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• SPAR 2015  • FFRMS  • Curt Brown  • Road Riders  • Colorado Mountains  • CST Training  • Buffalo Contractor  • Fort Vancouver  • HP35s Calculator  • FeedBack
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Updated Global Mapper LiDAR Module Now Supports NIR LiDAR Data
Andrew Ellicott Book Announced
Earthquake Early Warning App “QuakeAlert” to be Tested by USGS, CalTech and Other University Researchers
Adelos Unveils Distributed Acoustic Sensor Solution for Upstream Oil & Gas
Ordnance Survey Becomes a Strategic Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium
2014 Federal Radionavigation Plan Released
The 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT 2015)
Esri Map Provides Geographic Context for Flooding in Central U.S.
SITECO Delivers its Road-Scanner4 MMS to Amberg Technologies
Dielmo 3D and Pelydryn Ltd Sign Distributorship Agreement
Scene Sharp to Unveil Fuze Go Integration with ERDAS IMAGINE Spatial Modeler at HxGN LIVE
Airbus Defense and Space and Hexagon Geospatial Partner to Provide Access to Data in Smart Applications
MicroSurvey inCAD 2015 Adds Survey Drafting to AutoCAD
Dewberry Announces New Leadership in its Gainesville Office with the Hire of James Bennett
Saab and DigitalGlobe Announce Vricon Joint Venture to Create the Globe in 3D
Airbus Defence and Space Begins Building Grace-FO Gravity and Climate Satellites
Bluesky’s New Mapshop Offers More Aerial Mapping Data
DroneMetrex Welcomes Mena3D as Exclusive Reseller in Middle Eastern Region and North Africa
Maptek Scheduler Streamlines Project Management
One Man Outerwear for the Rugged Man with Style
Topcon Introduces New Senior Business Development Manager for Deformation Monitoring
Commercial UAV Expo Releases Report on Key Considerations for Adopting Drones for Business
Blaze Publisher Extension Turns a Simple 2D Map into a 3D Geospatial PDF
Arithmetica Simplifies Scan to CAD Workflow with Latest Release of Pointfuse
Dawood Wins Prime Contract with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Logan Simpson Deploys TerraGo Edge GPS Data Collection for Environmental Planning
RIEGL LIDAR 2015 User Conference: Thrilling Success in Hong Kong and Guangzhou!
Dielmo 3D Introduces 100% Customizable Lidar/GIS Web-Portals Starting at $5,000
Pennoni Acquires Two Firms in First Half of 2015
Juniper Systems to Carry Cedar Tree Android Rugged Handhelds
INTERGEO 2015 Continues to Grow – Exhibition Space Almost Fully Booked Despite Expansion
Louisiana Quads Add Trails and Survey Data
The Sky is Falling!
Bentley Systems Announces Introductory Access Programs for the CONNECT Edition
"Can They Ask Me That?" Six Improper and Illegal Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
Teledyne Optech Revealing Cost Savings Possible with Latest Sensors at GEO Business 2015
State and Regional 3DEP Stakeholder Workshops Underway
MWH Global Commits to Veterans Employment Initiative
Dayton-Area Firms Reflect on Growth, Fuyao Plant Anniversary
Leading Industry Experts to Present Dynamic Educational Sessions and Case Studies at 2015 Drone World Expo
 The American Surveyor - Recent Articles
Guest Editorial: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us—Pogo
Over the last couple of years, I have had the pleasure of writing for American Surveyor Magazine. In the course of this endeavor, I have spent a lot of time with editor Marc Cheves and we have had a number of talks about content and topics. I also spent a lot of time with the late Curtis M. Brown and ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: A Question of Ethics
Society places great demands on folks, especially in today's hectic world. There are far too many situations that tempt one's sense of right or wrong. As challenging as this may seem, conscious decisions to do the wrong thing does not make it acceptable, especially "when everyone else does it." ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Public Benefit
Ongoing local controversies provide a wealth of opportunities to secondguess the governing bodies. The first of today's scenarios raises questions about powers of local governments to take private properties that should have been settled long ago, even with the illogical blip of the US Supreme ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
When Bench Marks & Section Corners Collide
Prior to the 1896-97 field season, surveyors with the U. S. Geological Survey, who were engaged in the topographic mapping of the United States, left very few bench marks for public use. USGS came under scrutiny for failing to establish permanent ....
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D.J. Ruckman, PS 
Forks of the Road to the Wilderness—The Indiana Buffalo Traces
The 1770 Colonial Americans were eager to discover and open new lands west of the densely forested Appalachian Mountains. For Surveyor and Mapmaker, John Filson, the opportunities west of the Mountains, were endless. After several months of exploring along the ancient hoof packed ....
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Dr. Richard L. Elgin, PS, PE 
The Initial Point of the 5th Principal Meridian
November 10, 2015 is an important date to nearly every American who owns land in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, North Dakota and in parts of Minnesota and South Dakota. Every surveyor in those states should stop for a moment, and with head bowed, remember every GLO Deputy Surveyor ....
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Tony Cavell, PS, CFedS 
Product Review: Traverse PC—To Think Like A Surveyor
Several months back I had the good fortune to try a new (for me) software package. I am impressed with it and it brought to the fore some history I have been privileged to live through. There has always been a fundamental disconnect between surveyors and practically everyone else. That ....
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Matt Pike 
Completing the Lake Wobegon Trail—Vision to Design
The urban areas in Stearns County, Minnesota, are like islands in a sea of corn, soybean and dairy farms. Through this bucolic setting runs the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail (LWRT)--named after Garrison Keillor's fictitious lake--a 62-mile (100-km) ....
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Activities at the National Geodetic Survey—Part 4 of 4
The August 23, 2011 earthquake in Virginia shook the Washington D.C. region strongly enough to damage the Washington Monument. A repair project was initiated shortly thereafter, and to accomplish this task scaffolding was erected, encasing the ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 7
The current price range of the HP35s is $50-$60 in the United States. In 1972 a new HP35 cost $395. Adjusting $395 to 42 years of inflation equates to about $2,200 according to internet fodder. Going backwards, $60 in 2014 bucks equates to about $10.75 in 1972. It's no big secret that ....
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FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
What prompted me to write to you was your excellent editorial in this issue ("The Fire Alarm," NCEES and experience requirement for LS). Just let me state for the record that as an engineer, but one whose first love was and remains survey, thanks in no small part to my wonderful professor Andy ....
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Terrance Mish, PS 
A Technique for Precision Point Setting
Generally, most surveying books provide instructions for the setting up of tribrachs and optical plummets over known physically existing points. This article provides instructions for setting a tripod/tribrach combination over an unknown point ....
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