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Happy Thanksgiving!
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The NSPS staff (Trish, Bob, Sara and I) wish for all of our loyal readers, and their families, a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

This year keeps getting busier and busier with all that is going on in our country, and with NSPS. Sometimes it seems overwhelming.

Thanksgiving provides a brief respite from all that we find to be troublesome to realize how lucky we are to live in a country that allows us to express our opinions freely and to associate with those we choose.

We truly appreciate each of you!

Curt Sumner
NSPS Executive Director

NSPS sends comments to FCC
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Lightsquared recently filed a Petition for Relief from Build Out Conditions to the FCC. NSPS filed comments this week asking the FCC not to act on this request without first taking action on the outstanding issues before it with respect to LightSquared's ability to use the L-Band for terrestrial operations.

More information will be provided in NSPS News & Views as it is available.

Student essay contest
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Presented by Professional Surveyor Magazine and

There is a surveying student essay contest with some cool prizes (a rover, cash). We're trying to promote writing skills for surveyors; this is the first in a series of such promotions. For more information visit

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.
  • S499 Stormwater Management for Land Development. Sale price: $70 plus shipping. Save $33.20.
  • S515 The Global Positioning System and GIS, An Introduction. Sale price: $48 plus shipping. Save $20.
How to order:

Online: and enter the eStore. Select "Sale Items"

Phone: 240-439-4615, ext. 105

LightSquared tries new route to wireless broadband, later for nearby GPS band
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With the election finally over, and the chain of decision makers now largely clear, the spectrum war between LightSquared and the GPS community is heating up again with new fronts opening at the Federal Communications Commission and Congress. The focus of the action are changes to rules governing spectrum and receivers that, if enacted, could enable LightSquared to move forward with its plans for a high-powered, terrestrial broadband network. More

Machines, models and mobile data
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How do you construct something really big, meet a demanding timeline, and do so to exacting specifications? "State-of-the-art solutions" is buzz-terminology that might come to mind. In the case of the new Siemens wind-turbine assembly plant recently completed in Hutchinson, Kan., two state-of-the-art solutions in particular were key to the project's success: 3-D site plans and grade control systems. More

Best practices for very large boundary surveys — coordinate reference systems
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In the March 2012 installment of Footsteps, we outlined best practices for research and data management on very large boundary surveys. In this installment, we will return to the topic of very large boundary surveys, but this time we are going to discuss best practices for selecting and using coordinate reference systems. More

3 tips for effective marketing
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Successfully marketing your firm's services can be a significant challenge. The balancing act of promoting your firm's image to prospective clients while maintaining effective communication with current clients is necessary for success. In a presentation at Trimble Dimensions 2012, Richard Elgin, PhD, PE, PLS, vice president of Elgin Surveying and Engineering Inc. highlighted some proven marketing ideas and strategies. More

To boldly go where no map has gone before
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From Joseph Berry: Several previous "Beyond Mapping" columns described a mathematical framework for quantitative analysis of mapped data. Recall that spatial analysis operations investigate the "contextual" relationships within and among maps, such as variable-width buffers that account for intervening conditions. Spatial statistics operations, however, examine the "numerical" relationships to uncover inherent geographic patterns in data. More

Using digital maps to study disaster preparedness and history
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AudioBrief This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Steven Romalewski, director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, about mapping before and after Sandy. Plus, a visit to the map room at the New York Public Library. Cartographers there are working with NYPL Labs to put old maps online and make them useable in the digital age thanks to a process known called "map warping." More

Latest Galileo IOV satellites on orbit
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The Galileo In-orbit Validation satellites launched on Oct. 12 (Flight Model 3 and 4), have now been positioned in their designated orbits, according to tracking data from the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center. A plot of the IOV constellation is now available. More

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