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NSPS Radio Hour — Jan 26, 11 a.m. EDT
How can/should Licensed Surveyors be involved in mediation/conflict resolution in conjunction with their professional practice? Could a credential similar to the State of Washington's Limited Licensed Legal Technicians (LLLT) program, currently focused only of family law, be a way to facilitate this? Join host Curt Sumner, Gary Kent, Steve Crossland (Chair of WA LLLT Board), and Robert Zierman (Attorney focusing on boundary dispute resolution) as they explore the possibilities.

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Correction for link to petition on 'Move Over & Slow Down' law
A couple of weeks ago NSPS News & Views printed an article about a petition created by the American Towing & Recovery Institute to request that surveyors nationwide sign on to a petition asking President Obama to propose and endorse legislation that would require every motorist to "move over & slow down" when passing any person/group of people (including surveyors) stranded or working on the side of any road.

The link to the petition in that article did not work for some people, so we are providing the following link for those who wish to sign the petition,

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NSPS meets with Congressman Steve Knight of California
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with freshmen Representative Steve Knight (R-CA). Representing California's 25th Congressional District, Rep. Knight serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Prior to winning his Congressional seat, he served in the California State Assembly from 2008-2012, and was most recently a State Senator.
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  RTK Corrections Where Others Fail

“We use the RTK Bridge-X to grab a correction through the Internet where a typical cell phone won’t connect,” says Chuck Hutchins, Vectors, Inc. “Since the RTK Bridge-X can be put in a truck, it serves as a mobile platform to maintain crew’s connections when no other options exist.” MORE

NSPS discusses acquisition reform with Senate Small Business Committee
Last week, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with senior Congressional staff of Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the new Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The meeting, focusing on Federal procurement, covered why design-build reform is necessary to address the uncertainty for small businesses submitting expensive technical proposals during the second step of the two-step procurement process. In addition, procuring surveying and mapping services through reverse auctions is a direct violation of the Brooks Act and its qualifications based selection (QBS) process. NSPS is working with a construction industry procurement coalition to urge Congress to enact legislation to reform design-build and reverse auctions.
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Government report says DOT is progressing toward a performance-based approach to projects
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made progress moving toward a national performance-based approach since the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was enacted in July 2012. DOT has undertaken extensive outreach efforts with states and other grantees and is developing nine rules that, among other things, are to establish national performance measures, and target-setting and reporting requirements for grantees. DOT's progress has also been affected by the varying experiences within its operating administrations in implementing a performance-based approach.
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NSPS national conference to feature 'Hill Day'
The NSPS Spring Meeting will have a new look with several added features in 2015. The 2015 event will be April 13-16 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), Virginia, convenient to Reagan National Airport and the Washington Metro.

Traditional events will include typical NSPS committee and board meetings, and the annual Student Competition. It will also include a NSPS PAC dinner on Tuesday, April 14 and a day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 15, jointly with MAPPS. This will give the surveying, mapping, and geospatial community a larger and stronger voice before Congress.

The conference will also include a Geospatial Summit hosted by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13. The Geospatial Management Office (GMO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will hold a special forum on licensed geospatial data to be held on Thursday, April 16.

Meeting planners are currently working to add additional presentations/forums.

Exhibits, sponsorships, and registration will soon be available at

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

Three-dimensional city planning using photogrammetry and GIS
Directions Magazine
In recent times urbanization has undergone tremendous development, primarily due to increasing population and an associated preference to live in cities. The ever-increasing demand for urban space presents a conflict between the environment and human population. The manifestation of this problem has been unscientific and ill-planned cities and the development of slums.
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Second wayward Galileo FOC moving higher
GPS World
At a press conference on Jan. 16, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency announced that the second errant full-operational capability satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — "albeit somewhat lower in height than the one into which it was supposed to go" — achieved in "a few weeks."
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Map design gone wrong — do people even care anymore?
GIS User
Cartographers take pride in their work, typically applying all the rules and principles of good cartographic design to their work, all in an effort to make people want to look at and appreciate their work (See Esri, Make Maps People Want to Look at). However, in this new era of social sharing, it seems that the map has been replaced by the Infographic and the data visualization, a mashup of data, graphics and maps presented in an effort to tell a story.
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Interior Department announces funding for climate change studies
U.S. Department of Interior via Sensors & Systems
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Department of the Interior's regional Climate Science Centers and the United States Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center are awarding nearly $6 million to universities and other partners for 50 new research projects to better prepare communities for impacts of climate change.
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