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I'm enroute to the Surveyors Rendezvous in Council Bluffs. I really enjoy these events: not only are the folks who attend nice and fun to be with, the programs are always fascinating. This year it's all about the Union Pacific railroad, but also about the 200th anniversary of the GLO, and more.
From Council Bluffs I'll drive to Nashville for CGSIC and ION. I haven't attended CGSIC for the past two years, so I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends. Also, Javad Ashjaee will be presenting a session on interference, and why it's such an important part of threats to GNSS we're going to have to confront in the future. Javad has written a letter to the FCC and the NTIA outlining his position.
The new issue is online, and you can check out the line-up by scrolling down. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the lead feature is about military surveying, but leading the Hit Parade so far is Bart Crattie and Wendy Lathrop's article about the new flood regs contained in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. For more about FEMA scroll down to the Spotlight.
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, PS
Editor
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: The Education Problem
Editor's note: We are pleased to announce that Mike Pallamary has agreed to become a contributing writer for the magazine. Mike's a controversial guy, choosing to address issues that many won't, often acting pro bono when appropriate. His article in the last issue about the shenanigans ...
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Salladay 
Military Surveying in Afghanistan
Historically, Army surveyors have supported three distinct missions: mapping, construction and field artillery. While there's not much call for positioning artillery in the civilian world, professional surveyors would be familiar with the work of ....
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Trojak 
A Superior Effort
Even though it's been a valuable and beneficial technology for decades now, GPS--by nature of its accuracy and inherent versatility--continues to find new uses and make inroads into new markets. Companies faced with difficult or seemingly ....
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Crattie/Lathrop 
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act [and the Surveyor]
Formally known as Title II in the Surface Transportation Bill (HR 4348), President Obama signed a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) into law on July 6, 2012. Since 2008, our esteemed members of both houses of Congress, known for their laserlike levels of ....
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Clucas 
Measuring the Big Wet
The rain in December 2010 was not unexpected. Every year, the climate in northeastern Australia features six months of dry weather followed by a long rainy period known as the "Big Wet." But this season's Big Wet would be wetter than any other. By the end of the month, the state of ...
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Roe 
Hexagon 2012—Thinking Forward
For those of us who used to attend the Leica Geosystems HDS User Conference in laid back San Ramon, California, Hexagon 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada was at the opposite end of the cultural spectrum, but that is not Thinking Forward--the theme of this ...
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Blaskey 
GIS: Just a Tool—Myth #2: Building a GIS System Takes Too Long
The myth that it would take too long to build and implement a GIS system for the Surveying Business to see any real benefit is based mainly in the idea that the Surveying Business must change the way the business is handled to fit with the GIS. Every Surveying business is managed in a ...
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Beyond the Boundary: Municipalities and Clients, You are the Guide
Envision yourself sitting quietly in the corner of a municipal meeting where a large manila envelope rests on a conference table. Inside the envelope is your firm's recent submission for a construction project, building permit, site plan, or subdivision. In another office across town sits your client ....
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feature The reaction to Mike Pallamary's article about the shenanigans in San Diego has set a record for the most response to one article. Overwhelmingly, the response has been favorable, but one message accused me of reckless journalism. You'll eventually see most of it in Letters to the Editor. The City of Cleveland has had similar problems as evidenced by page 3 of a PDF of the Cleveland Surveyor. The image at right shows how neatly a monument well cover in San Diego was sliced into four parts by paving activities.

As for Mike's next target, we're hearing that the problems with the new FEMA flood maps are not limited to San Diego. Here's a hair-raising article from Minnesota, and it seems to me that our government sees added tax revenue while greedy banks see added fees. One California surveyor, after reading the Minnesota nonsense, said, "I find it alarming that the creator of the disease sells the cure." For sure, this needs to be nipped in the bud, and Mike's just the guy to shine the light of day on it.
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