NSPS announces results of 2015 Map/Plat design competition
The NSPS annual Map/Plat Competition attracted a total of 31 submittals from across the country in five (5) categories: Subdivision Plat; Boundary/Cadastral Map; Topographic Map; ALTA/ACSM Survey Map; Miscellaneous Map. Awards were given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in each category. For those entries submitted digitally, links will be provided soon on the NSPS website for viewing the top three entries in each category.
NSPS thanks all who entered the competition, and extends its congratulations to the winners.
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Your Foundation Corner
Joseph M. Dolan, P.L.S., Chairman
It is time to renew your membership or join "Your Foundation." I know I have said it before, but the NSPS Foundation truly is an entity that can benefit every surveyor, mapper and land information professional in the country! Your annual dues help the Foundation to continue its mission of service to the profession. Not sure of all we do, check out the By-Laws on the NSPS website. We cover a lot of ground.
Two areas of concern I currently have are the Disaster Relief Fund and the Bonnie S. Atwell Memorial Fund. These two funds are continuously subject to grant requests.
Disaster Relief Fund:
Recent flooding in Texas and Oklahoma will generate the need to help our fellow professionals with uninsured losses in those states. Tornadoes, floods, fires, and all sorts of weather related phenomena seem to be in the news almost daily! The Disaster Relief Fund can certainly help our fellow professionals recover from those unforeseen losses!
Bonnie S. Atwell Memorial Fund:
This fund was established to assist with uninsured medical bills resulting from injury or illness. Many of us do not have sufficient insurance to cover these conditions! We never know when we will be faced with massive medical bills we never expected!
I am asking you to donate to these two specific funds. The monies you donate are tax deductible and will not be used for any other purpose! You can make the donations on line at the NSPS website.
Please help your Foundation be able to answer all the requests we receive! I don't ever want to say no to a request because we don't have the money! Please help!
Thank you for your continued support!
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Update on the surveying equipment crime map for Florida
Richard D Pryce, PSM
As indicated by the latest Crime Map and Statistics, 2014 was our worst equipment theft year ever for Florida Surveyors. Hopefully, it will never be repeated.
The criminals have slowed down considerably for the first half of this year. I have to think this is because of the efforts from all of us down south who have remained more vigilant in our everyday operations to keep our staff and equipment safe.
As well as our efforts to document all of it are capable of doing, the map shows effects of what has happened over the past 13 years to Surveyors, mainly in South Florida, but also the whole state. The GIS Map and database is the most comprehensive documentation of these crimes in the whole country, and hopefully all of our continued efforts on this, with the support of our Members, will continue because this affects all of us as a profession.
Thanks go to Professor Henry Hochmair, and Adam Benjamin at UF Ft Lauderdale/Davie Campus for their efforts to keep up the database side of the Crimes for us. They have also created an ArcGIS Online webmap for anyone to access the data and map. We have also added the QR code to the map for all of you techies out there.
NSPS logo apparel
In addition to the standard NSPS logo, the CST (Certified Survey Technician) logo is now available for apparel purchased through the NSPS Lands' End store. Order today to demonstrate your connection with your national organization.
NSPS Radio Hour — June 29, 11 a.m. EDT
Due to the fact that on Monday, June 29, host Curt Sumner will be leading a panel discussion on the topic of "Where Do We Go from Here?" for the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, a replay of a previous NSPS Radio Hour will be broadcasted on June 29. Perhaps from the panel, guests will be identified for a future show.
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.
FHWA finalizes regulations on engineering and design services
The Federal Highway Administration has published new regulations governing the procurement, management, and administration of engineering and design-related services, including surveying and mapping, on federal-aid highway projects. The rules include changes and clarifications to State DOT procurement policies and QBS procedures, contract negotiation and administration, audit and accounting of allowable costs, and program management and oversight. The rules took effect on June 22. State DOTs will have one year to update their policies and procedures to comply with the new regulations. To read the regulations, click here.
Senators unveil 6-year highway authorization bill
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unveiled a new six-year (FY2016-FY2021) highway or "surface transportation" bill, providing more than a quarter-trillion dollars in authorization. The bill updates the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program and provides state and local government new options for stretching transportation dollars and increasing efficiency and utilization. The bill also improves the process whereby a TIFIA loan can be used to capitalize a State Infrastructure Bank, providing increased leverage for small, rural projects that was previously unavailable. Overall, the measure, titled the "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act," provides a 3-percent annual growth average over the years from the funding levels in the MAP-21 bill. That equates to roughly $260-270 billion over the six years; however, the bill lacks a mechanism or plan to pay for the bill.
Technologies for roads, railways, and vehicles explored by Congress
Several Congressional committees are focused this week on trends and technologies connected to roads, railways, and vehicles. The House Energy and Commerce Committee planned a hearing to focus on how vehicle-to-vehicle communications can improve driver and vehicle safety. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held two hearings, reviewing the state of positive train control (PTC) implementation in the United States and meeting the transportation needs of rural America.
NSPS meets with Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI). Representing Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District, Congressman Duffy serves on the House Financial Services Committee as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. This panel provides oversight of FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including the parcel data provision the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection or "Dodd-Frank" Act.
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.
Amec Foster Wheeler, Nashville, TN - Survey Technician III (Party Chief)
Snohomish County, WA - Engineering Technician V
VHB - Williamsburg, VA - Survey Crew Chief
BANC3 - Princeton, NJ - Senior AutoCad Technician
BANC3 - Princeton, NJ - Civil Engineer (E.I.T.)
BANC3 - Princeton, NJ - Land Survey Manager
Amec Foster Wheeler - Durham, NC - Survey Project Manager
Woolpert - Chicago, IL - Office Survey Technician
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
eLoran signal tests start, could demonstrate GPS backup alternative
With worries mounting about jamming and other disruptions of GPS signals, officials took a step toward possibly establishing a backup for satellite navigation users in the U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., flipped a switch at a decommissioned Loran-C station in Wildwood, New Jersey, to begin transmission of an enhanced Loran or eLoran signal.
As June 30 nears, leap second looms
The world's clocks will be adjusted by one second on June 30, when a leap second will be inserted into Coordinated Universal Time, the standard international time scale. The financial market is preparing for potential disruptions. The adjustment could present technical difficulties for traders and exchanges, as some computers might not be programmed to account for the adjustment.
DoD set to 'double down' on geospatial intelligence
The military has seen plenty of results from geospatial intelligence, from enabling the United States to attribute chemical attacks in Syria to the Assad regime, to predicting strikes by Iraqi insurgents to helping to locate Osama Bin Laden. And officials expect GEOINT to become a bigger player in global operations, in both military and humanitarian efforts, said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Washington DOT releases innovative GIS trip planner
In May 2013, a semitruck with an over-height load struck part of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5, causing one span of the bridge to collapse into the water. The bridge's highest vertical clearance of 18 feet was located above the inside lanes; the vertical clearance above the outside lanes was only 15 feet, 6 inches. The truck had been inappropriately traveling in the outside lane.
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