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The surveyor and the tree: Part 1
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In the first installment of this two-part article, we will investigate the two principal distinctions found in tree law and how they would apply to your client's particular situation. When is a tree not a tree? It could be when you are sitting in the lobby outside the courtroom (with pocketbook $5,000 lighter, covering the deductible), sitting and thinking about the last three years wasted over some trees. More

NSPS officers planning to meet with FIG president
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FIG President CheeHai Teo will be attending the World Bank Land and Property Conference in Washington, D.C., April 8-11, and NSPS is planning a meeting with him immediately after the conference ends. NSPS will be holding its 2013 spring business meetings in Gaithersburg, Md., beginning April 12. Through its FIG Head of Delegation John Hohol, NSPS has extended an invitation to President Teo to join its Officers for dinner and conversation on April 12. President Teo is a practicing surveyor in his home country of Malaysia and is among a very small group of FIG Presidents who are professional practicitioners.

NSPS begins 'dual frequency' dialog
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The February 2013 issue of Professional Surveyor magazine (on page 35) features one of the new mechanisms NSPS is employing for outreach to the surveying profession. The feature, called "Dual Frequency," is intended to be a two-way dialog with Professional Surveyor readers. The feature is one of several new endeavors resulting from NSPS entering into a contract with Flatdog Media to provide assistance in the use of a variety of outreach technologies, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. The premier edition of "Dual Frequency" provides some explanation of the plan and asks PS readers to help in the effort to promote National Surveyors Week by sending to NSPS contact information for their respective local news outlets.

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Employment opportunities
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Aerotek – Land Surveyor Level 2
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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.

Tunnel beneath the bay
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Stretching from the Sierra Nevada Mountains across central California to the San Francisco Bay, the Hetch Hetchy water system is one of the largest water collection systems in the U.S. The system collects water from the Tuolomne River watershed in the Sierra Nevada and stores it in three reservoirs in Yosemite National Park. More

OpenGeo: Open-source web mapping
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By Rudy Stricklan, RLS, GISP: In my previous Web Waypoints article, I describe how to publish a web map using HTML and JavaScript coding, accessing the Google Maps API and Fusion Tables. As powerful as these web mapping tools and data storage mechanisms are, there's a potential dark side to them: Google can deprecate them at any time (i.e., mark the software as obsolete; the disclaimer on Fusion Tables is that they are "experimental"). More

Geographers use computer mapping and video tools to help disaster recovery efforts
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When Hurricane Katrina roared through New Orleans in 2005, breaching the city's levees and loosing apocalyptic floods, geographers were an unlikely but crucial part of the rescue effort. Officials desperately wanted information about the scope of the damage and the places in greatest need of help. More

Beyond the geography bee
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When was the last time you read about geography in the traditional media? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg reads about it quite a bit, especially stories about local geography bees. The events and their coverage reinforce old ideas about the discipline, rather than showcasing its valuable use in today's world. More

Has your organization broken free of siloed departments along with systems?
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There has been a big push over the years to open up systems for more of an enterprise-oriented view, rather than fiefdoms of domains. This move has been largely successful across many enterprises through the benefits of databases, web services, and cloud-based resources. Now that data is freer to mix and interact, it's possible to respond to broader queries and report on operations in real time. More

Navipedia — the GNSS wiki
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Satellite navigation is progressing at such a rapid pace that it is difficult to keep track of the latest evolutions, satellite launches, technologies or even systems and signals. With Navipedia, the European Space Agency has introduced a common online entry point for GNSS know-how. As with all media-wiki products, any registered user can comment, propose modification to an existing article, suggest a new topic or submit a draft article. More

Russia, India join global satnav augmentation meeting
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Experts ensuring that aircraft can safely rely on satellite navigation across Europe and other parts of the globe met last week to share future plans, welcoming Russian and Indian representatives for the first time, reports the European Space Agency. More and more aircraft around the globe are using satnav augmentation, with special infrastructure sharpening signal accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions. More

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