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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - Vol.15, No6 2018 Print E-mail
Jason E. Foose, PS 
Thought Leader: Topcon Technology Roadshow 2018
Holy Toledo! Topcon is really hooking it all up at the Technology Roadshow this year. No doubt Topcon launches more technology from the cab of a gorgeous tractor trailer than a NASA Space Shuttle full of Hewlett Packard 41C calculators. My slap happy, gear jammin', coffee drinking, truck ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Hoyne v. Schneider
I often refer to Wood v. Mandrilla because it does the unexpected. More notably it shows how common law prevails over administrative law. Wood truly is a retracement surveyor's case despite the fact there wasn't a survey accompanying the land split. Guess what? Wood has a sister case ...
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Eric Van Rees 
Captured Once/Used Often
When mobile mapping solutions were introduced in the year 2000, the city of Amsterdam saw many uses for the 360-degree geo-referenced images. Mobile mapping gave a better view of the state of the built environment than aerial imagery by providing ....
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Joseph D. Fenicle, PS 
The Minnesota-Wisconsin State Line
If you are fishing on the St. Louis River near Lake Superior you may use a fishing license from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. However, according to the 2017 Minnesota Fishing Regulations, "You must obey the regulations of the state in which you are fishing. More permissive regulations are limited ....
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John Hoxeng, PS 
Astrological Realizations
Old fishermen and old habits never die. One of my old habits is reading the daily horoscope every morning at breakfast. Right now, Mercury is in Aries, Jupiter is in Scorpio, and the bread is in the toaster. What is it about astrology that gives it such ...
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 52: Think Parallel
In triangle ABC, AB = 400.000', BC = 500.000', M is the midpoint of AC, BD is the bisector of angle ABC and ME is parallel with BD. What is the distance EB?
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Ancient Verbosity
"No one uses words like that anymore!" This statement, uttered with a laugh by someone to whom I was describing a recent deed encounter, was soon disproved when I produced a copy of the document whose reality was being questioned. There it was in the caption: enfeoff. And the deed was ....
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Marc Cheves, PS 
Editorial: A Great Year to be a Surveyor
Some magazines have what are called "theme" issues. That is, most of the content is focused on one particular subject. In my 22+ years of survey magazine publishing, my philosophy has always been to have a little bit of everything in each issue, thereby eliminating the possibility that ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations: Halverson v. Deerwood Village
Whew! We really beat the snot out of Bryant v. Blevins and practical locations. Well this month we're back on new case that hit the Minnesota Supreme Court's docket in 1982. We've got the familiar gymnastics of jurisprudence featuring an extraordinary array of flying rope stretchers ...
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Michel Philips 
Extreme Environment Surveying
A Franco-Chilean team of cave divers used the Nautiz X8 rugged handheld for marine cave surveying, gathering data to classify the inaccessible northern half of Madre de Dios for UNESCO World Heritage. The team of cave divers used the Nautiz X8 ....
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Erik Dahlberg 
The Original Green Engineers
Sometimes, it's best just to leave things as you found them. That's the lesson shared by Dr. Richard Miksad and his students at the University of Virginia. As a result of studies covering nearly a decade, Miksad's teams have developed detailed ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 49: No Dimensions
In square A-C-D-B with side S, C-E is tangent to the semicircle Q1 with diameter B-D. Q2 is the inscribed circle of A-C-E. The tangent to Q1 and Q2 meets the sides of the square at F and H and intersects C-E at t G. Q3 is the inscribed circle of C-G-H. What is the ratio of the radii of circles ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Discovery on Grizzly Peak
When First Lieutenant Montgomery M. Macomb arrived in Carson City, Nevada, from Washington D.C., on July 28, 1878, his assigned survey crew from the 4th Artillery was waiting and ready for the new field season. At age 25, Macomb was the leader ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Fighting City Hall Over Land
Once upon a time (1989 to be exact) in a place not so far away from where I live, a man (Francis Galdo) bought a home across the street from a vacant parcel owned by the City of Philadelphia. That parcel, along with others, had been acquired by condemnation back in 1974 subsequent to a 1956 ....
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Patrick C. Garner, PS 
Book Review: Boundary Retracement: Processes and Procedures
When I was in my mid-twenties and learning the honorable profession of land surveying, I was lucky to be guided by a mentor who would grab a book off his office shelf and say, "Every surveyor should have a copy of this!" The first example he waved at me was Davis, Foote and Kelly's Surveying ....
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