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As 2011 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. 4, 2012.

LightSquared sessions at Survey Summit: A possible solution?
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From July 13, 2011: During the plenary session at the Survey Summit, Jeff Carlisle (a LightSquared VP) and Peter Large (representing the Save our GPS Coalition) each presented their case. Carlisle stated repeatedly that LS started the process 10 years ago, and that all interested parties — including the GPS manufacturers — were well aware and signed off. More

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
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Zoning setbacks and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys
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From June 8, 2011: Q: A client of mine has recently obtained an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey for a property they are looking to purchase. The building on the property is less than 10 years old. The local municipality granted a significant setback variance for the building when it was built. The codified setback is 50 feet and the building was granted a setback of 32 feet. ... More

Surveying fees: Race to the bottom?
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From Sept. 14, 2011: PSM Field Notes has touched on the subject of fees a few times now, and it seems to be a topic of interest. The editor has received several excellent responses and has posted a few of them. As several acknowledged, surveying is closely tied to the housing and construction industries. Michael Ford went so far as to say that, "surveyors are connected to the commercial and residential real-estate market with an umbilical cord." More

LightSquared hits out at GPS equipment makers
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From Aug. 17, 2011: In the latest move between LightSquared, the start-up carrier which proposes a national 4G terrestrial mobile broadband network, and those who claim its use of the L1 frequency band will interfere with GPS signals, the Virginia-based company has hit out at GPS receiver makers for ignoring agreed "guard band" limits. More

7 progressive surveying firms and what you can learn from them
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From Oct. 5, 2011: The surveying profession was one of the hardest hit sectors of the recession. Many firms are still struggling, and it's easy to say that the profession as a whole is in trouble. But look closer and you'll see glimmers of optimism. There are firms that have continued to do well throughout the recession — in fact, some firms are experiencing their best business ever. How are such results possible in this economic climate? More

The Elevation Certificate translated: Part 1
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From Aug. 3, 2011: Over the years we keep hearing the crying and moaning from our colleagues about the abuse surveyors endure at the hands of civil engineers, zoning and planning regulators, government officials and all outsiders having no understanding of what surveyors do and especially, no understanding of the knowledge necessary to do the things surveyors do. We as surveyors are simply misunderstood and we get no respect. More

ACSM Congress votes to disband, turn over operations to NSPS
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From July 20, 2011: The just completed 2011 Annual Conference of ACSM culminated in a historic decision to disband the ACSM Congress of Member Organizations and begin the process of dissolving ACSM. Held in conjunction with the Survey Summit in San Diego, the annual event was marked by intense discussions about the future of ACSM. These resulted in a motion by the ACSM Realignment Committee to the ACSM Congress to accept the ARC report and its recommendations as fulfillment of the committee's task. More

RISPLS petition for the removal of 'Engineering Surveys' from the NCEES Model Law
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From Aug. 31, 2011: The Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors petition the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying for the removal of the term "Engineering Surveys" and following definition from the NCEES Model Laws found at Chapter 110.20 Definitions, Section A, Paragraph 5: "Engineering Surveys" to include all survey activities required to support the sound conception, planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of engineered projects but exclude the surveying of real property for the establishment of land boundaries, rights-of-way, easements, and the dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system. More

Out in front: A pawn in their game
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From Aug. 10, 2011: Maybe we got played. But we put up a good fight. We really had no option to do anything but fight. So we did, and we're still fighting the LightSquared attack on the GPS signal. It's not over yet, not by a long shot. Suspicions now creep in that the attack may have been a feint, that the company never really intended to do what it threatened: broadcast a very powerful signal from ground towers, on a frequency immediately adjacent to the GPS signal. More

ACSM Congress disbanded; what's next?
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From July 27, 2011: Seemingly big news came out of the ACSM Congress meeting in San Diego last week: Representatives to the Congress approved a motion to disband and dissolve ACSM, with all operation, control, assets and liabilities turned over to NSPS. A statement issued by the presidents of the three member organizations — NSPS, AAGS and GLIS — noted that the NSPS would immediately attempt to create a unified organization. More

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