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No compromise: Roadway work zones hazardous for surveyors
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You cannot afford to forget that you work in a hazardous profession! Surveyors work alongside professions that the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council deem as some of the most dangerous jobs to have, including construction, mining, and oil and gas drilling. Potential accidents range from being clobbered by a piece of heavy equipment falling off a New York City scaffold to being mauled by a bear in the wilds of the Rockies. More

NSPS 2013 spring business meeting dates/location
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NSPS has selected the Hilton hotel in Gaithersburg, Md., as the site for its 2013 spring business meetings April 12-14. A contract has been signed, and information will be available soon for attendees to make reservations.

Committee meetings and the State Executives Forum will be held on Friday, April 12, followed by the NSPS Board of Governors meeting/joint report session with the NSPS Board of Directors on Saturday, April 13, and the NSPS Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, April 14.

Contact Trisha Milburn for further information.

NSPS announces media services contract
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In its ongoing effort to expand and improve its connection to the surveying community, NSPS is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Flatdog Media of Frederick, Md., to provide a variety of media services. Services to be provided will include news/print media, social media and polling.

Look for more about this in coming weeks, including a poll focused on perspectives and suggestions regarding the NSPS Government Affairs program.

2013 Scholarship Program
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Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, $25,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students enrolled in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs. The scholarships are awarded in four eligibility categories. The application deadline is March 15. Visit for details.

Free copy of manual available
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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.

How much education do surveyors need?
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By Christine Grahl: Earlier this week, a reader sent me a link to a story about a Florida initiative to try to attract students into education programs for science, engineering and technical fields. Audio from the interview with the former head of the governor's Education Task Force, Dr. Dale Brill, was posted with the article, and land surveying was one of the fields specifically mentioned as a high-demand career that could benefit from education reforms. More

Beyond the boundary: A strong foundation
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In a world of tangibles and not of analogies, foundations and buildings are constructed by real people using real data and materials to plan, design, obtain approvals and build structures or on-site improvements that will functionally and aesthetically stand the test of time. As the three little pigs discovered, the wrong choices of materials, plans and execution will eventually lead to failure. More

From LightSquared to narrowbanding: What's coming in 2013
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By Eric Gakstatter: After a four-month sabbatical and the GPS World servers back in order, I'm back writing on a regular basis. I've been super busy on different GPS/GNSS-related products, conferences and various GPS/GNSS applications. Let's take a look at some of the technologies and events that were significant in 2012 and some that will be significant in 2013 for high-precision GNSS users. More

Making mapping easy: A new editor for OpenStreetMap
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Last year was the year in which a wide audience began to understand the process behind making maps — and that it's a massive, global effort in the pursuit of better and more complete map data. OpenStreetMap, a collaborative, open data process for making maps, continued its fast growth last year, hitting its million contributors mark. More

Microsoft offers disaster help and response with HelpBridge app for mobile platforms
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Google and others have offered maps, resource lists, ways to find loved ones and other resources for those in natural and other disasters. Now Microsoft has an offering in the form of HelpBridge, a mobile phone app. More

UK drops patent efforts on GPS, GNSS signal design
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The United States and United Kingdom announced that the British government would end its efforts to obtain patent or intellectual property rights related to GPS. The announcement apparently concludes a contentious effort by a commercial affiliate of the U.K. Ministry of Defense to gain patents rights to elements of GNSS signals that would allow them to charge royalties for their use. More

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