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IT's OUR WEEK, and BEYOND!!!!!
Through individual resolutions several years ago, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate designated the week in March following the third Sunday as National Surveyors Week each year. We, individually as professional surveyors, and collectively through our organizations, are responsible for letting the rest of world know about it.

NSPS provides information on its website about how to get involved, and is this year providing information for how individuals or groups of surveyors can participate in an effort to provide data to NGS that can used in the transformation of the National Vertical Reference system. There are a number of activities planned nationwide that will introduce people to our profession while participating in this effort, including state and local National Surveyors Week proclamations.

It is important, though, that we do not restrict our outreach to one week (or one day) each year. In order to garner the understanding of, and respect for, our beloved profession we should think of every day as Surveyors Day by offering to share the story, not only of our history and our personal experiences, but also about the exciting future for our profession and the opportunities that lie ahead for young people to be a part of that.

During the upcoming NSPS Spring meetings in San Diego in April, the annual NSPS Student Competition finals will be held and there will be a meeting of the international Young Surveyors group, providing a venue for we, the aged, to directly interact with our future leaders. The NSPS TrigStar program will be coming to its conclusion for the 2014 competition with the announcement of the national champion. These are only a couple of examples for how we can/should reach out.

In my travels around the country, I regularly hear the genuine concern in the voices of my fellow professionals with regard to the future of the surveying profession. The only way we can positively affect what that future will be is to get engaged in doing the things we need to do to insure that the future is indeed bright. Doing so individually is important. Doing it collectively is critical.

So let's enjoy National Surveyors Week. Tell everyone that we know how proud we are to be surveyors. But most of all let's get ourselves energized to continuously promote our profession to the world, all of the time.
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Is your town named for a Surveyor?

Pictured are Mayor Rosenthal, Steve Lemke,
PLS and Kelly Henderson, PLS
On March 11, the Mayor and City Council of Norman, OK issued a proclamation declaring March 16 to the 22nd to be National Surveyors Week in the city.

This is of particular interest because Norman was named for an early land surveyor, Abner E. Norman. Abner Norman was sent to the area in 1870 to survey the land preceding the Oklahoma Land Run in 1889.

His survey crew burned the words "Norman's Camp" into an elm tree near a watering hole; and the early settlers (known as Sooners) kept the Norman name.

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Readers respond to request for stories
We asked you to share your surveying stories, and your response has been phenomenal. Keep them coming! Send your submissions to

Read More for surveyors' stories, in their own words.

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  SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference

SPAR International focuses on business and technology considerations for end-to-end 3D measurement for surveyors including tools to use for specific applications; balancing need for accuracy with cost; processing large data sets. April 14-17, 2014, Colorado Springs. PLS and PE CEU-approved.

Surveyors, we salute you!
Click here to read the Allen Precision interview with Curt Sumner.

In honor of National Surveyors Week, Allen Precision Equipment is offering customers a special 10% discount on all online purchases through the entire month of March, with an additional 5% discount for NSPS members. Email Trish Milburn for your NSPS discount code.

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30th annual Trig Star Program in the City of Aurora, Colo.
Courtesy of Jan Sterling, Chief Surveyor, City of Aurora, Colorado
The City of Aurora, Colorado Public Works Department is celebrating its 30th year of sponsoring the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Trig Star competition with ten high schools in two school districts participating this year. Read More
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NSPS Radio Hour — March 24, 11 a.m. EDT
Jack Owens, Chair of the joint Inidana-Michigan Boundary Line Commission will join host Curt Sumner to discuss a project to resurvey and remonument the state line between the two states. Until recently, this project was being pursued by a group of volunteer surveyors. In December 2013 the Governor of Indiana appointed five (5) members to an official joint Boundary Line Commission, and in February 2014, the Governor of Michigan officially appointed five (5) commission members, initiating the implementation of what heretofore had been a dream of the surveyors in both states.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, 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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FIG Young Surveyors to meet in San Diego, CA
After the successful 1st FIG Young Surveyors (YS) European Meeting held this past October in Lisbon, Portugal, in which 150 young surveyors from 32 countries attended, the FIG Young Surveyors Network is organizing the 1st FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2014 California/Nevada Surveyors Conference and the annual NSPS Student Competition at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. The YS meeting will be held April 14-15. There is no charge for the Meeting. Please register at

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Senate clears FEMA bill, President Obama expected to sign
The U.S. Senate, following action by the House, has passed a bill freezing FEMA flood insurance premiums. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
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NSPS opens door for NTSB on pipeline location
Following a deadly gas line explosion and fire in New York City that has highlighted the need for enhanced location data for underground utilities, NSPS federal government affairs consultant John Palatiello has begun consulting with the Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations of the National Transportation Safety Board. During "Lobby Day" in November 2013, NSPS members brought to the attention of Congress the need for better surveying, mapping and location data on pipelines, utilities and other underground infrastructure. NTSB investigates accidents with a loss of life or certain dollar value of property damage. Over the years, NTSB has highlighted location data as a factor in numerous accidents and recommended improved procedures for collecting and making relevant geospatial information available.
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Supreme Court ruling sparks discussion on land use, rights and Federal ownership
Last week’s item on a Supreme Court decision on an abandoned railroad easement has sparked continued discussion. This includes the need for a federal cadastre, inventory or geo-enabled database of all land owned by the Federal government. Legal experts and surveyors are still interpreting the impact of the Court’s decision. Read the decision for yourself.

National Public Radio has reported on the $2 billion in unneeded buildings owned by the Federal government. The Washington Post has noted, "the NPR article is excellent but it vastly underestimates the size of the problem. In addition to empty buildings, the Federal government owns/controls millions of acres of land that are worth hundreds of billions and perhaps even trillions of dollars. The land is not being used to its full value or potential even though maintenance costs runs in the tens of billions annually."

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NSPS to participate in conference on exporting opportunities for U.S. surveyors
Looking to win contracts and offer services outside the United States? NSPS members can gain information and practical knowledge on exporting at "Geospatial and Engineering International Conference - Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities," September 25-26, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. NSPS will be a participating organization and members will qualify for a special registration discount.

The conference will enable firms to export their services, data and products to overseas clients. It will feature agencies and organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States with presentations on their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures. Agencies that assist U.S. companies with exporting will inform firms of services available to assist with expansion into the global market.

Private sector professionals experienced in international business will share best practices and lessons learned. The conference will also include unique teaming, partnering, and networking opportunities. Session topics will be geared toward firms that are new to exporting and those who seek to expand their international portfolio. Participating agencies, speakers and sponsors will be announced at a later date and time. Interested professionals can sign up to receive email information on the conference web site.

The conference is rescheduled from November 2013 when it was postponed due to the federal government shutdown.

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Federal government beginning to take hard look at privacy risks associated with location
Directions Magazine
A recent Government Accounting Office report on consumer privacy and in-car location-based services highlights the challenges the geospatial community will face as regulators in the U.S. apply traditional privacy constructs to geoinformation. The report, published in December, is titled, "In-Car Location-Based Services: Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers."
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NGA: Seeking full immersion in geospatial data
Imagine an environment based on seamlessly integrated intelligence that is so immersive that geospatial analysts in the intelligence community are able to "live within the data." That futuristic-sounding scenario is on pace to be reality by 2020 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, according to NGA Director Letitia Long, who spoke at a conference hosted by Esri in February.
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Satellite image companies rush imagery to analysts searching for MH370
Directions Magazine
Satellite image data providers have rushed imagery to analysts looked for missing flight Malaysian Airlines #370. DigitalGlobe, Airbus Defence and Space as well as BlackBridge have all released imagery over the search area where authorities believe the plane may have gone down. DigitalGlobe is using their Tomnod crowdsourcing platform to search for the missing plane.
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US lags as commercial drones take off around the globe
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first. "No, we didn't get it cleared, but we don't get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did," an official with the D.C. team said when contacted by The Associated Press.
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