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Our June issue is available online, and so far, stories by Foose, Penry and the Ericksons are leading the Hit Parade. Tons of great content are in the new issue, ranging from history, to boundary surveying, to legal aspects, to new technology, to business, and more. Connections, an article by John Stock, reminds us of who we surveyors are and where we have come from.

Of particular interest to me in the new issue is the lead cover feature about how Engineers Without Borders are teaming up to bring a simple commodity to the people of Africa. We take our fresh, clean water for granted, but many people around the world do not have this luxury, and disease from drinking unclean water shortens life immensely. Hats off to the EWB folks.

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. We've got many great articles in the works, and will continue shining the light of day where it needs to shined, as well as entertaining, informing and educating as we have always done.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
Editor
The American Surveyor

[Send your comments, announcements, tips, gripes, or kudos to Marc]
 
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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.
 
 

 

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Editorial: Losses
As we were putting this issue together, two separate losses occurred. First was the loss of life as an Amtrak train left the tracks north of Philadelphia. Second was the passing of well-known surveyor Rj Zimmer. All the bodies had not yet been recovered from the train crash before some were trying to ....
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John R. Stock, PS 
Connections
Where we stand is where we have always stood—places like the Valley of the Nile 1000 years before Christ, digging in the mud for a stone monument that marked the boundary of irrigated lands and were an important part of the annual process that ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Letters in the Electronic Age
As we move through an age when "better" means faster, less paper, and more computerized responses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's electronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA) is gaining increasing publicity. The concept of eLOMA came about during the tenure of the first ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: About Meander Lines and Boundaries
Hugh Binyon of Florida called my attention to an interesting court case, Bliss v. Kensey, (233 So. 2nd 191). When surveying sectionalized lands, the original government surveyors also meandered oceans, bays, lakes, rivers and sometimes marshes. Very rarely does the present limit of private ....
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Gordon Wilson, LSIT 
Quality of Water, Life From Northeast U.S. to Central Africa
Bbanda is a small rural village of about 1,100 people in southern central Uganda, located 45 minutes from the closest town of Mityana. There is no electricity or reliable source of drinking water. But thanks to the work of some engineering students ....
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Chad and Linda Erickson 
Location, Location. Unknown, Unknown! or Surveyors Rescuing Buyers
In conjunction with our Discovery Report program, described in the January, 2015 issue of the American Surveyor Magazine, we have periodically placed advertisements in the local newspaper in Green Valley, AZ, primarily appealing to owners and sellers, or their agents. However, we seldom have had ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Meades Ranch
In July of 1871, The U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), predecessor of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), began a precise triangulation network near St. Louis, Missouri, which went both east and west to connect the networks already ....
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Chuck Karayan, PS 
U.S. Supreme Court Reduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law
With all due respect to both Michael Pallamary and Gregory Helmer--both of whom are California colleagues known to me to be knowledgeable and credible experts in boundary and geodesy (respectively)--the issue presented in the latest round of The United States vs. California ....
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Harry Kessner, PE, PS 
Tri-Territory Site
Atop Steamboat Mountain in Sweetwater County, Wyoming where the 42nd Parallel crosses the Continental Divide you will find a pyramidal stone monument. The monument documents the “Tri-Territory Site” with a bronze plaque testifying to the geographic location of the coincidence of three ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: 9—Intersections
We can calculate anything and everything under the sun or the dismal grey Cleveland skies of FirstEnergy Stadium, however, a decision to set aside previously fixed local survey legal subdivision corners must be supported by evidence that goes beyond mere demonstration of technical error ....
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Feedback 
FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
After reading James T. Jones, PS, PE's response in the January 2015 issue I was reminded that I had intended to write my own response to "Subdivided We Stand" from the September 2014. The situation in the article is a lot like what has happened in Western New York. Most people including most ....
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Patrick Naville, PS 
ProFile: Paying it Forward—An Interview with Dennis Mouland
I've known Dennis Mouland for almost 40 years. There's a little more gray in our hair than when we first met (well, maybe a lot more). Dennis has a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Engage him in conversation for more than a few minutes and he will have you cracking up at some comment or a ....
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feature Our team traveled to HxGN Live in Las Vegas last week. Of more than 100 technologies showcased, one of many cool solutions we came across was the wearable "Pegasus:Backpack", a mobile mapping unit that combines five cameras with a LIDAR profiler and carbon-fiber chassis. Per the press release, the unit was designed to enable efficient and cost-effective data capture for limited access areas and ever-changing building construction sites. Close to 100 videos are now online, covering everything from keynotes to product demos. Kudos to the Hexagon team for an inspiring and well-organized event. Next year's conference is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, California.

 
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Maverick, from Mandli Communications, is a portable, powerful, and accessible spatial data collection system. Combining high-resolution 360º imaging, LiDAR, and an integrated POS, Maverick is capable of efficient and accurate mobile data collection. System operation is simple and intuitive. Maverick can be easily mounted on a variety of mobile platforms, and provides a robust and multi-functional dataset that can be utilized for a wide range of projects and applications.
 
 
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Nonresidential Construction Growth Continues in May
Gexcel 4D Inspector and LineUp Pro at FARO 3D User Conference
Leica Pegasus:Backpack Industry First in Wearable Reality Capture
Leica Geosystems, Autodesk Streamline Reality-Capture Workflows
Leica Geosystems Announces the Hexagon Imagery Program (HXIP)
Leica Geosystems, Autodesk Simplify BIM-to-Field Layout
JAVAD GNSS Launches Remote Assistance and Monitoring Services
USGS Ups Ease of Use for Landsat Data
New Leica Zeno 20 Redefines GIS Data Collection
Leica Geosystems Announces Collaboration with Autodesk
New Leica Captivate Experience with Touch-Technology Software
TerraGo Edge Ups the Ante for Mobile Surveying
3.2 Percent Decline in Construction Backlog Indicator
Topcon Announces Increased Integration with Autodesk
Nonresidential Construction Spending Surges in April
Leica Geosystems Introduces Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring
INTERGEO Conference in Stuttgart Looks to the Future
Hexagon’s HxGN LIVE 2015 Focuses on Ingenuity and Innovation
PRIA Announces Approval of eRecording Best Practices for Recorders
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