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Our latest issue will soon mail, and as always, it's full of great content. Leading the Hit Parade so far is an article about Makers, the folks who are using 3D design software and 3D printers to create and produce all manner of objects.
Our February issue contained an article about an underground garage that used Trimble's SketchUp as a design tool. Likewise, the Makers article in this issue is all about SketchUp. A similar article about Autodesk's maker initiatives appeared in a recent issue of Popular Science.
I provide more of a behind-the-scenes look at the explosion in 3D in the Spotlight below. Please scroll down to see the new lineup. 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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Record Breaking Winter
I hope you are coping with the record-breaking cold weather this winter! It's a good time to curl up with some reading material and I'm sure this issue won't disappoint in that regard. Long-time industry friend Mike Michelsen responded to a request from me and has written a fascinating ....
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Justin Barton
When is Heritage Worth Digitizing?
When an organization sets out with a mission to digitally document humanity's collective history of built heritage, that mission can get a little sticky, especially when qualifying "cultural heritage." CyArk is often asked what its criteria are for sites' inclusion in the digital heritage ....
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FieldTech: New Geospatial Products
CityEngine 2013 3D urban design software for popular 3D software • Sokkia has added robotics to its DX-105AC. • 3D Laser Mapping will distribute the world's first, truly mobile, hand held, rapid laser mapping system • The newest utility Class 2 Survey/Engineer Safety Vest design ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: Electronic Data
Over the last few months, there have been news reports about identity theft and misappropriation of electronic data and information. Gone are the days of the surveyor's map being inked on linen, and sealed with a large mechanical device pressing the raised image into the drawing ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS 
Vantage Point: Winter Flooding Lessons
Here it is, the first full week of the New Year, and my neighborhood is in the midst of major flooding. It has everything to do with snowmelt and not all that much to do with rivers rising out of their banks from heavy precipitation. It has much to do with the 8 inches of snow that ....
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Curt  Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Determination of Ownership Boundaries
In recent times the discovery of mineral wealth in tidal and offshore areas has led to fee title disputes and U. S. Supreme Court decisions. In general, prior to these court cases, the upland riparian owner, with some exceptions as given below, had a fee title which extended seaward to the ....
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Michael W. Michelsen, Jr. 
Arrows Across America
I am an Air Force brat. I've always been proud of my background, especially of the rich associations I had with those men and women my father worked with. While most young people today make their heroes of those such as singers ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Bona Fide "Wrongs" & "Fixing" the Footsteps
According to Black's Law Dictionary Eighth Edition the term bona fide is defined as "made in good faith; without fraud or deceit". The term "rights" in our context is defined as "the interest, claim, or ownership that one has in tangible or intangible property". The term "fraud" in our context is ....
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Frances Mortimer 
The Maker Community: Where Work Meets Play
Makers—and the maker movement—are getting a lot of press these days. Perhaps the renewed focus on “making things” is due to the technology—such as SketchUp 3D modeling software and 3D printing—that has made creating so easy. Perhaps ....
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Larry Trojak 
Road Scholars
The phrase "necessity is the mother of invention" is generally used to describe someone's unconventional approach to solving a vexing issue--in current terms, how they thought outside the box. For APAC Tennessee, necessity was calling very loudly on a recent Arkansas highway ....
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Shawn Billings, PS 
Product Review: Altus APS-3L
Altus Positioning Systems was founded in the waning days of the financial boon of the early 2000's which was then profoundly punctuated with a doggedly persistent recession. For those of you who may have attempted to or actually did create a business in this time frame, you have a ....
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I agree with the Erickson's assessment of the BLM. They run their organization as the Supreme Authority. They have improved some in that they will now look at private surveys (may or may not use them), but they are still judge and jury. I remember when Bill Teller was Chief of the ....
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Walt Robillard, PS, Esq 
Things I've Learned: Words from George and Walt
Recently I was confined to my house for a month. I decided to clean out 60 years of records. Letters, clients forgotten. Problems taht never were solved because the clients ran out of money. Books half read. But I found no lost checks. One of the documents I found was "Words to Live By ....
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feature We continue to hear a lot about 3D printers and the coming 3D world. 3D modeling software from Trimble, Autodesk and others will play a role in allowing virtually anybody to become a “maker”, or someone who can design and produce almost anything.

This is science fiction, but I believe that the day will come when we won’t necessarily have to buy things, but rather will be able to produce them ourselves in the comfort of our own home. Certainly plastic items fit this concept, and ongoing developments with 3D metal printing hold great promise. The image at right is of Donny Sosa at the 2012 Esri Survey Summit. The body of the guitar he used to play the Star Spangled Banner was created on a 3D printer. How cool is that?

As surveyors, 3D is no big deal for us. What will be a big deal is how we fit into this new world where non-surveyors can do things that always required a surveyor. As with all of the other geospatial disciplines, we need to utilize our measurement and positioning expertise and carve a niche for ourselves. People want certainty, and as we always have, we can continue to provide it by certifying as to accuracy and precision.

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ASPRS Elects National Officers
Optech Announces New HydroFusionTurbid Water Module for CZMIL
Sub-meter Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Now Commercially Available
Trimble Releases SketchUp 2014 with Expanded BIM Support
Nonresidential Construction Gains a Handful of Jobs in February
Atkins Engineers Upgrades to Boat Tram, Improving Travel in Alaska
Comments Sought on L2C and L5 Civil Navigation Messages
New Topcon Mobile Apps Expand Job Site Connectivity
Topcon TopNETlive Fastest Growing GNSS Network Service in North America
Blue Marble to Highlight Use of LiDAR Data for Forestry at NERCOFE 2014
COWI Group Selects GeoCue Software Suite
New Topcon Enterprise Solutions Connects All Jobs, Speeds Projects
Topcon DS-200 Features Robotic Upgrade to Popular Total Station Series
Bosch Brings the Internet into the Car
SAM, Inc. Announces Significant Investment by Austin Ventures
INTERGEO to Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Berlin
Nonresidential Construction Spending Still Frozen in January
Topcon Unveils MAGNET v2.5
ZEB1 Handheld Laser Scanner Maps UK’s Deepest Mine
Topcon Technology Roadshow 'Rolls' Out Across North America
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