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NSPS ballot nominations, 2012
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Brief biographies with photos of the individuals nominated to run for election to the NSPS Board are now accessible at, in a document entitled "NSPS Ballot Nominations, 2012." More

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
Products’ Features: Use rare neodymium magnets that don’t wear out - Impact protection guards around the magnet - Durable aluminum handle assemblies - Storage tray for mobility during transportation; Affordable and long-lasting - Optional magnet offered for Little Lifter model for increased lifting capability - Range of models for various applications from light duty to grate removal to 500 pound lifting capacity. MORE

Scholarships, professional awards: Deadlines fast approaching
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Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, thousands of dollars are made available by individuals, companies and organizations to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. Information about the various scholarships and awards can be found at (under AWARDS 2012; Map Competition) and at (under SCHOLARSHIPS). The deadline for most of the awards — Feb. 17 — is fast approaching. Don't let this deadline go by without acting! More

Berntsen at 40
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Peter Berntsen and Phillip Peterson combined their skills in foundry technology and industrial sales to co-found Berntsen Cast Products, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, in 1972. Their idea was to sell custom aluminum survey markers and monuments nationwide — something no one else was doing at the time. In May of 1972, they applied for a patent on the W-1 highway monument, the first of many patents for the company. More

ACSM Radio Hour
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The guest on the Monday, Jan. 16, show will be Marshall Robinson, owner of Allegheny Surveys, Inc., in Birch River, W.Va. Marshall is a licensed professional surveyor in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His company provides a wide variety of services, primarily to the coal, timber and gas industries, including "plotting out a rescue operation" during the Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia in 2006. In this Radio Hour, Marshall will discuss underground surveying activities conducted by surveyors. More

LightSquared issues
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FCC, LightSquared face legal roadblocks
Forbes: The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 31, can further delay LightSquared's launch of a nationwide wireless data network. The clause, added to the 500-page bill at the bequest of Reps. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from approving LightSquared's request to begin commercial land-based operations until the FCC "has resolved concerns" about possible interference with military GPS systems. MORE

Sprint puts investment in LightSquared on hold
Bloomberg Business Week: Sprint Nextel Corp. put its investment in a partnership with LightSquared Inc. on hold as the wireless venture seeks an operating license from U.S. regulators, Sprint Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse said. The CEO told a Citigroup Inc. conference in San Francisco that he hopes LightSquared, backed by billionaire Philip Falcone's hedge fund, can resolve technology hurdles needed to gain regulatory approval. MORE

Interference worries may scuttle LightSquared plans
United Press International: An attempt by U.S. company LightSquared to set up a 4G broadband service in the frequency band next to one used by GPS satellites may be over, experts say. LightSquared's plan to build 40,000 ground transmitters to transmit 4G wireless signals in a band at 1525 to 1559 MHz — right next to the 1559 to 1610 MHz band GPS satellites use to transmit navigation signals — brought warnings the plan would create GPS dead zones across the United States because of interference. MORE

Technology being developed to measure global warming
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NASA has funded a $561,130 grant to a team of researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology. The team, led by Associate Professor John Kerekes, will develop a computer model. The model will be used by scientists examining the data from the NASA satellite "Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2," which is expected to be launched in 2016. Digital maps are expected to be produced from the team's computer model. More

IBHS report evaluates building codes in 18 coastal states
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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety released Jan. 9 a report that provides an analysis of residential building codes in the 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast. Building codes are intended to increase the safety and integrity of structures, thereby reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from hurricanes and a wide range of other hazards. Entitled "Rating the States: An Assessment of Residential Building Codes and Enforcement Systems for Life Safety and Property Protection in Hurricane Prone Regions," the report is the first of its kind state-by-state assessment of individual state performance in developing and promulgating a residential building code system. More

Selling your surveying business
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Many of the great surveyors in our country are moving toward an age where their future does not include the day-to-day operation of a surveying business. These surveyors own companies of varying sizes, formats and specialties covering every possible area of our profession. A significant percentage are sole proprietors whose firms are like children to them — they gave birth to the firm, nurtured it, fed its growth and have incredible pride in its status as a mature firm. More

Industry outlook 2012: The Year of the Cloud?
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It seemed that 2011 was more stable than the last couple of years, but that doesn't mean everything was rosy. Times continue to be tough financially throughout the world, and the geotechnology sector still is no exception (although it continues to fare better than the general economy). Unfortunately, young people, particularly those just out of college, have been especially hard hit by the recession of the last few years. More

Innovation: Know your enemy
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GPS jamming is a continuing threat. A detailed understanding of how the available jammers work is necessary to judge their effectiveness and limitations. A team of researchers from Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin reports on their analyses of the signal properties of 18 commercially available GPS jammers. More

The big list of GIS, mapping and Geo Tech events for 2012
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Here we are well into 2012 and that means another year of conferences, events, MeetUps, Devmeets, hackathons and more. With budgets tight, a rough economy and conferences coming and going by the wayside, there are a number of choices to be made. Which event will you hit? Where to allocate your budget? Where will you get the most bang for your travel money? More

Save the date
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Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors 2012 Surveyors' Conference
January 22-25, Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa. Conference registration and exhibitor/sponsor brochures are available on the PSLS website. For questions, contact the PSLS office at 717-540-6811 or Curt Sumner, ACSM/NSPS Executive Director, will give the keynote address at the meeting.

GIS/CAMA 2012 Conference
The 16th Annual GIS/CAMA (Geographic Information Systems / Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) Technologies Conference, the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio; March 12-15. Sponsors: The International Association of Assessing Officers and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. For conference details, click here.

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