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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

The NSPS Save Our GPS blog
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From Frank Lenik, NSPS Governor New Jersey
InsideGNSS: The president's top advisors on navigation policy said Jan. 13 that "no practical solutions or mitigation" would enable a proposed broadband network to coexist near-term with GPS-based devices, including several systems needed for aviation safety. The officials said a separate analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration had concluded "the LightSquared proposals are not compatible with several gps dependent aircraft safety-of-flight systems." Because of the definitive nature of these results, the officials added that "no additional testing is warranted at this time."

Inbox: Of STEM occupations and new routes for oil
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Canadian politicians and energy executives are ratcheting up support for several big infrastructure projects aimed at redirecting the country's growing oil output to thirsty Asian markets — a move seen as crucial in preventing a looming bottleneck of crude. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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Jan. 17
TR Daily — Rick Kaplan, chief of FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, summarized FCC's current position on LightSquared as follows: "The bottom line at the moment is that the FCC is sort of waiting for NTIA to get back to us as to where things stand with the testing." Mr. Kaplan said at an event sponsored by the Broadband Breakfast Club: "Once we get it, we'll move on from there." He also reiterated that the FCC "will do nothing to harm GPS in any way whatsoever."

Jan. 13
The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Flight Global, Inside GNSS, Space News and a Federal Times blog all report that the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing national executive committee, which is made up of nine federal agencies that coordinate GPS issues, has unanimously concluded that LightSquared's proposed network would significantly interfere with GPS devices. The board also said it saw no quick way to fix the problems and that no additional testing is needed.

In a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal, LightSquared said "government testing has become unfair and shrouded from the public eye," and said the government advisory board was too close to the GPS industry to make a fair recommendation. LightSquared called for the Commerce Department and the FCC to re-evaluate the test results with "unbiased officials and engineers." The company also threatened legal action.

Climate change and seismic activity
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Is there a relationship between seismic events and climate change? This is actually a two-way question. First, does climate change affect seismic events? But also, do seismic events affect climate change? Then there is the third line of thought that climate change might affect the hazards of seismic events without actually affecting the event itself. 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!

Vietnam to modernize land administration
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The World Bank and the Embassy of New Zealand collaborated with Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to develop a complete and modern land management system. The collaboration aims to increase access to land information services by all stakeholders. More

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Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors 2012 Surveyors' Conference
Jan. 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.

The Virginia Association of Surveyors will hold its 64th Annual Convention and Meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va., on Jan. 26-28. For more information, go to

Rafting in Utah

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Fellow NSPS Explorers!
We plan to follow in the grand tradition of the great John Wesley Powell and raft (motorized) the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon the last week of May starting at Moab, Utah, and ending at Hite Marina on Lake Powell, 100 miles and three days and nights later.

Sumo laptop/tablet combo backpacks
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CES, Las Vegas, — Jan. 11 — Mobile Edge, the industry leader in innovative and stylish laptop carrying cases and travel accessories has introduced two new Ultrabook/Tablet Backpacks under the Sumo brand. These new backpacks are designed to accommodate laptops up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro in a tailored padded pocket, plus a separate fleece-lined pocket specifically for iPads or other computer tablets. More

GIS adoption and use on college campuses
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The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science conducted a survey in 2011 "to understand if and how GIS adoption and use on college campuses has evolved over the years." The goal is the creation of a database of best practices for guiding successful campus engagement. The results from the 94 responses suggest a variety of uses for GIS on campus and a mix of outcomes from similar engagement strategies. More

6 strategies of successful surveying firms
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Why do some firms succeed where others struggle? Is it really necessary to keep up with technology? How can a surveying firm stay profitable in this "new economy?" To find out, POB spoke with representatives from a couple of equipment dealers who have been closely watching market trends. Here are six strategies they see being implemented by some of today's most successful firms. More

Job trends show technology industry in full swing
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The boom in the technology industry sees an explosion in programming and data entry jobs. AdSense and content writing jobs pull back after surging in the third quarter. Apple iPhone application development surges after launch of the 4S, but Android applications accelerate at over twice the growth rate. Amazon AWS grows strongly but from a small base and no one seems to care about Google App Engine, or even less, Microsoft Azure. More

Real estate industry offers opportunities using geospatial technology
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How big is the real estate industry? Did you know it is larger than all investments in the stock market? So, given its enormity, what entreprenuerial opportunities exist for using geospatial technology? Gil Castle, a 30-year industry veteran and past URISA president, shows just where new career ventures might be found. More

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