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FEMA announces online method to request LOMA
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FEMA is launching a new way to submit a request to change a property's flood zone designation — with the Online Letter of Map Change! If a property owner believes their property has been inadvertently included in a Special Flood Hazard Area, they may now request a change over the web, instead of by mail. Applicants can use this new website instead of the MT-1 or MT-EZ paper forms. Professional surveyors, engineers, property owners or their designated representatives can use this online tool to conveniently submit required documents, property information and payment information all in one place.

This app will allow your members to better meet the needs of their customers. The benefits include:
  • Applicants may save information online and finish applying at their convenience
  • Clear and intuitive interface makes applying user-friendly
  • Eliminates time associated with the paper-based submission
  • Frequent applicants can manage multiple LOMC requests online
  • More efficient communications with LOMC processing staff
  • Applicants can check their application status in real-time
We think this tool will be valuable to the National Society of Professional Surveyors members.

To learn more about this exciting new tool, visit

This application will be launching soon, so please look out for future notifications with specific information!

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2 great friends of surveying retire
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For decades, surveyors throughout the U.S. have been able to depend on Ronnie Taylor and David Doyle as their "go-to" professionals within the National Geodetic Survey. Furthermore, surveyors around the world have depended on Doyle as a resource, assisting them in establishing horizontal and vertical control networks and systems to utilize them. Both Taylor and Doyle have contributed more than 40 years of service at NGS, have been active participants in the various Member Organizations of ACSM, and represented U.S. surveyors in FIG (the international organization for surveyors).

Within one month (December 2012-January 2013) they will both have retired, and surveyors everywhere will miss them desperately.

NSPS wishes to recognize Ronnie and Dave for their unwavering commitment and loyalty to the profession of surveying and wishes them well in their retirement. Perhaps we can coax them into sharing their expertise and knowledge from time to time.

Best of luck, dear friends!

Idaho Division of Human Resources seeks new executive director for Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors
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The announcement for this solicitation can be found on the homepage of the NSPS website.

Author of the 'Brooks Act' passes away
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The news was announced this morning, Dec. 5, that former Congressman Jack Brooks has passed away.

During his 42 years of service in the U.S. Congress, Brooks accomplished a lot. For professional surveyors, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the passing into legislation of a federal procurement law that came to be known by his name.

The original version of the act provided that the acquisition of architectural and engineering services by the federal government must be conducted using qualifications based selection. A later version brought under this same requirement the procurement of surveying and mapping services. QBS requires that federal procurement/contracting officers must review the credentials/qualification of firms that submit to provide a particular professional service, and select the firm deemed to be most qualified with whom to negotiate a fair price for the work. If a fair price cannot be agreed upon, negotiations will begin with the firm deemed next most qualified, and so on until an agreement is reached.

Most state governments have followed the example of the Brooks Act, and created their respective versions (often referred to as "mini-Brooks Acts") of the law that apply to procurement of professional services by state contracting officers.

Although there have been (and continue to be) many attempts to circumvent (or even eliminate) the Brooks Act, its provisions rightfully remain intact to protect the public welfare by insuring that professionals well qualified for a specific project are selected to provide services.

2013 Scholarship Program
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Each year, through the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation, $25,000 in scholarships funded by a variety of individuals, companies and organizations are made available to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. These scholarships are a great opportunity for college students enrolled in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems and geodetic science programs. The scholarships are awarded in four eligibility categories. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. Visit for details.

Hurricane Sandy relief
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The NSPS Foundation stands ready to provide disaster relief funds to surveyors and their employees who have been affected by the storm. Please click here to print a application form.

Hurricane Sandy reminds us to DONATE to the NSPS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Visit to donate online.

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

If you would like a FREE copy of The Surveyor's Contracts and Risk Management Manual send $5 to cover the cost of shipping and handling to NSPS, Attn: Trish Milburn, 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Please make checks payable to NSPS and in the memo field write Contracts Manual.

'Protect and serve' your business and your future
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By Bill Beardslee, PLS, PE, PP: When I lead seminars in various states, I encounter surveyors of all ages, backgrounds, sizes, shapes and economic positions. I see two things that break my heart. The first is a surveyor in the 70-year-old age bracket who is still working full-time, not because of a love of surveying but out of the necessity to live. The other is the surveyor who is a sole proprietor and purports to be "hanging on" in the current economy. More

GIS matters: mLSIS, a mobile land surveyors information system
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Wouldn't it be convenient to be able to do research while in the field? Surveyors often need information from existing records while in the field. Existing records for things such as surveys, control points, land ownership, floodplain and others are needed while in the field in order for a surveyor to help plan and execute a survey project. More

Conquering the divide
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Surveying is increasingly a divided profession. Arguments about what surveying is and how to best go about doing it draws battle lines and creates separate camps of like-minded people — one solidly rooted in history and experience, and the other riding the waves of rapidly advancing technology. While both sides have merit, the best solution likely falls somewhere in the middle. More

GPS funding problems cloud the future
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The GPS program has taken a fiscal hit that will delay critical plans to begin multi-satellite launches and could ultimately hamper the Air Force's ability to keep the constellation at its current level of service. The shortfall is just one of the challenges facing the program as the six-month budget extension winds down, the government's ability to borrow runs out, and, barring a political deal, the budget cuts set up under sequestration kick in. More

GeoEye shareholders approve combination with DigitalGlobe
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GeoEye, Inc., a leading source of geospatial information and insight, announced that its shareholders have approved the proposal to combine GeoEye with DigitalGlobe. At a special meeting of GeoEye shareholders, 98.3 percent of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the merger proposal. More

Natural disasters, modeling and the insurance industry
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Despite the uncertainty of trying to predict future events, especially natural disasters, it's possible to make well-informed risk estimates by taking into account data on past disasters, asset values and weather trends. The key challenge in this era of big data is coming up with an efficient way of extracting meaningful insights from vast quantities of information. More

Russia delays launch of GLONASS-K satellite
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According to RIA Novosti, the launch of Russia's second GLONASS-K satellite has been delayed until 2013 from its end-of-year launch date, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said. "The launch has been postponed due to technical flaws in the Fregat booster made by the Lavochkin space company," Zolotukhin said. The new date for the launch will be set at a state commission meeting on spacecraft testing after all the flaws have been fixed. More

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