This newsletter for September 12, 2012 will be archived at

line News / Blog / Current Issue / Article Archives / Photos / Subscriptions / eMagazine
LiDAR / Machine Control / GIS / LBS / RTN-101 / Survey History / RSS Feed line
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
The American Surveyor

[Send your comments, announcements, tips, gripes, or kudos to Marc]
Sponsored by Spectra Precision

The EPOCH 50 GNSS receiver provides your field crews with simple, reliable tools and capabilities to get their job done.

This lightweight, ergonomic and cable-free system is packed full of proven technologies, combining a rugged integrated GNSS receiver with the popular Survey Pro™ field software and a choice of reliable Spectra Precision® data collectors. Visit our site for details.

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 ...
Read the Article
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 ....
Read the Article
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 ....
Read the Article
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 ....
Read the Article
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 ...
Read the Article
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 ...
Read the Article
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 ...
Read the Article
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 ....
Read the Article
Sponsored by Trimble

Trimble VISION™ is designed to make surveying more efficient wherever the job takes you.

Our portfolio of solutions provides you with the ideal tool kit to get your job done right the first time.

Choose your Vision at


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.
Sponsored by Microsurvey

MicroSurvey CAD is a complete desktop survey and design program created for surveyors, contractors and engineers. No plug-ins or modules are necessary. Complete survey drafting, COGO, DTM, traversing, volumes, contouring, point cloud, and data collection interfacing. Surveyors all over the world use MicroSurvey CAD to complete their infrastructure and design projects. MicroSurvey has been building software for the surveying industry for over 25 years.


Version 2.7 of BKG Ntrip Client (BNC) for Multi-GNSS Global Experiment
New, Powerful CBx5 Touch-Screen Control Box from Carlson Machine Control
Carlson Machine Control Introduces All-In-One 3D Machine Control Sensor
Sokkia Redefines ‘Robotics’ with SX Total Station Series
TopoDOT Heads to the Annual IHEEP Conference with Ten DOT Customers
GEODIS and Sinergise Join Together for Land Parcel Identification System
Trimble Introduces New Portable Laser Tool for Construction
JAVAD Issues Letter to FCC & NTIA Addressing GNSS Filtering & Components
AVEVA Extends Global Reach of Engineering Information Management Solutions
Hexagon Acquires Minority Stake in North West Geomatics Ltd.
US, Canadian GPS Differences Lead to Pipe Break
Construction Unemployment Falls to 11.3 Percent in August
Topcon Tesla RTK Brings Network Rover Performance to a Rugged Tablet
ClearEdge3D Launches EdgeWise MEP for Autodesk Revit
Blue Marble Releases Desktop 2.5 with Helmert Time Dependent Shifts
Dinkins Accepts NCEES Presidency
Topcon Corporation Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Construction Spending Slips 0.9 Percent in July
British Geological Survey Maps the World with 3D Laser Mapping
Trimble and FARO Sign OEM and Distribution Agreement for 3D Laser Scanners
Topcon Boosts Customer Service, Training Resources for Dealers, End Users with TotalCare Portal
Got News? Drop a line to press [at] or Contact Us

  • LiDAR News - >>
  • Geospatial News - >>
  • Land Surveying News - >>
  • Machine Control News - >>

  • LiDAR News RSS Feed - LiDAR News FeedBurn >> Get our LiDAR News RSS feed
  • Geospatial RSS Feed - GISuser FeedBurn >> Get our GISuser RSS feed
  • Land Surveying RSS feed - Amerisurv FeedBlitz >> Get our Land Surveying RSS feed
  • Machine Control RSS Feed - Machine Control FeedBurn >> Get our Machine Control RSS feed
  • line
    Ultimate in Versatility – Sokkia's GRX1

    Sokkia’s GRX1 GNSS system brings a new level of versatility and flexibility into your precision applications.

    The GRX1 is affordable and scalable with triple wireless technologies ideal for RTK, network rover or as a static receiver. Combine it with one of Sokkia’s new data collectors and Spectrum Survey Field and Office software for maximum versatility and convenience, increasing field work efficiency from start to finish.


    This section is an update about surveying and other geospatial conferences, training, seminars, webinars, and relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration. For a complete listing of events, please visit our online calendar HERE.
    Send your event info to editor[at]


    E-Magazine - Volume 9, Number 8, 2012
    • Education Problem  • Surveying in Afghanistan  • Superior Effort  • Flood Insurance Reform  • The Big Wet  • Hexagon 2012  • GIS: Just a Tool  
    • Municipalities and Clients ...and more!
    E-Magazine - Volume 9, Number 7, 2012
    • Survey Summit • Worland, Wyoming • Louisiana Bilby • Deadwood Datum
    • New Packing Shed • The Lending Industry • Path of Destruction • “Cloudy” Future • GIS Myth #1 • Navigational Brain ...and more!

    Did-U-Know has compiled a state-by-state list of free imagery HERE

    bookHistoric Map Collection — A map of General Washington's farm of Mount Vernon from a drawing transmitted by the General. CREATED/PUBLISHED [S.l., 1801] NOTES Removed from: Letters from His Excellency George Washington, to Arthur Young, [etc.]. London, 1801. Scale 1:6,336. This map is 23"x18".

    Printed on high-quality photo paper, this poster is capable of being a center-piece for any room or space. These unique reproductions are both fascinating and sure to please.

    Our maps and posters make excellent gifts for clients or employees!

    Sponsored by AVEVA

    LFM is a powerful 3D laser scanning software package, which allows users to import 3D data from numerous 3D laser scanning formats, and exports to 3D plant design integrated systems like AVEVA and Intergraph, and CAD platforms. LFM 3D laser scanning software provides a complete solution from registration of laser scan data to as-built modeling. The time, cost savings and quality improvements afforded by LFM surpass those traditionally associated with 3D laser scanning. Visit us for details.


    ADVERTISING with Spatial Media (Amerisurv, GISuser, MachineControl, LiDAR News)
    Request our Electronic Media Planner - complete with rates and promotion options. Connect with our large, targeted audience of Land Surveyors, Civil Engineers, GISusers, LBS professionals, SmartPhone Developers, technology managers, and other key decision makers.

    About | Privacy Policy
    © 2012, Spatial Media LLC
    905 West Seventh Street, #331
    Frederick, Maryland, 21701 USA