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Trimble Introduces New Software Enhancements at Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum
Septentrio Announces Cm-Accurate GNSS solution and Complimentary Software Suite
Orbit GT to Showcase UAS LiDAR Mapping Productivity Tools at the RIEGL UC, Hong Kong
Follow-up: NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey 2015 Geospatial Summit, April 13–14
Kevin Partridge Joins SAM, LLC
Topcon GNSS Network Expands to Latin America
Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Lower in March
Topcon Announces Hands-On Seminar Focused on Layout Navigator
Blue Marble Releases the Geographic Calculator 2015 SP1 with Powerful yet Flexible Workflow Enhancements
RIEGL USA to Present and Exhibit at ASPRS 2015 and the Co-Located JACIE Workshop
Neptec Technologies Announces Enhancements to Its 3DRi Software Development Kit
Notice Advisory to NAVSTAR Users Regarding SVN-49
Teledyne Technologies Acquires Remaining Shares of Optech
Williams Aerial & Mapping Purchases UltraCam Falcon With UltraNav
Bluesky Aerial Views Add Drama to New TV Police Show
Esri CityEngine 2015 Provides Advanced 3D City Design
Airbus Defense and Space Enters the Field of Precision Farming with Pléiades Satellites in the U.S.
Iowa Confirms 100 Percent Engagement in eRecording
Nonresidential Fixed Investment's Winning Streak Shattered in the First Quarter
Optech to Exhibit at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015 in Atlanta
Gexcel 4D Inspector to be Introduced at MundoGEO
CHC Introduces LT500 Series GNSS Handheld
New Esri Maps Reveal Impacts from Nepal Earthquakes
Blue Marble Presents Global Mapper’s UAV Tools at the 2015 Unmanned Systems Conference
RIEGL USA to Present and Exhibit at Unmanned Systems 2015
MAPPS Comments on FAA Proposed Rulemaking on UAS
Esri Geodesign Solutions in Gartner Report
Orbit GT to Show Real-Time Edge Detection in Pointclouds at the RIEGL UC in Hong Kong
2G Robotics' ULS-500 Underwater Laser Scanner Now Interfaced with QINSy
Optech Expanding Solutions for Latin America at MundoGEO 2015 in Brazil
INTERGEO Offers New Showcase for UAS Exhibitors
Phase One Industrial Releases iX Capture 2.0 Software for Aerial Photography
Topcon Announces Exemption to Operate Unmanned Aerial System
PRIA Announces Approval of Best Practices for Indexing
UW-Madison Spinoff is Big-Time Producer of Specialty Maps
Esri Maps Provide Geographic Context on Nepal Earthquakes
Automated Target Classification and the Latest Optech Airborne Sensors at ASPRS 2015
Visitor Registrations Flood In for GEO Business 2015
EBTM Wins Major Marketing Contract with Trimble Geospatial
Noted Surveyor and Author Rj Zimmer Passes
 The American Surveyor - Recent Articles
Editorial: Watchman on the Wall
In this issue we have Dick Elgin's open letter to NCEES which details why the proposals before us are bad ideas. We also have the NCEES response to my Fire Alarm editorial. Lately we've been asked why we are devoting so much coverage to the licensure experience requirement when many say ....
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Dick Elgin, PhD, PS, PE 
Open Letter: Regarding NCEES and Survey Licensing
I thank the Council for its many years of work assisting state boards, preparing exams and for generally advancing the surveying profession and contributing to protecting the public. Your stated missions are worthy. However, as stated in the Council's December, 2014 "Exchange," ....
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Wendy Lathrop
Vantage Point: When Flooding Leads to Creativity
Sometimes a disaster is the best wake up call and the prod that moves us forward from "same old, same old" practices. About 15 years ago, a colleague once noted ruefully that the best check of a Flood Insurance Rate Map's accuracy is to have a disaster: did the map predict the horizontal ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Similarity of New Zealand and U.S. Laws
Within the United States it is a well established fact that old possession can stand as a monument to the original lines as marked and surveyed by the original surveyor. Fences built soon after section lines were run might stand as proof as to where future the original lines were run, especially after ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
One-Room Schools, Aerial Photos, & Hokey Pokey Surveys
We found a blurb about the Idaho State School Board in the 1900's making the decree that sunlight coming over the left shoulder made the students more intelligent, or something like that, and all windows in one-room schools had to be moved ....
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Smith, Roman, Youngman 
Recent Activities at the National Geodetic Survey - Part 3 of 4
The advent and evolution of new technology such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) over the last thirty years has allowed NGS, other Federal, State and Local Agencies, and the Private Sector to determine geodetic positions with greater speed, better accuracy, and less ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
U.S. Supreme Court Introduces Confusion and Conflict
On December 15, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a decree in the hopes of settling a decades-old dispute over the location of California's offshore boundary, a line common with the United States of America. The conflict originated in 1946 ....
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Brynna King 
Tunnel Vision - Excavating Subsea Roadways
Workers who blast tunnels 290 meters below the ocean's surface have plenty of "what-ifs" to consider. Technology failures and project budgets shouldn't be among them. So contractors working on Norway's Ryfast tunnel megaproject are using ....
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 Mark Silver 
Geodetic Preppers - Surviving the Next OPUS Disaster
I don't have any inside knowledge if the US government is going to shut down again this year. But I do know if there is a shutdown like there was in October 2013 I am going to have a hard time grounding surveys without the National Geodetic Survey's OPUS products. One never knows what the ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator - A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 6 - Curve Traverse
This program is a curve traverse routine based upon the traditional methods of laying out a curve with a transit and tape. I assure the users of radial layout equipment and GPS that using this program is 100% compatible ....
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David H. Widmer, PS 
Open Letter: Response to The Fire Alarm
The purpose of my letter is to dispute some information contained in your editorial mentioned above. First off, NCEES has absolutely nothing to do with any proposed legislation in Idaho to do away with experience prior to licensing. That goes against our three legged stool test of education ....
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