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New qualification for CFedS Program
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The Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) Program has recently modified the qualification for enrollment in the program. Pre-registered/pre-licensed applicants who have passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying examination are now eligible to enroll in the program. Pre-registered/pre-licensed applicants who pass the CFedS examination will not become certified until they become registered/licensed in at least one state, territory or the District of Columbia. In the interim between passing the CFedS examination and becoming registered, they will have the same continuing education and renewal requirements as a CFedS.

The CFedS Program was developed to ensure that land boundary surveys for federally recognized tribes, individual Indians or Alaska Natives are executed in accordance with accepted professional standards and are in compliance with the current policies and legal interpretations of the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management. The Program consists of seven courses, a certification examination and required continuing education courses. There are currently more than 550 CFedS registered in 44 states. For information about how to register, the CFedS Program, or to find a CFedS in your area, go to:

Digital maps delivery in a modern digital age
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What do these three companies have in common: Blockbuster, Borders, Kodak? All three companies have met their demise due to technological advancements within their industries. The film-based business of Kodak has disappeared as digital cameras and SD cards have taken over. Blockbuster has suffered a similar fate as Netflix and other video downloads have evolved, and as Kindle and iBooks change the way we purchase and read books, Borders has become yet another casualty of the digital age. More

How do geospatial tools enhance asset management?
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Assets can include property, infrastructure and resources associated with business operations. Institutions, governments and other organizations may also own and operate assets. Since the number and location of assets may be large and widely distributed, tools capable of supporting their management increase the possibility of managing them more accurately. Geospatial technologies enable owner-operators to see, understand and maintain their operations more effectively. More

GIS basics for surveyors
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If recent technological trends have taught us one thing, it is that you should steer clear of the prediction game. Not too long ago it was widely anticipated that the Windows and Mac operating systems would soon be completely interoperable, that print media would become a relic of the past, and that surveyors would embrace GIS technology. If the truth be told, we're still anticipating these will eventually come to pass, but, in each case, we're not there yet. More

Municipalities and clients, you are the guide
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Envision yourself sitting quietly in the corner of a municipal meeting where a large manila envelope rests on a conference table. Inside the envelope is your firm's recent submission for a construction project, building permit, site plan or subdivision. In another office across town sits your client, a local contractor eager to receive permits, finalize financing and get the word out to all of his/her subcontractors that they can begin the project. More

Mining the data
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Continued demand for commodities, particularly in China and India, is boosting the need for long-range survey capabilities in mining operations. Surveyors monitor mines to locate any inconsistencies, cracking or problems that might affect stability while also gathering data that can help mine operators assess quantities and recover the maximum amount of valuable material. More

GPS shoes give directions on top of your toes
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GPS shoes already exist, but they've been more about tracking the wearer than giving directions. A project by U.K. artist Dominic Wilcox solves that oversight by putting directions right at the tips of your toes. The prototype leather shoes were made by hand in old-world style by Stamp Shoes, but with some decidedly new-world technology tucked inside courtesy of interactive arts and technology expert Becky Stewart. More

Why is the press still talking about Apple Maps?
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The key story broke not long after Sept 21, the day users got their hands on the device. The story, in short: the app isn't too good for navigation, and points of interest are in the wrong place. As I write, on Oct 1, the situation is pretty much the same. The app still isn't very good. Why then has this story continued to smolder for the last 10 days? More

LightSquared, FCC appear to align on GPS receiver standards
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In one of three separate filings, would-be broadband provider LightSquared asked the Federal Communications Commission to set "operating parameters" leading to "revised technical rules" to enable it to operate in the lower of the two frequency bands where tests last year showed its operations would interfere with GPS. Those rules and parameters should, the filing intimated, include standards for GPS receivers. More

Twin Galileo satellites fueled and ready for launch
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A pair of Galileo satellites are now fully fueled and mated together atop the upper stage that will haul them most of the way up to their final orbit. The launch is planned for the evening of Oct. 12, reports the European Space Agency. Technicians donned protective suits to fill the two satellites' tanks with hydrazine fuel, used to maintain the satellites' attitude and orbital position during their planned 12-year lifetime. More

GIS: The backbone of homeland security
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Whether in warfare or disaster response, maps have always played a critical role in helping commanders and decisionmakers take appropriate action to save lives. But maps are no longer the flat, laminated sheets of paper capable of providing only what the user is smart enough to see. Today's mapping tools are digitally-enabled, smart applications that are capable of analyzing mountains of data and presenting actionable intelligence to those who need it. More

Goodchild frames the future of a Digital Earth
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Dr. Michael Goodchild gave the keynote address at URISA's 50th annual conference in Portland, Ore. With the topic of the future of Digital Earth, Goodchild started by looking back at Al Gore's speech of Jan. 31, 1998, which first presented the term. That visionary speech about a virtual reality where we can go to a museum and zoom down to layers of information, going forward and back in time was compelling, a full seven years before Google Earth was launched. More

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