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• Chaos  • Writing on the Wall  • Curt Brown  • John Bird  • Talbert Abrams  • Bronze Age  • Satlab SL600  • Chain Saws  • HP35s Calculator  • Test Yourself  • Reconnaissance
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Table of Contents - The American Surveyor - Vol.12, No11 2015
Thought Leader: Chaos, Confusion, and Carelessness
Vantage Point: The Fading Hand Writing on the Wall
The Curt Brown Chronicles: What Should be the Education for Land Surveying?
Fabrication of the Telescope Cradle and Tripod for the John Bird Transit Telescope
Talbert Abrams—The Father of Aerial Photogrammetry
The Final Voyage—Part 5
Product Review: Satlab SL600 & SL-55
Tricks of the Trade: Chain Saws, Brush Hooks & Machetes
The HP 35s Calculator: Elgin 911-Reverse Curve Problem
Test Yourself: Find the Angle
Reconnaissance: New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards Adopted by Societies
CyArk Receives Grant from National Center for Preservation Technology & Training
Neptec Technologies Announces the OPAL-ECR 3D LiDAR for Low-Reflectivity Environments
Chalmers University of Technology is Offering Two Free Sensing Planet Earth Online Courses
Product Review: Cat S40 Phone
Esri Story Map Reveals Where Your Thanksgiving Dinner Comes From
RIEGL to Attend AU Las Vegas 2015
Phase One Industrial Releases Software Development Kit 8.3.3 for Developers of Aerial Systems
SANDIS Innovates Surveying with Investment in Leica CS20 Controllers And Captivate Software
FARO Launches New FOCUS3D X 30 Laser Scanner
Orbit GT Supports Microsoft UltraCam Panther Backpack at Capturing Reality, Salzburg
Orbit GT and ArtGeo, Russia sign Reseller Agreement
Renishaw Launches a New Dedicated Time-Tagged Marine Lidar System for Vessel-Based Surveying
BHC RHODES’ Continued Growth Triggers Expansion
Commercial UAV Expo Review
SpheronVR Announces the SpheronLite Camera Solution
US Topo Maps Reach Milestone
Bluesky Aerial Thermal Map Helps Keep Herefordshire Residents Warm
Handheld Launches its First Ultra-Rugged Android Tablet — the Best-In-Class ALGIZ RT7
3D Laser Mapping Presents Next Generation Mobile Mapping at Capturing Reality
Digital Geographic Technologies Opens DGT Survey Group Office in Worcester, MA
RIEGL to Attend and Present at HYDRO2015
Mapping Resources Group is now MRG GEO
Berntsen International Announces Release of InfraMarker System 3.0 for Utility Mapping and Marking
Blue Marble Takes its Highly Successful User Conference on the Road in March 2016
RippleNami Helps Nuru International Visualize Change in African Nations with its Customizable Mapping Platform
Velodyne Keynotes D.C. Geospatial Mapping Conference, Outlines Future of LiDAR in Transportation Sector
Exclusive New Title from East View Press: Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon
Proteus Strengthens its Professional Satellite Imagery Procurement Service
 The American Surveyor - Recent Articles
Editorial: Losses
As we were putting this issue together, two separate losses occurred. First was the loss of life as an Amtrak train left the tracks north of Philadelphia. Second was the passing of well-known surveyor Rj Zimmer. All the bodies had not yet been recovered from the train crash before some were trying to ....
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John R. Stock, PS 
Where we stand is where we have always stoodplaces like the Valley of the Nile 1000 years before Christ, digging in the mud for a stone monument that marked the boundary of irrigated lands and were an important part of the annual process that ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Letters in the Electronic Age
As we move through an age when "better" means faster, less paper, and more computerized responses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's electronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA) is gaining increasing publicity. The concept of eLOMA came about during the tenure of the first ....
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Michael J.
Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: About Meander Lines and Boundaries
Hugh Binyon of Florida called my attention to an interesting court case, Bliss v. Kensey, (233 So. 2nd 191). When surveying sectionalized lands, the original government surveyors also meandered oceans, bays, lakes, rivers and sometimes marshes. Very rarely does the present limit of private ....
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Gordon Wilson, LSIT 
Quality of Water, Life From Northeast U.S. to Central Africa
Bbanda is a small rural village of about 1,100 people in southern central Uganda, located 45 minutes from the closest town of Mityana. There is no electricity or reliable source of drinking water. But thanks to the work of some engineering students ....
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Chad and Linda
Location, Location. Unknown, Unknown! or Surveyors Rescuing Buyers
In conjunction with our Discovery Report program, described in the January, 2015 issue of the American Surveyor Magazine, we have periodically placed advertisements in the local newspaper in Green Valley, AZ, primarily appealing to owners and sellers, or their agents. However, we seldom have had ....
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Jerry Penry,
Meades Ranch
In July of 1871, The U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), predecessor of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), began a precise triangulation network near St. Louis, Missouri, which went both east and west to connect the networks already ....
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Chuck Karayan, PS 
U.S. Supreme Court Reduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law
With all due respect to both Michael Pallamary and Gregory Helmer--both of whom are California colleagues known to me to be knowledgeable and credible experts in boundary and geodesy (respectively)--the issue presented in the latest round of The United States vs. California ....
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Harry Kessner, PE,
Tri-Territory Site
Atop Steamboat Mountain in Sweetwater County, Wyoming where the 42nd Parallel crosses the Continental Divide you will find a pyramidal stone monument. The monument documents the Tri-Territory Site with a bronze plaque testifying to the geographic location of the coincidence of three ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: 9—Intersections
We can calculate anything and everything under the sun or the dismal grey Cleveland skies of FirstEnergy Stadium, however, a decision to set aside previously fixed local survey legal subdivision corners must be supported by evidence that goes beyond mere demonstration of technical error ....
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FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
After reading James T. Jones, PS, PE's response in the January 2015 issue I was reminded that I had intended to write my own response to "Subdivided We Stand" from the September 2014. The situation in the article is a lot like what has happened in Western New York. Most people including most ....
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Patrick Naville, PS 
ProFile: Paying it Forward—An Interview with Dennis Mouland
I've known Dennis Mouland for almost 40 years. There's a little more gray in our hair than when we first met (well, maybe a lot more). Dennis has a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Engage him in conversation for more than a few minutes and he will have you cracking up at some comment or a ....
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