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Gravity's importance
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As the country moves toward the adoption a new vertical datum based entirely on the determination of Earth's gravity field, surveyors will need to better understand the foundational aspects of how these data have been collected and managed as well as the relationship of gravity observations to the traditional and classical efforts of leveling. More

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.

And donate we have! Now looking for recipients!
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For the past several weeks, a reminder to donate to the NSPS Foundation Disaster Relief Fund has been running in News & Views and shared with surveyors nationwide through the respective state societies. The response has been fantastic. To date, $12,000 has been donated, and that doesn't include the matching donations that will be provided as a result of a matching funds offer from Land Design Insurance Group. The largest donation ($6,000) to date has come from the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society Disaster Relief Fund.

NSPS and the NSPS Foundation very much appreciate each and every donation and hope that others will also contribute.

The next step is to identify those among our fellow professionals who can use assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Please help us locate them and encourage them to request assistance. Click on the link above under the "Hurricane Sandy relief" message for the assistance application form. During past disasters, many of our own have not sought any assistance for one reason or another. With your help, we will be able this time help more people.

Thanks again for all that you have done to keep our Disaster Relief Fund strong.

Celebrate 12/12/12
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As surveyors, we can appreciate the alliterative nature of today's date when expressed as numbers. Being deeply involved with history in our work, and understanding our own mortality, we can also appreciate the fact that no one of adult age today is likely to be alive when such a series of numbers in a date will next occur. That date will be 01/01/01.

It makes one stop to ponder what might be the state of our profession at that point in time. With the magnitude of changes that have occurred since my first introduction to a career in surveying began in 1966, it makes me wonder if my imagination is capable of conceiving what might be 89 years from now.

Hopefully, our planet and nation will continue to prosper, innovation will continue to thrive, and professional surveyors will have fully been recognized as such. Our actions today, and throughout our lives, will have a major impact on the latter. Since the beginning of my career, the quest for recognition as professionals has been a driving force for surveyors. Only time will tell whether or not we have taken the right approach.

So we should enjoy the novelty of 12/12/12, ponder the future and reflect on our own experiences, vowing to work more diligently and collectively to ensure that the future of our beloved profession will be what we hope for, and hopefully deserve.
— Curtis Sumner

Joint state/national membership program update
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As of today, 13 state surveying societies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the 100 percent joint membership program with NSPS. When the program was initiated a couple of months ago, it would have been difficult to believe that this level of success could be achieved so quickly. Clearly, 12 states does not a majority make; however, the leadership in another dozen or so state societies are actively engaging their respective members to explain the program.

An increase in NSPS membership of approximately 5,000 members will result from the participation of the initial 13 states societies. This is a great first step in achieving the purpose for the program, that being a strong influence base for the surveying profession that can come only with numbers.

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.

News from the Land Surveyors' Association of Washington
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Members of the Executive Committee of the Land Surveyors' Association of Washington for 2013 will be: President-James Coan; Vice President-Earl Morriss; President-Elect-Mike McEvilly; Secretary/Treasurer-John Christensen; and Past-President-John Thomas. The LSAW 2013 Executive Committee will take office at the Association's upcoming annual conference on March 6.

Modern marvel
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In the mid-1980s, a New Hampshire civil engineer named Dave Arnold developed a series of routines to run inside a new software package named AutoCAD. Written using the LISP programming language, Arnold's routines provided surveying and civil engineering functionality within AutoCAD's graphic environment. His company, DCA Software (later renamed to Softdesk), brought graphical design and computation to the broad surveying market. More

The Tepusquet boundary survey — Part 1
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The JET Investment Trust is the owner of 900 acres of rugged, undeveloped land in the Tepusquet Canyon area, approximately 10 miles east of Santa Maria, Calif. Surrounding parcels in the area vary from 10 acres to several hundred acres, some of which are developed with single family homes, and the JET property is bounded on the east side by the Los Padres National Forest. More

NASA-NOAA satellite reveals new views of earth at night
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Scientists have unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before. More

Finding the way inside
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Digital navigation surely ranks as one of life's high-tech bargains. Thanks to free Global Positioning System signals broadcast by American satellites and free online maps from companies like Google, Nokia and Apple, all you need is a smartphone with an internet connection to pinpoint your location on the Earth's surface and call up maps, directions and local information. Unless, that is, you are indoors. More

Empowering the mobile workforce
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The International Data Corporation recently found that the remote workforce of organizations will reach 1.3 billion by 2015, representing 37.2 percent of the world's entire workforce. Despite this increasingly mobile workforce, it seems that there are plenty of businesses of all kinds that have not yet found a quick and easy way to manage their growing teams of remote workers. More

Satellite problems, new regulation, budget top Europe's GNSS agenda
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Say what you want about the European capitol — one thing is for sure, Brussels is alive with conversation. With corporate high flyers and political decision makers tripping over one another on their way to long lunch breaks and after-dinner drinks, the chitchat can flow fast and furious. If one is not careful, idle conversation can turn into rumor and rumor become a "buzz." More

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