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Hello Amerisurv user... I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great holiday season! Here's hoping that 2009 will be a properous year for all of us! I recently spoke to a major equipment sales guy and he said it's the worst it's been in the 30 years he's been in business. Not encouraging, but there are a few bright spots. I spoke with Geoff Jacobs from Leica HDS and he indicated that many of the companies who attended the recent HDS user conference have plenty of work.
For years, I've been preaching the need to diversify, and technology is one way this can be achieved. Gavin Schrock, The Dude at the Washington State Reference Network, related a story about a surveyor who said he simply had to "get on the RTN." The surveyor's reasoning was that he needed to be ready to go when things pick up, not wait until they've picked up to start implementing new technology.
Our January issue will mail this week, and 2009 marks our sixth year of publishing the magazine. You can get a peek at our stellar January line-up below. I draw your attention to the archaeological survey article by Massachusetts LSIT Rob Rosa. Great pics! Also, we ran out of room in the magazine for the complete text of the NGS Vendor's Summit I mentioned in the last newsletter, but the complete text is posted in my editorial online. Important stuff in the article, detailing the future of NGS, and how surveyors will interact with the NSRS.
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: Passive Monuments and Dynamic Changes
In response to a long-standing request by NGS to the Geomatics Industry Association of America (GIA), and under the auspices of ACSM, a two-day symposium was held at NGS's legendary Corbin, Virginia facility in December. The purpose of the NGS-Geomatics Vendor Summit was ....
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Point to Point: Minimum Level of Competency
We turn now to a subject that has annoyed me for years, and shortly you shall see why. Discourse is, by its very nature, most useful when the language used moves the conversation in a helpful direction. But we have a term in licensing that (to me) seems calculated to ....
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Finding My Inner Indiana Jones—Using Carlson SurvCE
Every day as I headed to my job, the theme from Indiana Jones kept running through my head. I even had the hat! The site I was surveying was older than any piece of property I had ever worked on before. I was working in the dry, barren ...
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A View into Stadium Innovation from the Top
The new 63,000-seat-plus Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis will no doubt serve notice to sports fans, sports media and industry around the nation that the Circle City is a serious entertainment and convention business ...
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Conference Review: JAVAD GNSS User Conference
Under pleasant sunny skies, I gathered last July with nearly 70 users and dealers from around the world to attend the first annual JAVAD GNSS User Conference in Moscow. At the time, the first order of 100 Triumph-1 receivers was ....
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Equipment Review: Spectra Precision EPOCH 25 GPS System
The EPOCH 25 GPS System, manufactured by Spectra Precision, is a unique system that markets to a unique customer base. Priced in the neighborhood of $25k for a complete system, the term return on investment doesn't sound so daunting­especially for those who are only now considering entering the....
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Vantage Point: The Curse of (Certain) Tall Buildings
Everyone was wearing red, there was shouting in the streets, and trains headed downtown were filled to capacity on that bright Halloween morning. While this may not sound like the start of a surveying/land use story, be patient. Will Rogers, American humorist, social ...
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The Business Of Surveying—People, Product and Profits
As Americans grind through the painful realities of an economic recession, valuable lessons are being learned. This article is for anyone running a surveying business, considering running one, or hoping to have more impact as an employer. All of us know someone that started their ...
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Regarding Joel Leininger's article "Boundaries by Acquiescence," [Oct. 2008], there is one sure-fire method that surveyors can use to permanently fix any boundary that may have been established by acquiescence or that is otherwise ambiguous, provided the adjoining landowners are ...
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Surveyors Report: Yellow Jackets and Other Vile Critters
One of the most glorious occurrences in this business of land surveying is that magical moment you sight through the instrument's telescope only to behold a true wonder of nature. On line 200­-300' ahead are your front man and brush cutter doing the yellow jacket shuffle. You know ...
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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Amerisurv is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting today's Land Surveying professional. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature Amidst all the holiday hoopla we've been hard at work on our February issue. Killer content, even if I do say so myself. Some of you might already know about our lead cover feature, a story about the Naica Caves in Mexico. Discovered in a lead and silver mine southeast of Chihuahua, one of the caves—Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of the Crystals)—is filled with giant gypsum crystals, some of which are 12 meters long and 2 meters wide! The caves have been featured in National Geographic Magazine and also on the NatGeo television channel. An Italian company, Virtualgeo, was brought in to scan the caves.

Unbelievable working conditions exist because the mine sits on top of a magma deposit that heats the ground water to 127º! Special cooling jackets and breathing apparatus are required to enter the Cave of the Crystals—which has an ambient temperature of 118º and 100% humidity—and workers can only stay there for thirty minute periods. A sense of urgency exists because mining is scheduled to cease within 5-7 years and once the cubic meter of water per second stops being pumped out of the mine, the caves will disappear under 170 meters of thermal water. One of the objects of the massive Naica Project, involving 40 scientists from 17 universities and two research centers, is to digitally preserve the caves for future generations.
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NOAA Names First Woman to Direct National Geodetic Survey
Victory in Burke v. California Coastal Commission
Spectra Precision Introduces EPOCH 35 RTK GNSS System
Russia Launches Proton Rocket with Three New GLONASS Satellites
Disney World Releases Survey Marker Pins
Trimble Acquires KOREC Software Assets to Expand its Mapping and GIS Solutions
ACSM-MARLS-UCLS-WFPS Conference 2009
Topcon's GMS-2 Pro takes mapping to new level with integrated laser measurement technology
Topcon’s Field Tools for ArcPad maximizes GMS-2 Pro advantages
Trimble Announces Keynote Speakers for International User Conference
Magellan Enters into Definitive Agreement to Sell the Magellan Consumer Products Division to MiTAC
SECO Offers New Swiss-Style Telescoping Prism Poles
Bentley Publishes Digital and Print Versions of ‘The Year in Infrastructure 2008’
Map Exhibit Slated for Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.
PBSJ Foundation Announces Grant Recipients
SECO Offers New ANSI/ISEA Class 2 and 3 Safety Utility Vests
Intuitive Safety Management on US Highways: The Case for Safety Management
Northrop Grumman, 3001 International Break Ground On New High-Tech Facility in Slidell, LA.
Video - Surv-Fi - Surveying Science Fiction
2008 FGDC Annual Report Now Available
Catastrophe Losses Make 2008 One of Costliest Years On Record
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