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Louisiana surveyors make plea for donations of blood for fellow surveyor
Joe Marques (Dading Marques & Associates) underwent liver transplant surgery on Thursday, May 15, at the Ochsner Hospital, and is in desperate need of blood donors. The medical team is having difficulty stopping the bleeding. He has undergone only the first part of the surgery. The bleeding must be under control before proceeding with connecting the bile duct to the new liver. He has depleted the Ochsner Blood Bank supply, having used over 100 units of blood. If the blood is not replaced the family will be billed in excess of $500 per unit. A blood drive for Joe's direct blood replacement can be set up if 50 people are willing to donate.

This is a plea to anyone and everyone out there who is willing and able to donate blood. This act of kindness and compassion for the aid of Joe and his family will be greatly appreciated. If you find that this is something you are willing to do, please be sure that it goes to the account of Joe Marques who is presently at Ochsner Hospital's main campus on Jefferson Highway in Jefferson, La.

Any donation may be credited to Joe's account, provided the place where the donation occurs participates in transfers. The physical location of the donation isn't of the utmost importance, however the following information is needed when donating:

Patient: Joe Marques
Facility: Ochsner Health System
              1514 Jefferson Highway
              New Orleans, LA 70121

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Surveyors Historical Society to dedicate Osgood Bilby Tower
Many surveyors may have never seen a Bilby Tower, nor perhaps know what it is, but the pieces of an abandoned tower discovered in Louisiana have been reassembled/erected in Osgood, Indiana, hometown of Jasper Bilby, the man who invented it.

A ceremony to be conducted by the Surveyors Historical Society on June 14, 2014 will include a presentation on the history of NGS/USC&GS and the Bilby Tower, a panel discussion among current and past tower builders/observers, and a formal dedication in honor of Bilby.

The passion and dedication felt by the many people who participated in the entire endeavor to get the tower from Louisiana to Osgood is exemplified by the remarks of Joe Lindsey who says, "my considerable Osgood Bilby Tower involvement and commitment began in the fall of 2012. It continued through the second week of October, 2013, culminating in the successful tower assembly. It was a substantial sacrifice of which I was honored and privileged to have participated. The team work and camaraderie created an outstanding experience."

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FEMA CIO makes the case for paper maps
The chief information officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has indicated that despite the agency's multi-million dollar investment digital mapping, there is still a need for paper maps. He indicated paper maps could be crucial for personnel on the scene of a disaster — even if their devices and geographic information systems are functioning properly.
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House, Senate agree on water resources bill
Congress is expected to give approval to a conference report on a water projects bill for the Corps of Engineers, EPA and other federal agencies. The water infrastructure legislation includes a public-private partnership "Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act" program, or "WIFIA", and provisions improving the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund that finances dredging and related activities that require hydrographic surveys.
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NSPS joins industry groups in support of Defense department construction procurement reform
NSPS and a coalition of design and construction-related organizations are in support of a package of procurement reform proposals affecting Department of Defense contracting. The provisions are sought in the National Defense Authorization Act, currently being debated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Senate panel approves new MAP 21
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved a new highway bill, S.2322, this past Thursday, May 15. It reauthorizes the current federal aid highway program, which expires on September 30. The Senate Finance Committee must take up the tax and financing portion of the bill and the Senate Banking Committee must take up transit issues before the bill reaches the Senate floor. A companion House bill is expected to be released shortly.
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New GPS satellite launched
A new satellite has been added to the GPS constellation, thanks to a successful launch last week. The replacement bird is the sixth of 12 in the GPS fleet for the next 15 years. All 12 are scheduled to be launched by mid-2016.
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Obama administration released 'big data' policy proposal
A policy framework to address "big data," privacy and related issues has been released by the Obama Administration. The document references "geospatial" and "GPS" data.
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NSPS Radio Hour — May 26, 11 a.m. EDT
Jeff Lucas, Gary Kent, and Robert Zierman are among a group of people who have been discussing the future of the surveying profession, especially the true role of the surveyor in determining boundary line/corner locations. They will join host Curt Sumner to continue that dialog, bringing their respective views regarding a potential expanded role for the surveyor in dispute resolution.

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
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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.

US official sees approval for higher resolution commercial imagery
The U.S. government will eventually approve a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution satellite images, the head of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. "It's going to happen. Technology is moving in that direction," NGA Director Letitia Long told an annual space conference hosted by the Space Foundation.
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Flawed GPS signal processing design cited as cause of receiver problems
Inside GNSS
Widespread reports of intermittent GPS receiver outages may well end this week as the U.S. Air Force wraps up an "extended navigation mode" functional checkout of a GPS satellite, designated Space Vehicle Number 64, a Block IIF spacecraft launched in February. The problem affects only user equipment that erroneously uses navigation message data from the satellites, which had yet to be set "healthy."
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Geospatial intell projects point the way toward more data sharing
Washington Technology
The common thread running through most of the keynotes and speeches at this year's recent GEOINT conference was openness. Federal government and intelligence agency leaders expressed a desire for collaborative and open cloud-based geospatial solutions that are technologically advanced and save time and money. It may not sound revolutionary, but it is a major departure from the traditional government perspective.
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Mobile technology is changing the way we live
GIS User
The usage of smartphones has risen dramatically over the past few years. Google has stated that online searches through smartphones will overtake desktop computer searches by the end of this year. Mobile access to the internet is becoming more important than ever and it is being applied to all facets of our lives.
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