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Forensic investigations: A new niche for surveyors
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The much promoted economic recovery seems, at best, lukewarm. Which means business for many surveying firms remains stressed. Nevertheless, positive thinking is key, and right now is the best time to think of other niches to carve out for your business. One niche that seems a logical fit for surveying firms is forensic mapping of crash and crime scenes. More

Surveyors and LightSquared — Precision GPS in jeopardy
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If you are going to be at the Survey Summit, do not miss an opportunity to hear Trimble’s and LightSquared's perspectives on the deployment of the LightSquared network close to the L frequencies used by GPS at a special forum with industry leaders. Get Involved. Attend the Survey Summit. Register Today.

Solicitation W912QR-11-T-0031 removed
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NSPS, with the assistance of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES),, was successful in getting Solicitation W912QR-11-T-0031 removed from the procurement process of professional surveying services by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More

Have you visited the museum yet?
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Have you visited the National Museum of Surveying in Springfield, Ill.? Check out this letter from a surveyor who decided to stop by and was glad that he did.

Reports: LightSquared plan poses unacceptable risk to GPS service
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Disruption of GPS positioning and navigation signals used for aviation and other applications within U.S. territory will be unavoidable if startup firm LightSquared is permitted to deploy a hybrid satellite-terrestrial broadband network as currently planned, a pair of technical reports released June 9 concluded. More

LightSquared, FCC rebuttals distort record
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A claim frequently made by LightSquared spokesperson Jeff Carlisle, and recently by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, that the GPS industry knew long ago about LightSquared's plan for powerful terrestrial transmitters, would be a telling point — if it were true. But it is not. The verifiable fact is that the GPS industry knew about and agreed to a plan by a previous version of the company, for a different purpose, with a different business concept. More

Aiding indoor pedestrian navigation with building heading
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This article presents a simple solution to one of the main challenges of indoor pedestrian navigation. Many researchers have shown the benefits of using low cost shoe mounted IMUs, but the major drawback of these systems is the rapid and dramatic growth in heading drift error. The method proposed constrains this heading drift by simply using the orientation of buildings (derived from aerial imagery). More

Building your location graph
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Wikipedia describes a social graph as "the global mapping of everybody and how they're related." Maarten Oldenhof, CEO of map maker AND in The Netherlands, defines his "location graph" as "the personal location pattern of someone and how he is connected to these places." Oldenhof believes that someone's location graph translates into business opportunity because that information can be used to help marketers predict where that person will be next. More

GIS and CAD convergence explored
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The disciplines of CAD and GIS have shared similar histories and development paths, each emerging in the 1960s and becoming increasingly democratized throughout the latter years of the 20th century. Both are now recognized from academia to industry and have strong, international user communities. While this bodes well for the technologies themselves, the parallel nature of GIS and CAD is, perhaps, unique in this age of technical convergence. More

Orange County winning the right to sell GIS database
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Last month California's Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal decided the Orange County parcel database is covered by the software exclusion in the California Public Records Act. That means, among other things, the County can sell the data for more than the cost of reproduction. Bruce Joffe offers his opinion on this latest turn in a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club in 2007. More

Projects use phone data to track public services
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When New Yorkers head underground, they cannot always be sure of what awaits them. The city's subway system can be mysterious, with daily delays resulting from minor emergencies, track work and other events in the tunnels that riders know they will never truly understand. The city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been trying to provide a better sense of predictability in recent years by adding displays in stations that state when the next train is expected. More

US mulls integrated geospatial data sharing
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The U.S. federal government is considering options to integrate the sharing of geospatial data across federal, state and local government agencies. A new U.S. government report prepared for members and committees of Congress sheds light on the current state of geospatial data sharing in the country and challenges public sector organizations face in getting that data across the disparate IT systems used to store it. More

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