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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - September 2008 Print E-mail

Editors Corner:
Surveyors Get the Point
By Marc S. Cheves, LS

Point to Point:
Can Retracements Be Confidential?
By Joel Leininger, LS

The Wow Factor
Traverse PC Desktop 2008 Global Background Clearing

Wildfire Maps Keep Agency Missions Blazing Forward
GIS maps enable critical monitoring of life and land affected by wildfires and natural disasters.
By JoAnne Castagna, Ed D.

Applanix: Solutions for Mobile Mapping and Positioning
A visit to the dominant inertial navigation systems company.
By Marc Cheves, LS

RTN 101: Mapping (Part 14)
Evolving resources for mapping grade receivers are examined.
By Gavin Schrock, LS

The Marriage of GIS and Land Surveying (No Shotgun Needed)
Custom coding and an RTN allows a Colorado firm to meet the needs of its client.
By Angus W. Stocking, LS

Product Review: I-Site Studio 3.0 and 4400 Laser Scanner
A field trial challenges a sturdy scanner and easy-to-use software to flex some muscle.
By Shawn Billings, LS

SECO Poles and Prisms
Here’s a close-up look at critical components of precise surveying.
By Al Pepling, LS

Vantage Point:
If Not Now, When?
By Wendy Lathrop, LS, CFM

Surveyin’ Da Situation:
The Last Straw
By John D. Matonich, LS
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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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