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Happy New Year!... It is refreshing to start a new year on a fresh page. As we begin our 7th year in print, I must say that our January 2010 issue is one of the best we've done! In particular this month, you’re sure to enjoy Daryl Moistner's article about surveying in Alaska. How many of you get to ride a helicopter to work, or can take time to go fishing while you're working?
Bart Crattie is back, this time with another excellent recap of the Surveyors Rendezvous in West Virginia. Bart's skills as a photographer are top notch. For those of you who have wanted to attend but haven't, I highly recommend next year's Rendezvous in Chattanooga. Held on a river boat, this event will cover both Civil War mapping and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Here’s a fun fact for you: aerial photogrammetry in this country really took off because of TVA activities!
Finally, since the last ESRI Survey Summit I’ve been communicating with Brent Jones, the survey leader at ESRI. This month we're very pleased to bring you an article about how technology is being used to give people in Ghana the ability to leverage their property into loans that allow them be entrepreneurial. We take our system of records-based property ownership for granted in this country, but in many parts of the world, such systems don't exist, and the story highlights a success story.
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: America the Beautiful
After a rough wagon ride up to Pikes Peak in 1893, it was the view from the top that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write a poem that became known as "America the Beautiful." Later set to music by Samuel Ward, its images have become part of our national conscience. Few ....
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Brass Caps and Bandanas—Monumenting Anaktuvuk Pass
The Inupiaq are Eskimo people that live along the Arctic Ocean coast of Alaska's North Slope. In the last few hundred years a nomadic splinter group of the Inupiaq known as the Nunamiut moved inland away from the coast to follow the ....
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GIS Mapping—­Campus Style
When Craig Moore switched from the academic side of Virginia Tech in October 2004 to become an engineer for site development in the campus' Facilities Department, he inherited a GIS that was not easily updated, and maintaining it was a problem. As a result, "it trailed off to ...
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Rabley 1-10 
Alleviating Poverty in the Developing World—Leveraging Property Rights with Geospatial Technology
According to renowned economist Hernando de Soto, the inability of persons worldwide to gain formal recognition of their real property rights is a major stumbling block to ...
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Crattie 1-10 
A Dividing Line Brings Us Together
Oh, the lines. The shortest distance between two points? A line pulled to ring a bell? A colonial boundary between two long forgotten counties? Lines of dialog in a television documentary? The lines marked of legal secession from an ....
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Stocking 1-10 
Conference Review: Leica HDS 2009—Simplifying the Complicated
When GPS technology first began to filter into survey work, it was necessarily complex, depending, as it did, on satellites, atomic clocks, relativistic equations, and the like. Surveyors took this in stride and accepted that working with such arcane magic would ....
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Clarification Regarding 2009 Manual: I found the article "Why a Federal Surveying Manual is Relevant to the States," by Steve Hansen intriguing [Sept. 2009]. I interpret the author to mean that the new manual soon to be published (2009) is binding on all recovery, restoration, and ...
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Vantage Point: Going Out with a Sigh
The story I'm about to relate took place over the space of seven months, and the outcome ratcheted up so much emotion that it was impossible to write at its last turning point. On October 1, 2009, the backhoes revved up their engines at 8 A.M. sharp, the earliest time allowed for ...
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In my last newsletter, a Maryland surveyor took issue with my statement about surveyors needing to adapt to new technology by saying that surveyors do adapt to new technology. I certainly don't disagree with that. If we look back to the 70s when electronics started impacting our profession, without a doubt most of us have adapted and adopted, albeit some more slowly than others, and even some only when they could no longer compete with older technology. But remember, if you plot the cost of technology against the cost for services, the early adopters stand to reap the most profit. This is because even though the cost for technology drops over time, as a service becomes commoditized, the cost for that service drops as well.

feature The start of a new year is a logical time to think in terms of what lies ahead. Futurist Daniel Burrus has stated there's a “visible” future, part of which you can see if you know how and where to look. Our government continues to portray geo-everything as a huge growth area–in fact, one of few—that will require 21 percent more workers by the year 2016. I recently spoke to the monthly meeting of the Appalachian Chapter of the Maryland Society of Surveyors about technology trends as I see them. Someone at the meeting inquired as to where the training for this new technology will come from. I'm confident that part will come from the manufacturers, as well as from the local junior colleges and even high schools that have latched onto measurement and positioning and mapping technology. I do believe that surveying will not be the same in the future, but the young people entering the profession will have tons of cool tools to work with.

feature As a technology buff/editor, it has always been a pleasure to present the latest and greatest technology, and to promote technology as a way to diversify and expand your business. But I also understand that with the required investments, this is sometimes easier said than done. It's obvious that laser scanning or GIS can open new doors, but there are also less expensive ways to add to your portfolio. For example, we have added a series in the magazine about 3D modeling and articles about using Google Earth to simplify your work processes. These are things that don't require a huge investment.

Here at the magazine we have also diversified our offerings to provide more targeted information. Our GISuser and MachineControlOnline websites are evidence of this. Both are edited by industry experts, and both are crammed with info that is designed to help you diversify.

Throughout the coming year we will continue to visit surveyors across the country to keep a finger on the pulse of surveying. While some believe that surveying is in its Golden Age, the fact remains that the world will always have a need for measurement and positioning experts. Much is being said about the liabilities being incurred by allowing non-surveyors to do things you always had to get a surveyor for, but it will only take a few high-profile incidents to cement our place in the future. Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

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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.

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Magellan Professsional Renamed Ashtech
An Aerial Surveyor By Accident! Journey Without Destination by Karl Kleinn
Jasper County, Iowa Chooses beacon Online Portal From Schneider For Property Information
British Company SSTL Wins Key Role in Europe's Galileo Program
OHB and SSTL Selected for the Construction of 14 Galileo Navigation Satellites
R.A. Smith National Promotes Paul Taivalkoski to Survey Operations Manager
Merrick Expands Civil Engineering Group With New Hires and Promotions
Need To Change Your Civil and/or Survey Software?
Anticipating 2010 Iowa Statewide Aerial Orthoimagery Project
GeoForce Technologies Upgrades to UltraCamXp Wide Angle
Wonders of the Night Sky—Topic for Next Town & Gown Event
Sokkia Introduces the GRX1, Highly Versatile GNSS System
Optech Extends Support to Include DiMAC Camera
Coming to a PC near you: The ASPRS Webinar Workshop Series
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 Reaches Full Operational Capability on Schedule
Michael Evans Newest Texas Licensed State Land Surveyor
GPS SVN49 – JAVAD GNSS Triumph Receiver Used in Experiment by German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Nine Toxic Colleagues to Look Out For and How to Protect Yourself from Them
Students: Get the Power of Carlson Software for Home Use
Dewberry Awarded FEMA Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program Contract
Ukrainian Government Institutes Nation-wide Land Registration Drive
Improved Real-time Editing of Spatial Data: Announcing the Release of ERDAS ADE 2010
URISA Grants a One Year Complimentary Membership to All New GISPs
Nonresidential Construction Job Losses Mount in December 2009
Report - How Android, Nexus One and iPhone is changing the wireless industry
Webinar Tues Jan 12 - LizardTech Express Suite & LiDAR Compressor
Social Media Tip - 5 Things that Social Media "experts" shouldn't do
Valtus Customers Now Able to Order Imagery by Uploading a Shapefile
Spotlight - 10 Things About The New ERDAS 2010 Software
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