NSPS Foundation Trig-Star Scholarship Fund Winners Announced
Applicants must be high school seniors who have participated in the Trig-Star Contest at some point in their high school career, and plan to enroll in a college degree program that leads to either a two year Associates degree or a four year program leading to a Bachelor degree in surveying and mapping (the Land Surveying profession). The applicant does not have to have won any level of the Trig-Star Contest but must have participated in the contest when offered at their high school.
The 2013 recipients are:
Elizabeth Yonger, Idaho - Attending Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $5000.00
Michael Flowers, Indiana - Attending Ferris State University (MI) $2500.00
Cade LaLonde - Attending Ferris State University (MI) $2500.00
National Trig-Star Committee Selects Winners of the 2013 Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star and Teaching Excellence Awards
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V International Training and Professional Training Course in Topography for Young Surveyors
Here’s a fantastic opportunity to attend and participate in an amazing international event.
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME YOUNG AMERICAN SURVEYORS ARE INVITED!
The Italian national surveying association, Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e e Geometri Laureati (CNGeGL), annually organizes and sponsors a 10-day training course for young surveyors. Fifty young surveyors from around the world are invited. All aspects of surveying are covered including topographic and geomatic surveys, large-scale UAV orthoimaging, GNSS surveys, RTK, photogrammetric and LIDAR surveys, laser scanning, geo-referencing of cadastral maps, remote sensing, GIS, structural monitoring and deformation surveys and cartography. All courses are taught in English. This year’s course will be held October 9-19 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The requirements set by CNGeGL to attend and participate in the course are:
All expenses to attend (course fee, accommodations, meals) are covered and paid for by CNGeGL. However transportation to Lisbon is not covered.
- 35 years or younger
- Good knowledge of English language
- Expertise in the field of topography
- Not present at previous courses
- Moral and psycho-physical requirements that are valid to work in the public administration and to practice the free profession
Here is a great opportunity to not only learn but network with young surveyors from around the globe. The 2012 course was held in Madrid, Spain with 50 young surveyors from 17 countries attending.
If you are interested please reply to John Hohol at email@example.com. Please provide a resume including education and work experience. Deadline to reply is July 31, 2013.
Support Grows for NSPS Opposition to Davis-Bacon Ruling
A multipronged NSPS strategy to restore the exemption of survey technicians from the Davis-Bacon Act continues to grow. As a result of a Congressional hearing June 19 at which NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, LS, testified, three powerful chairmen in Congress, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. Tim Walberg, chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), chairman of the House Committee on Small Business have written the Labor Department demanding documents and communications related to the expansion of Davis-Bacon to survey crews.
A coalition of five design and construction organizations also wrote a letter to the Secretary of Labor in opposition to the ruling, The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), Design Professionals Coalition (DPC), and the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) urged the Labor Department to reverse its position.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Signs Agreements to Fill Worldwide Demand for Surveyors
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is taking the lead in filling high-paying geospatial jobs around the world. The University’s Conrad Blucher Institute has recently signed two agreements with universities in China and Russia to provide qualified, four-year degreed surveyors opportunities to enroll in the Master of Science in Geospatial Survey Engineering program (see video at http://gisc.tamucc.edu/) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Did you know there are more than 1,300 active CSTs in the United States?
NSPS Radio Hour Guests set for July 22 and July 29 - 11:00 am EDT
The guests for July 22 are Eric Gakstatter, a Principal at Discovery Management Group LLC. He has been a primary participant in NSPS discussions about LightSquared. He is an editor for GPS World magazine. Michael L. Dennis, RLS, PE, is a geodesist at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS). The primary topic will be Accuracy, Datums and Geospatial Data.
The guest for July 29 will be Trent Turk, a surveyor in Atlanta. The topic will be the importance of public relations for maintaining a viable practice.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Esri's Jack Dangermond Featured in Inc. Magazine
It's not every day that a geospatial pro makes the cover of a national magazine. In the series "How We Did It," Jack Dangermond describes how, with $1,100 in seed money, Esri grew to 9,000 employees and $912 million in revenue — all with no layoffs, downsizing or outside investors. Read the article to find out how.
NSPS Logo Apparel Now Available and you can receive a 30% discount until July 23!
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Small, cheap satellites may one day do your bidding
Someday, swarms of satellites the size of a tissue box will be snapping pictures, taking environmental readings and broadcasting messages from orbit — but the entities controlling those satellites won't be governments. Instead, they'll be hard-core hobbyists and elementary-school students, entrepreneurs and hacktivists. In short, anyone who can afford a few hundred dollars to send something to the final frontier.
Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for first GPS III satellite
Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next-generation GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martin's Newtown, Pa., facility were delivered to the company's GPS III Processing Facility near Denver on June 14. The antennas will be installed on the first GPS III space vehicle, which Lockheed Martin will deliver to the Air Force in 2014.
Top 10 new features in ArcGIS 10.2
I'm a big fan of Top 10 lists, and I'm also a fan of the annual ESRIUC, so when there happens to be a Top 10 list featured on stage at the event, I tend to take note! This year, the list focused on the top new features in ArcGIS at R 10.2. ArcGIS product lead Jim McKinney from Esri introduced some of the new functionality on stage at UC, and he was followed up by James Tedrick with his Top 10 new features at 10.2.
How is satellite imagery sensor proliferation and ease of access transforming insight?
Sensors & Systems
There is an ever-increasing number of satellite imaging companies and satellite constellations, with higher resolution sensors and/or broader global coverage. Satellite imagery is also more quickly and readily accessible within image processing, analysis and visualization platforms thanks to better streaming technologies and increasingly web-based workflows. These combined trends are spurring new business insight and analysis products.