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Michigan flood event a reminder of NSPS Foundation disaster relief fund
NSPS — Provided by Wendy Lathrop, NSPS representative on FEMA's Technical Mapping Advisory Council
The Michigan August event (a week ago) was some major flooding, due to the intensity of rainfall rather than overbank flooding. There just was no way the water could run off, and areas well outside of the Special Flood Hazard Areas in several counties were flooded. The highways were flooded so people could not leave, and those on the highway were in grave danger. There was no way out. Here are a few articles to fill you in (there is a lot more out there, but this gives you an idea of the extent):
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NSPS Radio Hour — Aug. 25, 11 a.m. EDT
The NSPS Trig-Star program is a well-established and long-running event that typically involves more than a thousand high school students annually, at the local and state level. The 2014 national competition included the winners from 37 states. The success of the program is a result of the efforts of dedicated local surveyors who locate and coordinate with high school teachers in their communities.

Join Chairman Jerry Juarez (NV), and Committee members Bob Miller (PA) and Tony Gregory (IN) as they join host Curt Sumner to discuss the various aspects of the program.

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ALTA/ACSM question!
I have a question about Table A, Optional Item 1 regarding the setting the monuments. We hardly get this request, it is starting to be asked recently more often. As you know this can have a big impact on cost.

The standard states "place monuments at all major corners of the boundary of the property." At face value, I would say every angle break of the property is a corner, but the word "major" seems interpretational to a degree. Such as the boundary that is generally rectangular in shape, but has 25 different corners/angle points. Is setting the four (4) primary corners satisfying the item?

At the moment, I have a 50-acre tract that has up to 100 different angle breaks, and Item 1 is requested. I don't want to price setting them all in a competitive bid situation.


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RENDEZVOUS! On the Old Spanish Line...

Come to the best national surveyor’s event of 2014 — the SHS RENDEZVOUS! Join the search for Andrew Ellicott’s lost ‘Spanish Mounds,’ on the old 1799 US border with Spain. Hosted by Surveyors Historical Society and the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, it’s Sept. 17-20 at Mobile, Alabama. You’re invited.

GPS adjacent band compatibility assessment workshop
The Department of Transportation's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology has posted a Federal Register Notice of its intent to hold a "GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Workshop" on September 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

This workshop is open to the general public by registration only. For those who would like to attend the workshop in person or via WebEx, registration is requested no later than September 4, 2014. Please send the registration information to providing: Name; Organization; Telephone number; Mailing and email addresses; Attendance method (WebEx or on site); Country of citizenship.

The physical location for the meetings is the U.S. Department of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142. Identification will be required at the entrance of Volpe Center facility (Passport, state ID, or Federal ID).

Discussion at this workshop will focus on the various implementation steps of the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment, including development of GPS receiver use cases, identification of representative GPS receivers, and development of a test and analysis program. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the information needed from GPS receiver and antenna manufacturers, and the logistics of procuring and handling that information to safeguard manufacturer proprietary data.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen M. Mackey, U.S. Department of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, RVT- 75, Cambridge, MA 02142,, Telephone: 617-494-2753.

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Housing outlook declines
The nation's mortgage financing organization has downgraded its outlook for the 2014 housing market, blaming winter weather and the Federal Reserve's easing of its stimulus programs. In the first six months of the year, total housing sales fell below last year's pace.
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Utility pleads not guilty in pipeline accident
A federal court is deciding liability for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, that killed eight persons and destroyed 38 homes. The National Transportation Safety Board has found that location issues were factors in the accident. NSPS has been educating Congress of the fact that there are enough pipelines in the United States to encircle the Earth 25 times and an underground utility is hit somewhere in the United States every 60 seconds. Accurate location information is needed to manage existing surface and underground infrastructure and to plan for future challenges. NSPS urges legislation on pipeline and infrastructure to enhance the accuracy and accessibility of such utility location data.
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Award winning author Terri Morrison to speak at Geospatial & Engineering International Conference
How do you break the ice in the UAE? When should you bring out a contract in China? How close should you stand in South Korea? Terri Morrison turns her attention to sales and marketing, providing the information and advice professionals need to ensure their intended meaning comes through in every form of communication with customers, partners and team members around the world.

The Geospatial & International Conference has announced that Terri Morrison will be the luncheon keynote speaker on Thursday, September 25, 2014. She will offer straightforward advice for the professional who is doing business in foreign countries. With wit and wisdom she'll discuss icebreakers, negotiating, global trade etiquette, advertising taboos and how to deliver successful presentations in the global environment.

Terri Morrison is the co-author of nine books, including Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than Sixty Countries (A Library Journal Best Business Books Winner and an Bestselling Business Etiquette Book).

Whether your work connects you with one country or many, you will benefit from Terri's extensive experience. Terri will host a Question & Answer session as part of the program.

NSPS is a participating organization in the conference. NSPS members are eligible for special discount. Register at

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NSPS members urged to contact U.S. Senators to cosponsor the FLAIR Act
As Congress continues its August recess, Representatives and Senators are in their home states meeting with constituents and taking part in events. NSPS members and state surveying societies should use this time period to contact their Senators and urge them to cosponsor the soon-to-be-introduced "Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act of 2014." Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) plan to introduce the Senate companion to H.R. 916, a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House by sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT), that has already been approved by a House committee.

This bill would formally authorize a comprehensive, multi-purpose inventory of Federal land by the Department of the, Interior which will provide surveying and mapping data for our national assets and liabilities on a parcel-by-parcel basis.

Senators Hatch and Lee have requested help from NSPS in identifying Democrat Senators as cosponsors. The challenge is for surveyors and state societies to contact your respective Senators and urge them to join Senators Hatch and Lee in cosponsoring this important bill. Visits, meetings and communications should be focused on Democrat Senators.

Targeted States and Democrat Senators are: AK: Begich; AR: Pryor; CA: Feinstein, Boxer; CO: Udall, Bennet; CT: Blumenthal, Murphy; DE: Carper, Coons; FL: Nelson; HI: Schatz, Hirono; IL: Durbin; IN: Donnelly; IA: Harkin; LA: Landrieu; MD: Mikulski, Cardin; MA: Warren, Markey; MI: Levin, Stabenow; MN: Klobuchar, Franken; MO: McCaskill; MT: Tester, Walsh; NV: Reid; NH: Shaheen; NJ: Menendez, Booker; NM: Udall, Heinrich; NY: Schumer, Gillibrand; NC: Hagan; ND: Heitkamp; OH: Brown; OR: Wyden, Merkley; PA: Casey; RI: Reed, Whitehouse; SD: Johnson; VT: Leahy; VA: Warner, Kaine; WA: Murray, Cantwell; WV: Rockefeller, Manchin; and WI: Baldwin.

You can also contact these Senators' legislative staff in Washington, DC. To help identify staff, or for further assistance, please contact NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd at or 703-787-6665.

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Texas A&M Corpus Christi offering online course on introduction to surveying this fall
Classes begin August 27. Contact Prof. Richard Smith ( for more information on paperwork you need to complete before you can register for the course. You can take the course as a degree candidate or as a non-degree candidate. This course involves field work, and to complete the labs, you must have an agreement with a licensed land surveyor who will agree to supervise your labs, provide the equipment and make sure you follow the lab exercises as written. Course instructor: Dr. Joe Paiva ( Read about the program and course at The course is called GISC 2470 for four semester hours.
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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

NEW LISTINGS Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

Data from drones will revolutionize our lives: Skycatch CEO
Financial Post
When many people hear the word "drones," they immediately think of privacy invading, scary, flying robots of the future. They don't necessarily consider the many ways drones can dramatically improve the life of humans, animals and the environment. One immediate way that drones are helping is with worker safety. In the public sector, drones can be used by police, firefighters and even fighting poaching in Africa.
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Getting schooled on UAVs, FAA policy and reality
Directions Magazine
By Joe Francica: Last week, I chaired a workshop on geospatial intelligence, part of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium's STEM program. During the morning session we focused on domestic homeland security and convened a panel of public safety officials from the Huntsville, Alabama region. Panelists included representatives from the Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Civil Air Patrol, County Sheriff's Office, Volunteer Fire departments and the city's GIS department.
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Mapping the world all over again
Since around 16,500 B.C., mankind has attempted to represent the world graphically. Plotting the stars on cave walls has allowed us to see that inhabitants of the Lascaux caves in France wanted to communicate their observations, or at least record them so that others might learn of their existence, or their gods. Maps have influenced our history in the most profound ways, defining the borders that divide us by language, race, culture and sometimes religion.
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What does real-time computing add to geospatial analysis and system performance?
Sensors & Systems
One of the more amazing things to come out recently in the geospatial sphere is the coupling of GIS functionality with SAP HANA, the platform as a service that returns real-time analytics with its in-memory processing. The speed at which this predictive analytical engine operates, coupled with Esri's GeoEvent Processor for real-time data feeds in the context of location, truly is a game changer for the kinds of operations that can benefit from spatial analysis.
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