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Happy New Year! Welcome to our first newsletter of 2012. Here's hoping business in the coming year will be better than the last four years! As mentioned in the last newsletter, I created an economic outlook poll in our LinkedIn Surveyors group. We had a boatload of responses, and as expected, the responses were uniformly dismal.
Over time, as our ±3,200 LinkedIn Surveyors members have joined, and based on their current job, I have detected quite a few who are entirely out of surveying, but want to stay in touch. Based on the poll and anecdotal evidence, many are operating their surveying business out of their garage.
As expected, a few have packed up and moved to where the work is. A bright spot has been oil and gas. One guy moved from Florida to Fort Worth to get a job in O&G. Another moved all the way to Australia and is surveying in a mine!
The rest are hanging on, and there a quite a few areas of the country where work has actually picked up (especially in the oil patch). Even though some are saying that surveying will never again be like it was, all we can hope is that the next election will bring about the kind of change we need to get back to building America.
Our current issue is tracking well on the website, with the Betit & Hewes monitoring article leading the Hit Parade. BTW, to my knowledge, we're the only surveying website that provides hit counts. In a way, and for the geospatial industry, it's a popularity contest!
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, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: What A(nother) Year!
Who would have thought that, four years in, we'd still be in a recession? Any of you who have been around as long as I have have seen many down cycles in the construction economy. But always before, after six months, or a year at most, things would naturally pick back up. With the ....
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Elevated Monitoring: Metrorail Team
The 23.1-mile Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project will expand the reach of the existing regional rail system, connect the existing system to Washington Dulles International Airport and points west, and reduce travel time into and out of downtown ....
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Intersecting Paths of Success
Surveyors understand entrepreneurialism. It's one of the things that made our country great, and how most of the survey companies in existence today got their start. We recently visited Atlanta to learn about a group of companies that exhibit ....
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Indelible Imprints—A GNSS Memoir
October 18, 1989, the Queen Elizabeth Auditorium in London, around 8:30 am. Unknown to me, two 60-minute periods were about to imprint themselves indelibly on my memory. I walked up the stairs to the exhibition booth of my company, Ashtech ....
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CyArk: Digitally Preserving a Wahi Pana
During the first week of December 2010 I was lucky to escape the drizzly rain and fog of San Francisco winter (not that it's much different from our summer) and fly to the sun-kissed beaches of the Big Island of Hawai'i. It was going to be a ...
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Footsteps: Vision Church v. Village of Long Grove
Zoning and land use regulations have a great impact on the property rights of land owners in the United States. A recent case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Vision Church v. Village of Long Grove, deals with a dispute over zoning regulations that impacted development ...
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Vantage Point: About Face
The way we choose where to live is complicated. The meaning of the traditional "location, location, location," is more nuanced than it may first appear. While the phrase would appear to strictly physical in nature, there are a variety of factors (and more than three) that loosely translate as ...
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Reconnaissance: Trials and Tribulations
Recently I developed and presented several continuing education programs in which I explored the complaint process against surveyors in Indiana. We took the audience through the progression all the way from the initial filing of the complaint to the end of the process­whether that was by ....
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feature One of the bright spots in the geospatial industry has been laser scanning, or LiDAR. We are proud to announce the launch of our efforts to diversify, LiDAR Magazine, in print form. To be introduced at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) show in Denver at the end of this month, the magazine has previously only been available in a digital "flippy" version. At ILMF we will begin distributing the hardcopy print version.

The magazine is the result of a lot of hard work, including that of the editor, Gene Roe. A licensed surveyor and engineer, and a PhD, Gene has been serving as the chair of the ASTM LiDAR Data Interoperability Standards committee for years, and after much hard work for that, the data standards are well on their way to industry-wide adoption. As surveyors, we can see the level playing field brought about by such standards as the ALTA/ACSM land title survey standards, and likewise, LiDAR standards will further encourage adoption and interoperability of this inevitable technology.

“2011 was another strong year for the 3D laser scanning and LiDAR industries. As evidence, 3 of the leading design software companies—Aveva, Autodesk and Bentley Systems—each acquired point cloud software technology," says Gene. "Combine this with the significant declines in hardware prices and I think it is fair to say that the industry is likely to see accelerating growth going forward. It is truly an exciting time to be developing LiDAR News and Magazine and the Team thanks you for your support.”

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2012 Land Surveying Society Show & Convention Calendar
New Century Software Releases Geometric Network Synchronizer
Winner of the DigitalGlobe Top Image Contest Announced
Trimble Handhelds Help Rural Support Service Manage EU Agricultural Program
The UltraCam Eagle Has Landed in North America!
High-Resolution Civil Mapping Satellite Orbited By Chinese
ASPRS Announces Dr. Franz Leberl as the Winner of the 2012 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
Leica Geosystems to Premier Construction Positioning and Machine Control Technology at World of Concrete 2012
Construction Unemployment Jumps to 16 Percent in December
UK Police Forces Embrace 3D Laser Scanning Technology with Leica Geosystems Ltd
Carlson Survey 2012 Embedded AutoCAD Version Released
New Product from New Century Software Supports Linear Referencing
Nonresidential Construction Spending Increases 0.9 Percent in November
Dielmo 3D Launches LiDAR-Online
Carlson Takeoff R5 Speeds Up Converting PDF Files & More
Bergman Photographic Services Upgrades to UltraCamXp
Javad Ashjaee Issues White Paper Regarding GNSS Interference and Political Noise, and Announces January 17th Technical Meeting
TRIUMPH-VS Software Updates Version 1.7 Released
Kucera International Upgrades to UltraCamX
CHC Introduces New Cost-Effective X900 Series GNSS Receiver
ASPRS Survey Finds Hiring in the Geospatial Industry Continues Despite High U.S. Unemployment Rates
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