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Mar. 12, 2015

Pipeline Week call for papers closes tomorrow
Pipeline Week call for papers closes tomorrow, Friday, March 13. This is the Granddaddy of all energy pipeline events, and it sees an increasing number of attendees each year! Submit an abstract so you can be part of the action. Go here for details.More

GIS game-changing drones to lift US economy
Directions Magazine
By 2017, the economic impact of integrating unmanned aerial systems into the U.S. economy will exceed $13.6 billion and add 70,000 new jobs, according to forecasts by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. By 2025, this will increase to 100,000 jobs with an impact of $82 billion. The use of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to collect data is a major part of AUVSI's forecast.More

Why the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has eyes on the Arctic
Almost by definition, the North Pole is not thought of as a global hot spot. It's an area typically only recognized come holiday time. But as the polar ice melts, the Arctic is becoming a nexus of geopolitical tensions, over subjects as diverse as penguins and Ukraine. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, a Pentagon division that provides maps to the spy community, is closely monitoring the situation. More

NSDI's ability to meet future needs 'at risk'
Directions Magazine
The ability of the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure to meet future needs is at risk, according to the recently released Report Card on the U. S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The report card officially awarded the NSDI a D in the Future Need category, and its other grades weren't much better. In fact, the NSDI earned an average of a C for its individual data categories, and a C- across seven other overview categories, indicating that the entire infrastructure "needs attention."More

IEEE: Smart grid progress on several fronts
Smart Grid News
Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question­-and-­answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions. More

Antenna array and receiver testing with a multi-RF output GNSS simulator
GPS World
This article discusses the GALANT adaptively steered antenna array and receiver and demonstrates the test scenarios generated with the GNSS simulator. Exemplary results of different static and dynamic test scenarios are presented, demonstrating the attitude determination capabilities as well as the interference detection and mitigation capabilities. More

Americans lead the world, spending 4.7 hours a day on smartphones
GIS User
Those glancing moments that you have every hour or so are really adding up! Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones — more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world — according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence that tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. More

Galileo's commercial service
Inside GNSS
In the near future, the Galileo program will decide on the design and implementation of a Commercial Service for civil applications that provides high-accuracy positioning and signal authentication. A team of authors involved in the program describes the evolution of this service, its current design, and the results of tests of its capabilities using actual signals in space. More

Unmistakable marks: When a monument is not a monument
Point of Beginning
It is a familiar rule of construction that generally allows natural or artificial monuments to control measurements where the two come into conflict in a deed description. However, a critical caveat to this principle requires the surveyor to establish a link between the monument and the deed. More