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NSPS Radio Hour — Dec. 22, 11 a.m. EDT
Peter Bolton King, Global Residential Director for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is spearheading an international initiative among the representative bodies of the international property and related professions, working as the International Ethics Standards Coalition (IES), with the goal of increasing public trust by improving ethical consistency, perceptions and enforcement.

The initiative should introduce international ‘principles’ which could be adopted across all professional organizations and in all markets worldwide. IES would become a framework which organizations can, if they wish, add additional detail and produce detailed guidance for their members which might also reflect local laws and regulations.

Mr. King will join host Curt Sumner to discuss this initiative.

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CST Program provides certification to survey technicians
The NSPS CST program continues to be a popular method for surveying technicians to establish credentials. The program consists of four levels of testing, with office and field components in Levels II, III and IV. Employers use CST credentials for hiring and evaluation purposes, and CSTs find their credentials to be useful for finding employment and progressing in their career. To view a list of all Active CST's please click here.
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Attention professional surveyors and survey technicians:
Occupational Information Network (O*NET) again seeks help from NSPS members

NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner has recently been approached by the Skill Assessment Team of O*NET to again assist in a U.S. Department of Labor effort to identify occupation experts who can help to insure that occupation descriptions listed in the O*NET database are current and accurate. The two categories for which descriptions are being updated are Surveyor and Surveying Technician.

Volunteer participants identified by NSPS should have five (5) or more years of experience, or supervisory/training experience, in the respective categories for which they will provide input. Participants will be asked to complete O*NET questionnaires. The O*NET team has specifically asked that NSPS seek out current Surveying Technicians as part of the group that reviews the technician category.

Anyone interested in participating, or has staff they believe can contribute, should contact Curt at There is likely to be a time lag between the time a person volunteers and when they are contacted by O*NET.

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

FAA grants UAS exemption to Trimble Navigation
GPS World
The FAA granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology, including Trimble Navigation Ltd. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.
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MAPPS urges states to enable unmanned aerial systems
Point of Beginning
MAPPS executive director John Palatiello has called on state legislatures to exempt aerial surveying and mapping from any legislation limiting unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial systems. In remarks before the National Conference of State Legislatures, Palatiello said photogrammetry and remote sensing provide enormous "societal benefit," and emphasized state legislation that limits the use of emerging unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned aerial systems technologies will have unintended consequences.
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8th GPS IIF satellite launches successfully
Inside GNSS
The eighth GPS Block IIF navigation satellite launched on Oct. 29 has completed its operational checkout and was set to healthy and usable on Friday, Dec. 12. This brings the number of satellites transmitting the L2C signal to 15 and those transmitting the L5 signal to eight. The next GPS-IIF satellite, IIF-9/SVN-70 is tentatively scheduled for launch in March of 2015.
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This nonprofit group is trying to make the world more equal — through mapping
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief Dale Kunce, a senior geospatial engineer at the American Red Cross, is the U.S. lead for the Missing Maps project, aims to plot complete data on streets, rivers and other geographical features around the world, with the help of a global network of volunteers. They ultimately hope to help improve the response of humanitarian groups.
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