NSPS Fall 2014 Business Meetings held in Kansas
NSPS Committees, Board of Governors, and Board of Directors held their fall 2014 meetings in Overland Park, KS Oct. 22-25, coinciding with the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors & Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors Bi-State Joint Conference. During the NSPS meetings a series of motions were passed by the NSPS Board of Directors related to the effects of the joint membership program on the NSPS Bylaws. After the final minutes from the meeting are compiled, the motions related to Bylaws changes will be posted on the NSPS website for review prior to the 2015 General Membership meeting next Spring, during which a vote will be taken to finalize them.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Nov. 3, 11 a.m. EDT
When Mike Brown participated in the NSPS TrigStar program in 1998 as a high school student, it convinced him to switch his career focus from engineering to surveying. He is now a Professional Surveyor who is licensed in multiple states. Join Mike as he talks with host Curt Sumner about his journey.
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We are performing an ALTA. We have a parking garage with an elevator shaft that reaches above the roof. Would the shaft be covered under 7.(c)? It's a bit dangerous, and I'd rather my guys not get up there.
My take has always been that the item 7.c. height is normally related to the zoning height restriction. So, my impression is that whether or not an elevator shaft counts as part of the height of a building depends on the jurisdiction's zoning ordinance.
If there are dangers, the involved parties need to work those out. If the top of the elevator shaft is visible from a safe location, you could turn vertical angles and measure a baseline distance to calculate the height. Of course, that will not be quite as accurate as measuring it directly, but if you can quantify the precision, it would probably be good enough (normally, in my experience the height is not close to the restriction anyway).
The work of surveyors is unheralded – done quietly, efficiently and taken for granted. But more than great projects come from our skills. Nations have been guided by surveyors. One organization chronicles this story. Surveyors Historical Society makes a significant contribution to the collective knowledge of our profession, by preserving and perpetuating the achievements of surveyors throughout centuries. You should join.
Cadastral builds program that serves tribes, protects lands
The BLM Daily News is an internal communication newsletter highlighting works by BLM and their employees. The Oct. 27 edition turns a spotlight on the Cadastral Survey Program's role in the implementation of the Fiduciary Trust Model and improved quality and delivery of trust services to beneficiaries, tribes and individuals throughout Indian Country, i.e., BILS, CFedS, CGIS, and PLSS Improvement.
Mapping Science Committee focuses on address data tied to demographics
On Oct. 20, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended the quarterly meeting of the Mapping Science Committee held in the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center in Washington, D.C. Presentations centered on the importance of demographic data to Federal, state and local government. The State Department focused on initiatives including MapGive, Geography 2050, and the release of SRTM2. Barney Krucoff, Maryland Department of Information Technology, highlighted ways the state uses spatially explicit demographic data. A representative from Forsyth County (NC) highlighted local ability to identify distressed neighborhoods using demographic data. Wrapping up the multi-governmental uses for demographic data, discussion ensued as to developing a comprehensive national address data standard.
Rep. Yoder addresses NSPS Board of Governors in Kansas
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, addressed the leadership of NSPS and members of the Kansas and Missouri surveying societies in a speech during the NSPS Fall Meeting in Overland Park, Kansas on Oct. 23. Members of the NSPS Board of Directors, Board of Governors, committee chairs and others heard the Congressman discuss his efforts to protect GPS users from signal interference by LightSquared, job creation through training and education in science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and reform of the Federal Government through elimination of wasteful spending, including the need for a current, accurate inventory, or cadaster, of land and buildings owned by the Federal agencies. Yoder said the government does not know how many parking garages, golf courses or hotels it owns, and called for an inventory to put unneeded federal real property to its best and highest use to generate economic activity and create jobs. He said as a member of Congress he cannot be told what property the government owns in his district and noted the important role for surveyors in land information activities.
NSPS PAC announces candidate support in Nov. 4 election
The NSPS Political Action Committee has distributed over $22,000 in support of 29 candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for the Nov. 4 election. The NSPS PAC distributed to 5 Senatorial re-election campaigns, one Senatorial candidate, 21 House Representative re-election campaigns and two candidates for the House.
The NSPS PAC disbursements include:
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Senate Candidate Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA)
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
House Candidate Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
House Candidate David Rouzer (R-NC)
Kentucky licensing board to consider inclusions/exclusions for surveying practice
Many state licensing and practice requirements have been, in recent years, questioned (if not actually challenged) with regard to which, if any, GIS activities must be performed by a Licensed Surveyor. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) addressed this issue in its August 2014 Model Rules.
Recently, the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors invited representatives from the surveying society (KAPS) and the GIS society (KAMP) to attend a January 8, 2015 meeting of its Surveying Committee to discuss a first draft of its list of inclusions and exclusions (based on the NCEES Model Rules). The invitation noted, "Our goal would be to reach agreement with both KAMP and KAPS on these matters and hopefully add to our regulations," further stating, "The goal would be to develop language in the list that would provide guidance on what would fall within the definition of surveying and what would not."
NSPS stolen equipment registry
You may not be aware that NSPS offers a registry for any NSPS member to use for listing stolen equipment, and for members to check if they are approached to purchase equipment from unknown sources. Anyone wishing to utilize the NSPS registry can access it by using the link, http://www.nsps.us.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=676&parentID=525&nodeID=2.
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Data mashups can help answer the world's biggest questions
As the world wakes up to the power of data, we need to start working out how to join up all this information. We need to turn it into meaningful findings that will help us to make changes to the way we live. A new technique is emerging as part of this quest — the data mashup. This approach to linking data could help us shed light on phenomena such as the health impacts of climate change.
GAO upholds geospatial intelligence award to Harris
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest by Boeing Intelligence Systems Group of Springfield, Virginia, of an approximately $160 million contract awarded to Harris Corp. to help develop one of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's top priorities. NGA has been developing what it calls the "Map of the World," an integrated collection of data, including geospatial data, from sources throughout the intelligence community.
FOSS4G PDX Conference: Geospatial technological innovation and diversity are thriving
The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference came to Portland, Oregon, from Sept. 9-12. For me, this conference serves as a bellwether for the overall health of technological diversity in the geospatial industry. As an industry with an extremely strong No. 1, it can be difficult to ascertain how well numbers 2, 3 and 4 may be doing.
HERE maps for Android (beta)
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