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Does title equal location in land surveying?
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For many attorneys and title companies, there is no conflict between what the deed describes and the occupied boundaries. If the evidence on the ground, i.e. occupation and existing monumentation, does not comport to the written description of location as contained in the deed, then what's on the ground needs to be modified to comply. Whether modified or not, exceptions to title will be written into any policies issued, and the landowner will be on her own when the boundary dispute goes to court. More

NSPS announces 2013 scholarships
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Information can be found on the homepage on the NSPS website. More

NSPS fall business meetings — Sept. 26-30, Gaithersburg, Md.
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The primary topic to be discussed is the recently announced joint membership program with state surveying societies. To date, 10 state societies have agreed to the 100 percent joint membership program, with another half dozen seriously considering the proposal. Dramatically reduced NSPS annual dues have made the program extremely attractive. Look for a follow-up report next week after the NSPS meetings.

NSPS Bookstore Sale
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The NSPS Bookstore Sale is still in effect on most titles. Visit the NSPS eStore on the website to find great bargains, including the 2009 BLM Manual of Surveying Instructions.

NSPS annual Lobby Day scheduled for Sept. 27!
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NSPS members from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27 to participate in the annual group effort to get across to national legislators and their staffs the viewpoint of the professional surveyor. Among the topics that will be discussed is the LightSquared issue, which consumed a tremendous amount of time and effort during the past year and a half. The FCC has yet to finalize the vacation of its Conditional Waiver Order to LightSquared, and as a result high-precision GPS users (including surveyors) are left in limbo.

NSPS Lobby Day participants will urge Congress to finalize its proposals regarding LightSquared, and to develop a plan to test and analyze the effects that terrestrial operations (similar to what LightSquared proposed) would have on high-precision GPS receivers. Additionally, Congress and the FCC should develop interference standards. A link to the packet containing information about all of the NSPS Lobby Day issues can be found on the NSPS website home page;

Engage! The 2012 Survey Summit: ACSM/NSPS, Esri and soul searching
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By "Engage!" we're talking about a Captain Picard-like directive. The warp drive is already engaged for many, and the seventh Survey Summit, held in temperate San Diego and co-hosted by Esri (ancillary to their huge user conference) and the ACSM/NSPS, served as a prime indicator that this is already so, underscoring the key message that our industry must also continue to engage. More

A reckless path of destruction — The City of San Diego's campaign to destroy land survey monuments
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In 1985, in response to a large number of complaints, the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors notified all state and municipal Land Surveyors and City Engineers that the paving over and destruction of land survey monuments was a violation of state law. Although most public agencies took heed, the City of San Diego adopted a defiant stand, challenging the board's position. More

USGS US topo website now with 48 contiguous states
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People who want access to digital topographic maps for any of the 48 contiguous states can now count on the US Topo. The ongoing map project, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's national map series, recently released new maps for Florida and Illinois — with Hawaii to soon follow. Adding more than 2,015 revised digital quadrangles has increased the collection to nearly 54,000 new US Topo maps, with plans for Alaska developing. More

Spoofs, proofs & jamming
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Incidents of GNSS interference and jamming are increasing in the United States. Successful spoofing of civil GPS signals has been demonstrated. What risks do these pose for companies and individuals using or relying on space-based positioning, navigation and timing? One expert sizes up the problem and proposes some solutions. More

Apple Maps underwhelms: What does it mean to consumer mapping and professional GIS?
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The early verdict is in: Apple Maps on iOS 6 underwhelms the tech press and some users. What does this situation suggest about the state of consumer mapping and are there implications for GIS professionals? More

Esri details upcoming tools to manage ArcGIS online
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From Adena Schutzberg: Esri hosts a higher ed list for colleges and universities using its software. Last week an educator asked a series of questions regarding how to best implement ArcGIS for his educational institution and how to manage his accounts and credits. Angela Lee of the Esri education team provided some detailed answers. While she is addressing higher ed users, I have to believe the new features will be available to all ArcGIS Online users. More

2 compass satellites launched
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China successfully launched two BeiDou-2/Compass MEO satellites Tuesday at 19:10:04 UTC. The satellites are designated Compass-M5 and Compass-M6. They are also referred to as BeiDou-14 and BeiDou-15. More

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