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GIS in the Himalayas
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Geographic Information Science is quickly becoming one of the leading areas in geography. If proof is needed that this is so, consider the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration's report in March 2010 identifying geospatial technologies as one of the high-growth industries in the past decade. With the rise in interest in GIScience and GIS technology itself, it is no surprise that the international community is developing their own geospatial enterprises and entities. More

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
Products’ Features: Use rare neodymium magnets that don’t wear out - Impact protection guards around the magnet - Durable aluminum handle assemblies - Storage tray for mobility during transportation; Affordable and long-lasting - Optional magnet offered for Little Lifter model for increased lifting capability - Range of models for various applications from light duty to grate removal to 500 pound lifting capacity. MORE

Coalition: FCC should rule LightSquared cannot use upper MSS band for terrestrial operations
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In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Coalition to Save Our GPS called on the Commission to "promptly rule" that LightSquared can never use the upper mobile satellite spectrum band for high powered terrestrial operations. Such use of the upper band "should be taken off the table now," the filing said. More

Save Our GPS Coalition clips
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GPS World ran a short item linking to the November 2011 issue of GPS Tracker, the newsletter from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing, which includes updates on LightSquared and other matters. Specifically, the newsletter recaps a House Small Business Committee hearing on LightSquared and notes that testing of LightSquared's revised radio transmission, which is currently underway, is limited to GPS-based cell phones and other personal/general navigation devices. High-precision equipment will be tested in a subsequent round of testing, which according to the newsletter, is expected in early 2012.

Digital Trends reports that Dish Networks is defending its proposal to roll out a satellite-assisted LTE mobile broadband network, saying it doesn't have the potential GPS interference issues of LightSquared's network.

LightSquared issued a press release announcing a wholesale agreement with Red Pocket Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator serving customers across the U.S.

TR Daily, Broadcasting & Cable, and The Hill report that former Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., now the head of the National Association of Broadcasters, urged the Senate to confirm President Obama's two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission. The articles note that Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, intends to block their confirmation because the FCC has not released documents related to LightSquared.

A article reporting that the FCC released its preliminary plan for looking at existing regulations to see if they should be changed also notes that Grassley said he would object to two nominees because of records relating to LightSquared.

ACSM Radio Hour, Nov. 14. 11 a.m. EST
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The dilemma created by the placing of multiple monuments at property corners is an ever-expanding practice. This topic will be discussed on the Nov. 14 edition of The ACSM Radio Hour as host Curt Sumner interviews Jeff Lucas, author of the recently released book, The Pincushion Effect. Lucas, a well-known writer and speaker on surveying topics, will present his thoughts on causes and potential remedies for this phenomenon. More

A before, during, and after look at Hurricane Irene
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Over 1.8 million residential and commercial properties along the East Coast were identified in August by CoreLogic to be potentially at risk from storm surge flooding following Hurricane Irene. The analysis assumed that Irene would be a category 3 hurricane and focused on 12 major coastal metro areas included in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cone of concern. More

Congress to Defense: Focus on improving GPS receivers, not satellites
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The Congressional Budget Office wants the Defense Department to scale back its plans for next generation Global Positioning System satellites and instead invest in and quickly deploy upgraded jam-resistant GPS receivers, an approach CBO estimates could save as much as $3 billion over the next two decades. More

National Broadband Map sets standard for open map sharing
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The National Broadband Map was created by the Federal Communications Commission and contractors under guidance from the National Telecommunications Information Administration. With a seven-month timeline, this project posed many challenges. Not only did this project meet this tight deadline, it delivered an unprecedented product in terms of its performance and openness for other software developers to repurpose the tools to create their own data interface. More

2012 NSPS Map/Plat Design Competition now open
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State surveying association affiliates of the National Society of Professional Surveyors Inc. are invited to submit map and plats to the 2012 competition. Entrants need not be members of NSPS; however, a member of NSPS must sponsor the submission. More

Esri and BI, 'big data'
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Esri is simply covering all bases with its acquisition of SpotOn Systems. SpotOn was a small BI company that leveraged Esri's platform. So many BI players are getting into geospatial analytics that this is a move to let customers know they have not forgotten about BI. If you look at all the major BI players, they are doing some kind of business intelligence that is integrated with geospatial information. More

Solo notes: Worth the price
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When is it OK to charge higher rates? Bruce Small discovered that when you produce quality work quickly, clients are willing to pay more — which can result in large profits because of the low overhead of his small surveying firm. Small shares his strategies in this exclusive POB interview. More

From the field: Zapped by 12,000 volts
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Neal Dickey, PLS, a surveyor for the California Department of Transportation, gives a first-hand account of how he came into contact with a 12,000-volt power line and lived to talk about it. More

Save the date
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  • Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors 2012 Surveyors’ Conference, Jan. 22-25, Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa. Keynote Speaker: Curt Sumner, LS, Executive Director of ACSM. Conference registration and exhibitor/sponsor brochures are available on the PSLS website. For questions, contact the PSLS office at 717-540-6811 or via email.
  • CLSA/NALS Conference, March 23-28, Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Reno, Nev.

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