100% Membership Program Update
With the signing of the joint membership MOU with the Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska, the number of states officially participating in the program is 30. In addition, the societies in Wyoming, Hawaii, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Utah are currently reviewing the MOU.
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NSPS's Sumner Briefs Senator on Davis-Bacon
The Labor Department's regulatory scheme to expand coverage of the Davis-Bacon Act to include survey crews was the topic of a presentation by NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, LS, at the U.S. Capitol. The September 19 Regulatory Reference Meeting, sponsored by the American Action Forum, included Sumner and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).
|Pictured are American Action Forum President & CEO Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Senator Barrasso, and Curt Sumner
Veterans Affairs Approves CFedS Program
The Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) Program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for reimbursement of the fees for the Program's final examination and continuing education tests.
You can receive GI Bill reimbursement after you submit proof of payment to VA. Past, current, and future CFedS Program-eligible participants should contact VA for additional information at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/. (The Facility Code is: 46002309.)
Did you know that the CST Program is the most recognized survey certification program in the U.S.?
NSPS to Hold 'Lobby Day on Capitol Hill' Webinars
The NSPS Fall Business Meeting, to be held November 20-24 at the Four Points Sheraton at Baltimore-Washington Airport, will include a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, November 21. In order to enhance the effectiveness of the NSPS message before Congress, the society's government affairs consultants, John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., are conducting two webinars to help train and refresh NSPS members on effective Congressional meetings. The first webinar, on making Congressional appointments, will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 1:00 PM (EDT). The second webinar, on Monday, November 18 at 1:00 PM (EST), will provide guidance on the logistics of Lobby Day and a briefing on the surveying issues to be discussed with Congress. Information on the Fall Business Meeting and a schedule of events at the Fall Business Meeting has been posted. Mark your calendar. Information on registering for the webinars will be announced soon.
Agencies can Cancel Procurement Solicitations Due to Sequestration
The Comptroller General (head of the Government Accountability Office), ruled in Vinculum Solutions, Inc. on August 5 that Federal agencies can rely their "broad discretion" to define their needs and manage their procurements, and that the IRS's need to reduce costs due to the ongoing budget sequestration was a valid basis for canceling a solicitation. This appears to be the first decision in which GAO has considered the impacts of sequestration on the procurement process, and it may green-light similar actions in the months ahead for agencies coping with the ongoing sequester and the uncertainties of the FY14 appropriations process.
Exporting Author/ Expert to Keynote International Geospatial and Engineering Conference
Terri Morrison, author of the best-selling book, Kiss Bow or Shake Hands®: The Best Selling Guide to Doing Business in More Than Sixty Countries, will provide the luncheon keynote address during the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference November 13-14, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA. NSPS is a participating organization of the conference, which will provide surveyors, mapping professionals, and engineers information on winning work outside the United States. NSPS members get a special discount. Registration and information can be found at www.geointernational.org.
National Cadastre to go On-line
The Federal government will publicize information about underutilized land plots from its cadastre, noting it has some properties, such as large parcels, that are "not used in the best way" and putting these land plots on a public map will help to improve how they are used and increase trust among market players ... in Russia. Can a multipurpose cadastre in the United States be far behind?
Applications Requested for 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors
The online application form is now available to apply for the 2014 FIG Foundation Young Surveyors Fellowships for the XXV FIG International Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be held 16-21 June, 2014.
A total of 8 fellowships will be awarded: one each to 6 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America). An additional two fellowships will be awarded to young surveyors in developing countries. If you are a young surveyor 35 years old or younger you should apply!
Here is the link.
For more information.
NSPS Radio Hour — September 30, 2013 11 a.m. EDT
Well-known nationally as an author and speaker on topics related to the surveying profession, Jeff Lucas, who always has interesting things to say about a variety of issues, will specifically address the relevancy for surveyors in the 21st century. Jeff is also currently the President-Elect for the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS). Join Jeff and host Curt Sumner at 11 AM Eastern at www.americaswebradio.com for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative dialog. If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Looking for a Job?
NSPS website links to job opportunities.
New Positions Available at Oregon State University
Geomatics Engineering. The candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: GNSS testing and development of static and kinematic systems, inertial navigation systems, gravity, surveying with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, automated machine control/guidance in construction, deformation monitoring/inspection techniques and technologies, infrastructure inventory and assessment, 3D design, digital workflows, geospatial data management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Construction Engineering and/or Management
Wide range of expertise, including advanced technologies for construction, advanced information systems for construction, sustainable and green construction, building/civil information modelling (BIM/CIM), augmented reality and construction visualization, advanced procurement and contracting methods, and/or other complementary topics of expertise will be considered.
Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at email@example.com.
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TSPS - TSPS Annual Convention and Tech Expo, Arlington, TX - October 30 - November 2, 2013
USGS invites participation in Geologic Map Day
The U.S. Geological Survey is partnering with the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists and others to promote the importance of geologic mapping to society. Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On Oct. 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society.
The small satellite revolution: More earth observations at a lower cost
Sensors & Systems
While there has been much discussion about an explosion of earth observation satellites over the next few decades, much of that has centered around developing countries starting their own programs or existing countries adding to their capacity. New developments with smaller and cheaper satellites are now promising a surge of commercial space-based imagery platforms at a global scale.
GeoSocial web service identifies and maps your geolocated tweets
Have you ever wondered just how many of your tweets have been geolocated, either on purpose or by accident? An interesting effort indeed as I'm sure this is a much larger issue than what you may have first thought. There's no doubt that many people are accidentally providing geopositioning in their tweets and may not even be aware that they have enabled GPS tags to be stored with their tweet. Enter GeoSocial Footprint.
Predicted ephemeris: Waste of time or an untapped resource?
By Eric Gakstatter: Whenever I point a critical finger at the GPS folks, I apologize before I do so because it's really a wonderful system. What I try to offer the community in general is a link between the GPS system operators and the civil community. It's amazing when you think about it, two huge user bases of civil and military users, and a little strip called CGSIC that communicates between them.