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Coalition to Save Our GPS
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The National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing's GPS Tracker notes that a second round of GPS interference tests have concluded, this time using LightSquared's revised radio transmission plan. It also notes that the tests were of cellular and personal/general navigation GPS devices and that high precision equipment will be tested in early 2012. To learn more about the testing, visit

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

Coalition for Free TV and Broadband responds to House subcommittee vote on JOBS Act
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The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband expresses disappointment in the vote for the JOBS Act from the House Communications subcommittee. Inclusion of all community broadcast television stations was excluded from the language of the bill, making the demise of more than 4,000 stations eminent.

A great deal of enthusiasm was expressed by the subcommittee over new broadband technology while ignoring the fact that existing broadcasters can play a major role in providing broadband if given the opportunity. The Broadcast Overlay plan, presented by the Coalition, also provides some $200 billion dollars to reduce the deficit, far in excess of any amount proffered by the JOBS bill.

ACSM Radio Hour, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. EST
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Next Monday's ACSM Radio Hour will feature guest Dennis Mouland, a well-known surveyor, educator and author. Dennis will join host Curt Sumner to discuss the current state of the surveying profession from an education point of view (including quality/caliber issue of students); the potential for the future of BLM's CFedS program as perceived by one of its primary architects; and changes to NSPS and the future of professional organizations. More

An eye on earth
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Recent years have brought more dramatic changes to the profession of surveying and mapping than any other time in history. Advances in technologies such as LiDAR and wireless communication now make it possible for an individual surveyor to collect huge amounts of data, in extreme detail, almost anywhere. Unmanned Aerial Survey Systems are yet another example of the set of tools surveyors can use to accomplish the job faster, more efficiently and at a much lower cost than by using conventional surveying techniques. More

Windows: Fast, clean and intuitive ... but there's a catch
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At a large developers' event in September, Microsoft formally introduced its next operating system to the world, and it's nothing like the Windows you're used to. It's clear the company has watched and learned as Apple stormed into the marketplace with the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft's new Windows 8 looks and feels as if it's built from the ground up to do away with the noisy, dated interfaces of the desktop computer, replacing them with a touch-friendly experience. More

GSA, agencies create common 'landing zone' for geospatial data
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The General Services Administration is working with several federal agencies to provide a common, cloud-based infrastructure where agencies can access geospatial data, in an effort to lower storage costs and reduce duplication. GSA recently entered into an agreement with the Agriculture and Interior departments as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to move geospatial data from the portal into More

Surveying Museum explores new outreach ideas
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What kind of impact would $208 per month have on the public's perception of the surveying profession? That's one of the questions being pondered by Robert E. Church, treasurer of the National Museum of Surveying located in Springfield, Ill. Church, who is also a museum trustee, is pleased with the progress that has been made since the museum first opened to the public in September 2010. More

Globes in the age of Google Maps
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It's hard not to wonder if the globe's decline in prestige has anything to do with the dawn of geobrowser technologies like Google Earth. How can a spinning piece of cardboard stack up against a multi-terabyte virtual globe that includes 3-D buildings and trees, real-time weather and traffic, even underwater terrain complete with shipwrecks? More

Salary survey for GIS professionals
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URISA is pleased to announce the results of its latest salary survey for GIS professionals. The 2011 publication has been further expanded and includes a much wider-range of detailed information. Additions include more job titles and information pertaining to the increase/decrease of department size, professional certification, specific technical skills and soft skills and salary information. This is an ideal resource for both job seekers and also for those who are hiring GIS staff in 2012. More

RICS report exposes poor land record systems worldwide
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Only 1.5 billion of the estimated 6 billion land parcels worldwide have land rights formally registered in land administration systems, according to a collaborative research report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Know Edge. The report also explored a potential solution: Establishing a partnership between land professionals and citizens through "crowdsourcing." More

LightSquared comments on recent tests
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Communications Daily reported on comments made at a UBS conference in New York by LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja, who said the company is "very pleased" with results of a new round of testing conducted at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs in New Jersey. With this testing complete, Ahuja said the company hopes to move into federal government-sanctioned testing in January. The article notes that LightSquared's reports of progress being made in testing contrast with some analysts' view that GPS interference continues to be a problem for the company.

LightSquared issued a press release announcing a bipartisan news conference and congressional staff briefing to discuss "the benefits of LightSquared's network for consumers and businesses across America with a focus on rural and underserved markets." According to the release, the session will include discussion of preliminary testing "that shows LightSquared's network is compatible with high precision GPS devices." The event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. EST in Rayburn House Office Building. Participants include: LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja, former Governor Ed Rendell, former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan and former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson.

Technology to lead the way
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An op-ed in Roll Call by Former Senator Norm Coleman, a paid advisor to LightSquared, argues that "it's time for government to get out of the way and let the LightSquareds of America lead the way." More

Geographers need not apply
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NASA called applications for a new corps of astronauts with certain changes in the eligibility criteria. Now applicants who hold a degree in social sciences (including geography) do not need to apply. More

A homeowner's setback
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Minnesota's Supreme Court recently struck down earlier decisions favoring a homeowner's complaint against the local city for errors related to the homeowner's shed. While Dr. Rajbir Sarpal and his wife, Dr. Carol Sarpal, had prevailed in the district and appellate courts, this May 2011 opinion remands the case back to district court, primarily regarding the point of equitable estoppel against the city. More

Beidou launch completes regional nav system
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Exact launch time was 21:07:04.189 UTC. The third stage of the CZ-3A rocket with the satellite attached achieved a geosynchronous transfer orbit and the satellite subsequently separated according to NORAD/JSpOC. By this time, the satellite should be nearing its intended geosynchronous orbit. More

GIS in Hawaii
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Darrell Hamamura punches his code into a keypad, pulls open the door to the vault and steps back into the past. As the land information systems manager for Kamehameha Schools, he tracks the endowment's vast real estate holdings, more than 365,000 acres of industrial land, retail property, farmland and extensive conservation lands. More

Making virtual solid
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Many technologies are created before their best applications are even thought about. This leads to a business phenomenon known as "technology push" in contrast to "consumer pull." The True3D Volumetric HUD technology did not share this path. More

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