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Got raffle tickets yet?
NSPS Foundation
Plenty of tickets remain for the NSPS Foundation "Cruise" raffle. Check out information about the three options from which the winner will choose for an exciting adventure in July 2016.
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NSPS bookstore adds 2 titles
Although the NSPS Bookstore has closed as a provider of multiple texts, it still contains a few items, and has recently made two additions. They include River and Lake Boundaries, which is being offered on behalf of the Public Land Survey System Foundation, and Surveyors and Statesmen, which is being offered on behalf of the Virginia Surveyors Foundation.
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Breaking news on UAS use by DOI
The U.S. House of Representatives July 7 approved an amendment by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa, to the interior appropriations bill prohibiting operation of an unmanned aircraft system owned by Department of the Interior for the performance of surveying, mapping or collecting remote sensing data. The amendment would not limit the Department of the Interior's ability to contract with the private sector for unmanned aircraft systems services.
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NSPS submits comments on Deepwater Ports Proposed Rule Docket ID: USCG-2012-0061 — Alternatives to use of registered surveyors
Based on a collaborative effort within NSPS, Executive Director Curt Sumner filed comment on behalf of NSPS regarding provisions in the proposed rulemaking. The provisions that were addressed by NSPS would allow unlicensed individuals who would be deemed in some unspecified manner to have "equivalent professional competency" to be substituted in place of licensed professional surveyors for certain activities.
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Hydrographic Services Review Panel; membership solicitation
National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, has contacted NSPS regarding the solicitation of nominations for membership for the 2016 Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee. HSRP applications for year 2016 must be received by no later than August 10, preferably via email to The Call for Nominations is available by the attached PDF and at the following Federal Register website:

The panel advises NOAA on operations and research issues related to hydrographic surveying, nautical charts, tides and currents, geodetic and geospatial data and measurements, coastal intelligence and resilience and emerging arctic priorities. Applicants should have expertise in marine navigation, port administration, maritime shipping or other intermodal transportation industries, cartography and geographic information systems, geodesy, geospatial data, physical oceanography, coastal resource management, including coastal resilience and emergency response or other science-related fields.

Information on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel can be found at:

The Federal Register notice for solicitation for 2016 HSRP nominations:

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NSPS says government export controls should not limit GPS, LiDAR, aerial cameras
NSPS submitted comments to the departments of Commerce and State in response to proposed U.S. government regulations that could adversely affect the sale of certain aerial camera, LiDAR and GPS systems, or the use of such systems by U.S. firm on foreign projects. In its comment, NSPS Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, LS, said the society "believes the proposed rules place new controls on certain existing commercial surveying systems and equipment products. It fails to establish a 'bright line' between the military (USML) and commercial (CCL) designations, particularly for imaging, GPS and LiDAR systems." He said "the proposed changes … could disadvantage our U.S. manufacturers and operators when competing for commercial applications against foreign competitors" and urged that the government not to "adopt rules that could cost jobs and hamper surveying businesses in exporting, with no benefit to U.S. national security."
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NSPS Radio Hour — July 13, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS President Jon Warren and NSPS President-Elect Tony Cavell will join host Curt Sumner for an update on NSPS activities during the first quarter of their current terms.

Correction: Last week's radio show announcement incorrectly identified the dates for the SHS Rendezvous. The actual dates are Sept, 9-13.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, 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.

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Comstock tours geospatial firm
With Congress in recess for Independence Day, surveying and mapping professionals in northern Virginia met with Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia, chair of the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, at the Dulles, Virginia, office of Quantum Spatial. Also participating were individuals from Airbus Defence and Space (Spot Image), Esri, VisionMap, and Woolpert. The July 1 tour and briefing was to acquaint Comstock with the geospatial community and its significant presence in her district, and to discuss the status of the federal government's use of surveying, mapping and geospatial data for programs, applications and problem solving. Comstock is pictured with NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello.
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NSPS lobbyist meets Texas Rep. Will Hurd
NSPS registered lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, a member of the committees on Homeland Security, and on Oversight and Government Reform. The 23rd District lawmaker's latter assignment includes government procurement legislation.
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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.

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Is the geospatial-intelligence sector at the heart of the geospatial revolution?
Sensors & Systems
At a recent GEOINT Symposium, organized by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the keynotes and many of the sessions expressed the theme that we are experiencing a geospatial revolution. The parallels between the geopolitical disruption in the world, the fuel for the geospatial intelligence mission, and the technological revolution, which is being spurred by convergence of technologies, was not lost on many. It's a geospatial revolution being spurred by an actual revolution.
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DHS digs geospatial data — but not for the reasons you might think
David Alexander, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Geospatial Management Office, explained how DHS' use of geospatial information is quite different than what people might think. "Our use of geospatial and our interest in geospatial is not just maps and the traditional collection of foundational data," Alexander said.
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Patty Durand on the next, next thing in smart grid
Smart Grid News
At a time when more than 50 percent of consumers have never heard the terms "smart grid" or "smart meter," the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has designed an infographic illustrating "the smart grid journey as the next modern human innovation in technology." SGCC Executive Director Patty Durand takes a deeper dive into the infographic and how it will help energy consumers understand how a smart grid can benefit them and advance their daily lives.
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