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The flow of information
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As a "purple pipe" project, the Noman Cole Water Reuse Pipeline was designed for sustainability, using reclaimed water from the Fairfax County Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant for irrigation of local parks and for cooling purposes at a local energy-from-waste facility. Substantially completed in March 2012, the distribution of the reclaimed water required engineering design of pump stations, elevated water tanks and approximately five miles of large diameter (12- to 30-inch) pipeline through an urban corridor in the Washington, D.C., metro area. More

Monitoring: A fast-growing discipline
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Monitoring — an intermittent series of observations in time, carried out to assess compliance with a specified degree of deviation from an expected norm — is an increasingly critical component in today's project environment, as analysis of monitoring data can contribute to a better understanding of motion-related events and long-term trends. More

Pulling it all together
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By Jeffery Fillion, PSM and Rhonda Kimbrough, MA: In the past three years since I've worked for the National Forests in Florida, many mapping exercises have been cumbersome and have involved duplication of effort because results were not often shared or combined with other disciplines. This flagship project in Silver Glen Springs is different. More

NSPS honors Dave Doyle on the occasion of his retirement
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NSPS President Bob Dahn has issued a proclamation establishing Jan. 9, 2013, as David Doyle Day. Readers of NSPS News & Views know Dave Doyle as a reliable and trusted source of information related to "anything" to do with geodesy, and friend of surveyors worldwide.

A ceremony is being held at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., on Jan. 9 to honor Dave's many years of service to NOAA and NGS, and his unparalleled efforts on behalf of the surveying profession.

NSPS wishes Dave well in retirement and looks forward to his continued activity in the organization.

NSPS sale items
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  • S508 Surveying Solved Problems, 3rd Edition. Sale price: $40 plus shipping. Save $27.
  • S499 Stormwater Management for Land Development. Sale price: $70 plus shipping. Save $33.20.
  • S515 The Global Positioning System and GIS, An Introduction. Sale price: $48 plus shipping. Save $20.
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Phone: 240-439-4615, ext. 105

If you would like a FREE copy of The Surveyor's Contracts and Risk Management Manual send $5 to cover the cost of shipping and handling to NSPS, Attn: Trish Milburn, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Please make checks payable to NSPS and in the memo field write Contracts Manual.

Hurricane Sandy relief
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The NSPS Foundation stands ready to provide disaster relief funds to surveyors and their employees who have been affected by the storm. Please click here to print a application form.

Hurricane Sandy reminds us to DONATE to the NSPS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Visit to donate online.

Please mark your calendars now!
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North East Surveying Societies Conference and Convention
VSLS 50th Anniversary Celebration
2014 NESS Meeting & Conference
Sept. 10-12, 2014
Sheraton Conference Center, South Burlington, Vt.

Washington surveying conference takes place in March
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The Land Surveyors' Association of Washington hopes you plan to attend the 2013 Annual Conference. The Conference will be held at the Tulalip Resort in Mukilteo, Wash., on March 6-9. We are looking forward to an exciting program of classes covering a variety of topics. We will also be hosting an Exhibit Hall for our vendors. Please find the Preliminary Schedule, Registration Forms, Exhibitor Prospectus and additional information at

NPR: Mapping a history of the world, and our place in it
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AudioBrief Author Simon Garfield loves maps. His home in London is full of them — that's where they're stocked, hanging on walls and piled on shelves. So when Garfield was looking for a new topic to write about, not surprisingly, maps won out. His new book is called, "On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Works." More

OpenStreetMap: A year of edits 2012
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A video shows all edits made to the OpenStreetMap project in 2012. OpenStreetMap is a free geographic database that anyone can edit; it's like the wikipedia of mapping data. This animation shows all additions and modifications of nodes (flashes) and cumulative edits (fading to purple) in 2012. Additional visualizations are the redaction bot's work (flying away yellow spheres) and the shift to ODbL (green flash). More

Galileo E6 signal tracking announced by JAVAD GNSS
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An announcement on the JAVAD GNSS website states "On December 21, 2012, we have tracked E6 B/C signal from all launched Galileo satellites, using TRE-G3T-E E6-band capable receiver. The following graphs shows SNR and 'code-minus-phase' combination of svn #11 (sat #81 on graph), svn #12 (sat #82), svn #19 (sat #89) and svn #20 (sat #90). C/A stands for E1, P2 for E5B, CL2 for E6, L5 for E5A." More

Esri shares content from Transform Your Organization ArcGIS 10.1 Roadshow
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By Adena Schutzberg: Esri has shared videos, handouts and demos from various locations from its 2012 ArcGIS 10.1 roadshow titled "Transform Your Organization." You can even get a PDF of the certificate of attendence. Slide decks are provided in PDF, too. The one I downloaded was 34 Mb. More

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