Another old survey friend passes on!
Richard D. Pryce, PLS/PSM #4038
Epitaph to Another Old Survey Friend (Q-235 PID AD2570)
It's truly a sad day when you discover that another old reliable and trusted Surveyor friend has passed on due to the negligence of others. So many of us have come to rely upon these old friends over the years that we just take them for granted. We assume that they'll always be there to help guide us through to the next step in our own journey of life.
This particular friend has been out there, standing proud and true, since he came into being in 1965. He has been a monument to all who came before him, and since, standing as a testament to the best of what Surveyors have to offer in elevating us to heights of first order perfection. He wasn't the first, nor will he be the last, to perform in service to all who have seen him, used him, and trusted his wisdom in elevating our great profession.
He and many of his compadres reside in the same perilous position. He deserved better treatment and respect for what he stood for, for what he represents to Surveyors across this country, and for the efforts it took to position him in the place where he stood proud and strong, serving for so many years as a benchmark for all who have grown to rely upon him.
May he forever rest in peace and harmony with the spirit of our forefathers, and with those unnamed heroes who helped to establish his legacy. They have followed in the footsteps of those who came before them, and serve as a testament to the greatness of our country, and of surveyors who have made their mark upon it.
May we all take a moment to say our goodbyes, and pay our respects, for he has paid the ultimate price in advancing our profession and our knowledge, and he will forever be elevated to the heights of perfection for which we all strive!
My only hope is that we do a better job to protect, nurture, and keep better track of those friends that are left. They still have a place in our world, and what we do every day.
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Transportation Research Board requests input regarding the NGS Reference Frame 2022
As you may be aware, the National Geodetic Survey has initiated activities aimed at establishing a new, earth-centered, earth fixed Reference Frame in 2022, replacing NAD 83 and NAVD 88. The new Reference Frame should provide the user with greater accuracy, both horizontally and vertically. It will include North, East, Elevation, and Velocity. As part of our involvement with NGS, the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction would like to gather information from the perspective of transportation mapping professionals regarding how we might use this new Reference Frame, what benefits we anticipate, and what concerns you might have. Please view this Power Point, and take a moment to answer our brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/72YMSYL.
As always, thank you for your time and assistance.
NSPS Radio Hour — July 20, 11 a.m. EDT
You may have noticed the preceding article by Rick Pryce. He will join host Curt Sumner for an update on the equipment theft problem (especially in Florida), and about some of his other activities.
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NSPS bookstore adds two titles
River and Lake Boundaries, Surveying Water Boundaries – A Manual, Second Edition, authored by the late James A. Simpson is well referenced, and often cited in court cases. It is being offered on behalf of the Public Land Survey System Foundation.
Surveyors and Statesmen by Sarah S. Hughes is a history of the development of the surveying profession in Colonial Virginia, and its impact on the Chesapeake economy and society. It is being offered on behalf of the Virginia Surveyors Foundation.
Although the NSPS Bookstore has closed as a provider of multiple texts, we are offering these two books and select group of others.
Surveyors Rendezvous 2015
During their recent appearance on the NSPS Radio Hour, SHS members Denny Demeyer and John Thalacker discussed the upcoming Surveyors Rendezvous 2015. Be sure to place this event on your calendar, and register right away by visiting www.surveyorshistoricalsociety.com and clicking on the Rendezvous link, or by contacting the SHS office at 614-798-5257.
The event will take place in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, on Sept. 9-13. The theme, "Surveys & Surveyors of the Salish Sea" will focus on the history of international boundary surveys in the area. Numerous featured speakers will share their knowledge of the area and surveyors who worked there. On Friday, Sept. 11, registrants will enjoy a field trip to San Juan Island for a walking tour of American and English camps, and lectures onsite during this private tour of the national park.
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