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Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors conference set for Jan. 13-16
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Join PSLS in Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 13-16 as our conference takes attendees on a journey of Surveying Beyond Boundaries. Explore the profession through a blend of traditional practice and the latest industry advancements in technology. With a selection of 36 workshops, registrants will have an opportunity to gain up to 21 continuing education credits in a variety of topics, including GPS, oil and gas, mobile mapping, boundary retracement, GIS, stormwater management and standards of practice. We are pleased to have James P. Reilly, Ph.D., professor emeritus, New Mexico State University, as our keynote speaker. For questions, contact PSLS at 717-540-6811 or

2013 NSPS Student Competition
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For details about the 2013 NSPS Student Competition, click here.

Don't Forget National Surveyors Week is March 17-23, 2013. Continue to check the NSPS website for more information.

Free copy of manual available
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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.

Sharing the vision
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Are you looking for ideas on how to expand your surveying services? How's this for a cogent business model: Familiarize yourself with a particular industry full of potential clients, form a company committed to serving that industry, take steps to ensure you have the latest technology available to help you offer a unique product or service, and provide a level of support so solid your contribution is both needed and valued. More

A high-performance fleet
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The land surveying profession has benefited extensively from the advance of geospatial technologies over the past decade. Surveying And Mapping Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, has quickly adopted many of these advances to become a technology leader in providing geospatial solutions. To help manage its extensive fleet of vehicles and assets, SAM Inc. relies on advanced location intelligence technology. More

Invar — The breakthrough for a low expansion alloy
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The discovery of the low expansion alloy, Invar, established a new standard in the way precise surveying measurements were made, both in reliability and accuracy. It became the first successful attempt to produce a metal alloy exhibiting a nearly zero coefficient of thermal expansion. In 1889, James Riley of Glasgow, Scotland, brought before the Iron and Steel Institute his investigations into the making of an alloy through a series of tests which combined up to 49 percent nickel with iron. More

Will fragmentation hurt location business?
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Get out of the way, GPS. Wi-Fi is elbowing in on the location game. Wi-Fi operators are tracking people and offering retailers and marketers access to customers' behavior and location. Traffic patterns emitted by smartphone Wi-Fi signals let network operators keep tabs on what shoppers are doing. Heat maps are being created with data from Wi-Fi points to map out aggregated customer behavior. More

7 reasons to pursue a GIS master's degree
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As more dollars are earmarked for geographic information systems technology in corporate and government landscapes, the demand is greater than ever for highly educated technologists who can apply geospatial concepts and insights to strategic development and decision making. "2012 has been the year of GIS and has been fueled by the current trend in location-based services," says Dr. Stephen McElroy, GIS program chair at American Sentinel University. More

National Geologic Map Database gets a face lift
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Since the National Geologic Map Database website, a "national archive" of standardized geoscience map information debuted in 1996, changes in technology and user expectations have been dramatic. The geologic map database primary partners, the USGS and AASG, are pleased to launch a newly redesigned system that is a significant leap forward in terms of the technology and the information now available to the public. More

Meet the new European GNSS Agency: much the same, only different
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Coming nearly full circle and yet ending up in a new place with a new name describes the peculiar fortunes of the European GNSS Agency, an unlikely fate perhaps reflected most clearly in its continued use of its predecessor's acronym, GSA. Five years ago when Europe's GNSS program abandoned its seemingly misconceived and now roundly condemned effort to forge a public-private partnership to develop Galileo, the original GSA appeared orphaned, bereft of purpose and patrons. More

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