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As 2012 comes to a close, NSPS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of News & Views a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Lightscrewed: How Washington whipped Phil Falcone
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From Feb. 8, 2012: He followed all the Beltway's rules to build the next generation of wireless communications. Then the GPS industry, the cellular carriers and one powerful senator decided he was serious. More

Professional competence: Confusing inputs and outputs
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From Aug. 30, 2012: As we struggle with trying to express what we mean by "professional competence in surveying," we must also define "surveying," or at least have a model. In the U.S. there are two very different models of "surveying." Resolving these differences is a critical starting point for defining exactly what we expect a competent professional to be. More

Surveyors make a fantastic discovery in the South
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In the history of boundaries between states, one that has gained national attention is the boundary between North Carolina and Georgia. In the struggle to agree on a common boundary, 35 degrees of latitude was acceptable to both states in the early 1800s. The problem was surveying 35 degrees of latitude that was acceptable to both states. While many attempts were made, most fell short of the standards required by the states. More

ALTA/ACSM survey standards
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From March 7, 2012: Q:The specific Table A items in the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards end with item 21. My question is regarding item 22, which is blank. We have run into a lender who wants us to add a Table A item 22, stating measured finished floor elevations of structures on the property, and a Table A item 23, to include a note on the survey stating what the required parking would be (as determined by use, and by the zoning ordinance). More

Professional competence: Our greatest challenge
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From April 4, 2012: Professional competence is the central factor in making a professional and a profession. Without it, the concept of "professional" is meaningless. Professional competence is the foundation of professional standing, and protection of the public. So how well does surveying do with this critical issue? More

Selling your surveying business
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From Jan. 11, 2012: Many of the great surveyors in our country are moving toward an age where their future does not include the day-to-day operation of a surveying business. These surveyors own companies of varying sizes, formats and specialties covering every possible area of our profession. A significant percentage are sole proprietors whose firms are like children to them — they gave birth to the firm, nurtured it, fed its growth and have incredible pride in its status as a mature firm. More

TSPS welcomes new Executive Director
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From July 11, 2012: Difficult economic conditions. ... The uncertainty of a new session of the Texas Legislature. ... An aging profession committed to attracting new blood and talent to its ranks. ... These are just some of the challenges facing land surveyors in Texas and the members of TSPS. But one critical hurdle the association had to cross — the hiring of a new Executive Director — has been accomplished following a thorough and intensive search. More

Surveying the underground
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From Sept. 5, 2012: How do you measure and map what you cannot see? Underground utilities reveal little of their true form and extent from sparse surface clues and often-questionable records. Legacy tools and methods have left surveyors with few choices but extrapolation from records or costly and disruptive excavation to precisely locate and describe these features. More

Too fast, too furious
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From May 16, 2012: What should have been done? What could have been done? Or is this issue simply "done"? A lot has happened since the heady days of January and February of 2012, with the almost daily flood of articles in such publications as Forbes magazine and Business Week chronicling the pivotal progressions of the LightSquared saga. More

Where theory meets practice: The state plane coordinate system and GIS mapping
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From March 21, 2012: The ellipsoid is a mathematical surface on which all points on the Earth can be assigned geodetic coordinate values of latitude and longitude. Map projections establish a 1-to-1 relationship between points on the ellipsoid and those on the map projection surface. The process of taking a curved surface and placing it on a flat surface will always introduce some distortions to the projected objects. A well known distortion present on many maps is that areas are enlarged at the extremities of the projection. More

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