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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - Vol.8, No.7 2011

editorial
Editors Corner:
A Visit to Topcon
By Marc Cheves, LS
 
203kb

Davis
Public Land Survey System in Google Earth
With its third productivity tool, Metzger & Willard provides another useful free application.
By Thomas G. Davis, PhD, PE, PLS
2,575kb

Schrock-Roe
Hexagon User Conference 2011
Our GNSS expert and our LiDAR expert share their views of this well-run inaugural event.
By Gavin Schrock, LS, and Gene V. Roe, PhD, PE, LS
1,474kb

Trojak
Driving the Islands
The San Juan Islands in Puget Sound benefit from state-of-the-art mobile scanning.
By Larry Trojak
1,519kb

OPUS
How Precise is OPUS? Part 3—The Rest of the Story
In this wrap-up installment, the experts from NGS examine the differences between OPUS-S and OPUS-RS.
By Snay, Choi, Mader, Schwarz, Soler, and Weston
587kb

Blake
Footsteps: Changes to the 2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions
Here’s a look at some of the changes in the long-awaited BLM manual.
By Landon Blake, LS
175kb

Lathrop
Vantage Point: Noticing a Dirty Past
Toxic waste sites and how they affect the surveyor are examined.
By Wendy Lathrop, LS, CFM
113kb

Matonich
Surveying ‘Da Situation: An Unexpected Gift
Sometimes those who shaped our lives continue to teach long after they’re gone.
John D. Matonich, LS
269kb
 
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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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