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NSPS utilizes questionnaire to set legislative agenda
NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John M. Palatiello and Associates, with assistance from Flat Dog Media, the NSPS media relations firm, has prepared a questionnaire to inquire of its members their perspectives for establishing a Government Affairs issues agenda for the coming year. To participate in this exercise click on this link.

Rhonda Rushing (Berntsen International) has donated five copies of her popular book entitled "Lasting Impressions" to be given to five respondents to the questionnaire. The drawing for winners' names will be at random.
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NSPS participates in NSDI strategic plan
NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Byrd participated in a session of stakeholders, hosted by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, to develop a new strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Issues raised at the March 7 meeting at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., included the value of professional licensing and certification, roles and responsibilities for all NSDI participants and stakeholders (federal, state, local government, private sector and academia), and adding underground utility infrastructure as an NSDI framework data layer.
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  Survey and Geotechnical Equipment Auction
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Asset Locaton: Michigan & Arizona
Sale Date: March18th – 20th
Online auction of Drills Rigs, Power Probe Drills, Earth Probe Drill, Compression Testing Machines, Laser & Survey Systems, Survey Receivers, Water Quality Sensors, Laboratory Ovens & more
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FLAIR Act introduced in Congress
A bill to create a current, accurate cadastre of land owned by the federal government has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 916 was offered by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Rob Bishop, R-Utah. A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
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QBS Contracting for Architecture, Engineering and Related Services Workshop
This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-instructed workshop will review the background of the qualifications based selection (QBS) process for procurement of professional services. Topics covered will include the principal requirements of the Brooks Act and similar state laws, and provide details on all phases of implementing a successful contracting process, including acquisition planning, scopes of work, public notification, full and open competition, evaluation and selection, negotiations, contract award, contract management and administration.
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Brooks Act advocated by NSPS
John Palatiello testified on behalf of COFPAES, of which NSPS is a member, at a March 5 hearing on public-private cost comparisons hosted by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in Washington D.C. Palatiello indicated the "Brooks Act" (40 USC 1101 and FAR part 36.6) provides for qualifications-based selection of architecture-engineering services, including surveying and mapping, which should be applied to any public-private cost comparisons for such services.
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National Surveyors Week is March 17-23
National Surveyors Week will be celebrated nationwide March 17-23. Hundreds of surveyors nationwide are planning activities, such as talks to school groups, contacts with their local news media about the importance of the nation's surveying profession, booths at popular community locations to describe the importance of the work and role of surveyors and their contributions to society.
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To all:

Keeping in mind the upcoming National Surveyor’s Week (March 17-23) and National GPS Day (March 16), I thought the NSPS’s Surveyor’s Creed and Canons (below) was a nice reminder of what we stand for as Professional Surveyors and what we should all strive for in our personal and professional lives.

We all come from a special breed of individuals that makes this profession still unique in a lot of ways with honesty, integrity, hard work, and a high degree of idealism that permeates and transcends from the very essence of our forefathers in this profession.

Here’s to our Profession and the Survey Societies; Local, State and National that keep us pertinent, informed, educated and focused on our past, present and future!

I hope we all take the time to participate in a celebration of our Profession as one of the few recognized by Congress with National Surveyor’s Week to ensure that our chosen form of livelihood endures well in the future with the pride and honor it deserves.

Kind Regards and remembrance to all Surveyors, past present and future

Richard D. Pryce, PSM


NSPS - Surveyor's Creed and Canons

As a Professional Surveyor, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skills to the advancement and betterment of human welfare.

I pledge:

To give the utmost of performance;
To participate in none but honest enterprise;
To live and work according to the laws of humankind and the highest standards of professional conduct;
To place service before profit, honor and standing of the profession before personal advantage, and the public welfare above all other considerations;
In humility and with need for Divine Guidance, I make this pledge.

Canon 1.
A Professional Surveyor should refrain from conduct that is detrimental to the public.
Canon 2.
A Professional Surveyor should abide by the rules and regulations pertaining to the practice of surveying within the licensing jurisdiction.
Canon 3.
A Professional Surveyor should accept assignments only in one's area of professional competence and expertise.
Canon 4.
A Professional Surveyor should develop and communicate a professional analysis and opinion without bias or personal interest.
Canon 5.
A Professional Surveyor should maintain the confidential nature of the surveyor-client relationship.
Canon 6.
A Professional Surveyor should use care to avoid advertising or solicitation that is misleading or otherwise contrary to the public interest.
Canon 7.
A Professional Surveyor should maintain professional integrity when dealing with members of other professions.

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National Surveyors Week is March 17-23 (NSPS)
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TwiST 2013 — June 24-28 — Clark College, Vancouver, Wash.
Teaching with Spatial Technology (TwiST) is designed to teach 8-12 educators how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the classroom to create meaningful and challenging lesson plans for your students. Join us for a week in Vancouver, Wash., so you can become proficient in the many aspects of this exciting and imaginative technology. These two technologies are the backbone tools for capturing and managing spatial data. There are literally thousands of applications that you can accomplish with your students around your school and community. They can range from resource management to environmental assessment to cartography, etc., and be taught at various levels of complexity. The applications are endless.
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NGS invites you to New Real Time GNSS Network Symposium
The National Geodetic Survey welcomes real-time GNSS vendors, RTN operators, managers and users to Memphis, Tenn., on May 29-30 to examine how local GNSS augmentations interact with each other, with NGS, with the National Spatial Reference System and with users, vendors and operators. There are currently more than 100 GNSS Real Time Networks operating in the United States.
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SPAR International Conference on End-to-End 3D
April 15-18
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Discover advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing, delivery, including laser scanning, LiDAR, photogrammetry, Kinect, portable/mobile mapping, point cloud processing, integration, BIM, web sharing, simulation and visualization.
Ten percent discount for NSPS members! Click here to register and enter 105174 when prompted for "Tracking Code."

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