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National Surveyors Week, March 18-24
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Join us in celebrating surveyors and their work across the nation!

As in previous years, the 2012 National Surveyors Week will be commemorated by an NSPS-sponsored "Survey USA" event. This year's GPS Day will be held on Saturday, March 24. It is not too late to sign up and participate. The Observer Check List is just a click away. To see the GPS points obtained during the 2011 Survey USA event, click on this map.

Where theory meets practice: The state plane coordinate system and GIS mapping
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The ellipsoid is a mathematical surface on which all points on the Earth can be assigned geodetic coordinate values of latitude and longitude. Map projections establish a 1-to-1 relationship between points on the ellipsoid and those on the map projection surface. The process of taking a curved surface and placing it on a flat surface will always introduce some distortions to the projected objects. A well known distortion present on many maps is that areas are enlarged at the extremities of the projection. More

NCEES announces transition to computer-based testing
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Get answers to all your questions on this important change to surveying and engineering licensure in a NCEES/POB webinar. More

Mall may be sinking more than expected, survey finds
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National Geodetic Survey has discovered that land on the Mall near the Washington Monument may have sunk by two millimeters, possibly as a result of August's 5.8 magnitude earthquake. The agency's findings are extremely preliminary, officials said. The study has just started and won't be final for weeks. More

Abraham Lincoln's Museum of Surveying looks with optimism to the future
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Tune in for a press conference from Springfield, Ill., with exciting news that is expected to dramatically improve the Museum's financial future. More

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New employment opportunities for GIS Technicians and a GIS Coordinator in Phoenix. Advertise in the ACSM Bulletin.

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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March 19
Several outlets reported on comments filed with the FCC Friday by LightSquared and the Coalition to Save Our GPS.
  • Reuters reported that LightSquared urged federal regulators to rethink their proposal to bar the company from building a high-speed wireless service and said the proposed action would be a violation of its constitutional rights. MORE
  • National Journal reported that LightSquared said if the FCC officially decides to block the company's plans, it would be an "astounding, unsupported and unprecedented" reversal. The article noted that LightSquared Vice President Jeff Carlisle said to reporters, "LightSquared isn't going anywhere" ... "The bottom line is we're right on the law, we're right on the technology, and we're right on the policy." MORE
To see LightSquared's full comments, click here. To see the Coalition's comments, click here.

March 20
The Associated Press reported that LightSquared is trying to revive its plan for a national high-speed wireless network, arguing that it can address federal regulators' concerns over interference with GPS devices. The article notes that LightSquared's bid will not be easy and outlines LightSquared's complaints — including that regulators' conclusions on GPS interference were based on flawed analysis and that even if interference does exist, technical fixes should be considered or the company should be given alternative spectrum to operate in. MORE

Tech Briefs
GeoEye Expects Steady NGA Funding for New Satellite

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Amid speculations about budget cuts, GeoEye assured its investors that it fully expects to receive a $111 million payment from its principal U.S. government customer by June under the terms of a contract calling for the government to share the costs of the company's high-resolution GeoEye-2 optical earth observation satellite. The company made this announcement during a conference call with investors. More

NASA's augmented reality glasses see through fog
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Scientists at NASA developed a pair of augmented reality glasses for pilots to wear in low visibility conditions, which enable pilots to navigate their way during foggy conditions. The special glasses can track a pilot's head movement and overlay runways, towers and potentially other airplanes over their view — an invaluable tool when fog rolls down across an airport. Even as the pilot turns his head, the glasses can react in real-time to ensure the virtual representations always stay in the same place as their real-world counterparts. More

New 667 area code is coming to Maryland
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To ensure a continuing supply of new telephone numbers in the geographic area served by the 410 and the 443 area codes, the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved the addition of a new area code (667) to cover the same geographical area as the 410 and 443 area codes. More

Virtual Australia & New Zealand initiative launches
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A group of public and private bodies have banded together to create a new entity charged with building a 3-D virtual recreation of Australia and New Zealand. More

New from Sokkia — the FX total station for professionals
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With an onboard MAGNET Field application software, the TSshield telematics module and a long-range wireless communications system utilizing Bluetoooth Class 1 technology, the new reflectorless FX total station is the most complete package of innovative technologies for surveyors. More

Save the date
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NSPS Spring Meeting, May 4-6, Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Marriott Executive Park
, 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
Meeting Schedule: May 4, Committee Meetings; May 5, Board of Governors; May 6, Board of Directors.

INTERGEO 2012 set to broaden industry dialogue
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INTERGEO 2012, the 18th leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, scheduled for Oct. 9-11, will host additional events, including the second Navigation Conference, the first German INSPIRE Conference and the third CLGE conference of surveyors from 35 countries. Some 15,000 trade visitors and 1,400 conference participants from around the globe are expected to attend the industry event of the year. INTERGEO 2012 is hosted by DVW (the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management e.V.), and the event will be keynoted by the German Minister of the Interior, Hans-Peter. More

LiDAR at ASPRS 2012
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The center of the LiDAR universe is in Sacramento, Calif., at the convention center this week for ASPRS 2012. This conference is always one of the most important of the year, as it brings together the entire industry including government, the private sector and academia. The conference theme, Imaging and Geospatial Technologies — Into the Future, offers a glimpse into a fascinating program filled with technical sessions, keynote speakers, workshops and more, all focused on what is to come for our industry. More

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