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feature Hello Amerisurv user... I hope all is well with you and that your summer will be great. In talking with surveyors across the country and watching the government building stats on a daily basis, things are holding steady construction-wise. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, "despite an economy expanding at less than 1 percent on an annualized basis and sagging consumer and business sentiment, the level of nonresidential construction spending continues to rise. The nonresidential construction sector appears to be a beneficiary of America's need to adjust to new realities, including higher energy prices and a weaker U.S. dollar."
Our June issue is full of more great content. As promised last month, my editorial is about the Carlson User Conference. So far, the Carlson recap is getting the most play of all the new articles on our website. Other articles getting good play include Angus Stocking's SPAR recap. All the articles can be reached below.
I've said it before and I'll say it once more! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share. I continue to be amazed at all the articles the magazine receives. The American Surveyor is where surveyors want to be seen!
Thanks for your support.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Carlson Software: It's All About Providing Choice
There are lots of reasons why I love my job, but one in particular is the macro view it provides of our industry as technology develops, and seeing it at trade shows and various user conferences. The down side, however, is that spending so much time on exhibit floors prevents me from...
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Point to Point: Our Niche of the Law
In a trial with which I was recently involved, the judge interrupted one of the attorneys in his closing arguments by saying, "Wait a minute. Are you telling me that if someone uses my property without my permission for a length of time, I can lose that property?" It's fair to say that...
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The Receding Railroads
By the mid 1920s the railroads in the United States had reached their peak with over 272,000 miles of trackage, not including double tracks, side tracks, or spur lines. The decline of the railroads began almost simultaneously with the advent and momentum gained by the ...
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Wow Factor: TDS Nomad
Mobile communications are advancing all the time. What you want to know is, "How can they work for me?" Now there are mobile phones (well, actually mobile modems) capable of nearly broadband speed levels. Some of these modems come in the form of a USB device that can be...
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Conference Review: SPAR 2008
One of the overarching themes of SPAR 2008­and, indeed, of laser scanning in general­is that the existence of a carefully constructed virtual world will enhance our use and enjoyment of the actual world. Accurate 3D models facilitate...
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Flood Modeling with FEMA's HAZUS-MH MR3 Software
Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), HAZUS is a nationally applicable methodology for estimating potential damage, economic loss, and social impacts from disasters. In September 2007 FEMA released...
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Fresh Boundaries Bring Hope to Bugala
Setting out for a ten-day field project, the minivan carrying twelve of us with our luggage and surveying equipment bumped along for two hours on narrow, dusty, rutted out roads. We were headed for the village of Bugala in the Nakaseke District of Uganda, located approximately...
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From Service Station to Reference Station
Facing a steadily-growing workload of elevation certificates for Alabama homeowners looking to rebuild after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, officials at Polysurveying of Mobile decided that setting up the company's own Continually Operating Reference Station (CORS) could...
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Equipment Review: ProMark3 RTK from Magellan Professional
The ProMark3 RTK is Magellan's latest precision, entry-level system, offering real-time kinematic power in a system that is substantially less expensive than dual-frequency RTK packages. The ProMark3 is a rugged Windows CE device (Fig. 1). Other than the operating system itself...
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Field Notes: Oh, What Crooked Footsteps We Follow
According to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), boundary surveyors " and analyze all of the data gathered and reach a professional opinion as to the most probable location of the...
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Survey Reports: Preparing a Survey Report - Part 3
This is the third article in a series of articles suggesting formats and contents of a survey report. In the first article [Feb. 2008], I discussed reporting an opinion on the location of corners and boundaries. In the second article [Mar. 2008], I discussed how surveyors could...
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Vantage Point: Land Ethics
Boulder, Colorado—­home to Celestial Seasonings, the University of Colorado, the National Hazards Center, millionaires—­and possibly also land grabbers? I recently shared dinner with a colleague from Colorado, who alerted me to a case of modern day possible ethical lapses and...
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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 New Author Welcomed - I'm pleased to announce that California surveyor John Wilusz has joined our stellar lineup of authors. John's been surveying since 1982 and most recently became the editor of the California Surveyor, which is the recipient of the 2008 NSPS Journalism Award. His inagural article contains the following intriguing statement: When the footsteps are but faded there is still hope. When they’re invisible it’s time to move on. Already, I've had a Pittsburgh surveyor call and say, "Hey, I've got stories like that to tell!" Scroll up to read John's article.

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Leica GeoMoS Version 4.0 Announced
Leica SpiderWeb 2.2’s Virtual RINEX Network-corrected Data Announced
Indiana DOT Increasing Investment in ERDAS Technology
ABC Hails Failure of Senate Bill That Would Harm U.S. Workers
Topcon Names Di Federico Global Senior VP for Engineering
Announcing the First Annual JAVAD GNSS User Conferences
Optech Lidar Technology Delivers Weather Reports From Mars
Leica ADS40 Supports Relief Efforts after Sichuan, China Earthquake
Leica Geosystems Survey Solutions to Digitally Capture Torrey Pines, Home of the 2008 U.S. Open
Bentley’s Randy Tardy Receives 2008 Meritorious Service Award From Design-Build Institute of America
NOAA Satellites Primed for Spike in Summer Distress Calls
ERDAS Announces IWS Integration with AutoDesk’s MapGuide Enterprise 2008 Platform
Tri-Global Technologies Wins Trimble Business Partner Award for Second Year
Ambercore Announces Acquisition Of Terrapoint
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LizardTech Releases Free GeoExpress 7 Software Development Kit (SDK)
LandNet Corp. Receives Third Patent for Online Mapping Tools
Bentley Announces Winners of 2008 BE Awards of Excellence
WhiteStar to Demonstrate Mapping Solutions for Wind Energy Industry at WindPower 2008 Conference
Universities, Agencies Collaborate on Atlas of Yellowstone Project
National Geographic Opens the Doors to Geospatial Data
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