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The road ahead ...
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Six Survey Summit 2012 Lightning Talks, six different perspectives on the road ahead for surveyors, but none struck a stronger chord than the "NSPS: Road Ahead" remarks delivered at the Summit's plenary by NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner. "Unfortunately, many people think that licensed professional surveyors' work is restricted," said Sumner. "Our work is not restricted; many other activities are part of licensed survey practice." Unity has been a goal which has eluded ACSM. The National Society of Professional Surveyors has given itself a goal to be more effective and to be more effective; one needs to "speak with one voice" to issues that affect the surveying profession. "When the hearts and minds of those who are critical of our profession come together, then we will be able to mold the future of surveying," said Sumner. "NSPS wants to make sure that NSPS' road ahead serves our profession and the public." — Reported by Ilse Genovese, NSPS Communications Director

Takeaways from Esri UC 2012
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Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg boils down this year's Esri International User Conference into just a few takeaways, including the key announcements, ideas and "feel" of the 2012 Esri International User Conference. [Note that NSPS News & Views was mentioned as being one of only two information sources that covered the Survey Summit.] More

Can we live without the smartphone?
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Sixty six percent of us admitted in a recent survey that we would be highly anxious without it and, in fact, would prefer losing the entire contents of our wallets rather than our smartphones. This rectangular piece of plastic is now one of the most essential parts of lives, banishing from our lives once trusted forms of communication. The question is, what else is likely to fall by the wayside? Let's take stock. More

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Winners of the Richard E. Lomax National Trig-Star and Teaching Excellence Awards and the 2012 NSPS Map Plat Design Competition.

OS to launch Ordnance Survey International

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Ordnance Survey will soon launch a new international service, Ordnance Survey International, to help other countries around the world untap the multi-million dollar potential of accurate geographic information . It will harness the vast range of skills and expertise within OS to primarily support other national mapping agencies and countries. More

Twitter overload jams GPS signals at Olympics 2012
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Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during the event because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage. Commentators on Saturday's men's cycling road race were unable to tell viewers how far the leaders were ahead of the chasing pack because data could not get through from the GPS satellite navigation system traveling with the cyclists. More

Topcon GRS-1 and Tesla compatible with ArcGIS Mobile
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Topcon Positioning Systems announces that the new Topcon Tesla and the Topcon GRS-1 are compatible with ArcGIS Mobile utilizing the new Topcon eGPS GNSS configuration utility. ArcGIS Mobile allows GIS users to deliver GIS tools and data to the field and utilize GIS data while adding accurate position and attribute information to GIS databases. More

The last plane table surveyor?
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John Sanford, 83, of Lakewood, Colo., may be the last, or almost last, plane table surveyor in the central U.S. John purchased his alidade and plane table for $70 in 1950. John's most recent job was a complex topographic survey of a 90-acre farm in Okmulgee County, Okla., with a creek and heavy woods. This survey was completed in April 2012. John has used the alidade for topographic surveys in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, and Columbia. More

DigitalGlobe and GeoEye: The best of both worlds
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Last week's announcement that DigitalGlobe will combine with GeoEye brings together two of the world's largest commercial satellite imaging companies in a deal valued at $453 million. The transaction was anticipated in light of dramatic cuts to the U.S. government's 10-year, $7.3 billion Enhanced View Contract that each company had been awarded. The valuation is low in comparison to that prior promised revenue stream; however, the final dollar figure from that contract is still pending and the combination of the companies will reduce reliance on that revenue stream. More

Coalition of Geospatial Organizations appeals FTC misuse of 'precise geolocation data' in privacy report
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The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations has asked Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to address the concerns of the geospatial community in its privacy report. In March 2012, the FTC released a report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change" providing recommended actions for business and policy makers to protect consumers' private information. More

Is it time for unmanned aerial systems to get certified GNSS?
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While the FAA is moving ahead with plans for UAS/UAV to have regular access to U.S. airspace by 2015, a number of barriers remain. For UAVs to be treated like manned aircraft, their systems likely need to be qualified to the same standards as civil avioncs — this is a challenge, as each UAS has largely unique systems. UAS equipment standards are emerging, but threats to GNSS abound and defense/mitigation is required. More

Save the date
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The Nation Possessed: Conflicting Claims on America's Public Lands, University of Colorado, Boulder, Sept. 12-14. Sponsored by Center of American West, the Public Lands Foundation, and U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management. Registration at:

AutoCarto 2012, Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, Sept. 16-18. Preliminary Program at Registration at:

Attend, Participate and Support the ... 2012 MALSCE Convention, Holiday Inn Mansfield/Foxborough, Mass., Sept. 21.

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