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Professional competence: Our greatest challenge
ACSM Bulletin No. 255    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Professional competence is the central factor in making a professional and a profession. Without it, the concept of "professional" is meaningless. Professional competence is the foundation of professional standing, and protection of the public. So how well does surveying do with this critical issue? More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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The Coalition to Save Our GPS and LightSquared both filed reply comments with the FCC on Friday. In a release on its filing, LightSquared said that "a ruling proposed by the FCC staff that would effectively revoke LightSquared's license to operate its network is entirely unsupported by the law, science and FCC policy and precedent." The Coalition also issued a release. To see the Coalition's reply comments in full, click here. To see a summary of LightSquared's reply comments, click here.

LightSquared fallout may prompt push for GPS receiver standards
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The firefight between LightSquared and the GPS community has sparked regulatory brush fires around Washington with the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, a half dozen executive agencies and numerous companies moving to address a new and likely larger battle over receiver standards, radio frequency spectrum efficiency and RF spectrum protection. More

FFC not dissuaded by LightSquared debacle
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The Federal Communications Commission's decision to yank its support for satellite firm LightSquared all but ends that company's effort to launch mobile services, analysts say. Now comes the hangover. FCC officials say they still have faith that satellite technology can be used to create wireless networks rivaling those of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. But analysts say the agency will step more carefully this time. More

Taking on gravity in first global mass-participation experiment
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You'd weigh more at the South Pole than the equator. That's the scientific theory proven by a globe-trotting gnome called Kern who has just made it to the pole in the latest leg of a worldwide gravity experiment. More

Online courses for Geomatica
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The resources offered by PCI Geomatics to the users of its Geomatica image processing software have recently been augmented by instructor-led online training. The initial course was offered on March 29, but the company plans to offer a series of curriculum courses on a rotating basis going forward. More

LizardTech releases free GeoViewer for iPad

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Professionals can now view geographic data on mobile devices. LizardTech's GeoViewer supports MrSID and JPEG 2000 formats and includes measurement functionality as well as geo-location support. To download GeoViewer for iPad, visit LizardTech's website. More

National Conservation Easement Database
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Few have questioned the place of voluntary land protection in building America's conservation estate. However, the precise dimensions of this crucial activity have been hard to picture. At least, that was the case, until last fall's release of the National Conservation Easement Database, or NCED. The result of a collaboration between five environmental nonprofits and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the NCED compiles conservation easement records from the country's land trusts, nonprofit stewards and public agencies, providing the first comprehensive nationwide view of our estimated 40 million acres of privately owned conservation lands. Learn more about this project and its partners.

A.R.E. truck gear for surveyors
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Surveyors looking for ways to improve the functionality of their trucks, and safety at the job site, should check out the various improvements offered by A.R.E. More

10 things to know about the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
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The Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model is a milestone in the history of our field. Culminating a decade-long quest to define the U.S. geospatial industry and its workforce, the GTCM identifies the expertise that distinguishes, and binds together, successful geospatial professionals of all kinds. David DiBiase of Esri, the coordinator of the GTCM effort, lists the important facts about this endeavor. More

Forecast: Annual utility spending on GIS tools, services will reach $3.7 billion by 2017
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Spatial data underlies everything an electric utility does. An intelligent power grid requires deep situational awareness of power generation, transmission, distribution and customer assets in order to optimize performance and to meet reliability commitments. Land-based and street-level data, ownership/real estate, vegetation, network topology, GPS location data, census data and many others forms of geospatial information are critical to the successful performance of the smart grid. More

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