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Automatic road sign detection
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In the fields of road asset management and mapping for navigation, clients increasingly expect asset inventories and maps that are accurate and up to date. Keeping road sign databases current is a labor intensive, costly and time-consuming exercise for government agencies and map producers. While video has become a commonly used tool for asset surveys in recent years, extraction of assets from that video continues to be a substantially manual process. More

Survey Summit 2012
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Registration is now open for this year's premier conference by surveyors for surveyors and other geospatial professionals. More

'A Matter of Degrees' DVD available to all surveying history buffs
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If you are interested in a DVD copy of the 1986 film, "A Matter of Degrees," donate $35 to the Abraham Lincoln National Museum of Surveying, 521 E. Washington St, Springfield, IL 62701, and this valuable piece of surveying history is yours. For more information, send an email to

ACSM Radio Hour, April 16, 11 a.m.
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Join Kris Kline and host Curt Sumner for the ACSM Radio Hour on Monday, April 16, to hear Kris' perspectives on various survey matters, including his thoughts about why some people look at continuing education as punishment rather than as a benefit. Kris is a licensed Professional Surveyor in North Carolina and is a long-time Continuing Education Instructor in a number of states. He writes about his ideas on surveying education in the "Unmistakable Marks" column in POB Magazine. More

Boundary Dispute Law blog
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A recent post on the Boundary Dispute Law blog, "Survey Says the Fence Encroaches — Now What?," elicited an interesting comment from Scott D. Warner, R.L.S. Senior Director / Editor Land Surveyors United ( about who identifies encroachments. The blog writer, Robert W. Zierman, Esq., thinks that has made an important point about the issue, warranting further discussion. More

Sharpen your site grading skills this summer

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Landscape architecture and civil engineering students and professionals are invited to hone their site-grading skills at Cornell this summer. Registration now open. More

A 'Know It All. Virtual Events' day to support Autodesk 2013 product launch
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Scheduled for May 1-4, the online event is being organized to showcase the latest enhancements in the 2013 portfolio of Autodesk design, engineering and entertainment software, including the latest design and creation suites. More

Developers sought to repurpose America's flagship, SS United States
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A request for qualifications has been issued seeking to identify a developer to refurbish, transform and repurpose the historic ship into a for-profit, self-sustaining, multi-purpose stationary waterfront attraction. More

Trimble acquires Gatewing to include aerial mapping in its Survey Solution
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The acquisition of Belgium's Gatewing, a provider of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications, is expected to broaden Trimble's platforms for surveying solutions. "The inclusion of an image collection platforms," said Anders Rhodin, director of Trimble's Survey Business, "opens up new opportunities for surveyors to use aerial imagery for the rapid acquisition of high-density geospatial data." More

Schonsteadt celebrates 5th anniversary of helping to save lives
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Watch a video illustrating the effort made through the Schonsteadt Humanitarian Demining Initiative by surveyors in 22 countries where demining would not otherwise be possible. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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April 11
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, issued a press release announcing that he and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to account for how much taxpayer money the federal government spent to test LightSquared's wireless network. MORE

The Hill reports that Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on March 29 urging the commission to move LightSquared to a new section of airwaves in an effort to save the troubled wireless start-up. MORE

April 9
Communications Daily reports that the House Commerce Committee shared the FCC's LightSquared documents with Sen. Chuck Grassley, who had been blocking votes on two FCC nominees until he got the documents. The senator's hold "stands pending document review," according to a Grassley spokeswoman. MORE

The Washington Business Journal reports that Sen. Grassley plans to continue his hold on two nominees to the FCC despite having received the agency's documents related to LightSquared. MORE

10 best practices for very large boundary surveys
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Very large boundary surveys present challenges in terms of prolonged, or multi-threaded, schedules, large amounts of data, involvement of multiple personnel and challenges of coordinate distortion over large areas. Parcel size (area), the number of parcels, the number of property corners and the number of adjoining parcels are all factors that can add to the complexity of a boundary survey. More

Google Maps covers 75 percent of global population, 26 million miles
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Imagery, vector data and delivery are the three key ingredients to creating a successful, modern mapping service, according to Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Geo. Speaking at the WHERE Conference, McClendon covered the evolution of the Google Maps and Earth projects, which are essentially based in these three principles. McClendon was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, the geospatial data visualization company acquired by Google in 2004 that eventually produced Google Earth. More

Paper map going way of public telephone
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Is this the end of the road for paper road maps? Engineers in Ohio's Franklin County and Ohio transportation officials say they're printing fewer fold-up highway maps that never seem to fold back up. You guessed it: Technology is doing them in. The Ohio Department of Transportation printed 3.8 million state highway maps in 2007 but only 1.5 million in 2011, spokesman Steve Faulkner said. It wasn't just a cost-saving measure for a cash-strapped state agency, he said. More

HTML5 Canvas: An open standard for high-performing GIS map visualization in web browsers
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The evolution of GIS on the Web has, until recently, been limited by traditional Web mapping technologies. The increase in GIS requirements in the Web and mobile world has necessitated the development of a new breed of map engine. This article, by Dino Ravnić, the co-founder and CEO of GIS Cloud, Ltd., provides an overview of existing mapping technologies and the reasons why he decided to build a unique vector mapping engine in an effort to give the Web a full featured GIS. More

Microsoft: Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs by 2015
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While Cisco is trumpeting the growth of cloud computing, Microsoft is heralding the growth of cloud-computing jobs. In a report that counters conventional wisdom, Microsoft estimates the cloud will generate nearly 14 million new jobs globally by 2015. Microsoft commissioned IDC to conduct the study. IDC research predicts revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015. More

4th reunion of Geodetic Survey Squadron/Geodetic Survey Group

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Calling all military and civilian veterans of the Geodetic Survey Squadron/Geodetic Survey Group for their fourth reunion on Aug. 3-5, 2012 at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn, Cheyenne, Wyo. For more information, contact Garrett R. Moore at or go to

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