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• Losses  • Connections  • Electronic Age  • Curt Brown  • Location Unknown  • Water  • Meades Ranch  • Boundary Law  • Tri-Territory  • HP35s Calculator  • FeedBack  • Dennis Mouland
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Metsä Wood and Michael Green have Designed a Wooden Version of the Empire State Building
USGS Welcomes European Space Agency’s New Land Observing Satellite
Dewberry Team Wins the LCDR Peter Johnson Best Practices Award
Orbit GT Releases Oblique Publisher v11.1
Study Reveals What Happens During A 'Glacial Earthquake'
Arithmetica’s SphereVision Reveals Henry VIII’s Excesses in Stunning 360 Degrees
Summer Starts with a Simmering Geomagnetic Storm
Why a Big Ego Could Be Your Downfall (and Seven Tips to Help You Hone Your Humility)
Leica Geosystems Be Captivated Live Tours Transport Surveyors and Engineers to the Future
UTEC Geomarine Successfully Completes Caspian Sea Project Using geoROV Technology
One, Two, Three Hacks—You're Out! Four Lessons All Companies Can Learn from Baseball's Astros Hacking Scandal
PTFS Announces Availability of Knowvation GS in AWS Marketplace
Orbit GT Releases Oblique Desktop Portfolio v11.1
Commercial UAV Expo Announces 2015 Conference Program
Spectra Precision’s New GNSS Receiver Brings Enhanced Flexibility to Professional Surveyors
Positive Feedback from Teledyne Optech’s 2015 Imaging & Lidar Solutions Conference
Indonesia Regional Planning and Development Sector Powers Up Mobile Mapping by SuperPad
Bluesky Data Used to Model Major Infrastructure Projects
Kurt Troxell, PS, Appointed Mapping Manager at Fuscoe Engineering
Nepal Earthquake Shifted Mt. Everest 3 Centimeters
Septentrio GNSS Products to Be Showcased at Western Dredging Association Summit
Phil Peterson, Co-Founder of Berntsen International, Passes at 90
Remote GeoSystems Releases Two New Esri-based Geospatial Inspection & Reporting Solutions
Two New Gold Sponsors and Dozens of Exhibitors Announced for 2015 Drone World Expo
ASCO Japan buys SITECO's Road-Scanner4
A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S.
Wokingham Council Takes to the Streets with Yotta’s Mayrise Software
Dave Doyle's 9 New Courses Take GeoLearn Catalog to 65+
Leica Geosystems Launches HDS Virtual Classroom to Advance Laser Scanning Best Practices
RME Geomatics Purchases and Takes Delivery of Two RIEGL VUX-1's in Two Months
ASPRS Elects Rebecca Morton as 2015 Vice President
What's Keeping You from Getting a Job? 17 Job Search Mistakes and How to Correct Them
GeoCue Now Offers Online Training Courses
ISR Solutions from Teledyne Optech at GEOINT 2015
Pinnacle Industries Uses Leica Geosystems Vertical Alignment System to Keep Super-Tall Building Plumb
LizardTech to Exhibit at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium
Scene Sharp to Demo Enhanced Actionable Intelligence Capabilities at GEOINT 2015
PTFS to Rebrand ArchivalWare Enterprise Content Management as Knowvation at GEOINT 2015
ODOT Hires Woolpert to Renovate, Elevate Complex Highway Bridge
Why Physical Keyboards Haven’t Gone Out of Style on Rugged Handhelds
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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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