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We're hard at work on the next issue of the magazine. Of particular note is a new article about something which I consider to be the source of many of the problems in today's world. Contributing Writer Fred Henstridge, in What Separates the Rich from the Poor, again discusses the fact that, in many parts of the world, people own their land but have no way to leverage it to create businesses and jobs. If you look at what's going on in the Middle East, much of the unrest is caused by an utter lack of jobs. This is nothing new. I was in Morocco in 1971 and in talking to the locals at that time, discovered that there were no jobs and therefore no opportunity. For decades after 1971, many Moroccans moved north to Europe just to find work.
Arguably the biggest news in the industry is the threat to GPS posed by the launch of the LightSquared network, which might intefere with the signals surveyors (and the world) have grown to rely on. We started covering this back on January 8th, when we posted Gavin Schrock's well-reasoned position paper HERE, and on January 27 when we posted LightSquared's position HERE. The latest news can be found HERE. It seems to me to be another sky-is-falling event. If you think for a minute that the Air Force and all the GPS stakeholders are going to allow anything to interfere with GPS, then you've been living in a cave. Personally, I think they'll work something out, but we're going to have to watch the situation very carefully. As Gavin says, it is a matter of keeping up the pressure on the FCC to keep the amount of "acceptable" signal loss as low as possible (if not zero).
Conferences galore in the next few months (scroll down to see the line-up). While you might think that these conferences are not worth the money, in my surveying career I've found that they always provide me with grist for the technology mill in my head. Not only do they get me to thinking about new and different ways to make money with technology, and make the work more fun, they also give me the opportunity to see what my peers are doing.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share. Thanks for your support.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Good Records
Old photos and family albums tell stories that few of us ever take the time to put into words. My wife's family was fortunate to have several ancestors who were good writers. They left behind stories, rich in detail, describing their lives in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the struggles they faced ....
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Rainier—The Unforgiving Mountain
Why has the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW) mounted repeated expedi tions to measure and remeasure Mount Rainier? Along with some very practical reasons--serving geosciences, geodesy, gravimetry, and public safety--this ....
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Using the Lynx Mobile Mapper to Survey a Levee
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States, leaving in its wake an unprecedented loss of life and property damage. Among the critical infrastructure the storm impacted was the levee system that controls the ....
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GIS Matters: Convert CAD Data to GIS
Surveyors have been using Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) for decades to draft surveys and to do design. As society becomes more spatially conscious, the ability to integrate data with geographic information systems data increases and is now to the point where CAD-GIS ...
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Product Review: MicroSurvey CAD 2010 Ultimate
"Good!" Step. Step. Step. Plumb the pole. Beep . . . beep . . . beep. "Good!" So goes the familiar rhythm of any one of a thousand topographic surveys on any given day. Each month, surveying magazines are filled with images of point clouds from laser scans. And each month the average practicing ...
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Conference Review: Moving Forward—2010 Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference
This year's Leica HDS User Conference once again raised the bar for return on investment in terrestrial 3D laser scanning conferences. With attendance approaching 300, up some ...
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Model Behavior: The How-To Guide to Successful Surface Modeling, Part 5
Welcome back! In my last article I stated that the next installment of this discussion would examine some field techniques to help create more accurate base models, but I will cover that topic at a later time ....
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Vantage Point: The Latest "Gate"
My township taxes will probably be going up, and maybe you can gain a business lesson from my pain. Call it "Webcam-gate". Many businesses have formal policies regarding personal activities on business time. This includes phone calls to friends, family, doctors' offices, and the bank. It also ...
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feature Lots of upcoming conferences. The first, SPAR in Houston, will take place March 21-24. Now in its eighth year, this conference has grown to be very important, both nationally and internationally. If you are interested in scanning, this is one conference you do not want to miss.

feature Held in conjuncton with SPAR will be the third annual kubit user meeting. If you are interested in getting the most out of your point clouds in AutoCAD, or want to see automated design and modeling of cloud data in the familiar CAD environment, you'll benefit from this meeting.

feature Newly announced is the first FARO 3D-Documentation Conference, to be held in Essen, Germany on May 17-18. According to FARO, the conference will offer a "great range of application areas offers professional sector-related discussion as well as workshops."

feature Another conference will be Optech's Second Innovative Lidar Solutions Conference in Toronto, May 31-June 3. The conference will offer "discussions on specific issues surrounding lidar and imaging data collection, measurement and analysis." I attended the first one and wrote about it HERE.

feature Hexagon 2011 will be held in Orlando June 6-9, and will bring together all of the companies Hexagon has acquired. These include not only Leica Geosystems (and its HDS division), but also Intergraph, Z/I Imaging and ERDAS.

feature Rounding out the upcoming conferences will be the ACSM Annual Conference/Esri Survey Summit, to be held in San Diego on July 7-12. This will definitely not be just about GIS, but rather geo-engineering, GNSS, geodesy and a boatload of other topics designed to help you be successful.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Plummets 6.9 Percent in January
National Museum of Surveying to Celebrate Surveying USA as Part of Grand Opening
AVEVA Showcases Laser Products at SPAR 2011
LightSquared and the United States GPS Industry Council File Their First Joint Report to the FCC
Radiodetection Announces RD5000 and RD7000 Pipe and Cable Locators
China Uses ERDAS Software for Environmental and Disaster Monitoring
SITECH Technology Dealers Established in Malaysia and Singapore for Heavy and Highway Contractors
Altus Positioning Systems Receives Large Order for GNSS Survey Receivers in Germany
Russia Launches GLONASS-K Satellite
AeroMetric's Paul Brooks Elected ASPRS Fellow
Esri's Joseph Kerski Assumes National Council for Geographic Education Presidency
National Museum of Surveying Announces Grand Opening
ACSM Nominee Gary Thompson Appointed to National Geospatial Advisory Committee
2010 Federal Geospatial Summit Proceedings Available
Leica Geosystems Calls for Papers and Presentations for Hexagon 2011 International Conference
JAVAD GNSS Announces Netview for Receiver Control
Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society Biannual Conference and Call For Papers
SuperGeo Releases GPS Learning CD
Trimble's Next-Gen GeoExplorer 6000 Series Handheld Delivers High-Accuracy GNSS Positioning in Urban Canyons and Under Tree Canopy
Maptek Looks to the Future for Mining Technology
2011 Geospatial Solutions Conference Announces Revamped Program Features
Construction Backlog Shows Positive Growth in Fourth Quarter Of 2010
Trimble Introduces Railway Track Maintenance and Modernization Solution
Leica Geosystems’ User Conferences for Laser Scanning and Airborne Sensing Expand to Become Hexagon 2011 International Conference
Leica Geosystems to Showcase Latest Advances in Machine Control and Construction Positioning Technology at ConExpo 2011
Webinar Describing New Coordinates for NGS CORS Nework Sites
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