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Memorial fund established for family of young Oklahoma surveyor
NSPS (some content extracted from other sources)
On November 24, 2014 John David Crockett was operating a surveying instrument on the side of a residential street in North Tulsa, OK when he was struck by a SUV, resulting in his death on November 25. He was laid to rest on December 2, 2014.

Police say the SUV's driver lost control and drove onto the grass, hitting Crockett and his equipment. "We had safety cones set up down here at the back sight point, and we had cones on our occupy point. That's where he was," said Danny Hawley, a coworker. After hitting the man, the woman driving the SUV continued on, hit a parked car, then left the scene and went to a family member’s house. Police say family convinced her to return.

John has two young daughters, 8 & 6 years old. His employer, Sisemore Weisz & Associates has established the John David Crockett Memorial Fund for his daughters, and asks that anyone wishing to make a contribution to this account please make their check payable to "Cianna and Kyra Crockett" at RCB Bank. Donations can be delivered to any branch location, or mailed to RCB Bank, 5000 West Kenosha St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. Donations can also be delivered to Sisemore Weisz & Associates, 6111 E. 32nd Place Tulsa, OK 74135 for deposit in the fund account.

On behalf of surveyors nationwide, NSPS extends it sincere sympathy to John’s family, coworkers, and friends. “He was one of us”, said NSPS Executive Curt Sumner, "we are a small, but close-knit professional community. When we lose any of our fellow surveyors we are saddened, but when we lose one so young we are heartbroken for both his personal, and professional, families."
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NSPS stolen equipment registry
You may not be aware that NSPS offers a registry for any NSPS member to use for listing stolen equipment, and for members to check if they are approached to purchase equipment from unknown sources. Anyone wishing to utilize the NSPS registry can access it by using this link.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Dec. 15, 11 a.m. EDT
Kris Kline is president of 2Point Inc. located in Alexander, N.C. He has authored numerous articles, and presents workshops throughout the United States on topics of interest to surveyors. Kris will again join host Curt Sumner to discuss a couple of workshop topics he has recently developed, recount some of his recent experiences in researching and presenting workshops in various states, and talk with Curt about misconceptions surveyors (and the public) may have about the power and/or authority of Boards of Examination/Registration/Licensure.

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 TMAC meeting highlighting 3DEP
On December 4 and 5, FEMA's Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) met in Arlington, Virginia. NSPS representative to the TMAC Wendy Lathrop attended both days (see attached report). NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd attended December 4 when Vicki Lucas (pictured here), Chief of the Topographic Data Services Team for the National Geospatial Program of USGS, presented on The National Map and the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Lukas highlighted the November 2013 National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) report "FEMA Flood Mapping: Enhancing Coordination to Maximize Performance” included the following recommendation: "The Office of Management and Budget should use the 3DEP implementation plan for nationwide elevation data collection to guide the development of the President’s annual budget request.” NSPS has written to and testified before the Appropriations Committee in Congress in support of 3DEP.
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UAV/UAS integration in domestic airspace focus of Congressional hearing
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation scheduled a hearing on "U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness" for Wednesday, December 10. This panel heard about the state of the emerging UAV/UAS market including safety of flight, technological issues, regulations, environment, policy considerations, potential commercial applications and United States competitiveness. Testimony was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Department of Transportation Inspector General (DOT IG).

Pictured here last week, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd discussed the importance of the UAV/UAS issue with Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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National defense bill clears House, next step is the Senate
The U.S. House of representatives passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a margin of 300-119 on December 4. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report highlighting major trends and funding within the bill. CRS highlighted the Military Construction and Family Housing program, funded at $6.5 billion in discretionary budget authority, a fractional decrease from the President's budget request. The bill includes a number of small business procurement reforms. Next up is Senate consideration and passage, expected this week prior to Congress adjourning sine die for the year.
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The state of the geospatial industry
Directions Magazine
By Adena Schutzberg: Yesterday I hosted a conversation on that topic as part of the AvidGeo Conference 2014/LocationTech Tour Boston event. I was invited to "give a talk," but if you know me I'm the last person who wants to watch or give a PowerPoint presentation. So I didn't do that. Instead, I pushed the question of "what is the state of geospatial industry" out to the attendees.
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NGA to host Lockheed Martin's Map of the World application
Defense World
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency became the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability within Amazon Web Services' Commercial Cloud Services environment after Lockheed Martin deployed the interactive map for NGA's Map of the World to the C2S environment. The Map of the World initiative acts as an interface for NGA's most comprehensive and accurate geospatial intelligence data.
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A look at the last 20 years of GIS
Directions Magazine
Over the past 20 years, the world has witnessed an evolution in technology that in the not-so-distant past would have been unfathomable. Just the invention of the Internet alone has changed the entire landscape of our industry. The constant connectivity brought by smartphones and tablets is now the norm not only in our personal lives, but also within the context of the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
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Galileo satellite recovered, transmitting navigation signals
GPS World
Europe's fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday, Nov. 29. It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on. A detailed test campaign is under way now the satellite has reached a more suitable orbit for navigation purposes.
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