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Happy New Year! I'm hearing mostly good things about economic activity. It's still spotty, but in Texas and Atlanta, they're having trouble finding qualified help. I hope things have picked up where you are and that 2015 will finally mark the exit from the never-ending recession. Pent-up demand is a marvelous aspect of capitalism, but it'd be nice if we could have steady growth instead of another boom.
Our latest issue is close to mailing, and as usual it's got a lot of great surveying content. Unusually, my editorial about the death of topographic surveying is leading the Hit Parade. Close behind are Mike Pallamary's contributions and then the beginning of a new series from the folks at NGS about their activities. Lots of other interesting articles which you can see by scrolling down.
My last editorial and Chad Erickson's article about the removal of the boundary experience requirement to sit for the exam created quite a firestorm. More below in the Spotlight.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: The End of Topo?
In my recap of the Esri AEC Summit in our August issue, I gave a status report on UAVs. In my report I mentioned that I saw UAVs as mostly a replacement for traditional photogrammetry. Even with the FAA's interminable footdragging, it's obvious there's been a lot of interest ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: Chats and Chardonnay
I recently had the good fortune to deliver a seminar for the benefit of the Santa Clara--San Mateo Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association. Thanks to the tireless efforts of chapter president John Koroyan, we raised more than five thousand dollars for scholarships ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Engineers and Surveying
My recent article about the Civil Engineer who placed the $2M house in the wrong place, reminds me of Curt's thoughts about Civil Engineers. When he was near his passing, he took it upon himself to discuss and write about many of the civil engineers who practiced in San Diego. Although he ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Business Lessons from an Ailing City
In my pre-teen and teen years, my friends and I would head east to the Jersey shore town of Atlantic City. There we would swim in the ocean, then scour the boardwalks for the best salt water taffy and visit the arcades on the piers. We didn't realize that this seemingly idyllic time was during ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator-A Field Surveyor's Companion-Part 4-Inverse
I have often wondered how the term "inverse" was introduced into the parlance of Coordinate Geometry. I am licensed in several states to identify the physical boundary of a bundle of ownership rights on the face of the earth and represent those findings on a flat media by reporting ....
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Recent Activities at the National Geodetic Survey-Part 1 of 4
The last few years have seen a flurry of innovative new work from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Many of these activities have their own in-depth papers and related materials, so the point of this article is merely to throw a wide net and outline as many activities as possible that would ....
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Shawn Billings, PS 
Product Review: Javad Triumph-LS
In June of 2013, Marc Cheves, my friend and editor asked me to cover a product announcement by Javad GNSS in San Jose, California. Javad and his team can be credited with countless advancements in GNSS precise positioning over the past 30 ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
Building a Client Base-or GIS: If you Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em
When the Idaho section corner monuments are buried under 18" of snow, and Linda's knee--broken when fleeing an attack of Africanized bees--aches, we do what the cowboys of the 1870-1890s did: head south. Rather than wrangling cattle for a spring drive back to Montana we ....
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Albert “skip” Theberge 
The Artillery Surveyors in WWII-Africa and Europe: Part 2 of 3: Quite Different From C&GS Work
There were at least fifteen officers of the Survey attached to Corps Artillery organizations in Italy and in the drive across France and through Germany. The oldest of those was Charley Schanck. He was over 40 years old ....
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"Well look you can argue whatever what you like but, as a registered land surveyor that's my professional opinion." How often, do you suppose, that assertion is just a cop-out from a surveyor who can't defend his work? In my experience--almost always. The American Surveyor (September ....
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Angus Stocking, PS 
High-Tech Railway Monitoring Helps Save $13 Million
The Trout Brook Storm Sewer Interceptor (TBI) serving St. Paul, Minn., is owned and operated by the Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD). In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) informed the district that new ....
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Based on the reaction to our exposé of an attempt to remove the boundary experience from the requirements to sit for a licensing exam, we seem to have struck a nerve. And oddly, much of the negative reaction seems to revolve around the fact that we would dare to shine the light of day. The discussion on surveyorconect is running in favor of our position.

An educator from New Mexico chastised me for allowing the magazine to be "divisive, vilify the efforts of other professionals, and not maintain appropriate journalistic standards," all without saying exactly what infraction had been committed. A surveyor from Massachusetts (whose letter will appear in a future FeedBack) demanded that we cancel his subscription because he felt we had been racist. I'm guessing the educator was upset about the same thing.

As you can imagine, we have rebuttals for these accusations and I will detail them in my next magazine editorial, but briefly, for my 20 years of survey magazine publishing, I have been a strong supporter of two and four year degree programs. And as for being racist, perhaps we could have stated it differently, but we were attempting to describe a problem within our education system, and nothing personal was intended. But similar to what passes for political discourse these days, the opposition has chosen to attack the source and the messengers rather than address the message. Please stay tuned for more.

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