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Our October issue is available online and as always is full of great content. About our Sep/Oct issue, a reader recently wrote, "The range of topics and cultural impacts keep it real, and keep it real interesting, rather than just tech, tech, tech. Last Voyage, Building in Motion, and When Two Worlds Collide are infinitely more useful in showing how our profession relates to real people in a larger context, not just corporations wanting to reduce costs."

Words like these provide us with the encouragement we need to continue bringing you the magazine in spite of the most challenging 8-year construction economy since the 1930s. The new issue continues with our approach and contains everything from history to applications of money-making technology.

To see the flippy of the new issue you can click on the magazine cover to the right, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a surveying story you'd like to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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5 Reasons to Replace Proprietary GPS Handhelds with a Modern, Mobile Solution

GPS handhelds can't help you take advantage of the cost savings and productivity improvements that come with smartphones and tablets. Between the cloud, web mapping services, Bluetooth GPS receivers and BYOD initiatives, the world just doesn't work that way anymore. Download TerraGo's Definitive Guide to GPS Data Collection and learn how you can tap into the massive benefits of modern mobile technology.


Editorial: Point to Point: ALTA/ACSM & the Record Description
Did you realize that the 2011 ALTA/ACSM standards prefer you not to show your surveyed geometry of the boundary outline on the plat? I didn't, until recently. (Thankfully, I have a trump card, in that the minimum standards in my state require that my plats show "the results of the field work, as ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Curt Brown Chronicles: The Challenging Future for the Land Surveyor
More than fifty years ago, Curt made some keen observations about the impending evolution of measurement technology. Today GPS, GIS, LIDAR and drone technologies are considered to be cutting edge tools. What will be the tools of tomorrow? Presented to the Property Surveys Division at the ....
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Survey Locales 
Measuring Minnesota - A ProFile of Doug Carter
When JAVAD GNSS issued an invitation for GNSS users to become part of a specialized team to help develop software for the company's latest receiver, Minnesota native Doug Carter was among the users who responded. We got to know Doug ....
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Stuart Nash 
The Mullan Road
In 1849 a Mounted Rifle Regiment arrived at the west coast's Fort Vancouver, as did two companies of the First Artillery of the War Department that had sent troops down the east coast and across the Isthmus of Panama. As more conflicts developed in the Pacific Northwest, the requests to send ....
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Angus Stocking, PS. 
The Bench Marks of Success
These can be bewilderingly difficult times for surveying firms. National and regional economies have been dynamic in ways that discourage investment, but the seemingly endless parade of new, business-transforming technologies--like GPS, robotic total stations, laser scanning, and now ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage - Part 3
The Seloohge was two seconds away from being gored by a trio of killer spruce snags in the Tanana River. While the rest of us braced for the collision, Todd, at the helm, kept his wits. He remembered what Randy our mechanic mentioned a couple ....
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Leatherneck Surveyors: Part 1 - The Artillery Surveyors
This is the first of a two-part series on the role of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey serving with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Ocean. Eleven C&GS officers were called into the United States Marine Corps in 1942. Those officers served with ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator - A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 11
Program E: Fieldwork contains the functions of Stakeout and Sideshot. Stakeout generates an angle/distance to a known coordinate position from an occupied point/backsight setup whereas Sideshot generates a coordinate position with an observed angle/distance. Please do not hesitate to ....
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Dr. Richard L. Elgin 
Test Yourself: Replace the Reverse Curve
The surveyor is asked to realign the dangerous reverse curve system shown. The PI locations and the tangent directions are to remain fixed. The reverse curves are to be replaced by two circular curves with the same radii. And, the two curves must be separated by a distance of 100.00 feet ....
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What is the significance of the ash filled bottle that was buried for the first marker? And why the coal around the marker? Here in Arkansas, I am familiar with our corner boundaries on our farm, that have the iron plates hammered in the ground, so I understand the brass markers set into concrete ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Communiplexion
I made up that word in the title. It represents communication under a complex fusion of scenarios that have made me re-examine what I thought I knew about getting a message across. Actual delivery is only half the answer; is there something beyond words that may help convey the ....
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feature Since the last newsletter, your editor made two trips. The first was to Washington state for the 19th annual Surveyors Rendezvous. The thing I've always liked about these events is that the attendees get to learn about surveying in a particular area. The history of how the western end of the border between the U.S. and Canada came to be is fascinating, as is the Pig War in the San Juan Islands. Stay tuned for another Bart Crattie roundup of this year's event.

Immediately after the Rendezvous we made our annual visit to Germany for Intergeo, the largest geospatial trade show in the western hemisphere. Continuing its growth, the event attracted more than 17,000 attendees and 535 exhibitors. At the press conference for the event, the Germans lamented the trouble they're having attracting young people. But based on what I saw—aisles choked with thousands of young geospatial professionals—this is not a problem, at least in Germany. And this in a country with 82 million residents packed into a land area the size of Colorado.

While at the show we met with the folks from FARO and learned about the activities of FARO Labs. This think tank attracts the best and brightest from German universities, and they are well on the way to the next generation of autonomous scanning. Pictured above is a rough prototype of a mobile unit that can be towed behind a bicycle. Incorporating a whole host of sensors, the unit will allow data to be gathered in a quick, inexpensive manner, and more important, go places a vehicle can't. I will be writing an article about FARO labs in a future issue.

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