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COFPAES/NSPS promotes benefits of professional licensure
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), of which NSPS is a member, has written the Chairman of the Small Business Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), explaining the rationale and history of licensure of architects, engineers and surveyors.

The COFPAES letter is in response to a request Rep. Graves has made to the Small Business Administration's office of advocacy to conduct a study of the economic impact of such state licensing regulations. Critics have pointed out that states now license an increasing number of occupations, some of which have little impact on public health, welfare and safety, and serve only to limit competition in the marketplace. The COFPAES letter points out that public health, safety and welfare benefit from architecture, engineering and surveying licensure.
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Application Deadline Nears for NOAA Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel Membership
NOAA is soliciting nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency's hydrographic programs, products, and technology. NOAA issued a Federal Register Notice that provides more information. As NOAA determines future priorities for hydrographic program development, advice from actual users of NOAA products is essential, and this panel is a vital part of that information-gathering process. Applications must be received by October 10.

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NSPS Radio Hour — Sept. 22, 11 a.m. EDT
Karen Zollman has written a novel about the colorful experiences of women surveying in the Pacific Northwest. Join Karen and host Curt Sumner as they discuss what prompted Karen to write the book, and why she did so as a novel rather than as a biography. If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to 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.

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Other professions understand that everything today is built on the past. There are shelves of books about pioneering architects, scientists, doctors and countless others. But how many surveyors of a century ago do you know anything about? We have a duty to preserve and tell our profession’s remarkable story. One organization is dedicated to doing this. You should join.


Season 2 — Surveying Challenge — Race to Grid Mountain
Surveying Mathematics Made Simple is presenting Season 2 of its competition which is intended to test "Your Surveying Mathematical, Analysis, Research, and Computer skills."

Everyone is invited to play, including field & office surveying/engineering professionals, engineering and surveying students, interns, GIS professionals, or anyone else that just wants to have fun.

The contest will run from October 4 through November 15.

For Contest details and Contestant registration, visit

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Digital Coast Act to be introduced in U.S. Senate on Thursday
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will introduce the "Digital Coast Act" in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, September 18. Joining as original cosponsors are Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Angus King (I-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

Co-sponsors of the Digital Coast Act in the United States Senate continue to be a priority for NSPS. NSPS members are urged to continue to contact Senators to seek additional cosponsors. This bill would formally authorize the highly popular "Digital Coast" project in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that provides geospatial data to our coastal communities. Surveyors and state societies from coastal states (including the Great Lakes) are urged to contact their respective Senators and urge them to join Sen. Baldwin in cosponsoring this important bill.

If you need assistance in contacting your respective Senators’ legislative staff in Washington, DC, please contact NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd at or 703-787-6665.

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NSPS members urged to contribute to the NSPS PAC — Election Day is less than 50 days away!
In less than 50 days, the American people will go to the polls to elect all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 U.S. Senators. The question for NSPS members across the country is "will the 114th Congress be pro-surveyors?"

The NSPS political action committee (NSPS PAC) is a special fund that accepts voluntary personal contributions from individual NSPS members, pools those funds, and contributes to the campaigns of candidates for Congress who are supportive of the surveying profession. It is the ethical and professional way for surveyors to be engaged in America's great political process.

Please make your personal contribution of $5, $10, $25, $50, $250, $500, or $1,000. Under the law, individuals may contribute up to $5,000 per year, but any amount will assist NSPS in its efforts to elevate the surveying profession and improve the image of professional surveyors in the minds of our elected leaders.

The NSPS PAC is bipartisan. We support Republicans and Democrats who support surveyors' issues. The goal of the PAC is to elect a Congress that understands and appreciates the important role of surveyors in our society and economy. The PAC helps elect incumbents and challengers who have backgrounds and records of support for surveyors' issues.

There are numerous issues before Congress that affect surveyors — Davis-Bacon Act, location of pipelines and underground utilities, a Federal land inventory, national elevation data (3DEP), the national geodetic network, flood mapping, reform of Federal geospatial coordination, and many others. The PAC will help elect to Congress those who are willing to work on legislation that serves the public, and the surveying profession.

Contributions to the PAC must be personal (no corporate funds), and from U.S. citizens. To contribute, click here and select "PAC Fund" from the drop-down menu titled "Fund."

Contributions to this committee are not deductible on federal tax returns. The maximum annual individual contribution is $5,000. Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of the employer for each individual whose aggregate contributions are in excess of $200 per calendar year. All contributions are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited.

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Last call for registration at the geospatial-engineering international conference, September 22-26
The Geospatial and Engineering International Conference will be held September 25-26 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. Visit the conference web site, and register today. NSPS is a participating organization and members qualify for special discounts.

This unique conference will provide information for those who are new to, or exploring, markets outside the United States. It will include information on how to work globally with experiences and best practices from firms that are successfully exporting. There are numerous Federal agencies that hire U.S. firms to work overseas, and they will present information on their projects and requirements. The conference program also features presentations by U.S. government agencies that assist companies, large and small, in exporting. Nowhere else will you get all this information together at one place, at one time, with a focus on the surveying, mapping, geospatial, and engineering market, including Canada and Mexico. Register today.

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

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.

Redefining geospatial data versioning: The GeoGig approach
Directions Magazine
Why would anyone want different versions of data? Don't we all want data we can trust, that doesn't vary from copy to copy? The answer is yes, sometimes. So, when do we want different versions? We often save different versions of data for historical purposes because data changes over time. Sometimes, a project requires that you compare different versions of data that happened concurrently or analyze different views of the same information to provide perspective.
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Move to allow GNSS-interfering pseudolites emerges in Europe
Inside GNSS
Two European proposals to allow pseudolites in the protected frequencies used by GPS and Galileo could soon be adopted, creating a potential interference risk to GNSS receivers and hampering efforts to protect satellite navigation spectrum, experts say. "The pseudolite systems that some people are thinking of around the world, we think are a real danger to GPS and GNSS reception and could be a danger to safety of life," Ray Clore, GNSS senior advisor at the U.S. State Department, said at a meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee.
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Galileo conspiracy theory
GPS World
Do you know any conspiracy theorists? You know, those folks who I am sure are well meaning, but see a conspiracy behind every event? Think Mel Gibson in the great 1997 movie with the very imaginative title Conspiracy Theory. Well, the conspiracy theorists have been coming out of the woods following the Galileo launch fiasco, and they are blaming both the Russians and European Space Agency.
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Make your own maps with Google Maps Gallery and My Maps
GIS User
Something new from the Google Maps crew today — Google my Maps. By the end of this year, all maps created in classic Google Maps will automatically upgrade to the new My Maps, but to get started right away, open up the new My Maps and "Upgrade now," then check out the tour — found in the settings menu — for tips on creating your own custom content.
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