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Why one student chose geomatics engineering
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At 20, one does not often look back to determine why a person has pursued a certain course. Neither did Andreas Torsvik, an international student from Norway who attends college at Cal State Fresno — until he was asked, "Why did you chose geomatics?" Why, indeed. More

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Sight lines: The gift of learning
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How can we encourage more young people to pursue careers in surveying and related fields? A study published in the journal Science Education found that students who are interested in math and science at an early age are more likely to pursue eventual careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as the STEM fields. More

Letter to the editor
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Dear Editor, I would like to offer my response to the article in the ACSM BULLETIN no. 253 (October 2011) entitled, "When Surveyors Were Revolting: A Brief Study of Four Revolutionists." In several parts of the article Mr. N.W.J. Hazelton relates to the problem that has had an impact on land surveying for many years. That is the failure of the surveying community to educate the public about the importance of land surveying. More

Mapping a career path in forensics
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If you've wondered how you might parlay your surveying skills into other market niches, forensic mapping might be a logical avenue to consider. Why? Crime scene investigators and reconstructionists predominantly use the same ubiquitous mapping tool as surveyors: the total station. Surveyors can become a valuable resource for police departments, given their thorough knowledge of mapping principles. More

What techies will be watching on the Hill
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While the government has joined businesses in moving toward cloud computing, significant legislation on the issue has been delayed in Congress. Cloud computing, in which data and programs are stored on remote servers and usually accessed online, offers ways to cut costs and increase efficiency but poses a range of concerns over privacy, security and liability. Many industry leaders say legislation is needed to clarify existing law and provide certainty to encourage investment in the new technology. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Cloud Computing Act of 2011 generated a lot of buzz when the Minnesota Democrat announced it at a Best Buy store in her home state in April. But seven months later, the bill floundered after Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who was originally floated as a cosponsor, bailed. Late last year, Klobuchar said she is working with new authors to introduce the bill.

Other issues that could emerge this session include debate over legislation that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes from out-of-state customers. Also on the Senate's docket are two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission. They were approved by the Senate Commerce Committee but their final confirmation vote is on hold while Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, spars with the FCC over the handling of the LightSquared proceeding.

Intersecting paths of success: TPA, eGPS and Champion instruments
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Surveyors understand entrepreneurialism. It's one of the things that made our country great, and how most of the survey companies in existence today got their start. The American Surveyor recently visited Atlanta to learn about a group of companies that exhibit this unique American trait. The story is actually about three surveyors, one Chinese GNSS expert and import/export specialist, and three companies. More

Coalition to Save GPS clips
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Jan. 4
IDG News reported on Sprint's extended deadline for LightSquared to get FCC approval. The article quoted Roger Entner of Recon Analytics who said the new Sprint deadline may not be set in stone: "It doesn't cost them anything to extend the deal with LightSquared," Entner said.

Politico Pro asks, "How long can [LightSquared] hang on?" The article cites "serious financial" straits for the company, in addition to the issue of GPS interference caused by its planned network. LightSquared declined to comment.

MAPPS letter urges president, Congress to invest in construction, design
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MAPPS joined 44 construction and design groups in a letter dated Dec. 7 to President Barack Obama and Congress to pass legislation providing certainty in the construction community. The letter has three "asks" for the president and Congress. The coalition also posted an ad in Roll Call, a newspaper focused on Congress, on Dec. 8. More

Presentation hacking (Part 1)
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More and more, making presentations is part of business life. Whether it's a salesperson doing a sales presentation, a training session, or your kid's homework at school, there's likely to be a PowerPoint involved. Without debating whether PowerPoint is the best idea in any of those applications, let's just assume you're going to use it. More

When are the 2012 federal holidays?
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You're just back to work after the holidays and already you need a vacation, right? So when can you plan to take a day off in 2012? There are a few quirks in this year's federal holiday calendar. Most especially, Independence Day is on a Wednesday, so many workers might spring for the five-day weekend or take off the entire week. Same goes for Christmas, which falls on a Tuesday. Veterans Day is officially Sunday, Nov. 11, but most federal workers will observe the holiday the following day. More

Engineers invited to explore GNSS filters at JAVAD GNSS
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Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, invites engineers "who want to roll up their sleeves" to a working session at his company's San Jose, California facility on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to "find solutions and discuss technical details" related to the LightSquared/GPS conflict. The invitation comes at the end of a lengthy statement, "A Technical Story of a Bad Filter and a Good Filter — Which Turned Political!" More

Official: City of Philadelphia GIS is among country's best
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In 1996, when Jim Querry started at the Mayor's Office of Information Services in Philadelphia, there was a single Internet connection, an Apple dial-up tool at 1234 Market Street. Querry, who now leads the city's geospatial information systems group, was joining an effort by some in the city to get ahead of what was already being billed as the digital revolution, a chance to bolster transparency and efficiency of government systems. More

10 predictions for 2012
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Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. V1 editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with a list of predictions for 2012. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. More

Top 10 GIS/Geo tech videos of 2011
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GIS User hosts and shares user created and user sourced videos from the GIS/Geo tech community. A number of awesome videos hit the site this year ... check out the top 10 according to popularity with the readers. More

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