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Welcome to our mid-issue newsletter. I hope you are having a pleasant summer. In the Spotlight below I discuss good news regarding workloads across the country. Isn't it amazing what pent-up demand will do?
We are hard at work on our next issue. Of particular interest to me is an article by Shawn Billings about low distortion projections. We surveyors have a checkered past when it comes to State Plane Coordinates. In the early 90s, as the local jurisdictions where I live phased in SPC requirements for subdivision plats, I overheard surveyors plotting ways to get around the pesky ground-grid distances.
And to this day I continue to hear stories about surveyors running around with SPC values that are hundreds of feet off. This illustrates a fundamental lack of understanding about how SPC works. In his two-part series, Shawn provides easy-to-understand instructions on one aspect of SPC: how to work around ground versus grid distances and still maintain high accuracies.
Please scroll down to see the rest of the line-up, and as always please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: Survey Summit 2013
Here in the United States the surveying profession has been under tremendous pressure for a number of years as it struggles to cope with a poor economy and a rapidly changing technology landscape. The small land surveying firms that had more work than they could handle during ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The City of San Diego Begins to Restructure
For many years, the City of San Diego has neglected and dismissed the role land surveying plays in the development of America's seventh largest city, an otherwise enviable metropolis with wonderful weather and a population of 1.3 million hard working, taxpaying individuals. Over the last few years ....
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Wet Work
In the aftermath of hurricane and flooding damage from storms, opportunities exist for surveyors to be part of the planning, mapping, recovery, and construction. Locations are everywhere the water touched, and even higher in the watershed, as cumulative effects of non ....
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Fulvio Bernardini 
Survey on a Quad
Renewable energy--including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar--is big business in Italy. The country ranks among the world's largest producers of electricity from solar power. The photovoltaic (PV) solar sector has dramatically increased over the past five years, due in part to ....
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Locators: The Lost World
The following is a synopsis of an account of a homesteader and locator at the Broadview Homestead near Post, Oregon. The author, Alice Day Pratt, used her 1910-1916 journal to compile her 1922 book, A Homesteader's Portfolio, published by ....
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Don Talend 
Seeking Respect—Surveying's Societal Value
Some lament the fact that many young people are pursuing career paths outside the realm of math and science these days. Prof. Gary Jeffress, Ph.D., chair of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's GIS Department and director of its Conrad Blucher ....
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Jay Satalich, PS 
Surveying the Southern California Coast—Part 2
During the classical era of geodetic surveying, triangulation was the most efficient method to both extend and densify horizontal control networks over large areas. Positions can be determined mathematically through such a system if one knows the ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: Otay Mesa Properties versus the United States
In this installment of Footsteps we'll consider a court case from Southern California, along the US-Mexico border. This case has some important lessons about the ability of the United States Federal Government to take and use private property for the public good. Before we examine the ....
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Flood Openings: Ms. Turner's article in the recent American Surveyor was quite comprehensive cataloging surveyor's issues with flood vents. Thank you for covering these topics. There is one technicality I must make mention of, otherwise we surveyors may be filling out our elevation ....
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Curt Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Curt Brown in the 21st Century
Curt Brown's influence upon the legal community and American jurisprudence remains unprecedented and impressive. Over the years, as various courts across the country wrestled with complex boundary conflicts and the need for an authority to consult with in adopting its decisions, many judges ....
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feature I'm hearing more and more good things about workload for the surveyors. A surveyor friend recently told me this: "We've got so much work here that we stopped saying someone turned the faucet on and started referring to a fire hose instead. 2 and 3 proposals accepted a day for the last week or so. One guy walked in yesterday and handed me a $2k retainer just to make sure I worked on his project. We're being careful about complaining, because this is a much preferable situation to the alternative, but where was everybody two years ago??"

Even so, signals continue to be mixed, and the workload increase isn't everywhere. The oil & gas industry continues to lead in looking for surveyors, both in the US and in western Canada. And in a recent press release, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) says that despite the loss of 6,000 jobs, the nation’s construction industry unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent in July. ABC goes on to say: residential building construction employment increased by 100 jobs in July and has expanded by 7,400 jobs, or 1.3 percent, during the past 12 months. Residential specialty trade contractors added 6,200 jobs in July and have added 84,700 jobs, or 5.8 percent, since July 2012.

All in all, While we don't expect our workload to approach what it was during the heyday, slow, steady growth is preferable to the nightmare of the past several years. I hope that you are benefitting from the uptick, wherever you are!

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