Things You May Not Know!
You are probably aware of the NSPS certification programs for survey technicians (CST) and hydrographers. Recently, NSPS has been approached with the idea of whether or not there should be a certification program through which surveyors can demonstrate their expertise for providing ALTA/ACSM surveys. The concept would be set up such that certification is elective, and would serve as a marketing tool rather than be a mandate in order to offer the service. Stay tuned as this idea is vetted through NSPS channels. If it gains any traction, NSPS will be requesting your input.
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Did you know that when you pass a CST exam you will receive a certificate suitable for framing?
NSPS Assistance Requested to Define 'Geodetic Surveyors'
Over time, NSPS has been asked by the Department of Labor to solicit "occupation experts" who can help to insure that DoL’s O*NET program correctly defines occupations within the overall category of surveying and mapping.
Currently, O*NET is in the process of defining the occupation of Geodetic Surveyor.
Please read the attached solicitation, and contact either Curt Sumner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marye Pasick (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating in this effort.
Remember, if we as professionals do not provide our insight into how segments for our profession are defined, others will make those determinations for us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are often asked to certify to Table A Item 19 of the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. When asked to do so, we add the following note: "[No apparent] wetlands are located on the subject property according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory maps located at www.fws.gov/wetlands" Do you feel that this meets the requirement of Table A item 19?
NSPS Radio Hour — October 28, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
Joe Paiva, GeoSpatial Associates, and Wil Anderson, BHC Rhodes, have been discussing with NSPS leaders and others the concept of utilizing established educational institutions to provide distance learning opportunities to students in states without such opportunities. Join host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at www.americaswebradio.com as he talks with Joe and Wil about their strategies for accomplishing this concept by establishing a program that will meet the needs for legislative action related to licensure, and fulfilling the requirements of the educational institutions.
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, 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.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to email@example.com 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.
Exporting Conference Postponed
Due to the extended government shutdown, the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, scheduled for November 13-14, has been postponed until 2014. Even with the government opening this week, the shutdown has had an adverse affect on the conference organizers’ ability to properly plan and prepare for the conference, as well as imposing significant constraints on speakers and attendees. NSPS, a participating organization, and the other conference hosts, are working to reschedule the conference in 2014
Second Webinar Helps NSPS Members Prepare 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.
Geospatial Coordination Council Legislation Passes Pennsylvania State House of Representatives
HB 1285, a bill to create a geospatial coordination council in Pennsylvania, passed the state’s House of Representatives on October 22 by a unanimous 220-0 vote. The Keystone State is one of only a handful that do not have a council. The bill now goes to the Senate.
U.S. House of Representatives to Consider H.R. 3080 Amendment
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) will offer an amendment today to the Corps of Engineers water project Bill that would set policy on using the private sector for surveying and mapping services that are commercially available.
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.
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!
- Jim Demma will present the landmark 1985 case of “Bell vs. Jones.” This 2-hour segment counts as professional Ethics instruction.
- Mike Bazis and Joe Snider will team up to teach how DC Square Lines should be reestablished.
- Alan Schiffer will explore “Spine of the Square” — solving Lot depths and rear corner positions when the block has no Alley.
- Rick Dreist will teach a session on Preventable Problems — errors which shouldn’t happen but never seem to end in DC.
- Neal Isenstein will explain tips & tricks of DC Research.
- Chas Langelan will present a paper he’s been working on — “What Makes DC Surveying ‘Different?’”
NSPS Apparel through Lands End
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSAPLS - http://nysapls.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=101
PSLS - http://www.psls.org
MALSCE - http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm/page/Seminars/pid/10280
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.
What's next for GIS: The fourth dimension
What are the next big steps in GIS analysis? James Hipple, GIS adviser to USDA's Risk Management Agency, points to two. First, he said, is the ongoing effort to integrate data sets. Noting the massive data sets generated by various government agencies, Hipple pointed to the analytic potential they could deliver if they are combined. The snag? "Because they are such large data sets we end up with bandwidth problems," he said.
UAV requirements draw certified receivers from Accord/NexNav
To fly a UAV in the U.S., you'd better be able to avoid any other aircraft — and ADS-B is one component of that capability. When the FAA and agencies around the world get their UAV regulations aligned with those levied on passenger-carrying aircraft, GNSS receivers on board UAVs will likely need to be qualified to equivalent standards. One company is already there.
Streaming geospatial imagery software a first for intel analysts
Spar Point Group
Global defense and aerospace firm, BAE Systems, said its new low-cost, web-based imagery viewing and manipulation system helps intelligence analysts use geospatial data without paying for a geospatial imagery specialist. It's called the GXP WebView Pixel Server — a lightweight, HTML 5-based electronic light table that converts images, regardless of format or location, into a standards-based data stream viewable in a web browser, allowing analysts to view, annotate and publish geospatial imagery into situational awareness tools and intelligence reports.
GSA releases new report on GNSS markets: 7 billion devices, $478 billion revenues by 2022
The European GNSS Agency has released its third market report, which predicts an installed base of 7 billion devices worldwide by 2022 — almost one for every person on the planet. According to the study, "GNSS Market Report Issue 3," compound annual growth rates for GNSS "core" and "GNSS-enabled" revenues will increase by 9 percent through 2016 and 5 percent through 2020, reaching a total of about $478 billion per year.