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ACSM-ESRI Survey Summit underway
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The ACSM-ESRI Survey Summit, which began Thursday and runs through Tuesday, is the start of something new, something fresh, something that could ultimately lead to a true partnership between the surveying profession and the ever growing and expanding GIS and geospatial community. We have an opportunity that is truly knocking on our front door right now. The question is: Are we going to answer it, are we going take up the challenges it represents, are we going to expand our horizons? More

Krebs wins ASCE Civil Government Award
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Robert C. Krebs, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, is the 2011 winner of the ASCE Civil Government Award for his leadership and distinguished service representing citizens in the Vermont State Legislature. He has also been an exemplary mentor for engineers and surveyors in their professional careers and a proponent of continually advancing one's career. Krebs has been a long-time supporter of NSPS. He served several years as NSPS Governor from Vermont, and while he was president of NCEES, he worked hard for the surveying community.

FCC-mandated working group report documents pervasive harmful interference with GPS
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The FCC technical working group report conclusively shows that LightSquared's proposed operations defy the law of physics, and therefore simply will not work. The report findings are starkly clear: The only real solution to the LightSquared interference problem is to move out of the MSS band altogether. That's because going forward with LightSquared's plans would cause such widespread harmful interference that it would severely cripple GPS. More

Senator: FCC ignoring requests on LightSquared review
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The Federal Communications Commission may have deliberately ignored requests from Congress for information about the agency’s initial approval of Philip Falcone's LightSquared wireless venture, a U.S. senator said. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski didn't respond to written questions, and agency officials told congressional staff they "chose to intentionally ignore" requests for documents, Sen. Charles Grassley said in a letter to Genachowski distributed by the senator's office. More

Fun with maps: 7 peculiar US borders
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Is Colorado a perfect rectangle? The borders are defined by strict latitude and longitude lines, so by all accounts it should be; but thanks to a surveyor error back in 1879, it isn't. The kink in the western side of America's Otherwise Squariest Landmass is just one example of the kind of cartographic aberrations that have made for oddball borders in today's United States. More

Easy as ABC
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Utah County's I-15, located 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, is in the midst of a major overhaul. The existing pavement was crumbling, and the highway also needed to be expanded to address future traffic capacity for the fast-growing region. Under the direction of the Utah Department of Transportation, the $1.725 billion I-15 Corridor Expansion calls for complete reconstruction of the existing roadway and the addition of two new lanes in each direction. More

Building a bridge to efficiency
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It all started with a robbery. But first... 
In 2002, Sweeney Excavation, a small company based in Hamden, Conn., began using machine control with a Caterpillar D8 using a Trimble Site Vision system and a semi-permanent base station, with an MS750 as the GPS receiver. Back then, GLONASS wasn't available with Trimble products, and the company was running only one machine and one rover. More

Localities move data to 'cloud' despite security concerns
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Alexandria, Va., and Arlington, Va., are going "into the cloud." Arlington is in the midst of moving its employees' email accounts to "cloud computing," the newest wave of information technology that allows data to be stored in bulk at far-away servers, rather than stored locally, and accessed through the Internet. Alexandria just finished moving its employees over to the cloud — the first jurisdiction in Virginia to do so. More

$300 billion in residential property damage exposed to hurricane storm surge
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Beginning with Hurricane Katrina and continuing through the recent Japanese tsunamis, public awareness has been sharply focused on the destructive impact of ocean waves driven by natural events. For the United States, with its exposure to tropical storms along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, hurricane-driven storm-surge inundation is one of the most disastrous natural-flooding events that can occur. More

Power to the people
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With public services struggling to find efficiencies and cut costs and the private sector seeking to improve competitiveness and market share, it's clear that the use of GIS is more relevant than ever before. The use of spatial information empowers organizations, communities and customers to improve decisions and increase collaboration, simplifying relationship management and enhance co-ordination with a direct influence on saving costs and increasing efficiency. More

Podcast: Revisiting Google Earth Builder
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Google's Google Earth Builder product manager shared further details of the offering on a recent sponsored Directions Webinar. The magazine takes a second look at Google's cloud solution for enterprise mapping to locate its place in the market. More

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