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The NSPS Request for Ex Parte Presentation with the FCC regarding IB Docket No. 11-109 (LightSquared) has just been accepted. The meeting will take place on Friday, Oct. 25. NSPS was told that this is the only date and time that would be available for a meeting. A follow up report will be posted in an upcoming edition of the NSPS News & Views.

NSPS 2013 dues renewals to carry important message related to new membership program
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NSPS is asking its members to carefully review 2013 dues renewal notices to learn about the impact the recently implemented Joint NSPS/State Society membership program could have.

Within the first couple of months of the program's existence, several state societies have agreed to participate in the program, with a few of them having already signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which officially initiates the program for members of those state societies when the next dues renewal for their state society is issued.

Another aspect of the program that NSPS wishes to make clear is that under the new program state society members will pay NSPS dues through the state society in which they reside. It has been determined that this is the most simple way to guarantee that members are not billed more than once for NSPS dues after the program is implemented in the various states.

Inquiries about the program can be sent to NSPS President Bob Dahn, NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner or NSPS Office Manager Trish Milburn.

NSPS Radio Hour features magnetic locator giveaway!
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On Monday, Dec. 17, during the NSPS Radio Hour, a representative from Schonstedt Instrument Company will draw from a collection of entry forms to determine who will choose one of the three magnetic locators. To fill out the online entry form, click on the Schonstedt ad on the homepage of the NSPS website,

Schonstedt is one of the sponsors of the NSPS Radio Hour and is conducting this contest to promote interest in the show.

Host Curt Sumner, NSPS Executive Director, is continually seeking guests with a story to tell, or information related to the surveying profession, and asked that anyone with an idea for a show contact him at

Be on the lookout next week for the beginning of the weekly NSPS bookstore sale!
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The NSPS bookstore will begin next week (Oct. 24) to offer selected items from its inventory at significantly reduced prices.

The sale item(s) for each week will be posted in NSPS News & Views.

Stock of the selected items is limited, so sales will be on a first–come/first-served basis until the sale stock is depleted.

Take this opportunity to buy a book or specialty item as a gift to yourself, or to your favorite surveyor, at a great price.

Future's 'cloudy' — and that's a good thing
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One industry that is characterized by continuous improvement is information technology. An IT innovation for business that has begun to penetrate the mainstream of business activity is enterprise cloud computing, which utilizes groups of computers in various locations that aggregate data storage as well as Internet gateways for network access from any location. The result is a level of data processing power and storage that rivals those of local or wide-area networks—accessible to work groups that are spread out across countries, continents or the entire globe. More

An office in the field
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Like many surveyors, Ralph Nieto has a love-hate relationship with technology. As the co-owner of a small surveying firm in Lake Mary, Fla., Nieto strives to be efficient and professional on every job, if not always on the leading edge. But he's also not afraid to take the plunge when the time is right. "Investing in new technology is one of those things you dread, but you know you have to do it, so you do," he says. More

Bathymetry in tight spaces
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For decades, the Portland, Ore., District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has managed and maintained Columbia River navigation channels, as well as multi-purpose dams on the Columbia River and in Oregon's Willamette River basin. The effort includes collecting and evaluating periodic underwater surveys of the stilling basins, including Green Peter Dam, one of 13 major dams in the Willamette River Basin. More

Measuring the 'Big Wet'
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The rain in December 2010 was not unexpected. Every year, the climate in northeastern Australia features six months of dry weather followed by a long rainy period known as the "Big Wet." But this season's Big Wet would be wetter than any other. By the end of the month, the state of Queensland had seen its soggiest December on record — new record rainfall totals were measured at more than 100 locations. More

The Apple Maps debate and the real future of mapping
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The news of the last couple weeks about the stark differences between Apple and Google's maps have shed light on how hard it is to build a mobile map. Showing a destination that's a few hundred yards off becomes a critical flaw, and there are tens of millions of such place markers on these maps. More

Satellite earth-observation: Faster, cheaper, better
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NSR's Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 4th Edition report points to an industry in transition that is considerably improving its value-proposition. As a direct consequence, the satellite EO industry is progressively moving from growth fed by orders from governmental and military organizations to one based on a more balanced mix of end-users, laying the groundwork for a decade of growth in both data and value-added-services segments. More

5 reasons location is the smartphone's killer map
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Are you sitting somewhere comfy? Because right at this moment, your smartphone is likely calculating and then sharing your seated location. But don't worry: You are far from alone. Location-sharing services are on the rise. Here are the big reasons for the trend in personal placement. More

Improving GNSS attitude determination
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Determination of horizontal attitude poses a general problem for navigation applications, especially those using small aerial platforms and requiring low-cost solutions. A team of German engineers are exploring a method that combines accelerometers, gyroscopes and a magnetic field sensor with a GNSS compass to provide a multi-sensor attitude system for portable, small-sized launcher applications. More

Experts: Location Intelligence unlocks the power of your data
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So you've heard that over 80 percent of enterprise data has a spatial component (IDC). But what's Location Intelligence (LI) got to do with it? And how can it transform your data from an underutilized asset into a source of competitive advantage? Well, LI enables business analysts to apply geographic contexts to business data — LI combines location-based data with traditional metrics captured within a Business Intelligence (BI) system. More

Esri joins Amazon in the cloud
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One of the biggest players in GIS just went to the cloud. Esri announced Oct. 10 that its ArcGIS technology will now be available via the Amazon Web Services GovCloud in the U.S. "Our relationship with Amazon Web Services will be a great benefit to federal agencies," said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. More

Galileo launch goes off without a hitch
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The Soyuz ST-B launcher carrying the next two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites took off as scheduled on Oct. 12. Deployment of its twin satellites into orbit took place 3 hours, 44 minutes after take-off. All the stages of the Soyuz vehicle performed as planned and the Fregat-MT upper stage released the Galileo satellites into their targeted orbit at close to 23,200 km altitude. More

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