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As expected, Mark Silver's article about OPUS Projects is leading the Hit Parade on our website. I predict this free, cloud-based software from NGS will eventually prove to be more popular than all the other OPUS flavors. One of the largest benefits of OPUS is assurance that your starting coordinate is correct. But rather than just a single point, O-P will enable network adjustments.
We are hard at work on the next issue, which I discuss in the Spotlight below. This year marks the first in our ten-year history that we will have 12 issues. A sign of an improving economy? I'm not so sure. In my 50 years in surveying, I've never seen such a prolonged downturn, which makes me wonder what's really going on.
Lots of other great content in our current issue which you can see by scrolling down. And 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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Intergeo 2013 was held October 8-10 in Essen, Germany. As the largest geotechnology event in the Western world, attendees each year witness the rollout of future tech. Located in the heart of the Ruhr industrial region in northwest Germany, the event this year teemed with more than ....
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Mapping Tree Footprints
Michael Taylor, a resident of small-town Hyampom, California, has a very unique hobby. Taylor is a member of The Native Tree Society (NTS), an interest group which includes some of the most renowned forest researchers in the world among its ....
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Chad Erickson, PS, and Linda Erickson 
Lessons Learned From "Tall Trees Surround Us"
It was a tired, hungry pair that stepped off the train out of Chicago (August 1909)... Minilou then voiced the suggestion that I get a job for the winter and hire a locator to select our claim when filing time came next spring. ....
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Mark Silver 
OPUS-Projects—The Next Revolution in GPS
NGS's very popular `OPUS-Static' and `OPUS-Rapid Static' products have revolutionized easy accessibility to horizontal coordinates and ellipsoid elevations. In many areas, a short 15-minute static occupation with an inexpensive L1/L2 receiver will generate an accurate horizontal ....
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Richard Ries 
Precision Measurement at Track & Field Competitions
Track and field competitions, like the construction and survey industries, rely on precision measurement. For all throws except javelin, such as the discus and hammer, the angle of the sector in which all thrown implements must fall is 34.92 degrees (±0.1 degree). The lines defining the ....
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Gordon M. Wilson 
Scanning New Horizons
As the digital age carries us forward, methods of surveying are constantly changing. Because of this, it can be especially challenging for schools to keep their students at the forefront of the profession. Colleges and universities that offer geomatics and surveying programs are faced ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: Best Practices for Very Large Boundary Surveys
When it comes to very large boundary surveys, distances can become distorted over large areas. Because effective boundary surveying requires accurate measurements, anyone doing very large boundary surveys should therefore consider using a bit of geodesy. Let's say you've been ....
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Albert “Skip” Theberge 
Leveling a Nation
On October 22nd, 1877, the United States Coast Survey (named Coast and Geodetic Survey the following year) began "running with the utmost precision a line of levels from the Atlantic coast westward, to follow as nearly as practicable along the ....
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I enjoyed the attention the Court of Appeals of Oregon case, Dykes v. Arnold, received in your publication, The American Surveyor. As a result of considering this case and cases in other jurisdictions in conflict thereto, a couple of core issues facing land boundary retracement surveyors ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS 
Vantage Point: Fire and Rain
The current fires raging near Yosemite are bringing back vivid memories of driving alongside flames bordering a Nebraska highway late one night. My friends and I had taken a few weeks off from our summer jobs just before our next college semester would start, heading west to hit as many ....
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feature Our final issue of 2013 includes several more great articles, including another installment from Chad and Linda Erickson, who have been tirelessly promoting the concept of property lines that we surveyors are sworn to protect. We are still waiting for a response from the federales, although I have been talking with a Forest Service employee who is apparently afraid for his job if he responds. I've told him I will break magazine policy and allow him to respond anonymously, but in the current political climate, I guess he's reluctant.

Continuing with our nearly two-decade promotion of SHS and the Surveyors Rendezvous—the only magazine editor that has done so—the issue will contain our 2013 recap. In talking with the author, Bart Crattie, I learned that many believe SHS is just a group of old guys who like to dress up in costume. Having attended these events since the very beginning back in the 90s, I can say that the technical sessions are quite educational in nature, with subjects such as astronomy, gravity and the technical aspects of instrumentation. Sure, dressing up in period clothing is part of it for some, but far from all of it for most who attend.

In keeping with our tradition of presenting the best, most relevent content for actual working surveyors, the rest of the issue will contain boundary and legal principles, the use of the CST Program, a Guinness world record, the launch of Javad's latest receiver, and a heartwarming story about giving back. We hope 2013 was a reasonably good year for you, and that 2014 will be better. Thanks to both the readers and the advertisers for your support!

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