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NSPS congratulates 2014 scholarship program winners
Each year the NSPS Foundation administers the National Society of Professional Surveyors/American Association for Geodetic Surveying scholarship program which includes 13 scholarships in a number of categories. The scholarship are provided by a variety of sponsors. The 2014 winners are: Matthew Boozer (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship; Theodore Frear (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – AAGS Joseph F. Dracup Scholarship; Jacob Heck (Ohio State Univ.) – AAGS Graduate Fellowship; Anne Howell (University of Maine/Orono) – Schonstedt Scholarship in Surveying; Beau Immel (CSU-Fresno) – Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying Technology; Juliana Jefferson (University of Nevada-Reno) – Cady McDonnell Memorial Scholarship; Cade LaLonde (Ferris State University) – Schonstedt Scholarship in Surveying; Tyrone LaRue (East Tennessee State University) – Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship; Stephanie Mazerolle (University of Maine/Orono) – Lowell H. and Dorothy Loving Undergraduate Scholarship; Megan Miller (Purdue University) – NSPS Scholarship; Heather Nicholson (PSU/Wilkes-Barre) – Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying; Carlton Riddle (North Carolina A&T State University) – Fellows Scholarship; Abiye Williams (Towson University, Community College of Baltimore) – NSPS Board of Governors Scholarship.
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NTSB rules federal aviation regulations apply to UAVs
An administrative law judge with the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled the government has the power to regulate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. Meanwhile, NSPS has confirmed that regulations permitting operation of small UAVs are currently being reviewed by Federal agencies and the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will likely be released for public comment by Dec. 31. Additionally, rulings on the first applications for "waivers" under section 333 of the 2012 Federal Aviation Administration Act by surveying, mapping and geospatial firms are expected any day.
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NSPS PAC meets with Senator-Elect Thom Tillis (NC)
While Congress has returned to Washington, D.C., for its post-election "lame duck" session, newly elected Representatives and Senators are also in the Nation's Capital. NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with Senator-Elect Thom Tillis (R-NC) who was elected to serve a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Tillis defeated Sen. Kay Hagan (D) by a vote of 49.0 percent to 47.3 percent. Byrd had met with Tillis on three different occasions prior to Election Day and the NSPS PAC contributed to his campaign. Byrd has discussed issues ranging from Davis-Bacon and FEMA's flood insurance program to the Digital Coast Act and Highway Bill (MAP-21) with the departing Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Nov. 24, 11 a.m. EDT — Happy Thanksgiving!
The staff at is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday week by taking some time to be with family and friends. As a result, there will no "live" show on Nov. 24. Listeners can still hear a replay of a previous edition of the NSPS Radio Hour at the normal time. Happy Thanksgiving from Curt Sumner and the entire NSPS leadership and staff!

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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NSPS attends summit on P3 highway projects
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently attended a public-private partnership (P3) summit co-hosted by the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and the law firm of Smith Curry & Hancock LLP. Other participants included the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and American Subcontractors Association (ASA). P3s provide opportunities for surveyors, as well as for private sector investment, assets and resources. Remarks on lending and surety options for P3s was provided by Ann Marie Mehlum, the Associate Administrator of Capital Access of the Small Business Administration (SBA), pictured here with Mr. Byrd.
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Commerce Department establishes data council
The U.S. Department of Commerce, parent to the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as the Census Bureau, has announced the establishment of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC). The panel will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on ways to make Commerce data easier to find, access, use, combine, and disseminate. The announcement also includes a solicitation of nominations for membership.
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CST Program provides certification to survey technicians
The NSPS CST program continues to be a popular method for surveying technicians to establish credentials. The program consists of four levels of testing, with office and field components in Levels II, III and IV. Employers use CST credentials for hiring and evaluation purposes, and CSTs find their credentials to be useful for finding employment and progressing in their career. The most recent list of those who have passed some level of CST include:

Level I - William J. Bacot, MS; Alexander F. Griffith, FL; Eric C. Kelley, NM; Daniel J. McConnell, NC
Level II Field - Paul Flies, MI; Trae D. Henry, LA; Justin L. Walker, FL
Level II Office - Howard S. Roe, MI
Level IV Field - Thor Lundin, DE
Level IV Office - Kenneth Chase, FL

To view a list of all Active CST’s please click here.

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

NTSB: Government aircraft regulations apply to drones
The Associated Press via ABC News
The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial photographer, $10,000 for operating his Ritewing Zephyr in a reckless manner on the University of Virginia campus in 2011.
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How soon until we see a seamless high-resolution digital Earth?
Sensors & Systems
It's been a while since we've had a truly breakthrough mapping platform. We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the creation of Google Maps (February 2005) and the corresponding commercialization of Google Earth (June 2005). The open source NASA World Wind is another mature, but open source, variety of online world viewer, and there are others. While there have been ongoing improvements to these online digital map environments, there haven't been many awe-inspiring advancements for some time.
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Most tariffs on GPS equipment could soon disappear
Inside GNSS
Tariffs on GPS devices in more than 70 countries could disappear in a matter of months now that the U.S. and China have worked through an impasse on expanding the Information Technology Agreement. Organized through the World Trade Organization, the ITA requires participants to zero-out tariffs on a mutually agreed upon set of products.
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Russia and China agree on SatNav joint venture
GPS World
China North Industries Corporation and the Russian GLONASS nonprofit partnership agreed to establish a joint venture to promote worldwide services based on GLONASS and BeiDou, according to a report in a Russian newspaper. The two parties met Nov. 11 in Zhuhai, China. Under the agreement, the parties will identify existing technological competence that will be the foundation for the joint venture, and seek government support for joint initiatives to promote abroad.
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