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Government Withholding Relief Coalition
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The Senate's amended version of HR 674 passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 422 to 0. With this House vote, the Coalition has overcome the final hurdle in Congress. President Obama signed the bill into law Monday, Nov. 22. The Coalition's team win in repealing the 3 percent withholding tax mandate will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 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

Friends of the National Museum of Surveying
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Thank you for your support of the NMoS during 2011. We hope that you continue to support us in the future. We remain the "hidden treasure" of Springfield, Ill., but through the activities listed in the newsletter, the Museum is becoming quite well known. We are always looking for new ways to enhance the museum and we welcome your time, talents and monetary donations. More

ACSM Radio Hour, Nov. 28
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Licensing Laws and New Technology — Impact on Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Join host Curt Sumner and his guests Doug Smith and Scott Williams as they discuss how the changing landscape in technology, and the trend toward inclusion of photogrammetric/remote sensing services into state licensing laws, is affecting the professionals and companies that provide this critical element of geospatial data. More

Helping Uganda help its orphans: Surveying knowhow for a better future
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The need for land surveying is not confined to developed countries. Just ask Ryan Zweerink, president of Springfield, Mo.-based Ozark Laser and Shoring. Since 2000, Zweerink and his company — which sells, rents and services laser and global positioning equipment at four locations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma — has donated time, expertise and equipment to the development of several villages in Uganda, a country with a troubled past but a glimmer of new hope. More

Accuracy in the hands of the workforce: A white paper
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Consumer-grade devices lack the ability to provide quality assurance details or metadata about position. Hence, you can't ensure, with confidence, that the positions you collected are correct. When lower-end accuracy is used for data collection, the utility of high-accuracy position is lost, as well as the kinds of insight that are revealed only at higher accuracies. More

Geospatial excellence in the cloud
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VideoBriefImagine working around the clock, with geospatial data coming at you from every direction, and being responsible for managing and assimilating every piece. A record-fast turnaround isn't fast enough; your client needs the data yesterday. What's more, they need it to be easily accessible to dozens of people in different departments and in the precise format that each decision-maker can quickly understand. More

Surveyors surfing the edge of chaos
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In the summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park, fires raged across 793,000 acres, causing unprecedented damage and threatening wildlife extinction. By September, more than 36 percent of the park was burning, causing a complete closure for the first time in history. Only the arrival of Mother Nature and her autumn temperatures with cool, moist nights calmed the seas of the firestorm. More
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Thinking aloud. Oh no! Not LightSquared again! Still posing risks for critical U.S. infrastructure and national defense. More

LightSquared's pursuit approaches 1-year anniversary
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On the Nov. 18 one-year anniversary of LightSquared's pursuit to dramatically change spectrum use, a pursuit that poses a continued threat to the viability of the nation's Global Positioning System, the Coalition to Save Our GPS reviews the events of the past year. More

DoT gives blank stare on LightSquared
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by GPS World magazine for its recommendations to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding LightSquared interference with the GPS signal. The DoT wrote, "We are withholding two pages [of 13 relevant pages] in part and 1 pages in their entirety," and enclosed two completely blacked-out pages. More

Revett receives favorable decision from Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Revett Minerals Inc. is pleased to announce it has just received an affirmative decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relating to the Endangered Species Act appeal filed by the Rock Creek Alliance and other environmental groups. The Court affirmed that "the Fish and Wildlife Service's determination that the mine would entail 'no adverse modification' to bull trout critical habitat and would result in 'no jeopardy' to grizzly bears was not arbitrary, capricious or in violation of the Endangered Species Act." The Company is currently reviewing the decision and its implications and will provide further updates and comments in due course. A copy of the court's decision can be found on the Ninth Circuit's website. More

Effective offshore GIS data management services
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While organizations are looking to reap the financial rewards of offshore GIS data management services, many are concerned that quality might suffer. Physical distances might not allow "tribal" industry knowledge to be transferred quickly enough for outsourcing to be effective. Simon Moss and Andrew Sheahen from PA Consulting offer three basic tenets of successful GIS business process outsourcing. More

Increase automation and accuracy of remote-sensing feature extraction
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Today's geospatial analysts have a large array of tools and technologies available to rapidly and efficiently access, prepare and exploit remotely sensed information. However, they're increasingly unable to keep up with the large volumes of available information and the ever-increasing demands for extracted information. As a result, a different approach is needed to increase analytical efficiency and accuracy. More

Using supply chain management as a tool to manage GIS projects
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Supply chains include both upstream and downstream relationships involving goods, services and customers. The delivery of geographic information will necessarily include each of these. The Supply-Chain Operation Reference Model can be used to interpret and understand geospatial supply chains. More

Save the date
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The fall business meetings of AAGS and NSPS will be held at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, Md. The hotel is conveniently located next door to the ACSM offices in Gaithersburg. Lobby Day will be held the day prior to the beginning of the business meetings. More

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