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NSPS Spring Business Meetings San Diego, CA
The site of the CLSA/NALS Annual Conference was also the site for the 2014 NSPS Spring Business Meetings. At press time the NSPS Board of Directors is conducting its final vote on a series of Bylaws changes which were recently accessible on the NSPS website. The NSPS Governors considered the motions during their meeting and passed along their recommendations to the Board of Directors.

The NSPS government affairs program has been active at the CLSA-NALS conference and NSPS Spring Business Meeting in San Diego, CA. On Sunday, April 13, NSPS government affairs consultant John Palatiello presented the keynote address, highlighting federal legislation and policy issues affecting surveyors. The NSPS Joint Government Affairs Committee met and discussed a long list of pending issues and activities.

Other activities during the events of the week included the State Executives Forum where 15 Executives attended in person with several others participating via a conference call. A primary topic of discussion related to best practices for association management and the sharing of activities among the respective states.

Pictured left to right are John Palatiello (MD), Mollee Neff (MI), Eric Ewald (MN), Kay McDonald
(MT), Frank Thousand (WI), Valeri Peltier (KS), Debra Byrd (MS), Katy Dang (ID), Christy Davis
(NC), Sandra Boeckman (MO), Lori Medley (TN), DJ Kyle (TX), Christa Lombardo (AZ), and Amber
Weida (AR). Not pictured is Dorothy Calegari (CA).

NSPS also hosted the FIG Young Surveyors North America Forum. The event, which served as the kick off for the development of a Young Surveyors Network in America, provided an opportunity for lively dialogue between attendees and a slate of speakers including Don Buhler (BLM), Byrn Fosburgh (Trimble), Shannon Hixon (Leica), Joe Paiva (GeoLearn), William Stone (NGS), and Curt Sumner (NSPS). Excitement among the attendees for active participation in the surveying profession, and societies, was quite evident.

Finals for the NSPS Student Competition were conducted during the meeting. Teams from eight colleges participated. A press release is being prepared.

13 NSPS Past Presidents were in attendance during the Spring Meetings.

Pictured left to right are Bob Dahn (2012), Gerry Curtis (2002), John Matonich (2009), Sam Best
(1994), Joe Dolan (2006), Tommy Brooks (2000), John Fenn (2003), Lamar Evers (2013), Wayne
Harrison (2010), Curtis Sumner (1997), Jim Boyer (1993), Don Bender (1982), and Pat Beehler
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Prevailing Wage for Construction Surveyors in Washington State
Ben Petersen
When the prevailing wage for construction surveyors in Washington State jumped 366% in 2010 the Land Surveyors Association of Washington asked to see the salary survey data. They were told that information was proprietary and protected by law. They sued under the Washington State Public Records Act for the release of the data and just a few weeks ago the court ruled in their favor. All interested parties are now entitled to see and challenge the data used to set the prevailing wages for their industries. Prior to this ruling, employers and associations we unable to mount any serious challenges to the validity or honesty of the data used to establish the prevailing wages they were mandated by law to pay.
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NSPS supports USGS 3DEP, land inventory in House Interior Appropriations testimony
NSPS government affairs consultant John Palatiello appeared before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, U.S. House of Representatives on April 10, testifying for funding for the USGS 3D elevation program, 3DEP, and reform of federal land inventory activities.
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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.

NOAA budget request supported in coalition letters to Congress
A coalition of organizations, including NSPS, has asked Congress to fully fund programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In letters to the House and Senate Commerce Appropriations Subcommittees, the organizations to support President Obama’s budget request for the agency. NOAA includes the National Ocean Service which manages mapping, charting, hydrography, geodesy and geospatial program activities such as the Coastal Services Center, National Geodetic Survey, and Office of Coast Survey.
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GSA Administrator testifies before House of Representatives
On April 8, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS) questioned the accuracy, data and process involved with GSA's approach and effectiveness in managing federal real property including disposal opportunities. Central to the premise of this discussion is the lack of a single, comprehensive, reliable property database. Administrator Tangherlini admitted the GSA federal real property profile was still lacking, and pledged to work with the Subcommittee to geo-enable the database by adding mapping and surveying data to increase the usability and transparency for the general public. Rep. Yoder also referenced this issue when OMB Director Sylvia Burwell testified before the same subcommittee on April 9. NSPS staff continues to work with Federal agencies and Congressional offices to best leverage professional surveyors expertise to improve federal real property management. To watch video of Rep. Quigley's questioning, view (28:35-32:45). To watch video of Rep. Yoder's questioning, view (34:20-37:25)
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NSPS Radio Hour — April 21, 11 a.m. EST
Lisa Isom (Manager of the NSPS Insurance Program) will join host Curt Sumner for the fourth in a continuing series of shows dedicated to insurance issues that affect surveyors.

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.

Click Here for Map of Active CSTs by State

NGA offers code for apps on GitHub
Directions Magazine
The NGA issued a press release on April 11. The goal for NGA, according to the release states that, "NGA hopes to reap benefits in innovation, creativity, and the power of a far-reaching community of programmers who approach the development of the program from different perspectives." Director Letitia Long commented, "It's critical we identify more ways to be innovative, reduce costs and integrate efforts across the intelligence community and all of government."
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Geospatial strategies for insight from big data
Sensors & Systems
Sensing technologies are producing unprecedented amounts of data about the environment and the digital world. The current question is: how can we gain true insight from all the available measurements? Industries are orienting development towards new systems built around higher requirements of performance and scale. Effective storage is an important precondition for big data analytics, but insight is ultimately related to the nature of collected data and where it originated.
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Protect, toughen, augment: Words to the wise from GPS founder
GPS World
"What can we do to reduce the vulnerability (of GPS) and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?" asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened his presentation at the European Navigation Conference, ENC-GNSS 2014 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Parkinson went through his 61-slide, 50-minute briefing on what he called "PTA" — Protect, Toughen, and Augment — a proposal concerning not only GPS but PNT systems globally.
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Dumb and dumber, thanks to GPS
Directions Magazine
What do a commuter taking a detour on the way to work and a youngster fashioning a bird out of a sheet of brightly colored paper have in common? They're both depending on spatial cognition to complete a task. The trouble is that some of our beloved electronic devices could be a detriment to spatial cognition.
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