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Surveying fees: Race to the bottom?
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PSM Field Notes has touched on the subject of fees a few times now, and it seems to be a topic of interest. The editor has received several excellent responses and has posted a few of them. As several acknowledged, surveying is closely tied to the housing and construction industries. Michael Ford went so far as to say that, "surveyors are connected to the commercial and residential real-estate market with an umbilical cord." More

How much math do surveyors really need?
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For many years there have been efforts to increase the "seriousness" and depth of surveying education programs, and one aspect of this has been to increase the mathematics required. While there is no doubt that surveying, geomatics and the geospatial sciences in general are very much areas of applied mathematics, the question of how much math is needed is not as well explored as it might be. More

GPS World files FOI request for US government LightSquared letters
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GPS World has learned that several federal agencies have written official statements to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding the operational and economic impacts of the LightSquared terrestrial signal on GPS services, and has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with NTIA to obtain them. One source who has seen the agency letters termed them "very powerful." More

WTC underground
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When Professional Surveyor Magazine visited the World Trade Center construction project rising in downtown Manhattan, the magazine focused on the innovative surveying work of the high-profile building structures. Every bit as challenging, if not more so, is the work underway on the massive underground WTC transportation hub. When completed in 2014, the $1 billion transportation hub at the corner of Church and Vesey streets will be immense. More

GIS community looks back at 9/11
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The editors of Directions Magazine have compiled a list of articles that look back at the GIS community's response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Readers will find photos, maps and imagery from the work performed by the local and state government agencies and universities that supported recovery efforts. More

A data dilemma
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As Hurricane Irene churned toward the Eastern seaboard in late August, preparations were already under way in state emergency operation centers along the East Coast. One of the states arguably most prepared to deal with the hurricane's aftermath from a data standpoint was Maine. More

Illinois bill requires posting of truck routes and education on truck GPS
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at enhancing truck safety in the state by making truck routing and restrictions more accessible to the commercial trucking industry. The new law also provides a program to educate professional truck drivers about the vast differences between truck and car GPS devices. More

Why should open geospatial data and software be taken seriously?
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The OpenStreetMap and FOSS4G communities converge this month to cover open data and open source software, with a focus on development tools, applications and shared objectives. The combined audience of more than 1,000 users and contributors from around the globe (200 for SOTM and more than 840 for FOSS4G) speaks to a vibrancy in tough economic times, and should make you wonder what you're missing if you've brushed aside this community in the past. More

Books for review: Reward yourself!
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Enjoy "light" summer reading and get a valuable book to keep! Review any of the books shown on the following page within 2 months and you keep the book. Contact for a review copy of the book. A book valued at between $50 and $100 can be yours, and the only thing you need to do is to write a good review of the book you have chosen for publication in the ACSM Bulletin. More

Bentley's 2012 Student Design Competition call for nominations now open
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Bentley Systems, Inc., the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced that the call for nominations for its 2012 Student Design Competition is now open. University, college, high school and technical school students are invited to submit projects designed using Bentley software, along with a short essay describing their work. More

URISA announces 2011 Exemplary Systems in Government Award winners
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URISA's Exemplary Systems in Government Awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. URISA is pleased to announce the winners of this year's ESIG Awards. More

Intelligent freeways
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The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. In the decade from 1990 to 2000, the population of this area grew by 29.9 percent, bringing it to 6.3 million people, the fourth most populous region in the country. With such rapid growth comes long, slow commutes in heavily congested traffic and the bane of most boomtowns: Gridlock. More

GMES: What's it all about?
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In the first of a two-part article, Dr. Clive Farquhar outlines the scope of one of the most ambitious earth observation programs ever contemplated — one that will help shape the future of our planet for generations to come. More

Washington newspaper looking for weather watchers
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The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is looking for "Capital Weather Watchers," a network of weather enthusiasts from across the D.C. region who can share weather conditions in their neighborhoods and become resources during weather emergencies. Capital Weather Gang will be joined by the National Weather Service to host a Skywarn spotter training session on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Washington Post. To register for the free session and for more information, visit

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