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Our latest issue will reach you soon. You can check it out by scrolling down. Full of the great content you have grown to expect, this edition contains the usual wide range of topics. Hit Parade-wise, the Hexagon User Conference article is leading the pack, followed closely by another in our series on using Google Earth in everyday surveying. Also, I draw particular attention to John Matonich's heartwarming story about his Dad and a slot machine.
LightSquared continues to be in the news. If you haven't already, I urge you to contact your elected officials. We simply can't allow anything to interfere with our ability to use and make money with GPS. I have written a lengthy update HERE, and there's tons more in the News below. As is often the case when big money is at stake, LightSquared has ramped up its efforts: taking its case directly to the people, it has placed full page advertisements in newspapers across the country. Because a little misinformation will go a long way with the American people, it's critical that we keep up the pressure.
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: Putting the Lean On Manufacturing—A Visit to Topcon
The manufacturing area of Topcon's US headquarters in Livermore, California was a veritable beehive of activity during my recent visit. Colin Kavanagh, Senior VP for Operations, called attention to the "lean" manufacturing processes that have "eliminated expenditures for resources for ....
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Surveying with Google Earth
Over the past few years, I have become convinced that Google Earth represents an extraordinary opportunity to visualize and communicate survey data, though I too was skeptical of its value as a professional land surveying tool in the beginning. At ....
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Conference Review: Hexagon User Conference 2011
What is Hexagon and what is the business of Hexagon? A company that decades ago was "importing tuna fish," according to CEO Ola Rollén, is now a key international player in geospatial products and services, metrology, design and process ....
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Driving the Islands
When the Public Works department for Washington state's San Juan County was challenged with identifying and mapping roadside assets in an effort to improve traffic safety, it responded by sending out crews with hand-held GPS units. They quickly realized both the scope such a project ...
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How Precise is OPUS? Part 3: The Rest of the Story
This is the third of three articles discussing the precision obtainable with the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) offered by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS). The first two articles appeared in preceding issues of this magazine ...
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Footsteps: Changes to the 2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions
In a previous article, published online in June 2011, I discussed why the 2009 update to the Manual of Surveying Instructions was needed and how the BLM implemented it. The article is available in the Amerisurv Exclusive Online section of The American Surveyor website. What follows ...
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Vantage Point: Noticing a Dirty Past
Accutherm, Inc. manufactured thermometers containing mercury in Franklinville, New Jersey until 1994. It notified the state's Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) of its ceased operations, NJDEP issued cleanup orders to Accutherm, and when Accutherm didn't comply ....
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Surveying `Da Situation: An Unexpected Gift
I believe we have all heard stories or had personal experiences of feeling as though someone close that we have lost reached out to touch us in some way. I had just that kind of experience recently. Back in the mid 1960s, my Dad was a deputy in the local sheriff's department. He had that job ....
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feature We attended Intergeo in Nuremberg, Germany last week. In what has become the most important geo show in the Western World, we rubbed shoulders with 16,000 attendees from 80 countries.

As I have written in the past, I am always impressed when I talk to European surveyors. Because of dense control and the fact the goverment does much of the property surveying, they can concentrate more on measurement and positioning. The work is still the same—something's being built—but the techniques they use are highly innovative. This is not to say that America doesn't make a contribution, because that's where a lot of the geo technology originated, but where the Europeans shine is in the application and deployment of technology.

We met with several technology-providers, including Topcon, who introduced their cloud-based data management system (which I mention in my editorial above). Also introduced was Topcon's new tablet, which employs a new software interface. I was surprised to see how involved Sokkia is in monitoring in Europe. Martin Hartmann, the Senior Sales Engineer with GLM Laser, a German Sokkia dealer, showed me a Sokkia NET05 instrument that is capable of tenths of a second both horizontally and vertically, and tenths of a millimeter for distance. Look for future articles on European monitoring and industrial projects and a look at Sokkia's history of accuracy.

Some of the buzz we heard at the meeting was about Stonex, an Italian company that's grown quickly in recent years thanks to sales everywhere but the U.S. We met with many companies that have remained buoyant thanks to international sales, proof that the ability to sell globally has been key to surviving the downturn for the technology providers.

I was impressed with the improvements in the FARO Focus3D and the latest version of FARO's SCENE software. I continue to be amazed at how digital images can be manipulated. The top image below, courtesy of Oliver Bürkler, the Senior Technical Product Manager with FARO in Stuttgart, is raw, while the bottom image is processed. Quite a difference!



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LightSquared Watch: The Latest Developments
Leica SmartWorx Viva v4.0 for Viva Total Station and Viva GNSS with Exciting New Features
Trimble Responds to LightSquared Statement by Curtis Lu
Leica Cyclone 7.3 Software Supports New Field Scanning & QA Capabilities of Leica ScanStation C10 & C5, Adds 64-bit, and More
Increased Productivity, Versatility for Leica ScanStation C10 & C5 Laser Scanners
Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 1.6 Percent in August
AVEVA Acquires the LFM Software Division of Z+F UK
Russia Launches GLONASS-M Satellite
Statement from Curtis Lu, General Counsel of LightSquared
Blue Marble to Travel to Houston and Denver to Offer Applied Geodesy Training
Final Report INTERGEO 2011
Statement from the Coalition to Save Our GPS
FARO Introduces Next Generation Focus3D Laser Scanner for 3D Documentation
Altus Positioning Systems Receives Follow-On Order for GNSS Survey Receivers In Germany
Septentrio Receivers Feature in CERN Experiment to Measure “Faster Than Light” Neutrinos
Trimble Introduces Trident Analyst Software with Native 64-bit Support for Terrestrial Mobile Mapping
Trimble's Portfolio of Survey Solutions Allows Surveyors to Collect, Share and Deliver Data Faster to Improve Productivity
Trimble's Introduces eCognition 8.7 Software With Powerful New Information Extraction Capabilities for Geospatial Data
Topcon’s IS-3 Enhances Long-Range Scanning
Optech Announces Rapid Mobilization Platform for Lynx Mobile Mapper
RIEGL USA Will Host the RIEGL International Airborne and Mobile User Conference
3D Laser Mapping’s Scanner Goes Gyrocopter Surveying
Altus Positioning Systems to Distribute Surveylab ikeGPS Products
RIEGL Introducing New Products at INTERGEO 2011
Altus Positioning Systems to Debut New Versatile GNSS Receiver at Intergeo
Spectra Precision Introduces New ProMark 800 GNSS Receiver and Survey Pro 5.0 Field Software
Optech Announces New ALTM Models: Orion M/C 300
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