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The Economy... Things seem to be picking up. The Associated Builders and Contractors, representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with two million employees, follows the construction economy very closely, and for the first time since 2008, is seeing an increase in construction employment, albeit non-residential. As you already know, surveyors are intimately involved with construction, so this is good news indeed!
Our latest issue will mail this week, and as usual, it's full of great content. In particular, I draw your attention to Gavin Schrock's exclusive article about Terrasat, the German company that invented VRS. RTNs are growing by leaps and bounds across the country, and they are a marvelous productivity booster. One of the new articles in this issue details Earl Dudley's experiences with its regional RTN.
The new issue also has Ashtech's "return" to the market, an article by Missouri surveyor (and former 82 Charlie) Chris Wickern about the center of section, and a ProFile of Missouri Renaissance Man Dick Elgin. And that's not all! You can scroll down to see the line-up.
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, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: SPAR 2010
Under the banner of Innovate, Connect & Learn, the seventh annual SPAR laser scanning conference was held in Houston in February. In comparison to attendance in 2009, which had decreased slightly from the previous year to 630, attendance this year roared back to nearly 800. Of these ....
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SMART Surveying
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern California. Measure Q had an amazing 70% support of the two county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District. One reason for voter enthusiasm is that SMART promises to be relatively ....
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Ashtech Comes Full Circle: An interview with François Erceau
They're back! While the name Ashtech may sound new to younger folks in the precise community, its corporate predecessors, Ashtech, Thales and Magellan have ...
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Whose Footsteps Are They? The Journey to the Center Quarter Corner
The center quarter corners of the Public Land Survey System are the topic of many heated discussions between surveyors. Some say the center quarter can exist only at the intersection of ...
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The Birthplace of VRS
Today, Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) networks are becoming commonplace. There is at least a small RTK network (or multiple RTK networks) in every state of the U.S., some with full statewide coverage. Internationally, many countries boast nationwide networks. All have been developed within a whirlwind decade since the introduction of the ....
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Infected with Surveying: A ProFile of Dick Elgin
Dick Elgin comes by his surveying "roots" honestly. Raised in his late parents' "Mom and Pop" surveying business, as with so many of us, surveying got into his blood early in life and has yet to leave. This rare combination of surveying practitioner, researcher, educator, author and ....
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Vantage Point: Ripple Effects Above and Below
The most popular saying around one office I worked in was, "You can have anything you want, but you have to pay the price." Both clients and employees heard it frequently. But it applies to life on a broader scale as well, affecting many aspects of the world we live in. One of ...
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Network News
Earl Dudley, Inc. saw the benefits of a reference station network early on. Now, nearly a decade after their first station, they are seeing a lot of new converts to the technology. Equipment suppliers in a broad range of fields can often go years without a change in their product offering. Not ...
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As The American Surveyor enters its seventh year, we'd like to get some reader input to help us determine what you want and need from the magazine. Here's the good part: if you fill out the questionnaire and provide an e-mail address, you'll be entered into our drawing. First prize will be a highly useful Laser Technology (LTI) TruPulse 360 B, which has an MSRP of $1,695! Other prizes wil include your choice of our maps or posters (even Ronnie).

featureHere's what LTI says about the 360 B: The most compact and versatile laser rangefinder in the world! Its capabilities go far beyond just measuring distances because you can instantly capture height data as well as measure azimuth with its built-in compass. The TruPulse 360 B communicates with just about any GPS or data collector via Bluetooth. It has the ability to remotely position any feature without having to occupy it and even add height/elevation data as attributes to any feature. MSRP: $1,695.00

We hope you'll take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to help us provide you with information you need to be successful in the new economy!

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Trimble Raises Bar for GNSS Infrastructure and Network Apps with Trimble NetR9 Reference Receiver
Obama Administration Policy Discriminates Against 85 Percent of the Construction Workforce
LizardTech to Exhibit at Conferences Across the U.S. and Canada
Boeing to Provide Next-Generation GPS Ground Systems Support to US Air Force
VirtualGrid Releases Cloud Decimator for AutoCAD 2011
Blue Marble Travels West to Exhibit at the ACSM-GITA Conference in Phoenix
Important Announcement about Canada-wide DGPS Service
Virginia Tech Chooses Topcon’s IP-S2 for Infrastructure Assessment
Dieter Zeuner Retires from Applanix Corporation
Geospatial Systems, Inc. Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement for China Market
Vexcel Imaging Announces Sale of UltraCamXp to Strong Engineering
Optech Announces its 5th International Terrestrial Laser Scanning User Meeting
Sokkia Releases the Series 50X Total Stations with Increased Range, Speed and Expanded Functionality
Sta-Level Feet Make Fast Work of Tripod Leveling
GOES-15 Weather Satellite Captures Its First Image of Earth
Definiens Releases Update for eCognition 8
Carlson and TAG Launch Commander Machine Control PC
Russia to Orbit 7 New GLONASS Satellites in 2010
Leica Geosystems’ ADS80 Becomes New Core Sensor for Main Aerial
Spatial Energy and 3v Geomatics Announce Strategic Partnership
SPECIM's Revolutionary Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor Takes Off
Topcon IP-S2 Mobile Survey System Introduced by Shanxi Province in China
ESRI to Develop Highway Maintenance and Linear Referencing Solution
Optech to Host Mapping in Motion Workshop at ASPRS 2010 in April
Northrop Grumman Awarded Base Contracts in All Categories of TASER
Nonresidential Construction Gains Jobs for the First Time Since 2008
First Again: Lagos Deploys Leica Geosystems’ Latest Generation GNSS Measurement System
Lagos State Presents First Permanent CORS to Nigerian Institution of Surveyors
International Land Systems to Support USAID Land Reform Project in Tajikistan
Report Finds More Than $234 Billion in Residential Storm Surge Exposure in 13 U.S. Cities
PPI Adds New High Accuracy, Vehicle-Mounted, Mobile Mapping & Survey System to Equipment Offerings
February Spending Report: Construction Industry Recession Continues
50th Anniversary of the Satellite that “Forever Changed Weather Forecasting”
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