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ACSM Congress disbanded; what's next?
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Seemingly big news came out of the ACSM Congress meeting in San Diego last week: Representatives to the Congress approved a motion to disband and dissolve ACSM, with all operation, control, assets and liabilities turned over to NSPS. A statement issued by the presidents of the three member organizations — NSPS, AAGS and GLIS — noted that the NSPS would immediately attempt to create a unified organization. More

Whither surveying: Measurers or managers?
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A perennial issue in the surveying community is the extent to which surveyors should have a monopoly over spatial measurement. Which measurements must be completed by a registered surveyor, and which measurements can be undertaken by anyone? From time to time there are efforts to extend or enforce various pieces of state legislation over other people in the larger spatial information community. Is this a battle worth fighting? More

LightSquared vs. Save Our GPS
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In some ways, the big debate at this year's ACSM/Esri Survey Summit between proponents of LightSquared's nationwide broadband proposal, and the consortium "Save Our GPS," was like listening to the budget debate going on in Washington. Both sides presented cases that tugged on our emotions and sounded reasonable, but it doesn't appear that we as a nation can have it all. Someone will lose and someone will win. More

Europe finds LightSquared harm to Galileo signal
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The head of the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, the agency that oversees all operations of the Galileo program, has filed an official comment on the Federal Communications Commission's docket regarding the Lightsquared proposal to broadcast a powerful terrestrial signal. More

How to file a LightSquared complaint with the FCC
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If you would like to file a complaint with the FCC about the LightSquared issue, the process is very simple:
Screen 1 – Click on Submit a Filing (Express)
A simpler form to submit brief comments.
Screen 2 – Click on 11-109 Comments deadlines established regarding the LightSquared Technical Working Group Report.
Screen 3 – Fill out information and hit "Continue"
Screen 4 – Chance to edit comments and then hit "Submit"

Homebuyers shouldn't ignore importance of getting survey
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Charlotte, N.C., surveyor Jim Massman and attorney Frazier Wallace have been meeting with real estate agency sales teams to tout the importance of surveys. One potential problem, Massman said, is that title companies write exceptions into their contracts excluding certain types of coverage if there's no survey. If there's a problem that a survey would have revealed, but no survey, buyers are on their own. More

GIS mapping becomes the route of choice
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Can you imagine what it would be like to respond to an emergency in the dark and not know which house you're looking for? That happens often to emergency responders. More

USDA and Esri build geospatial portal mapping service
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Esri have partnered in the implementation of a fully cloud-based geospatial portal. USDA's prototype portal, Enterprise Spatial Mapping Service, is built with Portal for ArcGIS, managed by Esri, and hosted on the Amazon cloud within USDA's secure environment. Stephen Lowe, geospatial information officer for the United States Department of Agriculture Enterprise Geospatial Management Office, and Esri product and Professional Services teams designed the prototype's geospatial interfaces. More

Open source licensing: Risk and opportunity, part 1
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Free and Open Source Software has an important place in today's software landscape. Most companies recognize the value of FOSS and they have implemented hybrid environments combining proprietary and open source software. Evidence of this trend can be found in Gartner research as reported by Laurie Wurster. The geospatial community is embracing open source at an accelerated pace. More

Leica Geosystems releases Leica RCD30 60MP multispectral camera
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Leica Geosystems, a leading manufacturer of airborne sensors, has released the Leica RCD30, the first metric medium format 60 MP camera to acquire co-registered multispectral data in RGB and NIR for photogrammetric and remote sensing mapping applications. More

Topcon total stations chosen for Europe's largest construction project
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Topcon Europe Positioning B.V. announces the recent award of an order for more than 100 high precision robotic total stations for the Crossrail project in London, U.K. The order is one of the single largest orders for total stations ever recorded. To satisfy specific monitoring requirements, ESS Safeforce, confined space safety consultant company, ordered 105 Topcon MS05AX total stations. More

Second GPS Block II-F satellite successfully launched
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The U.S. Air Force successfully launched GPS IIF-2 Space Vehicle Number 63 carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket at 2:41 a.m. EDT July 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the second in the series of 12 GPS satellites that Boeing has on contract with the Air Force. More

Subsurface modeling, utilities can't be seen — can they be surveyed?
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The accuracy and detail of above-ground surveying continues to be enhanced by satellite-based positioning, and optical technologies like LiDAR and laser scanning. Software is now available to greatly ease the reduction of large amounts of 3D geospatial data into useful digital models. Planners, engineers, architects, and analysts can then easily manipulate these models on a computer. More

Leica Geosystems announces new Airborne LiDAR product line
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Leica Geosystems announces the release of the new ALS70 family of airborne LiDAR systems. The new product line, consisting of ALS70-CM City Mapper, ALS70-HP High Performance and ALS70-HA High Altitude models, covers the entire range of LiDAR mapping applications, and represents a significant advancement in the state-of-the-art for airborne LIDAR. More

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