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Welcome. Summer's here and I hope you have work! Economic indicators continue to provide a mixed message, but one thing's for sure: we need more construction in our country.
Sadly, hardly a day goes by without the revelation of yet another government scandal. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, something isn't right in Washington, and I hope we can find a way to fix it. As Ross Perot once said, "It's just so sad."
Leading the Hit Parade on our website is Terri Turner's explanation about the things that affect flood insurance. In an upcoming issue, Wendy Lathrop will explain ways to make money with all things flood. Hey, if land development is going to remain slow, prudent surveyors should be looking for ways to make money.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: More Various & Sundry
Responding to reader requests for more articles on boundary surveying and legal aspects, this issue has plenty. In addition to a great case review from Landon Blake and another "voice from the past" installment from Curt Brown, Wendy Lathrop details a recent Supreme Court case regarding private ....
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PGA TOUR Looks Skyward for Improvements to its ShotLink System
Because the basics of golf--hitting a small ball a long distance into a small cup--have not changed since its accepted genesis in 15th century Scotland, the game seems timeless. But ....
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Launching a New Surveying Perspective
It used to be that Rodolphe Jobard would assemble and fly remote-controlled airplanes in his spare time. Now, he is actually paid to do it. Jobard, a professional engineer with EDF Energy, can routinely be seen walking to the center of a massive ....
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The Missouri River Commission Survey
On July 5, 1884, the United States Congress created the Missouri River Commission. The purpose of this new agency was to oversee and insure the continuous, progressive development of the Missouri River which necessitated a complete and ....
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Brady Memorial Survey
The Mountain View Cemetery, located adjacent to Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, is a relaxing place for a quiet walk; yet always stirs my sense of wonder with the lives and stories of those who lay beneath its soil. As a student ....
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Taking the Mystery Out of Flood Openings
As the Floodplain Manager for the City of Augusta, I see a lot of Elevation Certificates come across my desk. The Elevation Certificate (EC) is a FEMA form designed to gather information on the compliance of an existing structure, or a new structure, with the requirements of the ....
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Vantage Point: Do No Harm—Not Even Temporarily
It used to be standard engineering practice to design site grading to drain all water off site as quickly as possible--no puddles, no ponds, no care about what happened next door. We moved to adding detention basins to slow the water in its race to anywhere other than our site, and ....
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Curt Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Class and Humor
Curt had an irrepressible sense of humor. He was prone to making jokes and whenever he faced some kind of confrontation, he usually deflected it with some kind of comical remark. I admire that trait--if only more people would adopt that approach, the world surely would be a better place ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: A Review of Knapp vs. Hughes
In this installment of Footsteps we'll briefly consider a boundary dispute between two residential property owners in New York State. This case has interesting lessons for the boundary surveyor on land description interpretation and on water boundaries. Before we can examine ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: How the Profession has Damaged Continuing Education
Ever and anon, surveyors are constantly arguing about continuing education and the requirement for a degree before sitting for a license to practice the venerable art of land surveying. For reasons I have yet to comprehend, many surveyors oppose the pursuit of enhanced education and ....
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feature Serendipty is usually a pleasant experience, and today's Spotlight is no exception. After I wrote my Breithaupt article, I was contacted by Bill Buntrock, a Colorado surveyor. He, too, was an 82C artillery surveyor in Germany in the Army, but 20 years after me. We started sharing experiences, and I mentioned to Bill that I always regretted not being the winning bidder on a Breithaupt compass at a Skinner auction in Boston in the 90s.

Based on this, Bill sent me a link to a Breithaupt mining compass he had found on eBay. Shown at right is an example of this compass in the museum exhibit in Kassel. Mounted on gimbals and suspended from a wire, the compass is always "upright." And so, for the second time in my life, I put in a bid. I did not win, but when the high bidder failed to pay, the owner came to the next in line, me.

My compass has an interesting history. I asked Hans Friedrich Breithaupt to look it up in their Big Book. You can see an example of the books in the flickr pics of our visit. I learned that my compass was manufactured in 1923, and was part of a large order of these compasses for an exporter in Hamburg for shipment to the Americas.

Engraved on the compass bracket are the words Simón I Patiño Oruro and Seccion Tecnica. When I Googled Patiño I discovered that he was a "Bolivian industrialist who was among the world's wealthiest people at the time of his death. With a fortune built from ownership of a majority of the tin industry in Bolivia, Patiño was nicknamed 'The Andean Rockefeller.'" And so, the provenance of my mining compass was established. My thanks to Bill for corresponding and giving me a heads-up. As he says, if we hadn't corresponded, the series of events that culminated in my new compass would not have occurred...serendipty!

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