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Our January issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. We hope you had a great Christmas and that 2017 will be a very successful year business-wise. Excitement about the prospects is growing.

Our lead cover feature, written by two employees of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, shines a light on the historical surveying efforts to provide water for 19 million people. More about this in Spotlight below. Jason Foose continues with his excellent series on what it means to retrace a survey. As Jason says, if your survey is creating a problem that did not exist, perhaps your survey is the problem.

The flippy is experiencing year 2017 rollover technical difficulties and will be available later on our website. Meanwhile, 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
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Thought Leader: The Short Cut Method
I began my quest to become a land surveyor many years ago in Nebraska. I had the good fortune to have had a job wandering around the state retracing mile after mile of GLO surveys. These large scale boundary surveys offered all sorts of learning experiences. One of the object lessons came ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Boundary Fixed by Common Grantor
The case of Atwell v. Olson presented the Supreme Court of the State of Washington with the question of whether an agreed line between grantor and grantee is binding on subsequent owners? Here's another look at a grantee's meaning of the word "half." Unlike the case Wood v. Mandrilla ....
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Barnes and Tucker 
Surveying the Colorado River Aqueduct
During the 1920s, the city of Los Angeles was burgeoning. Demographics were changing and geographic boundaries were being pushed out in all directions. Oil was booming, industrialization was in full swing, and water was in high ....
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John Stenmark, PS 
Indoor Mobile Mapping Takes Off at LAX
Airports are key components of the global transportation infrastructure. They are complex, expensive investments that require tight management. In order to achieve efficient operations and optimized return on investment, it's essential to have ....
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Larry Trojak 
Station to Station
Though most facets of the construction process stand to benefit from building information modeling (BIM), general contractors and construction managers could gain the most from the push toward its implementation. BIM, after all, is designed to help ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Thinking Inside the Box
A square's diagonal is intersected by a line from another vertex to the midpoint of an opposite side. A circle is inscribed in the triangle opposite the midpoint as shown. What is its radius if the side of the square is "s"? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: A Few Words
"Proceed to the route." These are words I sometimes hear from my car's GPS--as if I would be asking for directions if I knew how to get to the route in the first place. Yes, this is a machine's response that does not take human frustration into account. But even human communication can take ....
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feature Imagine, if you will, the logistics of delivering an average of 1.5 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area of nearly 19 million people. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California does just that, and it all beganóand continuesówith surveying. And as you can see by the image, a lot of it involved back-breaking labor over rugged and hostile terrain. Given the long-term drought in the West, MWDSC's work is even more critical.

Rounding out the new issue are articles about the use of mobile technology indoors on a giant data-gathering exercise at the Los Angeles airport, and using technology to assist a contractor come to grips with BIM. These technologies are gathering steam, and in my opinion, represent the writing on the wall, folks.

Finally, Lee Lovell wrote a response to Jerry Penry's article about the Short Cut Method. As retracement surveyors, it's critical that we know how the early surveys were performed, and Jerry's article goes a long way to explain that. Illustrating the importance of a single human being, the most significant line was in Jerry's response: Every once in a while the right person comes along at the right time...

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FARO Expands Footprint in Mobile Virtual and Augmented Reality
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Structured Real Estate Partners with Eco3d to Complete Adaptive Reuse
Dewberry Selected to Conduct Lidar Surveys of Everglades National Park
Fugro's Airborne Technology Deployed in Response to NZ Earthquake
Topcon Announces Next Generation of Online Support and Training
So-Deep, Inc. Joins SAM Family of Companies
SP80 GNSS Receivers Increase Water Pipeline Survey Efficiency 160%
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