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Hello Amerisurv user... If you don't have our December issue yet, you should receive it shortly. I've gone ahead and posted our December articles, feel free to take a sneak peak via the index below.

For those of you with an interest in land surveying history, I think you'll particulary enjoy our December cover-story. The discovery and restoration of one of the rarest surveyign instruments of the Colonial period yielded an unexpected surprise.. Read on about the David Rittenhouse Telescopic Theodolite. Due to popular demand, we've compiled an index of our other surveying history articles here.

I hope you're enjoying the holiday season, Christmas is just around the corner. Time's almost up for you to order one of our fine maps, they make quite a gift. A Louisiana survey firm just picked up 35 of them for their clients! If you order in bulk like this, you're eligible for a 33% discount, but you need to hurry... Call or drop me a line if you're interested, I'll gladly prepare a list of available maps for any given area. You can browse over 100 of them here.

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The American Surveyor

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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.

feature GNSS World Record - Things are rocking right along in the GNSS world, and the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee meeting is where it all comes together. It is predicted that, by 2020, six or more systems will be operating. In addition to planned or existing constellations from the United States, Russia, Europe and China, both Japan and India are well along with WAAS-like augmentation systems. The net result of the four planned constellations is that we will have 120+ satellites to work with. More signals, and stronger signals from an abundance of satellites will be a boon to the precise community.....

Click here to read a surveyor's perspective on the meeting, and the current situation regarding the death of NDGPS. The subject is controversial and I express an opinion about NDGPS and HA-NDGPS.

Speaking of GNSS, where do you stand in your knowledge of RTK Networks? Due to large-scale demand for RTN related information, our resident expert, Gavin Schrock (who runs the Washington state RTN), has been plugging away at his RTN-101 series for over a year now. We've published ten installments of the series already. Whether you're a novice or an expert, check out our RTN-101 section online, we've posted the entire series for easy viewing.

Leica Geosystems Readies Latest Advanced Construction Solutions for 2008 World of Concrete
Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Expands T-Kartor’s Channel to Finland
GPS-Photo Link Software Speeds Damage Assessment after California Fires
New Florida Parcel Mapping Database Released by Delray Mapping & Marketing
Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging India Pvt. Ltd. Opening
Blue Marble Releases Geographic Calculator 7.0 Featuring Many New Data Management Tools
Merrick & Company Wins Engineering Excellence Award
New Rugged Bosch Laser Rangefinder
GLONASS-M constellation now consists of 10 satellites Makes Hiring in the Civil Engineering Community Easier
GPS Network for the Greater Central New Mexico Area Launched
Real Time 3D Scanning of Noel Storm Damage Aids Real Time Weather Channel Coverage
Leica Geosystems Announces Winner of 2007 Super-Charged Sweepstakes
Lonesource Secures Contracts with Six Engineering Firms
Topcon GIS Technology Used to Map Areas of Two California Fires
Safe Software Introduces Free FME FDO Provider for AutoCAD Map 3D 2008
Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Announces Free Version of ERDAS Field Guide™
SOKKIA Introduces the New SET X Total Station
ESRI's ArcPad 7.1 Mobile GIS Software Now Available
WhiteStar and HPDI Integrate Oil & Gas Well Mapping Data with Nationwide Well Production Data
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Tele Atlas Names Finalists in LBS Innovators Series Event
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