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Welcome to the mid-issue edition of our e-newsletter... I don't know about where you live, but it's been hot and dry in Maryland this summer. We've been breaking temperature records and hoping for rain. As the son of parents who grew up during the Dust Bowl in western Oklahoma, I have a reverence for rain. We drove to Atlanta last week for the grand opening of the first Leica Geosystems Solutions Center, and I was pleased to see that, based on the vegetation between here and there, there had been plenty of rain. Wasn't that long ago that the southeast was suffering through a terrible drought.
Leica Geosystems Solutions Center... Leica Geosystems Solutions Center... This event marked another milestone for Leica. The addition of the solutions center to the Allen Precision Equipment facility marks the first of nine of these centers—offering local sales, service and support—Leica has planned for the country.
According to Ken Mooyman, Leica Geosystems President, "The Leica Geosystems Solutions Center concept was created with the local customer’s needs in mind. These nine new brick and mortar Solutions Center locations will help strengthen our current channels to market in specific geographic areas. Across North America, our Solutions Centers will combine with our powerful independent Leica Geosystems distributors and direct sales people to covering most major local markets and surrounding areas. The Allen Precision Equipment catalog will continue to reach thousands of customers across America who may not have a local distributor nearby. These four channels give our customers full access to all our services and products no matter where they are located."
You can read the Leica press release HERE.
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The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: Aphorisms for the Surveyor
In place of my editorial in this issue, I thought our readers would enjoy these words of wisdom shared by Dr. Dick Elgin. "For many years I have delivered to state surveyor association meetings a seminar on how to improve one's surveying business. Its current revision is based on my 36 years of ....
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Big Ship {Tight Squeeze}
With a clearance of about 226 feet between Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) and the span underside of San Francisco's Bay Bridge, there's usually plenty of room for the world's biggest ships to pass through on their way to the Port of Oakland. But ....
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Herr Niebuhr and the Remarkable Traverse
So began a personal adventure that continues to this day. Who was this Carsten Niebuhr chap? This we know: Born March 17, 1733, he was a farmer in the moist marshlands of coastal northern Germany, a fellow first learning alphabets and mathematics at 22 years of age, a student ....
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The Largest Non-BLM Cadastral Retracement in History
Maricopa County, Arizona, is the 14th largest county of roughly 2,950 counties in the country. It contains roughly 5,904,616 acres within its bounds, over 25 municipalities and communities and more than 3.5 million people who call it home. It is ....
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GIS Matters: The Power of Place
Geographic Information Systems--the powerful combination of visualization tools and spatial data--are ubiquitous today. People use GIS for many applications such as online searches for retail sources of products and services, as navigational aids in cars, planes, and boats, for ....
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Model Behavior: The How-To Guide to Successful Surface Modeling, Part 4
We've been examining some of the pitfalls in surface modeling based on differing source information. The last article [Dec. 2009] dealt with the common errors associated with using drawn contours as source ....
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Vantage Point: Beating Axles into Plowshares
As businesspeople, we have always been warned to diversify our clientele and services so that we don't suffer so badly when one client or one line of work no longer provides us the same (or any) income. But the fortunes of communities and cities often rise and fall due to a single ....
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Survey Affidavit Of No Change
Many professional land surveyors know all too well about the survey affidavit of no change, its negative effects on the surveying profession, and the impact it has on the public. If a land surveyor's primary duty is to safeguard life, health, property and promote the public welfare, then perhaps an ....
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feature Leica Geosystems Solutions Center... We spent the day not only with the folks from Leica Geosystems, but with the founder of Allen Precision Equipment, Warner Allen, as well. Shown here is Warner (left) and Robby Dudley, VP of Marketing NAFTA for Leica.

The grand opening was the first of many such solutions centers across the country. The modern, fully-staffed facility expands Leica's support, training and outreach for the surveying and construction customer community. Allen Precision will continue their national sales and customer support functions with their catalog and direct marketing activities.

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LSACTS Announces the Release of Two White Papers, a Technical Article and Its Updated Website
U.S. and EU Announce Improved Performance from Combined GPS and Galileo Receivers
New Study Reveals Britain’s “Lost” Generation
Trimble and Critigen Extend Business Partner Agreement to Deliver Advanced Geospatial Solutions
Private Nonresidential Construction Spending Continues to Drag
ASPRS Potomac Region Announces the GeoTech 2010 Conference
PBSJ Announces Plans to Join with Atkins
USAF Announces Civil Navigation Test Vectors for the First GPS IIF Satellite
GDP Up in Second Quarter of 2010
Topcon GRS-1 Part of Vegetation Management Solution
Riegl USA Announces New Airborne Laser Scanner LMS-Q680i
Esri and ACSM Shape a New Event for Surveyors and Mapping Professionals
CompassData, Inc and Spatial Information Solutions Form Partnership
Merrick Mapping Southeastern U.S. Coastline
GLONASS To Be Complete Before January
Wacom Interactive Pen Display Accelerates Idaho's Irrigation Mapping by 25 Percent
Network Like It’s Your Job: Twelve Ways to Create Job Connections in a Virtual World
O’Connor Promoted to Managing Executive Officer of Topcon Corporation
Leica Geosystems Announces the Grand Opening of its First "Leica Geosystems Solutions Center"
Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society Formed for Educators and Those Interested in Geomatics Ed
Construction Backlog Indicator Expands to 7 Months
Magellan GPS Launches Rugged, Waterproof ToughCase for iPhone and iPod touch
Juniper Systems, Inc. Introduces the Mesa Rugged Notepad
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