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• Progress?  • Curt Brown  • Test Yourself  • Cooley  • Decade of Mobile LiDAR  • Regensburg  • Henry B. Looker  •Staking a Claim  • Straight & Narrow  • Final Voyage  • Writing Under Pressure
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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - Vol.12, No9 2015
Construction Employment Rises Despite Lackluster National Jobs Report
Point to Point: ALTA/ACSM Standards and the Record Description
The Curt Brown Chronicles: The Challenging Future for the Land Surveyor
Measuring Minnesota—A ProFile of Doug Carter
The Mullan Road
The Bench Marks of Success
The Final Voyage—Part 3
Leatherneck Surveyors: Part 1—The Artillery Surveyors
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 11--Fieldwork
Test Yourself: Replace the Reverse Curve
Vantage Point: Communiplexion
Exhibitors Announce Activities at Next Week’s Commercial UAV Expo
Nonresidential Construction Spending Expands for Seventh Consecutive Month
OGC Adopts Updated KML Earth Browser Standard – KML 2.3
Trimble Partners with ClearEdge 3D to Distribute its Powerful, Automated Feature Extraction and Modeling Software
AUVSI and 28 Organizations Mark Missed FAA Deadline for UAS Integration
Tallysman Introduces a Family of High Gain / High Rejection Timing Antenna
Septentrio Names New Dealer for UAV Market
Mapping Liquid Water on Mars
CGSIC: 55th Civil GPS Service Interface Committee Meeting
Spectra Precision SP80 Wins Field Test Competition, Results in 340 Unit Sale
FARO Brings Metrology and 3D Documentation Direct to Users through Technology Workshops
Trimble Introduces Next Generation Indoor Mobile Mapping System for Interiors and Underground Structures
World Class Support as the Capturing Reality Forum Reveals its Conference Line-up for First Event
Teledyne Optech Presents Tools for GIS at Esri Eastern Africa Conference
Property Records Industry Association Elects Officers and Directors
Historic Mason-Dixon Instrument to be Showcased at Reception
OGC North American Forum to Demo Results of Major Interoperability Testbed
Surveying Solutions from Teledyne Optech at Esri Electric & Gas GIS Conference
OGC Supports American Geographical Society Geography 2050 Fall Symposium
SkyTraq Launches Miniature Low-Power RTK Receiver for UAS and Mobile Platform
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Italian Historic Treia City Uses SuperGIS Desktop for Urban and Tourism Planning
Dyan Gibbens to Deliver Keynote on Future of UAVs for Global Asset Owners at Commercial UAV Expo
RIEGL USA to Attend, Exhibit and Present at Commercial UAV Expo
Topcon Announces Sitelink3D App for Android
Topcon Announces Update to DynaRoad Software
 The American Surveyor - Recent Articles
Editorial: Losses
As we were putting this issue together, two separate losses occurred. First was the loss of life as an Amtrak train left the tracks north of Philadelphia. Second was the passing of well-known surveyor Rj Zimmer. All the bodies had not yet been recovered from the train crash before some were trying to ....
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John R. Stock, PS 
Where we stand is where we have always stoodplaces like the Valley of the Nile 1000 years before Christ, digging in the mud for a stone monument that marked the boundary of irrigated lands and were an important part of the annual process that ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Letters in the Electronic Age
As we move through an age when "better" means faster, less paper, and more computerized responses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's electronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA) is gaining increasing publicity. The concept of eLOMA came about during the tenure of the first ....
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Michael J.
Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: About Meander Lines and Boundaries
Hugh Binyon of Florida called my attention to an interesting court case, Bliss v. Kensey, (233 So. 2nd 191). When surveying sectionalized lands, the original government surveyors also meandered oceans, bays, lakes, rivers and sometimes marshes. Very rarely does the present limit of private ....
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Gordon Wilson, LSIT 
Quality of Water, Life From Northeast U.S. to Central Africa
Bbanda is a small rural village of about 1,100 people in southern central Uganda, located 45 minutes from the closest town of Mityana. There is no electricity or reliable source of drinking water. But thanks to the work of some engineering students ....
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Chad and Linda
Location, Location. Unknown, Unknown! or Surveyors Rescuing Buyers
In conjunction with our Discovery Report program, described in the January, 2015 issue of the American Surveyor Magazine, we have periodically placed advertisements in the local newspaper in Green Valley, AZ, primarily appealing to owners and sellers, or their agents. However, we seldom have had ....
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Jerry Penry,
Meades Ranch
In July of 1871, The U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), predecessor of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), began a precise triangulation network near St. Louis, Missouri, which went both east and west to connect the networks already ....
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Chuck Karayan, PS 
U.S. Supreme Court Reduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law
With all due respect to both Michael Pallamary and Gregory Helmer--both of whom are California colleagues known to me to be knowledgeable and credible experts in boundary and geodesy (respectively)--the issue presented in the latest round of The United States vs. California ....
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Harry Kessner, PE,
Tri-Territory Site
Atop Steamboat Mountain in Sweetwater County, Wyoming where the 42nd Parallel crosses the Continental Divide you will find a pyramidal stone monument. The monument documents the Tri-Territory Site with a bronze plaque testifying to the geographic location of the coincidence of three ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: 9—Intersections
We can calculate anything and everything under the sun or the dismal grey Cleveland skies of FirstEnergy Stadium, however, a decision to set aside previously fixed local survey legal subdivision corners must be supported by evidence that goes beyond mere demonstration of technical error ....
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FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
After reading James T. Jones, PS, PE's response in the January 2015 issue I was reminded that I had intended to write my own response to "Subdivided We Stand" from the September 2014. The situation in the article is a lot like what has happened in Western New York. Most people including most ....
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Patrick Naville, PS 
ProFile: Paying it Forward—An Interview with Dennis Mouland
I've known Dennis Mouland for almost 40 years. There's a little more gray in our hair than when we first met (well, maybe a lot more). Dennis has a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Engage him in conversation for more than a few minutes and he will have you cracking up at some comment or a ....
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