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We hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Even in these wild political times, we have so much to be thankful for in our great country. The December issue, our last for 2015, is distributing, and as always, it's full of interesting content. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

Of particular interest in the new issue is Gary Kent's report on the new ALTA Standards. Continuing with the tradition that stretches back for decades, Gary and the rest of the folks at NSPS worked very hard on this latest iteration. You'll want to pay particular attention to the section on the responsibility for underground utilities.

Lastly, if you're considering laser scanning, join us tomorrow for the latest installment in our webinar series, "Getting Into the Game: The Business of 3D Laser Scanning". Attendees will be privy to an expert panel discussion RE 3D implementation and profitability best practice, complete with a Q&A opportunity.

To see the flippy of the new issue you can click on the magazine cover to the right, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Thought Leader: Chaos, Confusion, and Carelessness
After the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decree regarding the location of the offshore boundary between California and the United States, I articulated numerous problems in a recent article. The American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), which included representation by NSPS ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: The Fading Hand Writing on the Wall
I am finishing a detailed search to discover if an island in the tidal portion of the river between New Jersey and Pennsylvania is owned by the municipality claiming it, and if so, whether the title runs to high water (the usual presumption) or current low water (as the city asserts). Complicating ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: The Education for Land Surveying.
It is interesting to note that the more things change, the more they remain the same. With each generation, it seems we continue to debate the merits and benefits of education in preparing today's Land Surveyor for the profession. As I have constantly argued, "everyone measures," and ....
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Jeffrey Lock 
Telescope Cradle and Tripod: John Bird Transit Telescope
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon arrived in Philadelphia on November 15, 1763. Over the next five years they established locations and boundaries to seconds-of-arc accuracy, a remarkable feat in the Old World and unprecedented in ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Talbert Abrams -The Father of Aerial Photogrammetry
Talbert "Ted" Abrams devoted nearly his entire life to aviation and photogrammetry. His many accomplishments paved the way for modern aerial mapping. Ted Abrams was only a year old when the Wright brothers began their experiments in flight, but he ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage - Part 5
Confined to the decks of the Seloohge since departing Fairbanks, Alaska, the four of us, three surveyors and a cook, were looking forward to getting off the boat. We were camping at a gravel beach at the confluence on the Hog and Koyukuk Rivers ....
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Shawn Billings, PS 
Product Review: Satlab SL600 & SL-55
It's fair to say that RTK is not suitable for every surveyor. The particular type of work a surveyor may perform, the cost of the equipment in dollars and in training time, and even the proximity of a surveyor to retirement may give rise to questions of the cost/benefit ratio of the investment. But I'm ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
Tricks of the Trade: Chain Saws, Brush Hooks & Machetes
The rush to new technologies is so fevered that one would think that little heed is anymore paid to the physical mechanics of surveying. Surveyors who 30 years ago would forego the -30mm offset for prisms in the spirit of "keep it simple, I don't trust automation," now automate nearly everything and ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator: Elgin 911-Reverse Curve Problem
Dr. Elgin, The American Surveyor Staff, and I collectively strive to educate our peers and readers of this publication. I have continually enjoyed Dr. Elgin's effort to advance knowledge through problem solving. The HP 35s is a true problem solver and I find great honor in demonstrating how to solve ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Find the Angle
Triangle ABC is a right triangle. Circle with center at C and radius CB cuts AC at E. Circle with center at A and radius AB cuts AC at D. What is the value of angle EBD? For the solution to this problem (and much more), please visit our website at: www.amerisurv.com. Good luck! ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards
Two years of concentrated effort by their respective committees culminated in the adoption of the new 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys by the American Land Title Association on October 8th and the National Society of Professional Surveyors on ....
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feature As promised last month, Mike Pallamary offers his rebuttal regarding the California coastal boundary. In a scary vein, Wendy Lathrop expresses concern that the lack of cursive handwriting instruction in schools today means that future surveyors will encounter difficulty in deciphering ancient land descriptions. Only some of the PLSS GLO notes are in difficult-to-read cursive, but all of the Colonial descriptions exhibit this headache-producing characteristic.

The cover feature, by expert restorer Jeff Lock, is about an important instrument used by Mason and Dixon. Jeff has written for the magazine before, and his work and photography are world-class. All he had to work with (see image) was the blackened cross pieces. Be sure to check out the PDF to see what he did. Jeff does unbelievable work.

Another feature, written by Jerry Penry, tells the story of Talbert Abrams, a seminal figure in American photogrammetry. And if the purpose-built plane he created for aerial photography wasn't enough, he also invented the iconic portable stereo viewer that many of us can recall using in the office or on the hood of a truck. Likewise with the PDF for this one because it contains a lot of cool imagery.

The Ericksons are starting a new series called Tricks of the Trade. The first installment hilariously covers cutting gear we use in the field. Your editor was able to slip in a couple of images he took in California in the early 1970s, and has spent plenty of time himself on the working end of a brush hook, machete and Sandvik. No need to worry that this marks the end of the Erickson's Emperor Has No Clothes series. Those will begin again in a future issue. And once you read the new article, please consider submitting tricks of the trade yourself.
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CyArk Receives Grant from National Center for Preservation
Neptec Technologies Announces the OPAL-ECR 3D LiDAR
Chalmers University Offers Free Sensing Planet Earth Courses
Product Review: Cat S40 Phone
Phase One Releases Software Development Kit 8.3.3
SANDIS Buys Leica CS20 Controllers And Captivate Software
FARO Launches New FOCUS3D X 30 Laser Scanner
Orbit GT Supports Microsoft UltraCam Panther Backpack
Renishaw Launches a New Dedicated Time-Tagged Marine Lidar
Commercial UAV Expo Review
SpheronVR Announces the SpheronLite Camera Solution
US Topo Maps Reach Milestone
Bluesky Aerial Thermal Map Helps Keep Residents Warm
Handheld Launches Ultra-Rugged Android Tablet ALGIZ RT7
3D Laser Mapping Presents Next Generation Mobile Mapping
Digital Geographic Technologies Opens Office in Worcester, MA
Mapping Resources Group is now MRG GEO
Berntsen Announces Release of InfraMarker System 3.0
Blue Marble Takes its User Conference on the Road
Velodyne Keynotes Conference, Outlines Future of LiDAR
East View Press: Terrain Analysis of Syria and Lebanon
Proteus Strengthens Satellite Imagery Procurement Service
RIEGL to Attend and Present at Capturing Reality 2015
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