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Chilling photo gives new meaning to the term 'Hawkeye Prism'
That was the gist of the comments made by AJ Silvers when relating the story behind a photograph he took while working on a recent project. AJ is employed by S. Nelson and Associates located in Dallas, Ga., which is northwest of Atlanta. He and Steve Nelson have been kind enough to allow NSPS News & Views to share the story, and the photo, with our readers.

AJ said, "I took the picture around 10:00 AM on May 21st just outside of Savannah Ga, near Hunter Army Airfield. The subject of the 'Hawkeye Prism' photo was about 600 feet away from me, so I couldn't really see him (the hawk) until I turned to check into my back sight, and there he was! I tried to get close enough to take a picture, but I startled him. I thought that would be the end of it, but he returned, so I focused my Leica total station on him as best I could and placed my phone against the optics/eye piece on the Leica, and got the picture. I wish it would have turned out a little better, but it still brightened up our day in the Georgia heat. I hope everyone enjoys the photo!"
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NSPS Radio Hour — June 2, 11 a.m. EDT
Recent editions of NSPS News & Views have highlighted information about the NSPS Foundation, and the work that it does. Now you can learn more about the Foundation directly from its Chairperson. Join host Curt Sumner as he discusses the Foundation with Joe Dolan, a longtime Director for the Foundation, and recently elected as Chair.

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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Former NSPS president talks surveying/mapping on NPR
Bob Dahn (NSPS President 2012) was a recent guest on NPR's "The Colin McEnroe Show." The show entitled "Navigating Our World: Maps to GPS" also included guests Michael Blanding, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and Hiawatha Bray, a journalist for the Boston Globe.

The focus of the show was the creation and use of maps throughout history, and how GPS affects map useage. Click here to read about and listen to the show.

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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.

NSPS thanks Sustaining Members
NSPS expresses its sincere gratitude to the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, Inc. and the US Fish & Wildlife Service for proactively renewing their NSPS Sustaining Membership for 2014. Through the Sustaining Member program, companies, governmental agencies, state surveying societies, and surveying firms can show their support for activities and initiatives of the organization. NSPS leadership and staff are currently working on updates/expanded benefits associated with the program which will be described in the 2014 renewal notices.
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NSPS to offer a 'Host Your Congressman' webinar
A free webinar advising NSPS members on how to effectively host a meeting with CongressmEn, Senators or state legislators will be offered in the coming weeks. Details are being worked out, but the free session will be provided by John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., the NSPS government affairs consultants. The webinar will provide step-by-step details on how surveyors can host meetings to introduce lawmakers to the profession and engage in discussions on legislation and government policies affecting the profession.
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Congress clears water resources bill for the President
The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a final water resources reform and development bill, clearing it for President Obama's signature. The legislation, H.R. 3080, provides authority for $12 billion in flood control, navigation, and other water-related infrastructure programs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies.
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Engineers to join surveyors, geospatial professionals at exporting conference
Geospatial & Engineering International Conference has announced that the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) has become a participating organization for the two-day conference to be held September 25-26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. Conference sessions will feature organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage surveying, geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States. Officials from agencies and non-governmental organizations will discuss their programs, budgets, requirements and procurement procedures for engineering and geospatial services.

Participating organizations include Association of American Geographers (AAG), American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW), American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), MAPPS, National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). NSPS members receive a registration discount.

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Defense authorization bill passes U.S. House; proposed 'in-sourcing cost comparison' amendment defeated
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act on May 22. The bill, H.R. 4435, authorizes $590 billion for defense activities in fiscal 2015. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) drafted an amendment to create a cadastral geographic information systems-based inventory of Department of Defense buildings, land, and other real property assets. However, the proposal was not permitted to be offered. Another amendment, by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), would have required a public-private cost comparison before the Defense Department could "insource," or convert from contractor performance to government employee performance, a commercially available service. Among the activities insourced in recent years is GIS services. The Jenkins amendment was defeated 179-244.
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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 $500.00 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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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.

DigitalGlobe eyes $400 million market for high-res images
For satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc, a $400 million-a-year global market awaits as soon as the United States relaxes regulations on the sale of higher-resolution images. That day cannot come soon enough for the only provider of commercial satellite images in the United States. Until then, DigitalGlobe cannot use its technology to full effect, Chief Financial Officer Yancey Spruill told Reuters in an interview.
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Don't politicize GNSS, says industry CEO and visionary
GPS World
"Use any opportunity to create friendship and peace," urged Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, in a conversation with journalists. He decried the recent controversy about monitoring stations on both U.S. and Russian soil, saying it was based in misinformation and misinterpretations, inflated by a political crisis in a completely different area.
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Boeing sees strong continued commercial demand for satellites
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Boeing Co , the world's No. 1 commercial satellite producer, says strong demand in the commercial market will help its satellite division weather a downturn in U.S. defense spending and should continue to boost revenues in coming years. Commercial revenues should account for about 40 percent of its satellite business in five or six years, up from 30 percent now.
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Sources: Google close to snapping up satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $1 billion
Tech Crunch
Google made a play for the skies in April when it swept in and acquired Titan Aerospace amid reports that the drone maker was being pursued by Facebook. But Google's interest in hardware companies that provide primary sources of data is not ending there. Google is closing in on a deal for Skybox Imaging, a satellite company that specializes in recording very detailed landscape pictures and video, TechCrunch has heard from three different sources.
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