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Greetings! An extra special thanks and salute goes out to all our veterans today. Our November edition is now available online and it continues our tradition of great content. We strive to produce a magazine you can enjoy page by page.

Of particular interest in the new issue is Gary Kent's article about the status of surveying in our country. The new economy has been devastating to the surveying profession, but when people lament the lack of young folks going into surveying, I remind them that, most of all, the young people want a job. Here's hoping that what Gary describes is the beginning of an increase in construction activity nationwide, and the resulting reason for young surveyors to enter the profession. The new issue also contains a letter to the editor from Gary, rebutting Joel Leininger's article about ALTA surveys in our October issue. More about the new issue below in Spotlight.

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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Thought Leader: The Incredible 5000 Mile Odyssey of a Survey Marker
One evening in early 2013 with nothing else to do I was browsing the Internet idly searching surveying-related stories. I discovered a TV news story broadcast by KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington about a charter boat captain, who on March 31, 2012, found an unusual looking plastic stake, with ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: The Longer (Wetter) View
Every dam, levee, berm, sea wall, or other structure intended to restrain or divert water from its natural course has an inherent risk of failure, whether due to aging, improper construction, inadequate design, or unexpected volumes of water overcoming even the strongest and newest ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Challenging Future for the Land Surveyor
The purpose of any registration act is to protect the public from the unqualified. It is certainly not a means of granting to a few an easy means of earning a living to the exclusion of others. As a condition of licensing, the public has a right to expect that those who are licensed are qualified ....
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Mary Jo Wagner 
20,000 Feet - A Challenge of Mountainous Proportions
Centuries ago, Alaska Natives first christened America's highest mountain with the indigenous Athabasacan name of Denali, meaning "The Great One." And it is indeed great in both height and stature. From as far back as 1897, the mountain was ....
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Evan Page, PS 
Conflict? Surveyors, Not the Supreme Court, Create Confusion
After reading Mike Pallamary's The Supreme Court Introduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law (March 2015 TAS), feedback over the past few months, and Chuck Karayan's counterpoint, U.S. Supreme Court Reduces Confusion and Conflict in Boundary Law (June 2015 TAS), I feel the ....
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Larry Trojak 
From Snow's Sting to Solar King
If there is still any doubt in anyone's mind that the renaissance taking place in Buffalo, N.Y. is real, they need look no further than the project unfolding at the site of the former Republic Steel plant in South Buffalo. There, local construction mainstay ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage - Part 4
Fellow surveyors Alvin and Peter, our cook Jeff and yours truly were taking the Seloohge to the village of Hughes. After surviving an eventful passage down the Tanana and Yukon Rivers, we now found ourselves on the Koyukuk, going upriver. The rest of our group had split off in Tanana and were ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator - A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 12 - Resection
Most of the programming work we've experienced thus far is no more than reliable math being indisputable as to its singular solution. This multiple point Resection should offer a good solution but not an exact solution in ....
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It is unfortunate that Mr. Leininger wrote an entire column that completely misled his readers with a patently false proposition and a flagrant misrepresentation of the 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards. The very first sentence of his column states "Did you realize that the 2011 ALTA/ ACSM ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Stationing a Curve
What are the stations of the PC and the PT if stationing increases left to right? RB=334.260', AC=234.567'. PI STATION=10+00. For a sketch and the the solution to this problem (and much more), please visit our website at: www.amerisurv.com. Good luck! ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: Professional Surveyors: Where and Who Art Thou?
As I have traveled the country this year, several interrelated themes keep coming up. One is something I have not heard in a while: "Where can I find good people?" Back in ancient times (pre-2007), I heard that question constantly, then for about 7 years, not at all. But now it's back ....
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feature The vagaries of publishing are such that sometimes it's impossible to avoid an overlap of articles. When the USGS announced the height campaign for Mt. McKinley, I reached out to Dewberry, asking for an article. Unbeknownst to me, Trimble was also working on an article (this month's lead cover feature), but wouldn't you know it, immediately after the Trimble article arrived, the Dewberry article showed up. Because they are an advertiser, I committed to Trimble, but because the Dewberry article focuses on different aspects of the project, we will run it anyway. The image at right shows how they dealt with the fact the snowpack on the peak is 10-15 feet above the rock summit.

Another interesting article in the new issue comes to us from industry veteran John Hohol. It seems that a typhoon (not the 2011 earthquake) washed a composite boundary marker into the sea in Japan. Unbelievably, the stake drifted all the way across the Pacific Ocean and ended up in a marina in the San Juan Islands northwest of Seattle. You can read the details above, but long story short, the marker is back where it belongs, in Japan. Be sure to view the PDF version of the article to see the pics.

A third interesting story is a rebuttal to the Mike Pallamary article about the Supreme Court decision regarding the California coastal boundary where it adjoins offshore federal ownership. Written by Evan Page, an employee of the California State Lands Commission, it disagrees completely with Mike's position. Mike is sticking to his guns and will respond in our next issue. The BOEM is also working on a response to Mike's article and we'll run that when it shows up.

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