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NSPS — It Pays to Belong!
Certainly NSPS offers a variety of direct, tangible benefits to its members, a couple of which are its business and personal insurance program at reduced rates and reduced Certified Survey Technician fees for members' employees. Click here to view member benefits flyer.

More broadly though, it pays to belong to NSPS because NSPS is the centennial on the wall protecting the interests of the surveying profession. Although the multitude of issues affecting surveyors across the country is often unrecognized as we go about our daily service to our clients, they still exist.

If for no other reason than the fact that the strength in numbers that is only accomplished through the participation of all surveyors in NSPS is critical to our ability as a profession to continue to demonstrate our relevance, it pays to belong to NSPS to ensure that our voice is heard.

It is not too late to join or renew.

With the success of the joint membership program between state societies and NSPS, you may have questions about how best to join or renew. Please contact Trish at 240-439-4615, ext. 105 or
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An Open Letter on Joint Membership
Click here to read a letter from the NSPS Membership Committee and Board of Governors Chair encouraging fellow surveyors and their state societies to participate with NSPS in joint membership.
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Worldwide Surveyor's Day Promoted
NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and NSPS FIG Head of Delegation John Hohol met with Jean-Yves Pirlot, President of The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors, on April 30, in Washington, D.C. Sumner and Pirlot signed a letter promoting the establishment of a Worldwide Surveyor's Day by the International Federation of Surveyors.

The date being promoted is the "Friday after the third Sunday in March" each year, placing it within the week established by the U.S. Congress as National Surveyors Week. In a document referred to as the Budapest Declaration, Pirlot and Hohol had similarly petitioned FIG to adopt March 22 as Surveyor's Day for 2013.

Sumner and Pirlot also discussed a number of issues of mutual interest to their respective organizations, and to the international surveying community. Each agreed to share standards and policies of their respective organizations for possible collaboration.

Pirlot pointed out that the name of the organization he represents is a bit misleading as CLGE in French is "Comité de Liaison des Géomètres Europèens" which directly translates into English as "Liaison Committee of European Surveyors" and does not include the word geodesy. CLGE members provide a much broader range of professional services than geodesy, much the same as do professional surveyors in the United States.

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Ask Mr. Geodesy!
A recent question was presented to NSPS Staff, and it gave us the idea of perhaps beginning a periodic item in NSPS News and Views to be called Ask Mr. Geodesy! Let us know what you think of this idea.

Q. I have a question that has bothered me for years, and decided to Google who to ask, and came up with your names. The question is:

Continental drift separates North America from Europe at a rate of 1-3 inches a year (depending on which source I choose to believe). Our plat map for our lot lists the longitude of the eastern and western corners of our lot. This longitude is keyed to a line in Greenwich, England (as I understand as a layman). If this is so, then how does my property line make any sense? In the 16 years I have lived here, it has moved at least 16 inches, and as much as 48 inches. In a century, the movement is considerable (as much as 30 yards!). How do surveyors deal with this?

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Support the NSPS Foundation!
Over the years, surveyors have demonstrated with pride a desire to support the preservation and development of the surveying profession, both on the state and national levels. The NSPS Foundation needs your help and guidance now to enhance its support of the profession through scholarships. All contributions are tax-deductible. We need your support — Click here to view application.

To learn more about the scholarship opportunities available, click here.

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NSPS Radio Hour May 6, 2013 to Feature Guest Richard C. Heieren, PS
Join host Curt Sumner as he converses with Richard Heieren about his perspectives on the surveying profession and his experiences as a licensed professional surveyor (four states), business owner in Fairbanks, Alaska, member of the Alaska licensing board, activities in NCEES, and in WESTFED currently serving as chair-elect.

Curt and Rich with specifically discuss the Teaching with Spatial Technology program. Visit the NSPS website homepage and click on the TwiST icon to learn more about the program.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to and 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.

The key question for the show on Monday, May 6, is "in which state were you first licensed as a professional surveyor?"

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Does QBS Save Money?
The Qualifications Based Selection process has long been endorsed by NSPS as the means for government procurement of professional surveying services. Some raise questions regarding how cost effective this method is.

NSPS Government Affairs Consultant and COFPAES Administrator John M. Palatiello has written an instructive article on this topic. Click here to view article.

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Surveyors Find 9/11 Plane Landing Gear in Lower Manhattan
ABC News
The medical examiner's office plans to search for Sept. 11 human remains in an alley behind a mosque near the World Trade Center where airplane landing gear was suddenly discovered. The piece of wreckage was discovered by surveyors inspecting the planned Islamic community center, known as Park51, on behalf of the building's owner, police said.
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FEMA to Revise Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps After Sandy
Six months after Sandy, residents of Ocean County, N.J., are still living in limbo. Last December, FEMA introduced maps advising people to raise their homes to certain heights based on flood risk, but the maps are controversial. Many residents with bay or lagoon front property are frustrated because these maps hold them to the same costly construction standard as ocean front homes.

For more information about FEMA's Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps, click here.

For more information about Stop FEMA Now, click here.

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Surveyors in High Demand
Odessa American
Abraham Lincoln took a job as a land surveyor in 1833; Thomas Jefferson worked in the field years before becoming president; and George Washington was appointed Surveyor General in Virginia as a teenager. A profession with that kind of history merits the question: Is the country's next leader taking surveying courses right now at Odessa College?
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You are Invited!
You are invited to participate in the upcoming NOAA Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Services Review Panel, which advises the NOAA administrator on marine transportation issues. The HSRP will hold a virtual public meeting during the afternoon hours (Eastern Daylight Time) on May 7-8. The panel will receive updates on the NOAA navigation services and activities. Federal partners will also provide updates.
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