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ACSM Radio Hour Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. EDT

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The ACSM Radio Hour takes place every Monday at 11 a.m. EDT on

The Aug. 15 show will feature Ron Scherler discussing the Certified Federal Surveyor program. Ron will talk about his role in CFEdS from its development to its future. He will also talk about how CFedS is creating work for private-practice surveyors.

Don't forget that you can listen to or dowload previous shows which are archived at Be sure to listen to the archived Aug. 8 show which featured Eric Gakstatter discussing GPS topics: LightSquared, Solar Activity and the future of GPS/GNSS.

Drawing a new generation of surveyor
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Judging from interest among students at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture at Knoxville, the land surveying field has a bright future. A professor who teaches land-surveying skills as part of broader curricula there says the considerable infusion of technology into the field generates much interest — among students as well as faculty. More

National Museum of Surveying has exciting month
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The National Museum of Surveying has had an exciting month. The museum just finished filming a feature length feature about the museum along with an educational packet. The museum held a fundraiser on July 13 that brought in more than $6,000. To cap this month off, the museum is beginning a new membership drive. To become a member, please check out the museum here.

'How do you Topcon?' video contest launched
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"How do you Topcon?" is the theme for Topcon Positioning Systems' new video contest aimed at showing how customers put TPS instruments to work. The contest will run Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. Participants will upload a short video (maximum 120 seconds) showing how they use Topcon products and services. Any use of Topcon equipment across all business segments — construction, survey, emerging business and agriculture — will be eligible. More

Falcone: AT&T, Verizon interfering with LightSquared
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Hedge-fund manager Phil Falcone accused AT&T and Verizon Communications of interfering with LightSquared, a broadband startup in which he has invested about $3 billion. In a television interview with CNBC, he said it was "very disappointing" AT&T , Verizon and other members of the Coalition to Save Our GPS are contacting local elected officials to try and block LightSquared from providing a fourth-generation wireless network in rural areas. More

Out in front: A pawn in their game
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Maybe we got played. But we put up a good fight. We really had no option to do anything but fight. So we did, and we're still fighting the LightSquared attack on the GPS signal. It's not over yet, not by a long shot. Suspicions now creep in that the attack may have been a feint, that the company never really intended to do what it threatened: broadcast a very powerful signal from ground towers, on a frequency immediately adjacent to the GPS signal. More

UN to establish committee on global geospatial information
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The United Nations Economic and Social Council has voted to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to better coordinate international dialogues on spatial data infrastructures and enhance international cooperation on the said matter between member states. More

Microsoft's Web map exposes phone, PC locations
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Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones and other Wi-Fi devices around the world and makes them available on the Web without taking the privacy precautions that competitors have, CNET has learned. The vast database available through publishes the precise geographical location, which can point to a street address and sometimes even a corner of a building. More

Power to the people
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Alan Moore, the chief executive of a Scotland GIS company, asks whether GIS is still too focused on back-office tasks to be classified as a smart technology and whether this is about to change with the advent of hosted data and services. More

Salt Lake Community College utilizes CST Exam
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Salt Lake Community College has recently joined other surveying education programs in using the NSPS Certified Survey Technician Exam as a tool to assess students' progress. For some time, the CST Board has promoted the program for this purpose, and a growing number of schools have taken advantage. More

The cloud's disruptive value play
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Historically, geospatial technology projects involve lengthy contract bidding and negotiations. In the end, these investments are capitalized and depreciated as assets of the organization. How will it work to switch the procurement process to a cloud model and make geospatial solutions "rentable," on-demand, software-as-a service? Will cloud computing flip the expense structure from capex to opex? More

Using Kinect with Ordnance Survey mapping
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We thought it would be interesting to hook up an Microsoft Xbox Kinect to work with our mapping, letting you control maps on screen using simple gestures. This video shows how we got on and all with moves like this, the GeoDoctor must be a real goer on the dancefloor… In all seriousness, though, we think this could make geography lessons even more interesting by helping children understand geography and maps in a very fun and interactive way. More

How Germany plans to succeed in a nuclear free, low-carbon economy
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Germany has taken some fundamental energy decisions in recent months, ones that are interesting for other countries to study and learn from. The most "famous" decision recently has been to phase out nuclear power in the next 10 years. This move builds on years of debate and a societal decision after Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to move away from nuclear energy. More

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