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Graves and Hall announce deal on SBIR reauthorization
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House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall, R-Texas, announced that a deal to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program, which was set to expire on Dec. 16, has been agreed upon. Legislation to reauthorize the program will be included as an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. 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

Science needs to work smarter
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The U.S. and other leading nations are looking to science and technology advancements to spur economic security and growth. Meanwhile, fierce debates have been prompted over the return on investment in research and the role of science in shaping public policy. Never before, it seems, has science held such contrasting, controversial and conflicting roles in the national conversation. More

NSPS announces new CSTs
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Congratulations to 30 CST candidates who passed their exams between June and September 2011. More

NSPS welcomes new members
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Welcome our newest NSPS members: Harold Eiland (Florida), Craig Emrick (Florida), Merle Hoos (Colorado), Tammy Privett (Arkansas), Franklin Snyder (Ohio), Teresian Tracey (Arizona) and Pamela Welch (Massachuetts), who joined NSPS in November.

ACSM Radio Hour, Dec. 19
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Many may not know that ACSM has long operated a certification for hydrographers. The ACSM/THSOA Certified Hydrographer program was initially created to assist the federal government to better analyze the qualifications of hydrographic surveyors who wished to contract services to federal agencies. The certification has additional applications today. On the Dec. 19 ACSM Radio Hour, Chair of the ACSM Hydrographer Certification Board Gary Davis will talk with host Curt Sumner about the certification program and the practice of hydrographic surveying. More

Tracking studies, views about LightSquared
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LightSquared Disrupts 75 Percent of GPS Connections In Government ...
Freddybear writes with this quote from BusinessWeek: "Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of ... MORE

LightSquared Network Could Block GPS Devices, Report Says ...
New government tests show wireless start-up LightSquared's network could knock out a "great majority" of GPS devices, according to a congressional aide who ... MORE

Light Reading Mobile - 4G/LTE - LightSquared: 30+ Customers, No ...
LightSquared says it has signed up more than 30 wholesale customers even before it has an LTE network up and running. MORE

LightSquared's Network Wrecks GPS, Says Gov. Study (Phone Scoop)
A recent test conducted by the U.S. government concludes that LightSquared's proposed Long Term Evolution 4G network "caused harmful interference to ... MORE

Map reveals Antarctica's hidden world
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Scientists have produced the most detailed map yet of the White Continent's underbelly — its rock bed. Simply called BEDMAP, it provides a view of the landscape beneath the ice and incorporates decades of survey data acquired by planes, satellites, ships and even people on dog-drawn sleds. The map represents critical knowledge in the quest to understand how Antarctica might respond to a warming world. More

Bridging the gap with geospatial PDF
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A critical issue for land surveyors and other geospatial professionals is communicating the geospatial data they develop to the client. For many clients, this is accomplished simply by plotting the map or exhibit on paper and mailing it. The more technically adept clients are looking for documents to be digitally transmitted, via email or FTP. Further, they would like to interact with data. More

Industrial pursuits
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When the economy collapsed in late 2008, one of the first places to feel the impact was southeast Michigan. Long considered "the car capital of the world," the region is heavily reliant on the automotive manufacturing industry and other industrial operations. Layoffs and plant closures affected virtually every sector of the market, from real estate to commercial development and other areas traditionally serviced by surveying and engineering firms. More

New report finds aging water infrastructure burdens US economy
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Aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. businesses $147 billion over the next decade, a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers found. America's water and wastewater infrastructure systems are aging and overburdened, with many of them built around the turn of the century. Unless new investments are made, by 2020 unreliable and insufficient water infrastructure will cost the average American household $900 a year in higher water rates and lower wages. More

Is Georgia shrinking? Census shows less land, more water
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A new Census Bureau analysis shows Georgia has lost a lot of ground in the past decade — literally. The Peach State's land area shrank by 393 square miles — more than four times the size of Fort Gordon — from 2000 to 2010, according to the newest data, which showed a decline from 57,906.14 square miles in 2000 to 57,513.49. More

How do asset management applications benefit through geospatial tools?
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Assets can include property, infrastructure and resources associated with business operations. Institutions, governments and other organizations may also own and operate assets. Since the number and location of assets may be large and widely distributed, tools capable of supporting their management increase the possibility of more accurately managing them. More

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