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Building a stronger constituent base
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The 100% Joint State/National Membership program between NSPS and the respective state surveying societies throughout the country has as one of its primary objectives the development of a stronger base through which to better represent the interests of the professional surveying community.

Still in its infancy, the program has already resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding for joint state/national membership in seven states: Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The state societies in Alaska and Maine have participated in the program for the past several years. With the signing of the MOU by these seven states, NSPS membership has immediately grown by more than 3,250 members.

While there is a long way to go in accomplishing the goal of building a unified constituency base comprised of the entire membership of all state surveying societies, this is a good step forward.

An additional 18 state societies are in serious discussions leading toward participation in the program, with 10 of those already having board approval to take the next step in the process, which in many cases is a general membership vote.

NSPS wishes to thank all who have contributed their passion, time and effort in pursuing the goal of a totally unified voice for the surveying profession. LINK TO MAP

NSPS expresses sorrow at the loss of another of its founders
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Shay Gregg was not only among the founders of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, serving as the fourth president of the organization, he was a leader for the surveying profession in Virginia and the southeastern region of the country.

When professional surveyor members of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping began to express concern that the organization was not properly addressing matters of importance to them, Shay Gregg was a critical player in the creation of the Southeastern Association of Professional Land Surveyors with the aim of providing advocacy on a regional level. Other regional organizations were formed shortly thereafter, placing pressure on ACSM to step up its efforts on behalf of the practicing surveyor. The result was the creation of NSPS in 1981.

Recognizing that the organizational structure of NSPS provided for direct state and regional input into the national organization, Gregg was instrumental in the dissolution of SAPLS with the intent of maintaining unity. Gregg continued his efforts in ACSM/NSPS for many years after the creation of NSPS and was a supporter of the merger of ACSM into NSPS, which became official shortly before his death.

Anyone who knew Shay Gregg would have to feel positively impacted by him. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner (a fellow Virginian) noted, "Shay Gregg was a great influence in helping me to understand the importance of strengthening my profession through active participation at every level, from local to state to national to international. Having his example as model was a major element in the formation of the dedication I feel to my profession. As the motto of our Virginia Association of Surveyors states, 'Every Man is a Debtor to his Profession.'"

Shay Gregg paid his debt and encouraged a generation of others to do the same.

Hurricane Sandy reminds us to donate to NSPS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
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Here we go again. Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with a vengeance. The Foundation stands ready to provide disaster relief funds to surveyors and their employees who have been affected by the storm. With such devastation from the storm, we are concerned our current funds will be depleted in such a short period of time that we won't be able to assist many who need help. More

NSPS sale items
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  • S508 Surveying Solved Problems, 3rd Edition. Sale price: $40 plus shipping. Save $27.
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Corridor projections solved
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Editor's note: What are the best practices for dealing with scale and projection over very long project corridors? That can depend on whom you talk to and how much they have been burned by the approaches they have used in the past: single projection, multiple projections, multiple low distortion projections, transitions and equation stations, even no projection — each has its own pitfalls. We present for your consideration a groundbreaking solution. More

Trimble makes inroads on infrastructure, BIM
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At Trimble Dimensions, Trimble's latest products and news generated a substantial amount of buzz. The R10 GNSS solution, whose lightweight, low-profile design and RTK/VRS correction capabilities appeal to both loyal Trimble fans and curious outsiders, was a hot demo item. One surveyor noted that although his firm has traditionally purchased a different brand of equipment, products like the R10 make a convincing argument to consider alternatives. More

The terrestrial goes extraterrestrial
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After decades — centuries, even — the question of whether life forms from other galaxies occasionally visit Earth remains unanswered. For the latest attempt to unravel this age-old mystery, the National Geographic Channel assembled a team of trained investigators to visit several sites where unidentified flying objects allegedly have been sighted. The network aired the investigations in its Chasing UFOs series in summer 2012. More

What's not to like about GPS?
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GPS is free, it's worked great — without failure, really — for nearly 20 years, and it has delivered to the world's citizens an affordable, accurate and widely available capability for precise location and timing unprecedented in human history. More

The world is catching up to the US in applied geography
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"GIS and geospatial knowledge are critical for the interconnected 21st century world," says Rich Quodomine of the New York Department of Transportation, and a member of the Association of American Geographers. So who will compete for the jobs and who will best serve employers looking for the best workers? Quodomine attended the International Geographic Congress 2012 and came away believing that GIS expertise is no longer confined to the U.S. More

DigitalGlobe, GeoEye plan smaller satellite fleet
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The merger of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye, the two leading commercial imagery suppliers to the U.S. intelligence community, will save the companies up to $1.5 billion by streamlining operations, shrinking their satellite constellations and deferring the launch of a new spacecraft, officials said. More

Juniper: Augmented reality apps could mean $300 million in 2013
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A new report from Juniper Research has found that with brands and retailers increasingly keen to deploy augmented reality capabilities within their apps and marketing materials, AR applications will generate close to $300 million in revenues globally in 2013. More

How will declining federal budgets impact the geospatial market?
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AudioBrief Federal projects and their funding often bring significant revenue to private geospatial companies. In the current economy, that's likely to change. Are companies that lose out on this funding prepared to "pivot" toward more commercial customers? More

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