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In the March 18, 2015 edition of NSPS News & Views in the report from Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM (NSPS representative to FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC), the link provided led to the wrong report. The link to the most recent report is here.

We apologize for this error.
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ALTA/ACSM question
Our title blocks have a signature block which we utilize for any survey plan that warrants a signature. We have received a request to sign and place our seal directly below the ALTA certification, in addition to the title block seal. There is not really a good reason to say no, other than the extra ink and minute to sign, but is this an ALTA requirement?

Some states regulate exactly where the seal and signature needs to go; ALTA/ACSM doesn't specify, but logically it would go somewhere in the vicinity of the certification. I personally don't think it matters; the signature and seal cover everything on the plat/map, including the certification wording, but I have no doubt that some lenders would be picky!

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NSPS announces winner(s) of Earle J. Fennell Award
In honor of Earle J. Fennell, ACSM President 1966-1967 and ACSM Executive Director 1968-1971, ACSM created this award to be presented for distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. Persons who have worked in any aspect of surveying and mapping education may be nominated. The nominee may or may not be a professional educator, but should have a sustained record of superior performance in surveying and mapping education for more than ten years at the local, state, or national level.

Subsequent to the ACSM/NSPS merger, NSPS continues the tradition of presenting this award annually.

The seven (7) member judging committee has decided that the 2015 award should go to two equally qualified, and deserving, candidates. They are John J. Doody, LS/PE, long-time educator in Connecticut (currently serving as part-time faculty at Central Connecticut State University), and Kurt B. Wurm, Ph.D., P.L.S., Associate Professor –Surveying Engineering, New Mexico State University.

NSPS extends its congratulations and sincere appreciation to John (Jay) and Kurt.

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NSPS Radio Hour — March 30, 11 a.m. EDT
In early January 2015, host Curt Sumner was joined on the radio show by two young surveyors who are business partners in Johnson City, TN. In continuing an effort to provide perspectives from "young surveyors", on Monday March 30 Curt will be joined by two young surveyors from the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. Be sure to listen as private practice surveyor Bradley "BJ" Roberts P.L.S., and Stanley J. Ard, P.L.S., P.S, with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, share their perspectives.

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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Risk MAP CDS outreach
Outreach Team: Customer and Data Services (CDS), FEMA Risk MAP
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the enhanced eLOMA tool. Enhancements increase user functionality and usage by accepting additional LOMA types and streamlining the eLOMA determination process for both eLOMA Auditors and public users.

Please view the following resources to learn more about the updates to the eLOMA tool: eLOMA Factsheet, What is eLOMA Webpage, eLOMA FAQs, eLOMA Tutorial.

If you have additional questions, please contact the CDS Outreach Team at, or if IT system related, please contact MIP Help at

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced as speaker for NSPS PAC 'Jefferson Club' dinner
The Tuesday, April 14 dinner of the NSPS PAC "Jefferson Club" will feature an appearance and speech by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), one of the rising stars of the U.S. Senate.

The NSPS Political Action Committee (PAC) has created the "Jefferson Club," consisting of 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 a special dinner on Tuesday, April 14 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC, during the NSPS-MAPPS joint conference. That event will also include members of the MAPPS PAC "Inner Circle" and other special guests from Congress to be announced.

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. You can also send a personal check (payable to NSPS PAC) to the NSPS headquarters office at 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704, or call the NSPS office at: 240-439-4615 to provide your credit card information. Pledges for contributions to be paid in installments throughout the year will be accepted.

Please make your contribution on a personal check or 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.

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More than 100 surveyors, mapping professionals to visit Congress
The largest contingent of surveying and mapping professionals ever to embark upon Capitol Hill in Washington, DC will visit Congress on April 14 during the NSPS-MAPPS national surveying and mapping conference. Geospatial professionals from more than 30 states will visit more than 175 Congressmen and Senators to discuss legislative issues affecting their practice and clients. However, there are still some 20 state Congressional delegations not currently scheduled to be visited by surveyors. It is not too late to register. Go to the conference website for on-line registration, sponsorship opportunities, exhibits, and hotel information. If you don’t speak up for your profession, who will?

NSPS and MAPPS will host two webinars, March 31 and April 7, to prepare members for their Capitol Hill visits. Topics to be covered are the legislative issues the organizations will be presenting to Congress as well as protocols, logistics and tips on conducting successful meetings with Congressmen, Senators and staff. There will also be a session at the conference on Tuesday, April 14, the day preceding the NSPS-MAPPS Day on the Hill. Go to the conference website for on-line registration.

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Accurate elevation data cited in Congressional hearing
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, which has oversight of the US Geological Survey (USGS), held a hearing March 24 on the President's Fiscal Year 2016 budget for USGS. Both the Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball commented on the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Director Kimball specifically mentioned the importance of "enhanced elevation data through 3DEP". Support for 3DEP funding will be one of the issues NSPS members will be advocating for during their Congressional visits on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 as part of the joint MAPPS-NSPS National Surveying and Mapping Conference, to be held from April 13 thru April 16 in Arlington, Virginia.

USGS has also announced those selected for cooperative agreements to acquire LiDAR data for 3DEP in response to the agency’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

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POB conducts market survey, presentation slated for NSPS conference
POB (Point of Beginning) magazine is conducting a surveying and mapping market study that will include the first ever ranking of the top 100 companies in the U.S. Michael Anderson, Editor of POB, will be presenting on the "POB Top 100" project at the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference to be held April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA. Rankings will be based on total revenue from surveying, aerial mapping, geospatial imagery, 3D modeling, BIM, GIS/IT, underground mapping, and other geospatial services.
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Government report cites UAS use for aerial surveying and photography
The Government Accountability Office (GA0) released a report highlighting the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA)'s test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and how other countries have progressed in the integration of commercial UAS in their national airspace for commercial purposes, and critical steps for FAA going forward. Since becoming operational in 2014, the FAA unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites have conducted over 195 flights across five of the six sites. GAO's preliminary observations found that other countries have progressed toward UAS integration, and allow commercial use. By December 2014, Australia had issued over 180 UAS operating certificates to businesses engaged in aerial surveying, photography, and other lines of business.

Meanwhile, FAA has released new rules making it easier for approved UAS operators to conduct commercial missions in the United States.

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Geospatial report card among issues discussed by NGAC
NSPS Lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) meeting in Washington, DC, March 17-18. Topics of interest to professional surveyors included the Geospatial Report Card recently released by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), of which NSPS is a member, highlighting the grades for the various data layers of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI); and subcommittee reports on Landsat, 3DEP, geospatial privacy, and crowd-sourced geospatial data.
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NSPS meets with Rep. Harper (R-MS)
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS), Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, House Energy and Commerce. This panel oversees soil and water contamination including Superfund, emergency environmental response, and the regulation of drinking water including underground injection of fluids (hydro-fracking). Harper represents Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District.
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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

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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New OGC framework for spatial communication to benefit Smart Cities
Directions Magazine
In 1960, 34 percent of the global population lived in cities. Today, urban residents make up 54 percent of the total global population. The United Nations expects that percentage to increase to 66 percent by 2050. As urban populations increase, the need to better integrate physical, digital and human systems to support urban growth also rapidly increases.
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Open source geotech and OpenGeo components explained
GIS User
Some great questions have been answered in a recent blog post from the OpenGeo crew. The meaty article takes a close look at the OpenGeo Suite as well as a look at the individual, OpenGeo Components. For the non-developer type like yours truly, this is an excellent and must read if you think there’s any chance you might be considering a move to open source solutions in your mapping workflows.
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GSA's GNSS Market Report No. 4: The most thorough yet
Inside GNSS
The European GNSS Agency unveiled its latest GNSS Market Report Wednesday at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany. The fourth and most comprehensive in a series of GSA studies, the 80-page report describes current and projected GNSS receiver sales by volume and value and highlights market opportunities, technology trends, and future developments of GNSS.
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FAA gives Amazon go-ahead for delivery drone tests
GPS World
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft design that Amazon will use for research and development and crew training. Amazon has said it wants to use drones for delivering packages to customers.
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