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NSPS PAC launches 'Jefferson Club', plans April 14 dinner
The NSPS Political Action Committee (PAC) has created the "Jefferson Club," a group of committed and dedicated NSPS members who contribute $500 per year to the NSPS PAC. Jefferson Club members are provided special benefits, including free admission (PAC contributor and spouse) to an event in April in Washington, DC, during the NSPS-MAPPS joint conference. That event is a special dinner on Tuesday, April 14 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC which will also include members of the MAPPS PAC "Inner Circle" and special guests from Congress.

To join the Jefferson Club, please complete the on-line form. On that form, indicate "PAC Fund" on the drop-down menu for "“Fund:" and contribute $500 or more.

Notice: Please make your contribution on a personal check or pay by credit card. Corporate contributions are prohibited by law. U.S. citizens only. Contributions to the NSPS PAC are not deductible as charitable donations on Federal income tax returns. Authorized by NSPS PAC.

You can send a personal check (payable to NSPS PAC) to the NSPS headquarters office, NSPS, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704, or pay by credit card by calling: 240-439-4615, ext. 112. Pledges for installment contributions will be accepted.
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NSPS Radio Hour — March 16, 11 a.m. EDT
The March 16 show will be a replay of Curt Sumner’s interview with Tony Cavell, one of the candidates for NSPS President-Elect in the upcoming NSPS elections. The 2015 elections will be conducted via email on a secure system. Look for an email message this week that will contain the ballot, and information about candidates for the respective NSPS Officer positions. Simply follow the instructions on the eBallot to place your vote.

Tony Cavell currently serves as NSPS Vice-President, and has formerly served as the NSPS Louisiana Governor, and as Secretary of the Board of Governors, as well as Director for the Public Lands Survey System Foundation (PLSSF).

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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Government report focuses on irrigation projects
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) planned to hire engineering and irrigation experts to conduct thorough condition assessments of irrigation projects to correctly identify deferred maintenance needs and costs. BIA's fiscal year 2014 cost estimate for deferred maintenance for its irrigation projects is about $570 million. Over 100 irrigation projects and systems can be found on Indian reservations primarily across the western United States.
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NSPS discusses surveying issues with Rep. Moolenaar
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with newly elected Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI). Representing Michigan's 4th Congressional District, Rep. Moolenaar serves on the Committees on Agriculture; Budget; and Science, Space, and Technology, where he oversees issues such as farm and rural programs, Federal spending, and research and development.
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Extra hotels available for NSPS conference
Rooms at additional nearby hotels are now available for the NSPS-MAPPS national surveying and mapping conference, "Collaboration: The Map to the Future" to be held April 13-16 in Crystal City (Arlington), Virginia.

For one, low-price registration fee, NSPS members can participate in general education sessions, an exhibit hall, and social/networking activities, including NSPS Student Competition finals, and committees/business meetings. Additionally, forums by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and just added, the USGS on its 3DEP program, are also included in the conference. Other NSPS members will visit Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, April 15, along with colleagues from MAPPS, an activity also included in the registration. Moreover, conference registration fees enable NSPS members to attend a “Federal programs conference”, organized by MAPPS, on Tuesday, April 14. In one day, you can learn about millions of dollars in Federal agency programs, budgets and procurements for contracts with private sector surveying and mapping firms.

Visit for the program, registration, hotel information, sponsorships, exhibits and a call for presentations. If you would like to make a technical, business or professional presentation at the conference, please submit your proposal, along with a title, 50 word abstract, and name of the presenter or panel member(s), to John Palatiello.

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House approves rail bill authorizing Amtrak, making reforms
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on March 4, by 316-101, to pass H.R.749, a multi-year Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, the first of several major transportation measures expected in 2015. The bill now goes to the Senate.
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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Check out new listings: 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.

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GIS game-changing drones to lift US economy
Directions Magazine
By 2017, the economic impact of integrating unmanned aerial systems into the U.S. economy will exceed $13.6 billion and add 70,000 new jobs, according to forecasts by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. By 2025, this will increase to 100,000 jobs with an impact of $82 billion. The use of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to collect data is a major part of AUVSI's forecast.
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Galileo's commercial service
Inside GNSS
In the near future, the Galileo program will decide on the design and implementation of a Commercial Service for civil applications that provides high-accuracy positioning and signal authentication. A team of authors involved in the program describes the evolution of this service, its current design, and the results of tests of its capabilities using actual signals in space.
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Antenna array and receiver testing with a multi-RF output GNSS simulator
GPS World
This article discusses the GALANT adaptively steered antenna array and receiver and demonstrates the test scenarios generated with the GNSS simulator. Exemplary results of different static and dynamic test scenarios are presented, demonstrating the attitude determination capabilities as well as the interference detection and mitigation capabilities.
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Unmistakable marks: When a monument is not a monument
Point of Beginning
It is a familiar rule of construction that generally allows natural or artificial monuments to control measurements where the two come into conflict in a deed description. However, a critical caveat to this principle requires the surveyor to establish a link between the monument and the deed.
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