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Our July issue is in the mail, and Mike Pallamary's Part 2 of the FEMA exposé is leading the Hit Parade. In this installment Mike details how homeowners all over the country are being slapped with what in effect are new taxes to, in part, pay for the inappropriate removal of flood insurance premiums discussed in Part 1.
Without a doubt, those who live in flood plains should pay appropriate premiums for living there. And it goes with saying that those who don't shouldn't. I obtained life insurance before I quit smoking and my premiums are more than ten times what a non-smoker pays, and this is as it should be.
Please scroll down to see the rest of the new line-up, and as always we are concentrating on information for professional surveyors, not technologists. Plenty of great articles, something for everyone. More about the new issue in Spotlight below. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Measurement Experts
You might scratch your head at Jason Foose's article about using a smart phone to measure pavement roughness, but I was attracted to it because it's just another form of measurement. I also found it cool that the guy who wrote about the importance of evidence in boundary surveying in ....
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Daryl Moistner
Survey Locales
Share the spirit of land surveying, of experiencing and mapping the lay of the land. Alex Shapiro piloting a Robinson 44 Helicopter in support of a BLM Cadastral contract survey in Alaska’s Kobuk Mountains. Surveyor Matt Brockamp directing him in ....
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James J. Demma, PS, Esquire 
What Is An Easement and How Can One Be Created?
By taking some liberties with the exact verbiage, the following portion of the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for an ALTA/ ACSM Land Title Survey (2011) require that the map or plat shall show: The width and recording information of all plottable rights of way, easements and servitudes ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: The Surveyor's Roles & Responsibilities Part 3
In the first two installments of this series, we looked at the background of the problem that boundary surveyors face and, more often than not, propagate. That misfortune is this: the irony of surveyors (1) ostensibly doing their job by retracing record descriptions and yet, in the process ....
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Curt  Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles:1967 ACSM Report
Many of The American Surveyor magazine's readers have contacted me to acknowledge the value of Curt's work and how, he was not only prescient, but also how many of his themes are applicable today. What I find most interesting is the growing number of younger surveyors who inquire ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Slip Sliding Away
On March 22, a deluge of wet mud covered most of a town in Washington, killing 41 people, injuring many more, and engulfing everything in its path. The steep slopes above the Steelhead Haven development just east of Oso held massive amounts of water from rain, and the additional weight ....
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Frances Mortimer 
A Sacred Mountain's True Height Revealed
Late in 2013, researchers from the Survey School at New Zealand's Otago University embarked on a physically demanding survey to validate the height of New Zealand's highest mountain, and confirm the accuracy of a photogrammetric 3D model ....
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Joe Stokes, PS 
A New Approach for Sewer Mapping
As Surveyors in Government we are very familiar with surveying the infrastructure that provides the conveniences we've come to assume in the United States of America. I'm talking about paved roads, water, electric, communication lines, storm drainage ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
FEMA Failures - Part 2
FEMA's primary role is to protect homeowners from natural disasters and to compensate them following losses associated with these disasters. It is not to create them. By insuring citizens most valued asset, they also protect the public's ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
The McShane Corner
If only we could go back in time to see where the original surveyors actually placed their monuments, then we could certainly rewrite a substantial amount of incorrectly recorded history that has came in the years afterward. However ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Expert of Measurement
Land Surveyors are trained in the art and science of measuring. Through this virtue I am comfortable with my belief that Land Surveyors can be relied upon as experts of measurement with regard to practicing within particular fields of knowledge. For example a Land Surveyor well ....
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featureTons of content for land surveyors to sink their teeth into in the new issue. In my editorial I explain why I selected a couple of the articles: they represent thinking outside the box. Those of you who were around when handheld calculators hit our industry should not be surprised at all by the impact of smart phones.

We know most surveyors go into surveying because of a desire to work outdoors. But beyond that, I have a theory and that is that surveyors have a desire, through measurement and positioning, to say "what is." The "is" can be a boundary line, or the position of a civil improvement, or anything requiring the tools and special knowledge we possess. And without a doubt, the interested parties are still looking for assurance, and for that, they turn to surveyors.

Some think surveying is going away, and I will certainly admit that the last six years pointed in that direction, but we recently met with a top exec at a major manufacturer and had a chuckle when he reminded us that we had a conversation about the death of surveying ten years ago; he went on to say that we'll probably be having the same conversation ten years from now! Our approach with TAS has always has been to support the professional land surveyor. This remains unchanged.

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New Pole Staking App Used with Archer 2 to Boost Efficiency
Trimble Opens Registration for Dimensions 2014 User Conference
Russia, China to Combine Efforts in Satellite Battle With US?
RIEGL Strengthens Presence in the Middle East and in North Africa
Leica GeoMoS Now! Web-Based Application.
Carlson SurvCE 4.0 Released
Bentley’s New SUE Breakthrough Technology Mitigates Risk.
GPS Public Signal In Space Documents Released
Leica Geosystems Pegasus:Two Mobile Mapping Contest Deadline Extended
A Laser Message from Space
Eagle Mapping Expands with Riegl LMS-Q1560 Airborne LiDAR
Direct Dimensions Continues to Work with Cutting Edge Applications
Globalstar’s Sat-Fi, the World’s Most Powerful Satellite Hotspot, Now Available
GPS Industry Participates in FCC Workshop.
Tablet Developed for 3D Scanning and Accurate Measurement
Registration Now Open for the 2014 CyArk Annual Summit
Bentley’s MOSES for Offshore Structures Now Available
Leica Geosystems Announces 2014 HDS Plan Contest Winners
Topcon Fosters Relationship with Academic Community
Russia Launches GLONASS-M Satellite
Ten Years Later—What We’ve Learned from the “Great Communicator”
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