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Our latest issue is in the mail, and traffic on our website has been a good gauge of the interest in the articles. Martin Gutoski's sundial article has surged into the lead on the Hit Parade, followed closely by Gavin Shrock's Dimensions recap and Landon Blake's Title Industry Part 2.
The Geospatial Tech industry has been in the news recently, as a result of Bin Laden's demise. In "The Little-Known Agency that Helped Kill Bin Laden", published in The Atlantic, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's efforts are highlighted. Utilizing cutting-edge mapping and analysis techniques, the NGA was able to simulate the mission the Navy Seals would take long before they were given the go-ahead. Thanks to Google Earth, anyone can view the now infamous compound in faraway Pakistan. See our spotlight section below for more.
Geospatial industry events are still upcoming, and we hope you'll be able to attend. First will be Optech's Second Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference in Toronto, May 31-June 3. The conference will offer "discussions on specific issues surrounding LiDAR and imaging data collection, measurement and analysis." I attended the first one and wrote about it HERE.
Hexagon 2011 will be held in Orlando June 6-9, and will bring together all of the companies Hexagon has acquired. These include not only Leica Geosystems (and its HDS division), but also Intergraph, Z/I Imaging and ERDAS.
Rounding out the upcoming conferences will be the ACSM Annual Conference/Esri Survey Summit, to be held in San Diego on July 7-12. This will definitely not be just about GIS, but rather geo-engineering, GNSS, geodesy and a boatload of other topics designed to help you be successful in our changing industry.
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, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: SPAR 2011
Gene Roe, the editor of LiDAR News, and I attended the eighth annual SPAR, held outside Houston, and as always, it was well worth our time. A record 800+ attendees, 20 percent of whom were from outside the U.S., met and learned about the latest and greatest in scanning. Under the banner ....
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Wienhenge: The Weeks Field Sundial Project
How do you make a clock that has a four-foot dial, a seven-foot hour hand, no moving parts and is solar powered? Make it a heliochronometer and it'll tell time all year long except on cloudy days and at night. But will a sundial work near the Arctic ...
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Conference Review: Trimble Dimensions 2010
"Ten years ago Trimble was proud to be known as a GPS company," said Steve Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble, in his keynote address at Trimble Dimensions 2010 world users' conference. Berglund went on to highlight the eventful ...
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Look Closer: Using Pictures in Boundary Research
A number of months ago I began a personal search for the two meridian monuments set in Marshall, North Carolina in 1898 by the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. The monuments were used by local land surveyors to test their surveying compass on a ...
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Boundary Hunters
When David Webb describes a place called Andres Thicket, he calls it a "10 to 12-year cut-over," meaning the stretch of land was last cut 10 to 12 years ago and then left in order for the vegetation to grow back on its own. As president of Webb Surveying in Hope, Arkansas, David knows quite ...
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Vantage Point: Future Tense
Surely the economy makes us all tense about our future prosperity. At least we as surveyors in the United States do not suffer the fate of Romanian gypsies, who are not only taxed for predicting the future but also imprisoned if their prognostications fail to come true. Our futures are somewhat ...
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Footsteps: Title Industry Changes Affect Surveying, Part 2
Part One of this article focused on three major changes in the land title industry and what caused them. This article will focus on three areas in which those changes have impacted the boundary surveyor and how they can be mitigated. Preliminary Title Reports: The poor quality of many ....
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Changes in ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Standards for 2011
Surveyors now have an opportunity to take a big step toward resolving issues about certifications thanks to the new 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey standards. Effective February 23, 2011 all ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys must conform to the new Standards. While there have been ...
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Hexagon 2011 International Conference

Leica Geosystems invites you to the most anticipated event of 2011, the must-attend conference for Leica Geosystems, Intergraph, and ERDAS customers and other progressive mapping, positioning and GIS professionals.

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feature Bin Laden's take-down was made possible by technology. Intelligence officials and a top secret U.S. military strike team called upon a fleet of navigation, communications and imaging satellites in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. If you are interested, you can enter "Osama bin Laden" into Google Earth and fly around a 3D model of the compound yourself. You can turn off the ad clutter and other superfluous info by unchecking the Osama bin Laden box on the left side of the screen.

Isn't it amazing that we have such free information available at our fingertips? I can remember going into a local Soil Conservation Service office to buy crappy $1 Xeroxes of aerial photographs, just to get a clue about the lay of the land around a survey I was doing in the area!

While on the topic, Kenneth Mills' article ("Using Google Earth") is still leading the hit parade for our last issue. It's written from a surveyor's viewpoint (for other surveyors), I highly recommend this for anyone that's interested in utlizing this wonderful technology.

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JAVAD GNSS and LightSquared Interference
Golden Software Releases Grapher 9 with Unicode Font Support
CHC Introduces New GPS Mapping Solutions: Nava GPS Series
Civil Engineers Studying Impacts of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Plato, Mo. Celebrates as the 2010 Census U.S. Center of Population
DigitalGlobe Chosen by 3D RealityMaps to Power Its High-Definition 3D Products and Services
Blue Marble Announces GeoTranslate 5.1 Upgrade
Construction Unemployment Dips to 17.8 percent in April
Geomatic Instruments Chooses Topcon's IP-S2
Four SITECH Technology Dealers Established in China
Getting GPS Signals to your rover just got a whole lot easier. And cheaper.
Online Maps Help U.S. Legislators Communicate with Constituents
Altus Positioning Systems Selects Rhodes Communications, Inc. as PR Firm
iXSea to Launch Smallest Inertial Navigation System in the World at ASPRS
Optech Announces 500-kHz ALTM Pegasus
MAPPS Applauds Reintroduction of FLAIR Act in U.S. House
Microsoft Announces Next Generation UltraCam: UltraCam Eagle
Colorado Machinery Appointed Leica Geosystems Machine Control Dealer
Private Nonresidential Construction Spending Continues to Climb in March
May/June Pathfinder Highlights NGA Support to the Military
Optech Announces New CS-8900 Aerial Digital Camera
Septentrio Announces Multi-GNSS Reference Station Receiver PolaRx4
Kuker-Ranken, Inc Names Rob Mitchell as Regional Survey Consultant
Additional Lidar Data added to NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast
First Quarter 2011 GDP: Nonresidential Investment Falls
International Land Systems Presents at Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty
KS Associates Wins Safety Award for the Sixth Time
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