National Surveyors Week Activities Highlighted
The much anticipated National Surveyors Week kit is now available. The kit is a joint effort between NSPS and NCEES.
In addition to the kit, NSPS is using National Surveyors Week to kick off its efforts to assist the National Geodetic Survey with its plan to replace the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88). Read the recent News & Views article about this.
NSPS Area 2 Director Frank Lenik has been engaged in initiating National Surveyors Week activities, and has prepared a paper on the topic. NSPS hopes all surveyors will utilize the kit to promote National Surveyors Week, and will participate in the NGS activities.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Feb 24, 11 a.m. EDT
Join host Curt Sumner as he and his guest Frank Lenik talk about plans for National Surveyors Week, and how it is being used to assist NGS. Frank and Curt will also discuss the new NSW kit that is being posted on the NSPS website, as well as other communications avenues that are intended to strengthen NSPS' ability to serve the profession, and thus its members.
Frank Lenik is the NSPS Area 2 (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario) Director. He has also recently been working with surveyors in other regions of the country related to the NGS initiate to develop a new vertical datum.
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 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.
SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference
April 14-17, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo.
SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference brings together professionals from diverse markets to discover the latest advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing and delivery to drive efficiency, improve workflows, reduce project timelines, save money, improve safety and mitigate risk. In addition to robust conference programming, the events feature an exhibition full of hardware and software solutions, mobile mapping vehicles, live demonstrations, roundtable discussions and multiple networking events. Members of National Society of Professional Surveyors are entitled to a 10 percent discount off the regular registration fee. Enter code 108640 when prompted for "promo code" during the registration process. Click here to register.
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