News and Views
Dec. 24, 2013

NSPS News & Views Update
Be sure to look for the final edition of NSPS News & Views the week after Christmas. It will contain the most popular articles from the entire 2013 year.

We want to thank everyone who has interacted with us this year in reaction to items that have appeared in the newsletter. The ALTA/ACSM question/answer column seems to be among the favorites for comments, along with the various items regarding the NSPS Government Affairs activities.

Please continue to interact with us during 2014, not only in reaction to items that are published, but also with ideas about things you would like to see. More

NSPS Sustaining Organizations
NSPS wishes to thank those organizations who were former ACSM Sustaining Members, and who have continued their support for NSPS initiatives. With the joint membership program having resulted to date in increasing NSPS membership 4-fold, an outreach plan is being implemented to bring back those who were former Sustaining Members and reach out to new potential members.

NSPS recognizes that in order to achieve its goals for representing the surveying profession, it is critical that it maintain a strong body of sustaining organizations.More

National Surveyors Week (NSW) Promotion Plan
It is time to start thinking about National Surveyors Week (March 16-22, 2014). NSPS Staff is working with NCEES Staff to develop a NSW downloadable kit. We are soliciting ideas for activities that can be included in the kit. Please send your idea or suggestions to by January 15, 2014. NSPS is pleased that The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) has declared March 22, 2014 as its Surveyors Day to coincide with National Surveyors Week. CLGE and NSPS have petitioned FIG to establish a worldwide Surveyors Day at this same time.More

A Modern Compass Improves Oil Production
By using the Earth's magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts.

An article in the fall 2013 issue of Oilfield Review highlights this technology and its applications across the world. It also discusses the public-private collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and partners to successfully implement the technology. More

Federal Property Inventory Legislation Nearing Approval
The Senate was headed to approve a bill creating an improved federal property inventory prior to adjourning for the year. S. 1398, Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 was slated for final approval in late December. A similar bill had previously passed the House unanimously. The bill does not go as far as the NSPS-supported Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 916, but does improve the accuracy of the federal land inventory. Unlike the FLAIR Act, S. 1398 defines real property as "buildings" and thus does not include land holdings of agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. The inventory will not be in a GIS, so properties can be easily located and information about each tract of land can be examined. There is no requirement that the inventory be available to the public on the web. And the bill does not address the problem of the hundreds of stove-piped inventories many agencies now maintain at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year.More

NSPS' COFPAES Membership Results in Overturn of Another Improper Solicitation
A recent solicitation by the National Park Service for surveying/mapping services in Florida sought to procure the services using price quotes. A letter from COFPAES informing the contracting officers that such services are to be procured for federal contracts based on demonstrated competence and qualifications as required by the Brooks Act resulted in the solicitation, as written, being cancelled. READ DETAILS More

NSPS Radio Hour — December 30, 11 a.m. EDT
Due to the Holidays, a replay of an earlier show will be aired.

Thanks to Parker-Davis Quik Stakes and Schonstedt for their continued sponsorship of the show. More

Surveyors Needed to Judge Future City Regional Competitions
NCEES is looking for professional surveyors to serve as judges for the NCEES Best Land Surveying Practices special award at the regional competitions. If you are interested in serving as a judge at a regional competition, please email Sara McGee at

Future City General Information
Regional Sites More

Job opportunities
Job Opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association Annual Conference
April 10-12, 2014 - Tucson Marriott University Park
Florida Surveying and Mapping Society
Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors
The Eastern Section of the ISPLS is proud to be hosting the 2014 Conference - "40 Years — A Firm Foundation," March 4-7, 2014 at the Red Lion Inn in Pocatello. For information, contact Chairman Rodney Burch,
Register for the 2014 Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors' Annual Conference – January 15-17, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. For more information contact Jason Coyle.
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
Registration is now open for the 2014 PSLS Surveyors' Conference!
Please join PSLS in Hershey January 12-15 at the 2014 Surveyors’ Conference - our biggest event of the year!
Texas Society of Professional Surveyors - TSPS Symposium, February 21-22, 2014 in Lubbock, TX at the Overton Hotel
Virginia Association of Surveyors - VAS 66th Annual Convention, Wyndham Va. Crossings Hotel, Glen Allen (Richmond), VA - January 23-25, 2014. For More Information, Contact: Judy Hite.
CLSA-NALS Conference, April 12-16, 2014, San Diego, CA
Click Here to Visit the Conference Website for More Information

94th Annual Convention of the Wyoming Engineering Society

The following organizations hold meetings in conjunction with the WES convention:

Dates: February 6 & 7, 2014

Location: University of Wyoming Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie, Wyoming

The following organizations hold meetings in conjunction with the WES convention: Contact: Joe Lord, Executive Director, Wyoming Engineering Society


Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon conference Jan 22-24, 2014 at the Convention Center in Salem, Oregon

Oregon GPS Users Group is putting on an all-day workshop entitled “Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System”, presented by David Doyle on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, at the NW Eola Viticulture Center, Chemeketa Community College, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd., Salem, OR 97304. The cost is $70 and includes a buffet style lunch. Go to for contact information. Registration is limited to 150 on a first-come, first-serve basis. This workshop should be quite interesting so it is recommended that individuals considering attending should not delay in making their decision. The NW Eola Viticulture Center offers a beautiful view of a piece of the Willamette Valley from its veranda, especially if the weather is nice.

Land Surveyors Association of Washington
Starts Wednesday, March 5 and is located at Tulalip Resort in Marysville, WashingtonMore