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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - Vol.7, No.5 2010
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editorial
Guest Editorial:
Aphorisms for the Surveyor
By Dr. Richard L. Elgin, LS, PE
 
169kb

Longstreet - Murtha
Big Ship, Tight Squeeze
Careful preparation and a mix of technology clear the way for the delivery of massive container cranes to the Port of Oakland.
By Brad Longstreet and Dave Murtha, LS
1,617kb

Crattie
Herr Niebuhr and the Remarkable Traverse
Nearly forgotten and partially translated journals retrieved from a Copenhagen museum reveal the tale of the sole survivor—a German surveyor—of the first scientific expedition to Arabia.
By C. Barton Crattie, LS, CFM
1,1662kb

Dalager
The Largest Non-BLM Cadastral Retracement in History
The DOT of Maricopa County, Arizona, the 14th largest county in the country, surveys more than 14,000 PLSS corners to increase the geodetic layer accuracy of the county’s GIS.
By Brian Dalager, LS
2,204kb

Zimmer
GIS Matters: The Power of Place
An overview of GIS databases, how they become spatial, and why the spatial component is so powerful.
By Rj Zimmer, LS
565kb

Crawford
Model Behavior: The How-To Guide to Successful Surface Modeling, Part 4
How to modify input data to form a surface more reflective of the intent.
By Kenneth A. Crawford, PE
409kb

Lathrop
Vantage Point:
Beating Axles into Plowshares
By Wendy Lathrop, LS, CFM
271kb

Ernst
Survey Affidavit of No Change
Many sign it to save a buck, but sellers should be made aware of the potential liability they incur.
By Christopher M. Ernst, LS
843kb
 
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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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