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Ask Dr. Map! On the consequences of erroneous surveys
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Dr. Map answers questions about the earth's national bouncaries and which U.S. state is the battle ground for survey systems. More

Start-up faces GPS issue
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LightSquared, a start-up attempting to build an alternative high-speed wireless network, proposed a plan that it believes will allow it to operate without crippling GPS signals and equipment. LightSquared, owned by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners LLC hedge fund, proposed using another block of spectrum that wouldn't interfere with GPS signals, which could potentially hobble navigation systems on planes or with equipment used in agriculture and surveying. More

LightSquared asks for, receives extension on report
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With a deadline looming over the critical Technical Working Group report on interference/overload of GPS receivers by the proposed LightSquared ancillary terrestrial signal, LightSquared has asked for a two-week extension. Federal regulators have granted the extension — according to one source, within five minutes of receiving the request — and the final report is now due on July 1. More

GPS industry slams FCC for extending LightSquared deadline
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A coalition of GPS manufacturers and government agencies slammed the Federal Communications Commission for giving LightSquared a two-week extension to file a report about whether or not it should be allowed to build a proposed, multi-billion dollar LTE network that would compete against other 4G carriers. More

LightSquared airwave swith would fix jamming
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Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. wireless venture said it will use a different set of airwaves for its service than originally planned to help prevent interference with U.S. global positioning-systems. LightSquared will offer its service on a block of airwaves, known as spectrum, that is controlled by satellite company Inmarsat Plc when it introduces service early next year, Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Ahuja said in an interview. More

From devastation in Japan, vital data
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The earthquake in Japan earlier this year was massive and devastating, but it also provided researchers with an unprecedented amount of data, thanks to Japanese investment in earthquake-monitoring technology. Writing in the journal "Nature," Japanese scientists from the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan used the data to determine that the earthquake's slip was unusually large in comparison with its rupture area, estimated to be 150,000 by 400,000 yards. More

The face of surveying — ACSM and NSPS
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Surveying has always been unique. Observers from many different perspectives have come up with their individual ideas about and descriptions of Surveying. To most, the apparent magic of surveying has garnered strong reactions. One is of amazement that anyone can with a little hocus pocus point with certainty to a place on the ground and say "this is the place." More

Hundreds of geospatial e-books now available for free
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The National Academies Press — the U.S. publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council — is offering all of its books free in PDF format. The books cover a range of science topics, but of most interest are the hundreds of geospatial books. More

4 trends sparking growth in geospatial
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What trends will impact the growth of the geospatial industry? Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO of RapidEye AG, speaking at the MundoGEO Connect conference in Sao Paulo offered up his top four reasons that he sees for continued growth in the geospatial technology industry. More

GPS leads lost driver down boat ramp
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Three young women escaped a sinking SUV after a direction from a rental car GPS unit sent them down a boat launch and into the Mercer Slough near Bellevue early Wednesday. The driver apparently thought she was on a road while following her GPS unit just after midnight — but she was actually heading down the Sweyolocken boat launch. More

The key to standardizing annotation in CAD files
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The issue of CAD standards has long been a pet project when working with clients. It's the universal problem, as folks from every office confess that CAD standardization is either "non-existent" or, at least, "could be better." The single most-intimidating aspect to developing a CAD standard is deciding how to standardize annotation in order to accommodate the multiple scale factors used in a typical plan set. More

The data czar: Data reviewer
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In the business of quality assurance one requires a meticulous demeanor. From a data quality standpoint — identifying the defects or errors in data is a primary first step. In "Quality Is a Decision," the abundance of data that is being generated is mentioned, as well as the importance of managing that quality from the get go. This blog looks at a helpful tool to do just that. More

Sidwell selected to provide GIS data conversion services for Chaves County, NM
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Chaves County, located in southeast New Mexico, covers approximately 6,071 square miles and includes approximately 33,000 land parcels. The county recognized a need for a state of the art mapping system to optimize GIS-based land records management and keep their maps as current as possible. The county turned to The Sidwell Company to provide the professional GIS services to enable them to achieve these goals. More

Job of the Week: University of Alaska Anchorage
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The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Geomatics seeks a new faculty member.

Does the challenge of teaching on the Last Frontier appeal to you? Do you have a broad range of geomatics skills and experience to contribute to the program? Do you want to work with an innovative team, in a growing program that is an important part of the UAA School of Engineering? Then apply today!

Spectra Precision introduces Ashtech MobileMapper 10
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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. More

West Coast Contractors makes significant progress on in-water facilities in Newport, Ore.
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West Coast Contractors has completed a significant portion of its two-year project to build the new ship pier and small vessel dock in Newport, Ore., for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Operation Center-Pacific. A heavy construction builder for nearly 50 years, West Coast Contractors took on the $15 million in-water portion of the project with a high level of precision to ensure the ship pier and small vessel dock met NOAA's needs. More

When sharks attack robots
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This spring, a sea-gliding robot deployed by start-up Liquid Robotics to collect data in the Gulf of Mexico sent an alarming text message to its pilot ashore that something was wrong. The pilot, who remotely guides the robot on its mission — in this case to collect data on water chemistry, current information, and acoustics for BP PLC — directed it to take underwater pictures of itself. The acoustic instrument had tangled up. It was time to return to port. More

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