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NSPS Proposed Bylaws Changes to be Considered
As the 100% joint state society/NSPS membership program moves forward, some NSPS Bylaws changes are required to accommodate the agreements between the parties, and to address the structural changes in NSPS governance. Accordingly, a vote will be taken on the currently proposed changes during the NSPS General Membership meeting which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 AM PDT on April 15, 2014 at the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego, CA.

The proposed changes are posted on the NSPS website for review and comment.
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FIG Young Surveyors to meet in San Diego
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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  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.

ALTA/ACSM Standards
Please send questions/comments you may have about the standards to NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner via email at Responses will be posted in NSPS News and Views.


At some point before the 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys was current, it was my understanding that GPS systems could not be used to complete ALTA surveys.

The 2011 Standard states, "The maximum allowable Relative Positional Precision for an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey is 2 cm (0.07 feet) plus 50 parts per million (based on the direct distance between the two corners being tested)."

Does this mean using a GPS survey instrument is an acceptable survey tool for ALTA surveys?

When I have used GPS survey instruments in the past, a GPS base station was set up over a point with a known location and elevation and then connected to a GPS rover to locate other locations (points). I would interpret this procedure as relative positional precision.

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NFIP Elevation Certification Training
A Surveyors Guide to the Elevation Certificate (EC) is in the final stages of development, and will soon be available. Click here to see a preliminary mockup of the website's homepage.
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National Surveyors Week Recap
NSPS Area 2 Director Frank Lenik spearheaded activities for National Surveyors Week in support of the NGS "GPS on Bench Marks Campaign." In addition many of the surveyors he contacted (and others) participated in National Surveyors Week educational and publicity events, including newspaper articles and government proclamations.

Below are two maps provided by NOAA depicting the contributions to OPUS DB.

The first represents the entire month of March, which saw the largest ever number of submissions, 282 including one from Puerto Rico.

This second map represents only those submissions made during National Surveyors Week.

The top contributor was Pennsylvania, with 13 marks, others included 9 from OH, 8 each from AZ & CA, 7 from AL, 5 from DE, 3 each from NC & SD, 2 from CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, KY, MI, MO, ND, NJ, OR, VA & WY, 1 from LA

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Click Here for Map of Active CSTs by State

NSPS Attends NOS 2015 Budget Briefing
On March 25 in Washington, DC, NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd attended a budget briefing conducted by Dr. Holly Bamford, the Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS). NSPS has helped lead the advocacy campaign seeking to enact the Digital Coast Act (H.R. 1382), a bill creating opportunities for professional surveyors and a demand for surveying data via NOAA's Digital Coast Project based in the Coastal Services Center (Charleston, South Carolina). NOS's 2015 Budget Briefing highlighted surveying, mapping and related geospatial activities which serve as the underpinning for much of NOAA's conservation and coastal resiliency efforts. Top NOS priorities include improving end-to-end coastal resilience (preparedness, response and recovery), coastal intelligence, and enhancing coastal and ocean resource conservation through place-based conservation. Under mission critical infrastructure, the National Ocean Service (NOS) has requested a $4 Million increase for Coastal LIDAR. However, NOS requested a decrease of $4 Million for Regional Geospatial Modeling Grants. The baseline budget for hydrographic survey priorities and contracts stays at $25 Million. The President's Budget requests $496.2 million in discretionary funds for NOS in 2015: a $21.6 million increase from the current year. Of the $26.3 million in program increases, at least $16 million is for major extramural grants or contracts.
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NSPS Radio Hour — April 7, 11 a.m. EDT
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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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.

Open Geospatial Consortium's vision for future
Directions Magazine
At the celebration of the Open Geospatial Consortium's 20th anniversary banquet, numerous remembrances were delivered on behalf of founders and benefactors such as David Schell and many others. However, it was Dr. Chris Tucker, founder of MapStory and currently on the OGC board of directors and Steve Liang, of the Universary of Calgary who articulated the vision for the next 10 years.
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How does open data spur the economic benefits from sensor and system investments?
Sensors & Systems
Sensors and systems configurations are proliferating whether for satellites with ground-based analysis and service delivery or with the components and central monitoring of the smart city. Regardless of the size of deployment, whether space-based constellations or networked ground configurations, there's always an eye to the bottom line benefit of improved monitoring.
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Report focuses on global military GNSS market
GPS World
A new defense market report from Strategic Defence Intelligence has been released. "The Global Military GPS/GNSS Market 2013-2023 — SWOT Analysis: Market Profile" provides readers with an exhaustive analysis of industry characteristics, determining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by the Military GPS/GNSS market.
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Galileo works! Results of the Galileo in-orbit validation test campaign
Inside GNSS
Nine years after the start of the Galileo In-Orbit Validation phase in 2004, ESA conducted in 2013 a test campaign in close collaboration with industry to demonstrate that the system configuration currently deployed is on track to deliver its expected performance once the satellite constellation and ground segments have been completed.
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