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NSPS Elections 2012
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On behalf of the NSPS Board, and NSPS members, the NSPS President Bill Coleman offers his congratulations to the officials elected and thanks all those who participated in the NSPS leadership process. The results of the election were as follows: W. Lamar Evers, President-Elect; Patrick A. Smith, Vice President; Frank Lenik, NSPS Area 2 Director; Larry D. Graham, NSPS Area 6 Director; and Henry Kuehlem, NSPS Area 8 Director.

ACSM Radio Hour, March 12, 11 a.m. EDT
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Ed Pagán (New Jersey Attorney, NJIT Adjunct Professor, Approved Defense Council for professional liability cases, and lecturer) will join host Curt Sumner to discuss issues related to Standard of Care as it applies to the practice of Professional Surveyors, and his experiences in dealing with this concept in court; for example, is perfection required in performing surveys? More

GPS Day 2012
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GPS Day 2012, which follows up on the successful Survey USA 2011, will be held Saturday, March 24, to kick off this year’s National Surveyors Week. All users of GPS―surveyors, GIS professionals, scientists, geo-cachers, and even smartphone users―are encouraged to get involved in this one-of-a-kind event. More

10 predictions for 2012
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Much time is spent beginning of the year looking forward. Vector 1 editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball identified 10 emerging stories and trends in the geospatial industry which bear watching in 2012. More

ALTA/ACSM survey standards
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Q:The specific Table A items in the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards end with item 21. My question is regarding item 22, which is blank. We have run into a lender who wants us to add a Table A item 22, stating measured finished floor elevations of structures on the property, and a Table A item 23, to include a note on the survey stating what the required parking would be (as determined by use, and by the zoning ordinance). More

Engineers' report on infrastructure in US
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The National Association of Counties has released a fairly somber report on transportation infrastructure conditions from 1,300 county engineers. While the results should not surprise people who know how road and bridge funding has waned in recent years, except for a short burst of stimulus funding, the findings are still eye-catching. Fully 81 percent of the engineers say they've deferred maintenance spending since the economy began to slow, about five years ago. Nearly all of them have roads in poor or fair condition, more than half had suffered funding cuts of 10-25 percent since 2008, and 86 percent have poor-condition bridges. Here's the report, which covered parts of 31 states. More

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New employment opportunities for GIS Technicians and a GIS Coordinator in Phoenix. Deadline for applying is March 19! More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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Maine State Rep. Diane Russell, who has penned pro-LightSquared op-eds in the past, argues in The Hill that LightSquared would provide the nation with needed broadband infrastructure, but that it "is falling victim to Washington politics." The piece blames the GPS industry for interference by LightSquared and for leading lobbying efforts that resulted in objections from conservative members of Congress, which she says has now resulted in the FCC "caving to the pressure." MORE

Southeast Farm Press and Vision 2 Mobile continue to report that the FCC granted LightSquared's request to extend a comment period from March 1 until March 16, and that it set up a reply comment period that will last through March 30.

FCC chair talks spectrum, gets GPS letter
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Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission spoke to a partisan crowd recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While he did not specifically mention the LightSquared controversy or the FCC's role in it, he made a remark that could be interpreted as expressing regret over the episode. More

UNASUR wants South American space agency
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Brazil: Defense ministers of the Union of South American Nations agreed to set up a South American space agency during a meeting of the Defence Council UNASUR. The ministers also agreed to commission a working group for the design, development and joint production of unmanned aerial vehicle. Argentina's Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli said, "We have the example of the European Union, which has a space agency. We want to converge our efforts to reduce costs and improve the chances of access to space, and enhance our capabilities." The South American Defence Council of UNASUR is comprised of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. MORE More

Intergraph launches GeoMedia Smart Client
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Huntsville, Ala.: Intergraph launched GeoMedia Smart Client service. Through this service, the company aims to provide a means for organizations to geospatially accelerate their business workflows with the power of GIS. As an enterprise-wide solution, GeoMedia Smart Client obliterates the growing disparity between antiquated GIS products and the needs of today's geospatial contributors. With GeoMedia Smart Client, organizations can create a single deployment that can be configured for an unlimited number of applications. Geographic changes are easily and interactively implemented across an enterprise-wide smart GIS, seamlessly integrating into configurable workflows. More

Queensland introduces tool for real-time damage assessment
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Queensland, Australia: The Queensland Reconstruction Authority introduced Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring system for speedy damage assessments. The monitoring system involves the use of a GPS-linked data collection device that allows assessors to collect levels of damage to individual homes and buildings and then transfer that data in "real-time" to a central mapping point. This real time tracking system has enabled the collection of up-to-the-minute damage assessments of three cities following flooding in February 2012. More

Koshland Science Museum opens Life Lab Exhibit March 14
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The Life Lab, a new exhibit at the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, opens to the public on Wednesday, March 14. The exhibit encourages visitors to explore the science of growing up and to examine how the brain develops over time. More

Save the Date
NAVFAC Pacific announces Industry and Energy Conference

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific is co-sponsoring the 2012 Industry and Energy Conference March 26-27 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, Honolulu, Hawaii. The two-day Industry and Energy Conference will provide an opportunity to promote robust discussion among NAVFAC Pacific, innovators in energy technology, and private lending and venture capital providers to enhance services and support critical to the NAVFAC Pacific mission. More

GPS program budget: A lot, but is it enough?
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The details of President Barack Obama's 2013 budget have been gradually filtering out and, in general, the GPS system and those programs closely linked to satellite navigation, have escaped deep cuts. On the hardware side, the White House has requested $58.2 for GPS IIF satellite procurement. According to Air Force budget documents, the plan is to then wrap up the total IIF procurement of 12 satellites with a request for $77.6 million in FY14 and $7.3 million in FY15. More

Jobs, jobs, jobs: It's all about geospatial jobs
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The geospatial technology professional is at a turning point. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified the need for 330,000 qualified geospatial technologists to fill positions during the next 10 years. On top of that, geospatial technology is embedded in both mobile location apps and enterprise computing, increasing awareness of the technology and the need for those who understand GIS. So, where will we find qualified professionals to do the job? More

Next stop: A virtual jobsite
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The Sound Transit station at the University of Washington in Seattle is part of Sound Transit's 3.15-mile light rail University Link extension project. Located adjacent to Husky Stadium, the underground station will provide regional access to the UW campus and UW Medical Center, nearby sports venues and surrounding neighborhoods via twin-bored tunnels to Capital Hill in downtown Seattle. More

Mobile and the new GIS revolution
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The GIS industry and Web maps are on the verge of a revolution. Mobile is that revolution. Strong statements, but trace the history: GIS applications first migrated from the desktop to the Web. ESRI moved from ArcInfo, to ArcIMS and ArcGIS. On the Web, Google introduced slippy maps and gobs of free data. Combining this with a plethora of new tools, Google opened the way to the development of cool new Web-based mapping applications. More

Enabling geospatial efficiency with targeted maintenance
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It's expensive to extract features such as roads and buildings from imagery. Consequently, map products tend to be updated infrequently, often measured in decades. In addition, funding struggles cause most mapping agencies to update only the most urgent areas. It's not unusual for a mapping agency to update less than 5 percent of its area of responsibility on an annual basis, so most feature datasets are more than 10 years old. More

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