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Support your foundation
A recent edition of NSPS News & Views included an article written by Joe Dolan, Chair of the NSPS Foundation in which he stressed that the NSPS Foundation is your foundation. The article spoke about the good work the Foundation undertakes and the benefits it provides on a number of levels, and asked surveyors nationwide to join its ranks in order to support and expand its efforts.

Although not mentioned in the recent article, there is another way to contribute to the Foundation while honoring those who have contributed to our profession, and who have been important to you personally, and in your career.

Berntsen International and the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation (NSPSF) manage the Final Point Project which assists in building an endowment for surveying scholarships. For every customized marker purchased, $75.00 will go to support scholarships.

Each marker is a beautifully engraved, solid 4” diameter bronze marker. It is personalized with the name of the surveyor being honored, with the latitude and longitude of his/her resting point. It is available with a high polish or brushed finish.

Click here to learn more about this important project.

We think this is a unique way to honor a special surveyor and promote surveying education through your Foundation. Read more about a recent Final Point ceremony in Connecticut.
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May is World Trade Month; surveyors will get a peek at exporting in September
May is World Trade Month, a time to recognize the contributions exports from America make to the nation’s economy and job growth. Here are a few interesting facts. 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders. This represents two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power. It is estimated that more than 85 percent of world economic growth by 2015 will take place outside of the United States. Small businesses now comprise 98% of all U.S. exporters and generate 1/3 of all export revenues, equaling some $805 billion. U.S. exports set an all-time record in 2013, reaching $2.3 trillion despite significant economic headwinds. On September 25 and 26, NSPS will be a participating organization in a Geospatial & Engineering International Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. Numerous U.S. surveyors have successfully secured projects in the international market. Find your next client and project by attending this special conference. Register today at a special discount for NSPS members.
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House defense bill includes procurement reform
The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a 2015 national defense authorization act that includes several small business procurement reforms. NSPS worked with a coalition of design and construction related organizations to support several contracting reforms. The bill goes to the full House later this month.
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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. PLS and PE CEU-approved.

Infrastructure week observed; Washington begins to act
This week is “Infrastructure Week”, a time to explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches and best practices being developed nationwide to modernize aging infrastructure. Surveyors play an important role in building and maintaining the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, pipelines, rails, transit, ports, dams, water and wastewater systems, schools, parts and energy. House-Senate conferees have reached agreement on a water resources bill, reconciling differences between the two chambers’ versions. Meanwhile, with that agreement, attention is now turning to reauthorization of MAP-21, the highway bill. The Obama Administration joined the discussion by releasing its proposed transportation bill, the GROW AMERICA Act.
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Judge rejects LightSquared bankruptcy plan
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has thrown out a debt reorganization plan of the firm LightSquared, calling it a “shell game”. The firm, which planned a satellite broadband system that was found to interfere with GPS frequency, has until May 27 to present a new plan to the court. NSPS was part of a broad coalition that opposed the LightSquared spectrum proposal in 2012.
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Small UAV approval may still be a long way off
The head of an office in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is writing rules to permit commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to operate for surveying, mapping, agriculture, mining, and real estate, among other applications, says regulations may not be in place as early as many have anticipated. Jim Williams, head of the FAA’s unmanned aircraft office, gave the unwelcome news while speaking at a Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition in San Francisco last week.
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Survey party at the Arch — May 31, 2014
In honor of the 250th Birthday of the City of St. Louis, the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors is proud to host a Reenactment of the Founding of St. Louis. Click Here for more information and to make donations.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 19, 11 a.m. EDT
Join host Curt Sumner and his guests from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG). Ric Moore PLS, Executive Director, and Ray Mathe PLS, Senior Registrar Land Surveyor, will discuss a variety of issues, including the first survey laws requiring a record of survey, and a recently discovered document dated 1891 which is thought to be the first license issued in the United States for a Land Surveyor.

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.

President's Council report on big data and privacy points at location technologies
Directions Magazine
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology offered a report on big data and privacy last week. The authors wove geospatial technologies including LiDAR, satellite imagery, drones, and digital city models into their exploration and recommendations. But the challenge remains regarding data, including geodata: how should the government reconcile the benefits of big data and the challenges of ensuring privacy?
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Where's the whammy in WAMI and other motion imagery inputs?
Sensors & Systems
Wide Area Motion Imagery is a growing data source in the geospatial intelligence arena. There are a number of interesting platforms and programs from the Gorgon Stare that captured several square kilometers to the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance system with coverage of more than 100 square kilometers.
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National Climate Change Viewer unveiled
GIS User
Something news from the US DOI in this climate viewing tool — The new tool gives citizens and resource managers the opportunity to look at climate-driven impacts on watersheds and map projected changes at the local, regional, state and watershed levels. The USGS National Climate Change Viewer includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 of the downscaled models for two of the RCP emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5.
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Woolpert becomes a Google Enterprise Maps authorized partner
Trenchless Technology
Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm, has announced that it has become an authorized partner of solutions based on Google's Maps for Business technologies. This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a partner's expertise advising on and deploying Google products.
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