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Snowmageddon!... My poor wife, I was on a three-week road trip when the 5-6 feet of snow hit Maryland, so she had to do all the shoveling. Most unusual for Maryland, when the wind kicked up during the second event, the drifts were so bad a neighbor had to climb out a window and dig out our front door so she could get out. On my 5,000-mile, 11-visit trip I didn't encounter any slippery roads! I visited both manufacturers and working surveyors, all of which will result in articles which will eventually make their way into the magazine.
Part of my trip included the SPAR laser scanning conference in Houston. The weather was so bad elsewhere in the country, I was the only surveying magazine editor in attendance. For this seventh annual event, attendance was up from 630 last year to nearly 800 this year, with 25 percent of the attendees coming featurefrom outside the US. It was a "duh moment" for me, but when I remarked to someone how amazed I was that the manufacturers continue to spend money on R&D and introduce new technology, this person said they have to do this to avoid falling behind their competition. So, even in an economy as terrible as this one, the manufacturers and developers have faith in the future and believe that things will turn around.
I'll write about SPAR in my next magazine editorial, but as always, some of the sessions I attend involve the latest in technology. Most intriguing was a presentation about burst LiDAR. Envision a system that, instead of sending one laser pulse and getting one return for one xyz point, emits a single burst of light that handles the photon returns simultaneously.
If you're curious about our next magazine cover above, scroll down to Surveyors in History. You'll want to view the PDF for this one to see a small selection of California surveyor Bryant Sturgess' 400-image collection of surveyors and surveying, mostly from the late-1800s to the early 1900s. The new issue also contains tons of stellar content, including a case study of a firm that is successfully implementing technology, educating future surveyors, and a new GPS-enabled activity. Do you know what the Confluence Dance is?
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: Conference Season
Well, it's conference season again, and I'm sure many of you have or are attending your state shows. I'm very impressed with many of our state organizations for the work they do in promoting the profession and educating surveyors. The national shows, although costly, generally provide ....
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Surveyors In History
Bryant Sturgess is a licensed surveyor and civil engineer in California. He was Chief Surveyor for the State Lands Commission under François (Bud) Uzes and Roy Minnick. Now retired after 38 years service he continues to the present as a ....
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GPS at LSU - A New Box for the Tigers
Turning a golf course into a baseball stadium for one of the nation's most successful college teams presented a number of "interesting" challenges for my employer, Buquet & LeBlanc, Inc. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The fact that the new stadium would replace a legendary ballpark that ...
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Surveyors Convert, Connect & Expand to Create a Network of Possibilities
Beginning in 1967, Van Harten Surveying (VHS) built a reputation in the City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and surrounding communities for its ability to complete a wide range of engineering and surveying activities with ...
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A Visit To Nedo
When it comes to history, the picturesque town of Dornstetten has deep roots tracing back more than twelve hundred years. Translated "thorn places" or "thorn sites," its municipal crest bears a deer antler above a thorn bush. Located at the edge of ....
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David Maddalena 
Students in the Pipeline
Surveyors don't need advanced tools to see changes on the horizon for their industry. The general economic slowdown has meant challenging times today, but the future promises increased opportunities. The 2008/2009 edition of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' Occupational Outlook ....
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Vantage Point: A Wish List for Risk MAP
Map Modernization is dead, long live Risk MAP. So said a colleague while discussing the future of floodplain mapping in the United States. What he meant was that FEMA is finishing up its final year of Congressional funding for the Flood Map Modernization Program and has begun the ...
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Pointed Journeys
After driving until the road ends and then hiking for hours, you arrive at your goal. Are you atop a mountain peak, at a cave's entrance, or at a rare fossil dig? No, you're at a degree confluence point. There is no band, victory tape, not even a marker. You are likely to be standing in a field alongside ...
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feature Pictured at right is your editor and SPAR conference organizer Tom Greaves.

As part of my giant road trip, I visited three separate surveying companies and I detected what I see as the future of measurement and positioning. All three of these companies have made a substantial investment in technology, and as a result, are weathering the economic downturn in good shape. One even showed a 32 percent increase in revenue last year!

But as I said in my last newsletter, making the needed investment is tough, especially in a down market. At SPAR, scanning aside, I kept hearing how various companies were partnering with former competitors to chase what work was available. I'm not sure what advice I can offer other than to say that it's going to take a combination of approaches to survive.

In my 14 years as an editor, technology has brought many changes to the 'old ways' of doing things, and writing about them has been both challenging and bittersweet. In these tough times, when just about every family and company has had to tighten their belts, it is important to watch the horizon.

In April, the annual ACSM conference will be held in sunny Phoenix. ACSM will be partnering with GITA, so the show promises to be well-attended and full of technology and related industry work that can be used to diversify and expand your practice.

The magazine will continue to do what it's always done: present new technology and success stories. I sincerely hope that what we bring you will help your business so when the current situation changes, you, like the manufacturers and developers who bring you the tools to do your job, will be ready.

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