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Our May issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. Our lead cover feature details yet another visit to Maysville, Kentucky to write about Carlson Software. Carlson has become a community force in Maysville and is doing great things. Of particular interest at its new headquarters is a beautiful new commissioned stain glass of surveyor George Washington.

Continuing with his economics of surveying series, Colorado surveyor Lee Lovell delves into Customers and Services in Part 3. The series not only explains what happened to our profession, but also points a way forward. Likewise, Lee's Thought Leader once again discusses the future of surveying.

To see the flippy of the new issue click on the magazine cover, 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: Land is Too Important to Be Left to Land Specialists
A while back I was searching the Internet for an old treatise on land titles. A Google query yielded a book published in 1914. The author was Charles Claudius Kagey and the book was titled "Land Survey and Land Titles, a book for boys and girls, a reference volume for property owners, a text ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Wacker vs. Price - Irony in Sevenfold
This month's case takes us to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950. The Arizona Supreme Court went all guns-a-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price (216 P.2d 707 (Ariz. 1950)). Maybe it's just me, but I'm sensing plenty of irony and have taken license to point it out along the way. I like what the Court did with this case ....
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Allen E. Cheves 
Around the Bend - A Visit to Carlson Software
The Ohio River is one of America's greatest, running near 1,000 miles between Pittsburgh and the Mighty Mississippi. Much of the coal and other products that fueled our nation's industrial expansion flowed between the shores of this maritime ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Surveying & Mapping Economics Part 3 - Customers & Services
This article continues an inquiry into the economic conditions of the Surveying and Mapping industry (NAICS 541370) using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This time we will look at customers and services. The data comes from the Economic Census conducted every 5 years on American ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
True Elevation: Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak, located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, is the state's highest natural point. It is frequently referred to as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Two other peaks, Guadalupe Peak in Texas and ....
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Larry Trojak 
Bringing The Goods - Mobile Scanning an Integral Component
When Jim Smith, Jerrad Burns and Charlie Patton left the Memphis division of a major construction company in 2015, they took with them the knowledge of how to get even the most complex jobs done and what equipment could best serve them in making that happen. So when they joined West ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself 41: Integers, Integers, and Integers
ABF is a 5:12:13 triangle, ACF is a 48:55:73 triangle, ADF is a 3:4:5 triangle, and AEF is a 7:24:25 triangle, all with integer sides and inscribed in a semi-circle. What are the lengths of BC, CD, and DE? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Sunset or Sunrise?
While we often think of legislated government programs as static, they do change over time. Such evolution and opportunity for transformation are part of the dialogue in reauthorizing these programs. Every so many years there is a sunset on each government program, and this September is the ....
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feature Jerry Penry is back, this time with a great article about the elevation of one of the highest peaks east of the Rockies. The elevation—and the name of the peak—has been somewhat controversial over the years. Known as Harney Peak for more than 160 years, it was renamed last year to honor medicine man Black Elk of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux). Adding to the elevation confusion is the fact that part of the peak was removed—along with trianguation marks—for the erection of a fire tower. Jerry and his crack crew of re-establishment surveyors lay the elevation question to rest once and for all.

Elsewhere in the new issue is another in Jason Foose's Decided Guidance Case Examination series. I particularly like Jason's style of writing because he throws humor into what could be dry subjects. This time he writes about an Arizona case in which the Court played surveyor. Also in the new issue is a timely update by Wendy Lathrop on the upcoming reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Because surveyors are intimately involved in this, it behooves them to stay current. Wrapping up the issue is an interesting Larry Trojak article about a Memphis firm that is applying technology.

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Carlson Hosts its 6th User Conference, May 3-5
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