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Action update on unified organization
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It has been seven weeks since the ACSM Congress voted to disband and the NSPS began the process to create a new "unified organization" that would represent the broad definition of the "Professional Surveyor." Many of you have asked if anything has been done to begin this process. NSPS president Bill Coleman tells you what has been accomplished and what goals have been set. More

Congressional committee to hold LightSquared hearing
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The House of Representatives Science Committee will have a hearing on Sept. 8 on the Impacts of the LightSquared Network. The hearing was originally scheduled for Aug. 3, and the witnesses are representatives from Federal agencies and one person from the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. But they need your input. Click here for a sample letter. More

It pays to be an ACSM member
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Budget and Avis offer low and competitive rates along with special discounts for both business and leisure rentals. You can enjoy up to 25 percent off promotional rates.

Rand McNally announces new lower price for IntelliRoute GPS
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Rand McNally announced that it is dropping the price of its award-winning line of IntelliRoute TND products. The IntelliRoute TND 510 is now priced at $299.99 and the TND 710 is priced at $399.99, plus applicable taxes. This $50 reduction in price, coupled with the recently announced Lifetime Map Program, makes the devices even more affordable for professional drivers. More

INTERGEO conference and trade fair coming this month
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On Sept. 27-29, international market leaders for geodesy, geoinformation and land management will be welcoming attendees to the world′s leading trade fair INTERGEO. Over 500 exhibitors will be in Nuremberg, Germany, to showcase their latest industry developments and innovations. The three-day conference and trade fair — along with the 59th Cartographers′ Day and Geodetic Week — will bring together around 17,500 international experts from research and industry. More

Ask Vic!: Answers to your questions
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Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc., is the underwriting manager for the CNA professional liability program. Schinnerer answers surveyors' questions about insurance and practice management in the ACSM Bulletin. More

COFPAES conference takes place Sept. 22
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COFPAES, the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services, of which ACSM-NSPS is a member, will host a Federal Markets Conference on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ACSM-NSPS members, as well as business development professionals and other employees involved in government contracting, are invited to attend.

The conference, a one-day look at where the work is in the Federal Government, will be held at The American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

The COFPAES Federal Markets Conference is designed to bring together the Federal Government and the private sector for discussions on programs, budgets and procurement opportunities in the Architect-Engineer and related services field, including surveying, mapping and geospatial activities.

Key agencies that contract for A-E services will participate. Each invited agency will present information on its current program, the anticipated FY12 budget, and agency's requirements for acquisition of A-E services from the private sector that are on the horizon.

Markets: Water & Transportation Infrastructure * Buildings * Defense and Security * Natural Resources * International

Invited Agencies: USACE (civil works), Bureau of Reclamation, USDA/NRCS, FAA, FHwA, DOE, Bureau of Prisons, GSA, VA, DHS (FEMA, Customs & Border), NAVFAC, USAF, USACE (milcon), USFS, USGS, BLM, NOAA,MCC, TDA, AID

Registration $195

COFPAES is not holding hotel space. Nearby hotels include: State Plaza, AKA White House, W Hotel, Willard and River Inn.

Further information and registration available here.

Remembering 9/11
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A laser-scanning expert was called to the twin towers wreckage the day after the planes hit to help determine the extent of the debris above and below ground. His emotional account and defeated efforts reflect the feelings of many in this nation 10 years ago this month. More

MAPPS shows strength in numbers
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In 1982, a small group of private photogrammetric firms decided to band together to speak with one voice on issues affecting their business. The organization was called the Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, or MAPPS. As technology has converged and firms have increasingly found themselves teaming with other organizations and serving expanding roles, MAPPS has evolved to reflect those changes. More

How GIS is changing risk management
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One of the most powerful uses of location data is its ability to inform far-reaching strategic decisions. One of the most forward-thinking issues businesses face is how to manage their risk. Nigel Davis, executive director of product development at Willis Re, a speaker at this year’s Esri Business Summit, talks about how the insurance industry is putting location data and geographic information systems to work. More

My first survey summit
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Stanley N. Pilny, a student assistant at the 2011 Survey Summit in San Diego, talks about what he learned in his first trip to the Survey Summit. Pilny is a student at New Jersey Institute of Technology studying Surveying Engineering. More

2012 NSPS Student Competition: What you need to do to be part of it
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The 2012 NSPS Student Competition will be held on March 13-16, 2012, in conjunction with Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon Annual Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach, Portland, Ore. To ensure that you are part of this colorful, exciting, educational event, read the instructions published at the NSPS website and fill out the requisite forms, at your earliest convenience. More

The Javad GNSS Triumph V.S.
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The Javad GNSS Triumph V.S. is marketed as "Three Products in One," but in actuality comprises four products: the GNSS Receiver, the GNSS Geodetic Antenna, a Windows-based data collector and the software to run it all. The "products" work together without cables, in itself a major beauty of integrated technology. More

Opportunities in forensic mapping
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Traditionally, field surveying has been the domain of the total station. But savvy surveyors, whether they're independent consultants or a large surveying firm, are finding a new application for this trusted tool: law enforcement—more specifically, forensic mapping at crash scenes. Although crash-scene investigators aren't surveying with this tool, they're mapping points of physical evidence. More

1 in 4 students can pass geography exam
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Do you know who is responsible for collecting fuel wood and water for families in East Africa? Can you identify South America by looking at a diagram of its elevation changes in profile? Those are sample questions found on the National Assessment of Educational Progress geography assessment test for 12th-grade students this year. If you don't know the answers, you're not alone. Only 25 percent of American students passed the test. More

Cloud-based location changes enterprise playing field
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New technology and wireless carrier openness now make real-time access to telephone location information available to the enterprise with no application required on the mobile device. Yes, that's right: no application required! Cloud-based location, offered via direct connections to wireless operators, changes the playing field for enterprises to introduce instant operational efficiencies. More

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