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feature Hello Amerisurv user... Of course, after enduring the winters, Alaska surveyors probably welcome warmer temperatures, but for the rest of us in the lower 48, hot and sticky conditions in the summer often have us longing for cooler, drier weather. In the July issue, we have a great story about how the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors teamed with Ice Alaska to create a full-scale replica of the famous ice!
Also of particular note in the new issue is an article about the state of the contruction industry in our country. Written by a New York City attorney who specializes in construction issues, the article states the obvious, but also provides five steps that could be taken. Of course, land development and construction provides the bulk of work for surveyors, so I think the author is saying something worth listening to. Infrastructure work anyone?
Lot's of other great content in the new issue, including a cool digital pen that just might change the way you work. Scroll down to see the July 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: Machine Control
Electronic technology such as EDMs, total stations and data collection have radically transformed the way we work by reducing manpower requirements, enabling us to produce higher quality work in less time, and hopefully, increasing the profit margin. Technology has also made our work more ....
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Point to Point: Good Data, No Fences
In his recent commentary "Good Data Make Good Fences," that appeared in Forbes online, Peter Huber argues that technology has progressed to the point of being able to trivialize finding property boundaries and other constraints on the use of property. Boundary locations have been....
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The WowFactor: Heads-up Rod Level by SECO
In late 1999 the folks from SECO were clearing out some old imported auto-levels that had been a total disaster due to poor compensator design and manufacturing. But all was not lost. One of the cool features on the auto-level was a circular bubble that was viewed by looking straight into ...
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Stonehenge on Ice: The Story of Making a Frozen Replica
The idea to build a full scale replica of Stonehenge in ice came at the convergence of two events in the middle of the hottest mid-summer July day in Fairbanks, Alaska. I was the chairman of the 41st annual Alaska Surveying ...
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Day of Reckoning: Fatal Flaws in America's Construction Industry
Our wasteful construction industry has always been an expensive problem. But factor in a massive national deficit and the economic and safety threats caused by our aging ....
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Vantage Point: How "Hard" Must "Hardship" Be?
Our governments, whether local, state, or federal, have a certain amount of say-so and control over our real estate. All three have the power to exercise their powers of eminent domain to condemn private property for public uses, providing that just compensation is paid to ....
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RTN­101: Mounts Count (Part 13)
Reframing Reference Frameworks. There are few aspects of the subject of RTNs that are not in some way controversial; not uncharacteristic for new ideas. Before we look at mounting and monumentation options (and there are plenty of...
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Software Review: Adapx Digital Pen and Capturx for ArcGIS
It all started with Dick Tracy and his radio wrist watch. Now we have a pen that is a data collector. The Adapx digital pen is both Bluetooth-enabled and a USB device. The pen weighs just over an ounce and is about the size of an average ballpoint pen. Communication is either ...
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Software Review MicroSurvey CAD 2008
MicroSurvey CAD 2008 (MSCAD) represents the latest incarnation of their popular desktop drafting software. MSCAD is a fully integrated COGO and design suite developed for the IntelliCAD platform, specifically, IntelliCAD version 6.4. For those of you unfamiliar with...
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On Elevation Matters. I read, with interest, Wendy Lathrop's article "Insure and Regulate­Elevation Matters" [March 2008]. I agree that we, as professionals, need to advise clients about the technical aspects of developing in floodplains. That presumes we have an understanding of ...
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Surveyors Report: Doing the Right Thing
Everyone faces this dilemma: "Will I do the right thing, even if it will cost me something, or do the wrong thing, because it's easier or others do it?" When I was a teenager, my mom would ask, "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" Of course it depended on how ...
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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 Machine Control - Not wanting to be the messenger that gets killed, I have been reluctant to promote machine control. Why? Because it, like robotics and other technology, will eventually affect the number of surveyors needed to build America. Even so, it's inevitable. And even though our workforce numbers will change, there's still going to be a great need for surveyors who are skilled in digital everything. Scroll up to read my editorial about what I think about machine control.

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Survey and Engineering Communities Support ESRI Summit
ABC Construction Employment Update
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National Geographic Opens the Doors to Geospatial Data
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ESRI's 2008/2013 Demographic Data Updates Reveal Growth Areas and Housing Market Changes
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