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What will the future look like for geospatial professionals?
ACSM Bulletin (subscription
More often than not, changes to an established
status quo announce themselves quietly, as part
of seeking greater efficiencies, greater participation,
or more profit through innovation. The
geospatial world is no different from other fields;
it is experiencing an expanded technological
which is changing the way surveyors
and GIS professionals work.
Zoning setbacks and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
ACSM Bulletin (subscription or pay-per-issue)
Q:A client of mine has recently obtained an
ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey for a property
they are looking to purchase. The
building on the property is less than 10 years old.
The local municipality
granted a significant setback
variance for the building when it was built.
The codified setback is 50 feet and the building
was granted a setback of 32 feet....
ACSM Radio Hour features discussion of fraudulent survey scandal
Hear BLM Cadastral Chief Lance Bishop tell the compelling story of the problems created for the public and title companies by fraudulent surveys conducted by the Benson Syndicate, and discuss the solutions derived in California to "straighten out the mess." Join Lance and host Curt Sumner for the ACSM Radio Hour at 11 a.m. EST Monday, June 13, on America's Web Radio at www.americaswebradio.com.You won’t want to miss this one!
2011 Excellence in Professional Journalism contest
The National Society of Professional Surveyors, Inc. has the pleasure of announcing
the winners of the 2011 Excellence in Professional Journalism Contest.
from state societies in three publication categories were judged: newsletter, magazine
Survey Summit 2011 & ACSM Annual Conference
Register today for the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and Esri Survey Summit to be held July 7–12 in San Diego, Calif. Only
you and your colleagues in the surveying and geospatial professions can
shape the success of this event. Designed with a value-packed agenda, this
unparalleled peer-to-peer forum will explore the newest spatial technology and
business opportunities in surveying and related industries. To see the Agenda at
a Glance, ACSM Business Meetings schedule, and the Survey Summit Sessions
booked so far, click on the linked items. Ilse Genovese, ACSM Communications
Spectra Precision introduces Ashtech MobileMapper 10
Spectra Precision introduced the Ashtech MobileMapper® 10, the latest addition to its new line of GIS/GNSS smart data collectors. The MobileMapper 10 is a lightweight, low power and cost-effective mapping solution with real-time meter level accuracy.
Bentley Systems and Tekla advance interoperability of building information modeling workflows
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Bentley Systems, Inc., the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, including structural analysis,
design and documentation software, and Tekla Corporation, a software provider and driver of digital information models to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries, announced a joint collaboration to further advance the interoperability of software within Building Information Modeling workflows.
Xplore launches new rugged tablet PC geared to GIS workers
Xplore Teychnologies Corp.
Xplore Technologies Corp., a respected leader and pioneer of next-generation rugged tablet PCs for domestic and global markets, announced the launch of its new family of Xtreme Tablet computers geared
to the needs of GIS workers. Representing the fifth generation of its iX104 line, the iX104C5s are believed to be the industry's most powerful, rugged and sunlight-readable PCs ever developed.
Why we can have both reliable GPS and more broadband
A major radio spectrum problem before the Federal Communications Commission this year is the dispute between the GPS community and a company called LightSquared, which seeks to operate a new mobile broadband service using terrestrial base stations that will compete with existing cellular carriers.
Automated data collection improves efficiency, flexibility and workflow
Point of Beginning
Remember when you collected a client's survey field data but then had to wait until returning to your office to download it? You prayed all the data you needed was gathered, and accurately, to avoid a return trip to the job site, which could be two hours away. Fast-forward to 2011, and this issue is becoming ancient history since field surveying data collection methods have improved enormously.
John Deere: Massive LightSquared interference with no solution in sight
Deere & Company, a major provider of precision agriculture equipment and services, notified the Federal Communications Commission of substantial interference with its GPS receivers by the LightSquared signal. Deere receivers registered impact of and interference by the LightSquared signal as far away as 22 miles from a transmitter. Further, the company has found no practicable technical solution to the problem.
How surveyors can get into GIS
Several ESRI products meet the needs of land surveyors, the most popular being ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server. Many surveyors are also beginning to incorporate ArcGIS Online (data available through web services from ESRI) into their solutions. Land surveyors proficient with GIS mostly use ArcGIS Desktop (particularly ArcEditor) in project planning and data management.
A rural real-time network
Professional Surveyor Magazine
The design and operation of real-time networks have been well documented by RTN owners such as the Ohio Department of Transportation's Aerial Mapping Division and the South Carolina Geodetic Survey. Workers at the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute in West Virginia have worked closely over the years with their Ohio neighbor.
Geography literacy in schools is lacking
Newport News Daily Press
A recent survey on geographic literacy in the United States found young adults, ages 18-24, severely lacking in their ability to identify key areas on a world
map. Brennan Kraxberger, an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Christopher Newport University, isn't surprised by the findings in the National Geographic-Roper 9 country survey.
Construction employment edges higher in May
The U.S. construction industry added 2,000 jobs in May, according to the June 3 employment report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year over year, seasonally adjusted construction employment was unchanged. Non-seasonally adjusted construction unemployment stood at 16.3 percent for the month, down from
17.8 percent in April and 20.1 percent from the same time last year.
Floods in the midwest more failing infrastructure
Point of Beginning (blog)
For weeks now, we are seeing the Mississippi flooded, dams being intentionally breached by the USACE and farms and towns completely flooded out. OK, so it rained, a lot. Do our news networks not understand that that it is our failed infrastructure that cannot convey and manage the cresting water levels? Why are our civil engineers and other industry colleagues not screaming about this at the top of their lungs?
Location-based social media: Upping the value
In January 2011, GPS World's Wireless Pulse editor Janice Partyka conducted a webinar discussing location-based social media, with guests Chad Reed of Pelago and Brian Cho of Booyah! What is a location based social network? What are its attributes? Gaming is big, we know that much. What else is coming our way? Coupons, offers and contests are already here, and check-ins are becoming big.
Podcast: How much does federal policy impact geospatial technology use?
Federal efforts such as the Place Based Initiative and Geoplatform.gov highlight policy that should impact the use of geospatial technology within government agencies. With more senior officials "getting" geospatial and more practitioners taking roles as GIOs there's a steady drumbeat of need and value. But do these efforts have an impact on what really gets done?