NSPS mourns loss of revered leader
On Monday, Oct. 29, NSPS Past-President (2005) Jerry Goodson passed away quite suddenly at his office in Lampasas, Texas.
Jerry was a long-time leader in the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and in NSPS. He served on the NSPS Board of Governors for many years representing TSPS, and served as the 1998-2000 Chairman of the Board of Governors. A memoriam for Jerry is posted on the TSPS website.
His participation in NSPS activities included service on many committees, in officer positions, and serving as President in 2005. For several years, he served as a NSPS Delegate to the ACSM Congress, and was its Chair in 2010.
Jerry served as a liaison for NSPS to NCEES, as well as being a representative on the NCEES Board for the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors. He was involved with NCEES in many studies related to the content and structure of licensure examinations for professional surveyors.
A few simple paragraphs cannot begin to capture the extent of Jerry Goodson's involvement and influence on behalf of the surveying profession. His infectious personality, integrity and honest caring for others endeared him to all with whom he came into contact. He was a true friend in every sense of the word. We will miss him.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 at the First Baptist Church in Lampasas with family visitation on Friday evening between 5-7 p.m. at Sneed Funeral Home (512-556-1183). Flowers can be ordered through Petal Peddlers (512-556-4667) in Lampasas.
The TSPS is establishing the Jerry Goodson Memorial Scholarship to benefit surveying students in need of financial assistance. Donations can be made through the TSPS headquarters office in Austin.
TSPS is also planning to place a Final Point marker at Jerry's gravesite through the program jointly offered by Berntsen International Inc. and NSPS.
ABET Board approves NSPS as lead society
During their Oct. 27 Board meeting, members of the ABET Board of Directors approved the application from NSPS to assume the responsibilities formerly undertaken by ACSM. The application had been filed subsequent to the merger of ACSM into NSPS, which was finalized in August.
As the Lead Society for the evaluation of programs designated by ABET as "surveying and mapping" (ASAC accreditation criteria), "surveying technology" (ETAC accreditation criteria), and "surveying engineering" (EAC accreditation criteria), a primary responsibility of NSPS is to maintain an adequate pool of approved and trained Program Evaluators and candidates to be Commissioners and ABET Board members.
NSPS also will have a member on the ABET Board and on the ABET Industry Advisory Council.
The final step in the ABET approval process is the procedural ratification of the Board's actions by two-thirds of the ABET Member Societies.
NSPS meets with the FCC to set the LightSquared record straight and fight for the GPS user community
Curt Sumner (NSPS Executive Director) and Laurence Socci (NSPS Government Affairs Consultant) met with officials from the FCC on Oct. 29 to discuss the LightSquared issue and its effect on the GPS user community. Sumner emphasized the costs to surveying and mapping professionals, as well as other GPS users, if/when they are forced to replace or upgrade their equipment; he discussed the need to resolve the uncertainty of where the LightSquared issue is going and how that uncertainty is affecting the GPS user community, and finally he discussed what steps the FCC should take on the LightSquared issue going forward.
FCC officials attending the meeting were Roderick Porter, Deputy Chief, International Bureau; Gardner Foster, Assistant Bureau Chief, and Ronald Repasi, FCC Engineer. The officials were receptive and acknowledged many of the points raised by NSPS. Sumner made clear that although the FCC has been in communication with the U.S. GPS Industry Council, that organization does not represent the GPS user community and rarely spoke with NSPS about the LightSquared issue prior to January 2011 when the issue of interference with GPS use became widely known. The FCC acknowledged the need for outreach to the GPS user community.
NSPS also raised the issue about LightSquared's latest proposal involving a license modification and its plan to relinquish its authority to conduct terrestrial operations at 1545–1555 MHz, the part of its band closest to the GPS band. NSPS emphasized the need to fully test this proposed plan before issuing any new license modification to LightSquared.
All in all, the meeting between NSPS and the FCC officials was productive, with the FCC learning about the concerns of the GPS user community in general and NSPS members in particular.
For more information on this meeting and what the NSPS is doing on this and other issues affecting the geospatial community, contact Curt Sumner, NSPS Executive Director, at (240) 439-4615 Ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2013 Scholarship Program
Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, $25,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students enrolled in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs. The scholarships are awarded in four eligibility categories. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. Visit www.nsps.us.com for details.
Reaching the unreachable
The American Surveyor
California's Santa Rosabased Cinquini & Passarino, Inc. is known for its creative approach to tough surveying problems. Even so, the initial face-to-face encounter with the Petaluma Trestle — a 500-foot length of rotting piers in slimy river mud along the Petaluma River — gave CFO Tony Cinquini, PE, PLS, a moment's pause. "My first thought was: 'How are we going to do this?' I sure didn't want to go underneath there, so there was no way I was going to send a field crew with conventional survey equipment into the area."
Moving the data
Point of Beginning
If you haven't checked out an iPhone lately, you probably should — just to get an idea of where technology for the surveying profession is headed. Fast, versatile and easy to use, the popular smartphone is setting a new standard for data management. It's a standard that Ray O'Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems and a senior managing executive officer within Topcon Corp., is determined to emulate as the company heads into its 81st year of innovation.
Cloud computing, Part 1
Cloud computing is all the rage at the moment. In fact, it seems that many companies are being caught up in a herd mentality of near panic: "We're not into cloud computing. We're getting behind our competitors. We have to do something fast!!" Often this feeling of being technologically behind is not founded in basic business principles. People should be asking, "How does this technology fit into what I am trying to accomplish with my business?"
LightSquared hires former senator to lobby for network
The Hill (blog)
Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is lobbying for wireless venture LightSquared, according to disclosure forms. Coleman, who narrowly lost his 2008 bid for reelection against Democrat Al Franken, now works as a lobbyist at the firm Hogan Lovells. According to the disclosure forms, Coleman will lobby to "expand access to broadband technology by supporting efforts of LightSquared."
Open-source web GIS development leads to new paths
Open-source software and the Internet go together "like bread and butter" might be true in the private world, but in public agencies, proprietary software is the dominant player. Web GISs in most public agencies, if they exist, typically are built on the backbone of enterprise database management systems such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority developed a Web GIS based on a PostgreSQL open-source relational DBMS as the backend.
Google has a strong start on the indoor location frontier
Sensors & Systems
Google has been very busy mapping the world for the past decade, which is something that has become more apparent every time they add a new Google Maps feature. Chief among the latest advancements is their effort to map interiors as well as to facilitate indoor navigation once you're inside. Informed Infrastructure editor Matt Ball spoke with Ed Parsons, geographer in residence at Google, about the technologies the company has deployed as well as the overall promise of the indoor location market.
GIS web mapping enables self service — and savings
Local governments have been quite successful in capitalizing on the applications of geospatial technology to improve citizen services and recognize savings, and businesses across industries can benefit from following their lead. This article is a quick look at how web mapping is helping government improve communications and services.