USGS releases state 3DEP profiles
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun to release state profiles for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). From flood mapping to aviation safety, from precision agriculture to infrastructure, 3DEP will provide enhanced national elevation data, largely collected via LIDAR. Among the recently released state profiles, check the following links: Idaho; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin. Check out additional information on 3DEP and NSPS support for the program.
NSPS provides input to NSDI plan
On August 26, NSPS government affairs representative John "JB" Byrd participated in a meeting of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to provide comments and feedback on the draft National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) strategic plan update. Last week, NSPS submitted formal comments on the Draft NSDI to the FGDC. The current version of the draft proposal may be found here. Byrd commented that the USGS 3DEP, NOAA Height Modernization and geodesy framework programs, and a national parcel system should be highlighted as critical framework layers, while repeating the call to have underground infrastructure/utility location data added as a new framework layer in the NSDI.
Editorial calls for FEMA flood program reform
The New York Times has printed an editorial commenting on a recent federal report on rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, including recommendations on flood mapping, the future of FEMA flood insurance programs, development practices, and governmental permitting.
Wisconsin bill seeks lower contract approval threshold
A bill to lower the threshold for approvals of architecture, engineering and surveying contracts in Wisconsin has been introduced. Under current state law, before contracting for such services of more than $300,000, the DOT must conduct a uniform cost-benefit analysis. AB302 lowers that threshold to $25,000, which is the level prior to enactment of 2013 Wisconsin Act 20.
Did you know that the NSPS CST Program has been in existence since 1986?
Indiana asset management bid request canceled
A request for price proposals for professional services related to bridge height, vertical clearance data, and related asset location and management services by the Indiana Department of Transportation has been withdrawn after an objection was filed by the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES), of which NSPS is a member organization. COFPAES indicated the solicitation was for professional surveying services, as defined by the Professional Surveyor Practice Act of Indiana, but did not require an Indiana professional surveyor. The request for pricing also violated the Indiana mini-Brooks Act, the federal Brooks Act, and the Federal Highway Act, all of which require qualifications based selection (QBS) for such contracts.
NSPS earns more national media attention
The NSPS effort to rescind the Labor Department’s ruling that survey technicians are “laborers and mechanics” subject to the ”prevailing wage” requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act continues to attract national attention. A report on the issue is included in the August edition of Labor Watch, a newsletter published by the Capital Research Center, a Washington, DC based watchdog group.
NCEES Leadership Election Results Announced
During its annual meeting in San Antonio, TX last week, NCEES held elections for Treasurer and President-Elect. Surveyors were elected to both positions. David Widmer, PLS (PA) followed his term as NCEES Treasurer by being elected President -Elect, and 2001 NSPS President Gary Thompson (NC) was elected NCEES Treasurer for a two-year term.
NSPS extends its most sincere congratulations to David and Gary for these accomplishments, and offers its assistance to them throughout their respective terms in service to NCEES.
NSPS Executive Director Briefs NCEES Surveyors Forum
NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, LS, made a presentation to the Surveyors Forum of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) on the status of the NSPS 100% membership program; the need to maintain licensing laws that reflect today’s broad profession of surveying; and a partnership between COFPAES (of which NSPS is a member) and NCEES and its member-state licensing boards, to enforce licensing and qualifications based selection laws.
NSPS Radio Hour - September 2, 2013/Labor Day — 11 a.m. EDT
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the September 2, 2013 NSPS Radio Hour will be a rebroadcast from the archives of previous shows.
The September 9 show will feature American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) President Madiha Kotb. Join host Curt Sumner and Ms. Kotb for a discussion about the mission of ASME and the relationship of its members to surveyors.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to email@example.com to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.
Dear Land Surveying Professional
My name is Bruce Barrow. I am the GIS Technician for the Town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, secretary of the Cape Cod Chapter of MALSCE, and current candidate for the Master of Geographic Information Systems degree at The Pennsylvania State University. The title of my MGIS capstone project is "The Undivided Garment: Plats, Parcel Fabric, and GIS." It will examine the relationship between the land surveying and GIS professions, with a focus on the potential impact of the ArcGIS® Parcel Fabric dataset on that relationship. I invite you to take a brief, anonymous SurveyMonkey® survey, which will add to the quality and credibility of my project. Please follow the link below to the online survey location:
Survey results and analysis will be included in my capstone project paper, which will be evaluated as part of the Penn State curriculum. It would be helpful to receive your response by September 9. Please contact me with comments and questions, and thank you for your cooperation.
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NSPS thanks sustaining members
Berntsen International, Inc. www.berntsen.com
Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov
Florida Surveying and Mapping Society www.fsms.org
Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio www.ohiosurveyor.org
South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors www.sdspls.org
Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors www.taps-inc.com
NSPS to participate in conference on exporting opportunities for US surveyors
Surveyors looking to win contracts and offer their services outside the United States can gain information and practical knowledge at a "Geospatial and Engineering International Conference — Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities," November 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. NSPS will be a participating organization. NSPS members will qualify for a special registration discount.
The conference will enable firms to export their services, data and products to overseas clients. It will feature agencies and organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States with presentations on their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures. Agencies that assist U.S. companies with exporting will inform firms of services available to assist with expansion into the global market.
Private sector professionals experienced in international business will share best practices and lessons learned. The conference will also include unique teaming, partnering and networking opportunities. Session topics will be geared toward firms that are new to exporting and those who seek to expand their international portfolio. Participating agencies, speakers and sponsors will be announced at a later date and time. Interested professionals can sign up for email information on the conference web site.
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Strategies for overcoming privacy concerns with indoor navigation apps
When it comes to the widespread adoption of indoor positioning and navigation tools among retailers, technology isn't nearly as big of a barrier as consumer pushback. Although 62 percent of smartphone users say they are aware that advertisers are tracking their mobile activities, according to a survey by TRUSTe, only 1 percent say they like it and only one-in-10 would willingly consent to sharing their location data with marketers.
Report looks at market factors for indoor positioning
In recent years, there has been a substantial demand for indoor positioning and navigation equipment in the marketplace across verticals. Research and Markets has released a new report that indicates that there are multiple factors shaping the future of the indoor location market. One such factor is the increasing number of applications that are addressing the expressed market need.
Galileo to miss another launch date as tests continue on FOC satellite
As engineers painstakingly work their way through tests of the first full operational capability Galileo satellite at the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, European space sources admit that the new generation spacecraft's maiden voyage will not occur until Dec. 28, if then. Last week, ESA reported details of acoustic tests on the FOC conducted in the Large European Acoustic Facility, designed to recreate the roar of a rocket lifting off.