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We are moving
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NSPS' headquarters is moving to Frederick, Md. We will be closed Friday, July 13, and will be open for business at our new location on Monday, July 16.

Our new address and phone number are: 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Phone: 240-439-4615.

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TSPS welcomes new Executive Director
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Difficult economic conditions. ... The uncertainty of a new session of the Texas Legislature. ... An aging profession committed to attracting new blood and talent to its ranks. ... These are just some of the challenges facing land surveyors in Texas and the members of TSPS. But one critical hurdle the association had to cross — the hiring of a new Executive Director — has been accomplished following a thorough and intensive search. More

Centuries-old map of 'America' discovered at German university
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A centuries-old copy of a 500-year-old map that christened the New World as "America" has been discovered at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany — folded and wedged inside of an old book, according to a release on the university's website. The original map, created in 1507 by cartographer Martin Waldseemüller, according to the release, shows the continent of America isolated from Europe by a vast ocean and as a much smaller, banana-shaped landmass than what is mapped today. More

BAE creates alternative to GPS
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Military platforms commonly use GPS to find their position and navigate. GPS rely upon a specific, and relatively weak, satellite signal that is vulnerable to disruption. BAE Systems has created a new system — known as Navigation via Signals of Opportunity —that is able to calculate its position by making use of the hundreds of different radio signals that exist around us — from WiFi to television transmitters to telecommunication towers and more. More

Paper maps: Amid GPS boom, nostalgia finds a place
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Used to be, Dad would stuff a half-dozen maps in the glove box before setting out with the family on a road trip to see the waterfalls at Yosemite or the granite faces of Mount Rushmore. Colorful maps bearing the logos of the oil companies that printed them — names like Texaco, Gulf, Esso — once brimmed from displays at filling stations, free for the taking. More

App uses Earth's magnetic field to guide you indoors
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The Earth's magnetic field once helped pioneering explorers discover exciting new lands and untold riches. Now, it could stop you getting lost at the shops, thanks to an upcoming smartphone app that uses magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations, guiding you around places that GPS can't penetrate. More

Mapping Census 2010 illustrates major changes in US population
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Mapping Census 2010: The Geography of American Change from Esri Press depicts the extraordinary changes in the American population over the past decade. Extracted from the data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010, the new maps are displayed side by side with maps created after the 2000 census. Using choropleth maps that are shaded in proportion to the change in statistical variable, the atlas is divided into four sections. More

Engineers and surveyors: Joining forces for the future
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The surveying profession is rapidly changing from both a business and technological standpoint. Competitive pressures and the tremendous advances in technology and software are putting pressure on our industry. Now more than ever, engineers and surveyors must work together to turn these challenging times into opportunity. More

States, Congress rallying for an e-sales tax
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Online shopping in the Washington, D.C., region is about to become more expensive. More

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