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A no-holds talk show on surveying issues
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On Sept. 26 at 11 a.m., Harry O. Ward, PE, will be interviewed by Curt Sumner, LS, on a variety of current topics in Surveying on

Join in for an exciting event that will touch on subjects with a no-holds barred approach. Curt and Harry are no-nonsense professionals who will speak their mind, shake up controversy and introduce some never-before-heard topics. Harry was honored as "One of the Most Influential People in Civil Engineering" by CENews in 2010, is the chief blogger for POB magazine and is a contributing editor for SitePrep magazine. He was awarded "Professor of the Year" by George Mason University in 2010. Do not miss this unique event in a unique venue!

FCC calls for more testing on potential LightSquared interference
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The Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice stating that additional testing is necessary to ensure that LightSquared's broadband network will not interfere with GPS. More

Present YOUR GPS facts to LightSquared
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Watch LightSquared's video and tell the company how you personally will be affected by a weakened GPS signal.

Winter Business Meeting, Lobby Day fast approaching
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The winter business meetings of AAGS and NSPS will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, Md. The hotel is conveniently located next door to the ACSM offices in Gaithersburg. Lobby Day will be held the day prior to the beginning of the business meetings. More

Enterprise GIS: A preamble
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Geography has ascended to an increasingly important role in today's organizations. Geography enables spatial thinking and establishes the framework that GPS and GIS tools use to mold location into patterns for business critical consumption. The pervasiveness of geographic information however, also allows sticky interaction with core business processes at many organizational levels, as it embeds location into daily operations and workflows. More

How Precise is OPUS?
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This is the second of three articles discussing the precision obtainable with the Online Positioning User Service offered by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. More

2011: Costliest year ever according to NOAA
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The United States has so far this year experienced nine separate disasters, each with an economic loss of $1 billion or more — tying the record set in 2008 — Hurricane Irene was the tipping point, which now set a record breaking year for the number of billion-dollar disasters! Economic damage costs to date in the U.S. exceed $35 billion. More

Buffalo overlook: A citywide GIS tracks public works
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The city of Buffalo Department of Public Works continuously strives to refine its business practices to improve operational efficiency and service to city residents. With responsibility for maintaining the city's large inventory of physical assets, GIS has proven to be an effective tool to streamline information collection and dissemination to department staff, allowing more time to focus on projects and citizen service. More

Surveying Museum celebrates its first anniversary
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The National Museum of Surveying will celebrate its first year anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 24. The museum plans to expand its educational programs in its second year. It will also continue to develop the idea of becoming a GeoMentor site for area students and youth organizations to inspire them to map the world around them.

In addition, the Museum has developed teacher workshops to help educators utilize all that surveying, GIS — the Sciences on a Sphere — have to offer in introducing young people to the wonders of the world and the art and science of measuring and mapping them. Over a thousand students participated in the musuem's educational activities after it opened its doors to the public 12 months ago. We hope to welcome thousands more.

If you want to support the museum and its educational cause, please think of becoming a member. You can do this by going to:

Trimble releases new version of Field Inspector
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Trimble announced the release of its Trimble Field Inspector version 2.1. The new version is compatible with a variety of Trimble handheld computers and is designed for automating utility infrastructure and smart grid asset maintenance and inspection. More

Schinnerer A&E enhancements expand to California
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Victor O. Schinnerer & Company is now offering the state of California a group of policy enhancements to the Architects, Engineers & Consultants professional liability policy form. The admitted filing of the enhancements was recently approved by the California Department of Insurance. More

Save the date
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• A General Membership meeting of South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors will take place Nov. 19 at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Lunch will be served and a complimentary ticket to tour the Aquarium after the meeting will be given to all members in attendance.

The annual SCSPLS Surveyors Continuing Education Conference and Trade Show will be held Feb. 9-10, 2012, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbia, S.C. The Education Conference provides surveyors an opportunity to earn up to 15 professional development hours by attending two full-day and seminars. The Trade Show will feature informative displays of hardware, software, equipment, surveying and photogrammetric instruments and much more!

The 2012 SCSPLS Annual Convention will once again be co-located with the SC Engineers Conference and Trade Show. The event will be held June 14-17, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

• The County Clerks HB 665 (Clerks Modernization Bill) will be discussed at the upcoming SAMSOG Board and general membership meetings on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Macon, Ga. Details here. President Jim Anderson requests input from all SAMSOG officers and members to finalize the bill's language prior to its submittal to the Clerk of Courts Association later next month.

SAMSOG views this as a singular opportunity for the organization to include standards requiring clerks to provide reproducible and legible copies of plats in their own record offices and on their web sites. Please go here and click on the HB 665 link (located on the homepage) to familiarize yourself with the bill before the Oct. 1 meeting.

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