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NSPS announces results of national Trig-Star competition
State competition winners from 37 states participated in the recent national 2014 Richard E. Lomax Trig-Star finals, sponsored by NSPS. Lomax, the 1992 NSPS President from Michigan, was a driving force in making Trig-Star a national program. Trig-Star begins each year when local surveyors work with teachers (typically math teachers) in one or more high schools in their respective communities throughout the U.S. The surveyor gives a presentation to the students about surveying and its importance in the world. The students then solve a predetermined math problem. All local winning entries are compared, and the student with the highest score achieved in the shortest amount of time is deemed to be the state winner. State winners then participate in a second (national) competition. The 2014 national winner solved the test question correctly in 18 minutes, 30 seconds. Several competitors solved the question correctly, therefore the time element became the deciding factor.
The 2014 national award winners are: 1st Place - Lubin Deng, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, CO (teacher, Dorothy Dady); 2nd Place – Benjamin Fawcett, New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC (teacher, Nicholas Corak); 3rd Place – Natalie Sanchez, Rochester High School, Rochester, WA (teacher, Carolyn Johnson). The winning students, and their teachers, receive a monetary award and a plaque recognizing their accomplishment.
NSPS expresses its sincere appreciation to the surveyors who worked so diligently as local sponsors, and/or as state coordinators. Without their efforts this important program could not continue to prosper. Thanks also to the NSPS Trig-Star committee for its dedication to the program.
Read the NSPS press release for a complete list of participants.
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Trig-Star scholarship awarded
Several years ago, NSPS established an annual $5,000 scholarship that is available to high school seniors who have at some point in their high school years participated in the annual NSPS Trig-Star competition at any level (local, state, national). They are not required to have won the competition.
Applicants must show proof of their 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's degree in surveying and mapping (the Land Surveying Profession)."
Funding for the scholarship is provided by donations, and is managed by the NSPS Foundation. The NSPS Board of Governors periodically allocates donations it collects during its semi-annual meetings to the fund.
The 2014 winner of the scholarship is Matthew Herrell. Matthew attended James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, and has enrolled in the Surveying and Geomatics program at Troy University located in Troy, AL. The Troy program is ABET accredited.
LightSquared financial backer sues US government
NSPS News & Views readers will recall the uproar that began a few years ago regarding a plan for a proposed terrestrial broadband wireless network that was proven to excessively interfere with GPS use, including use by the surveying and mapping profession. A July 14, 2014 article in Inside GNSS relates the story of a lawsuit filed July 11 by Harbinger Capital Partners, the hedge fund that acted as the primary financial backer of LightSquared.
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NSPS Radio Hour July 21, 2014
The final installment of the three-part series on UAVs will feature Jeff Lovin PS, Director of Geospatial Services at Woolpert, a company already using UAV/UAS technology for its work on government-funded projects.
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, 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.
Key members of Congress call on Labor Secretary to rescind Davis-Bacon order
One year after three chairmen from the U.S. House of Representatives wrote the Department of Labor asking questions and requesting documents related to the department's new policy defining members of survey crews as "laborers and mechanics," subject to the Davis-Bacon Act, the three lawmakers formally asked Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to rescind the order.
Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) indicated the department had conducted inadequate analysis and consultation with stakeholders such as NSPS.
"It has been a year since Congress first asked for documents and information on the Labor Department's decision making. That request has still gone unanswered. However, NSPS knows from its own experience and from meetings with the Department staff that the surveying profession was not consulted and no impact analysis was conducted," said Curtis W. Sumner, PLS, Executive Director of NSPS.
|NSPS Executive Director meets with Congressman leading oversight of Davis-Bacon Expansion.
House Appropriations Committee approves NSPS-supported request for USGS funds
The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior and related agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Earlier this year, NSPS sent a letter to the panel supporting funds in President Obama's budget for 3DEP, a 3-dimensional elevation program. NSPS government affairs consultant John Palatiello also testified before the panel to articulate the society's request. The committee approved its FY15 bill on Tuesday, July 15 and included "the requested increases for the ... 3–D Elevation Program; the Alaska mapping project; and the National Map Modernization effort." The bill now goes to the full House. Senate action on an Interior appropriations bill is uncertain.
FLAIR Act slated for House committee action today
The Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform or "FLAIR" Act. NSPS supports the bill to create a current, accurate inventory of all land owned by the Federal government, authorize an "inventory of inventories" to identify redundant and duplicate inventories that are old and out of date that the government can eliminate to save money, and integrate data into an efficient database or "multipurpose cadastre." A substitute is slated to be considered, which makes minor revisions to the original bill. H.R. 916 is a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT). NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner testified on the bill in December, 2013.
Registration open for conference on exporting opportunities for surveyors, geospatial professionals
Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, a two-day conference to be held Sept. 25-26 in Alexandria, Virginia, will feature organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage surveying, geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States. Officials from agencies and non-governmental organizations will discuss their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures for engineering and geospatial services. NSPS members receive a registration discount. Registration is now open.
Maryland surveyors applaud bill increasing education for licensure
The Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) applauded the enactment of legislation that advances the surveying profession in the Free State through increased education requirements for licensure. HB 702, "Professional Land Surveyors-Licensure Qualifications–Revisions," sponsored by Delegate Michael Vaughn (D-24–Prince George's) passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 15.
FEMA announces TMAC membership
FEMA continues to take important steps to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which requires the establishment of a Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) to review and advise FEMA on matters related to the flood mapping program. In addition, the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) of 2014 requires additional flood mapping review requirements for the TMAC.
Please see the news release issued today, July 15, 2014, announcing the TMAC membership. The selections have been made based on the requirements in legislation and in accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and qualifications of nominees, with consideration of diverse geographic and technical expertise representation. Initial appointments are for a one to two-year term. NSPS nominee Wendy Lathrop (NSPS President 1996) has been named to the TMAC as the Surveying Member. Wendy served in the same capacity on the last TMAC. All nominee appointments are subject to final approval of disclosure forms.
In addition to the news release issued earlier today, please find attached a fact sheet and FAQs on this topic.
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Open data: A policy required for emergency response and management
No less than three speakers in the morning session of the Senior Executive Seminar at the Esri User Conference spoke on the need for an open data policy for emergency response. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of the Department of Commerce and a NOAA administrator said that data, freely shared, is a public good and is a cornerstone of U.S. policy as well as a fundamental way of doing business.
SAP, Esri build stronger mapping ties
SAP and Esri jointly announced the general availability of new integrations between key platforms and applications of SAP and the geospatial services and content of Esri. SAP and Esri have been partners for many years, and several of their tools and applications have been adapted to work together — sometimes with the aid of third-party integrations.
The future of education: Geography matters — but so do other things
Chris Swanson, the Vice President of Education Week; Cindy Marten the Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District; and Dr. Helen Soulé, Executive Director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, addressed "Opportunities and Challenges in K-12 Education" in the first Esri Education GIS Conference plenary. One educator described this session as a "repeat" of "professional development talks" he'd seen.
Top 10 promises of wearables for greater geospatial awareness
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The wearables are certainly coming. We've seen the future in Google Glass, and the Android wear watches that are extending our handheld devices to be more hands free. We know that there is great value in extending technology to be more in tune with our actions and less intrusive to our navigation.