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Our new issue is in the mail. Shawn Billings' article about low distortion projections led the Hit Parade all month long, and in Part 2, the rubber meets the road as he shows real-world examples.
Terri Turner is back with Part 2 of her flood series. In this installment, ways in which communities can save money are discussed. Taking the lead in this will be an excellent way of showing your value where you live and work.
There's lot's more in our new issue. You can scroll down to see it, and as always please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: The 53rd CGSIC
The 53rd Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) took place in Nashville September 16-17, 2013. In layman's terms, this is the meeting where the military side of the government meets the civilian side. The meeting has always been free and open to anybody. It is ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Sacred Mountain—Climbing Inyan Kara
From many miles away, solitary mountains have captured the attention of explorers and surveyors. Undoubtedly, thoughts of climbing to the summit dominated their minds as they drew closer. Likewise, Native Americans were drawn to isolated ....
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Larry Trojak 
Florida Surveyor Rewriting Job Description
There is a growing concern among many today that the days of the survey function, as it applies to construction work, are numbered. Much of the work that was once the sole domain of the surveyor--hard staking, documenting as-builts, determining or verifying elevations, etc ....
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Ground versus Grid—Low Distortion Projections—Part 2
In Part 1, I highlighted the inherent deficiency of the State Plane Coordinate System with regard to excessive scale factors, the poor solutions often employed by surveyors and engineers to remedy that deficiency, and suggested a viable alternative through the use of Low Distortion ....
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Teter - Greem 
Finding the Potomac Stone
Up on Backbone Mountain in northern Tucker County, West Virginia, miles of windmills turn in the high mountain breeze, striking an impressive pose. But something else up there beckons from the past like an ancestral ghost or a quest for "Big Foot." A long unseen monument the West Virginia ....
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Terri L Turner 
The Dawn of A New Day...Biggert-Waters-12—Part 2
In the Dawn of A New Day...Biggert Waters-12 last month, we explored virtually "everything you ever wanted to know" about BW-12, "but were afraid to ask" including new rate increases on the horizon for many flood insurance policy holders of older buildings, how the NFIP is using the ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: San Benito COG versus Hollister Inn
In this installment of Footsteps we'll consider a court case from the Coastal Mountains of Central California, not far from my home in Stockton. The court case is related to a dispute over an access easement that was removed as part of a highway improvement project. It raises some interesting ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Land Movements and Boundaries
Curt was always fascinated with the unexpected and the unexplained. Many of his concerns were to be shaped by laws that yet to be written; eventually some rules would evolve and he often wondered how that would happen. While many of the laws that govern our land are derived ....
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Gene Roe's Guest Editorial: I have to say Gene's assessment of the Survey Profession in this month's Guest editorial was right on the mark. The Surveying Profession is truly at a crossroads in my opinion and what we do as group in the next couple of years to try to reinvent ourselves as ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS 
Vantage Point: Dune: A Saga
What's it worth to be able to see the intersection of sand and ocean waves from your house? Is it worth more or less than knowing your home will be protected by the sand dunes separating it from the rage of ocean storms? Once upon a time, Harvey and Phyllis Karan bought a house on the ....
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Optech Announces the ILRIS Scan Workflow Software Suite
Hemisphere GNSS Announces New GeoMapper Family of Mobile Handhelds
Optech Announces a Revolutionary New Automated Monitoring Solution
rapidlasso Adds LAStools LiDAR Processing Toolbox to QGIS
Compass4Colorado to Aid Colorado Flood Recovery
SkyTraq Introduces Venus816, Dual-Antenna Supporting GPS Receiver IC
Hemisphere GNSS Introduces New Corporate Branding and Website
Leica Zeno GG03 SmartAntenna Earns IP68 Certification
Tangerine Mobile and Pole Star Bring Mobile Indoor Location Services
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference in London, Oct. 29-31
The Right Tool at All Times – New Apps in the FARO 3D App Center
JRC 3D Reconstructor UAV Integration at INTERGEO 2013
Juniper Systems’ Rugged Handhelds Used inColorado Flooding
Supergeo to Release SuperGIS Desktop 3.2
Javad GNSS Triumph LS Released at ION
Announcing the CyArk 500 Advisory Council
Neptec Demonstrates OPAL-360 on Operating Shovel at Nevada Mine
Just Released, Carlson Survey 2014 Embedded AutoCAD
Professional Land Surveyors Elected to NCEES Board of Directors
Global Mapper V15 Released
Trimble Adds a Galileo and BeiDou MEO Satellite Preview
Golden Software Releases Didger 5
Septentrio PolaRx2 Receiver orbits the Earth On-board the TET-1 Satellite
3D Mapping is a ‘Pisa’ Cake for Aussie Scientists
SBG Systems Releases Ekinox Land Solution
Jack Dangermond to Receive UN Top Environment Award
Costain Achieves Significant Time Savings with AVEVA Laser Modeller
SuperSurv 3.1afor Android Devices Launched
Trimble eCognition 8.9
Construction Materials Prices Remain Stable, Rise Only 0.3 Percent in August
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