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Don't forget that flood certification!
The American Surveyor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A flood zone, a floodplain, or, in modern terminology, a Special Flood Hazard Area is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as any "area having special flood, mudflow, or flood-related erosion hazards, and shown on a Flood Hazard Boundary Map or a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as Zone A, AO, A1-A30, AE, A99, AH, AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/AH, AR/AO, AR/A1-A30, V1-V30, VE, or V." More

Flying higher
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Demand for high-resolution imagery is booming in Australia. Through the New South Wales Land and Property Information group's Spatial Information eXchange, users in government, survey, land valuation and other applications increasingly access detailed orthorectified digital imagery and rich digital elevation datasets for critical planning and decision-making operations. More

Educational partnerships
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Professional Surveyor Magazine has had the pleasure of profiling many fine surveying programs and schools over the years. Every time we explore an aspect of surveying education, it is heartening to see the high quality of these programs and the dedication of those involved in their continued success. More

Google, Apple, Nokia and the quest for the perfect map
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Everyone has at least one mapping fiasco story — "and then I turned right, right into a swamp!" — and Brian McClendon, VP of Google's mapping division, has heard them all. People can't resist sharing them, even though the misadventure is never as wacky as the storyteller thinks it is. When I tell him my tale of directional woe, he sighs. "We should have gotten your query right," he replies in a weary, apologetic tone. More

If mapping is never done, then how far done are we?
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One beauty of a geographical systems pursuit is the never-ending to-do list of items that need mapping. Where we once charted unknown lands, and added place names, today's tools allow us to catalog many more attributes, and monitor change through modeled and simulated captured reality. We've come so far in our mapping abilities in a short time, and we are on the verge of a profound change to mapping thanks to sensors that provide real-time insight. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of News & Views, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NSPS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

Predicting future behavior: It's the end results that matter, not the technology
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Since Ptolemy drafted his ancient discourse on cartography, Charles Picquet placed a rudimentary heat map across the 48 districts of Paris showing cholera severity or Fred Armisen taught the world a few things about political maps on Saturday Night Live, GIS and derivative capabilities have been about something other than pleasing maps, pretty pictures or the coolest technology. More

Lockheed Martin receives GPS control sustainment contract
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The U.S. Air Force Space Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions–Defense a $100 million contract to support the GPS ground control segment. The contract's period of performance is from January 2013 through June 2019. The GPS ground infrastructure enables Air Force Space Command 2nd Space Operations Squadron, based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., to perform on-orbit operational control of the GPS satellite constellation. More

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