones as the primary connection between Esri and the surveying community. Join host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at as he talks with David about his role in leveraging supply (surveying and engineering firms) and demand (public works departments), as well as other aspects of his responsibilities.

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

Applications Requested for 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors
The online application form is now available to apply for the 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors Fellowships for the XXV FIG International Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be held 16-21 June, 2014.

A total of 8 fellowships will be awarded: one each to 6 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America). An additional two fellowships will be awarded to young surveyors in developing countries. If you are a young surveyor 35 years old or younger you should apply!

Here is the link.

For more information.More

District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors (DCALS) Advanced Boundary SEMINAR - November 1, 2013
This 8-hour session will present new and enhanced material on boundary topics never before taught by DCALS. While tailored for DC, it's useful instruction for all surveyors who practice in municipal areas or older subdivisions everywhere.

Click here to view more information about LAND SURVEYING IN DC SEMINAR! More

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Looking for a Job?
NSPS website links to job opportunities.

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

Upcoming Seminars/Conferences
TSPS - TSPS Annual Convention and Tech Expo, Arlington, TX - October 30 - November 2, 2013 CALS - Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors 46th Annual Meeting, November 1, 2013, Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT - Keynote Speaker – Wendy Lathrop
For more information contact Kathy Kurland.More

What details become apparent when disasters hit close to home?
Sensors & Systems
The devastating Colorado floods are just recently behind us, and a frenzy of proactive rebuilding goes on despite a national government shutdown. It's heartening to see resources rallied firsthand. The proximity to our operations, coupled with connections to climate and the destruction to infrastructure, make this a seemingly perfect case study for much of our coverage. More

Cooperative GNSS authentication
Inside GNSS
Secure, reliable position and time information is indispensable for many civil GNSS applications such as guiding aircraft, tracking freight, synchronizing power grids and cellular networks, and time-stamping financial transactions. This article introduces a cooperative signal authentication architecture in which civil GNSS signals, as well as the encrypted military signals on the same frequency, are sampled by a user receiver and several ad-hoc cross-check receivers at the same time. More

Apple will hold fall iPad event on Oct. 22
All Things D
Apple has a couple more new products to announce before the year is out, and it plans to unveil them in a few weeks time. People familiar with Apple's plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The focal point of the gathering will be the latest updates to the company's iPad line, but the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well. More

Decisions, decisions: GeoGathering and ION GNSS
GPS World
Many may consider it a distinction without a difference, but quality matters, whether it concerns a life-changing decision or something as simple as which conference to attend. When resources are scarce, making the right decision, or sometimes just making any decision, matters — for many in our government this paradigm should reign supreme. More