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I hope you are having a great summer, and that you have enough work. Our July issue is available online and oddly, my recap of the Optech user conference is leading the Hit Parade. Not far behind is Part 10 of Jason Foose's popular HP35 series, and after that a fascinating story about using scanning in the move of a huge building.

Plenty of other great content in the new issue, including application articles, ALTA advice, and more. Of particular interest to me is the beginning of a 12-part series about Eric Stahlke's Alaskan barge. More about that below in Spotlight. I hope you are gearing up for the Surveyors Rendezvous in Washington in September. This one looks like it's going to be a humdinger.

To see the flippy of the new issue you can click on the magazine cover to the right, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a surveying story you'd like to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Knowing What We Don't Know
I recently attended the Teledyne Optech Imaging & LiDAR Solutions conference in Toronto. The well-attended meeting showcased much of what we covered in the 3D Pioneers article our April 2014 issue. Of particular interest to me in that article was how, under the tagline Everywhere ....
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Here's a shot taken in Chuathbaluk...yep, Chuathbaluk. Say that ten times fast. Used to be called Russian Mission but there were two villages along the Yukon River called Russian Mission and it got sorta confusing. People getting kicked out of an airplane ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The Lost Art of Land Surveying
I like reading books. I think has something to do with the feel of the paper or the smell of the binding. And then there's the process of flipping pages, moving from one to the next, to see where the story is going to take me. There is also the subtle aesthetic of placing a book alongside your bed ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: No Title
When surveyors receive a title commitment document stating the identity of the current owners, we generally imagine that the title company has been thorough in its research and report. "Imagine" may be read here with both of its usual meanings, one being `to believe" and one relating to a more ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Engineers and Surveying
Most engineering colleges offer training in computations, mapping and instrumentation, but little or nothing in surveying law. A man may be a beautiful technician, a skilled mathematician, and an expert at making measurements, but of what value is his skill it he does, not know where ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage—Part 1
Ah, retirement... how sweet the thought! Goodbye forever to leaky tents and midnight survey calculations. So long to mosquitoes, no-see-ums and wasps. Adios to showers from a plastic bag, smelly sleeping bags and the same pair of ....
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Angus Stocking, PS. 
Scanning a Building in Motion
Since the earliest days of their implementation by land surveyors, laser scanners have increasingly been used to create high-quality 3D documentations of buildings for use by architects, planners, contractors and other infrastructure professionals, so it ....
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Larry Trojak 
Staking a Claim to the Future
The hallmark of any great organization is not how well it reacts to change but rather how effectively it can anticipate it. For Ravi Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C., which had developed a solid, profitable survey function within the company, anticipation and follow-through have been key ....
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Michael Gundling 
When Two Worlds Collide
When anthropological research teams travel to some of Alaska's most remote communities to perform subsistence surveys, the challenges extend far beyond the average land survey. The challenges of travel in remote regions of Alaska, interviewing people of varied cultural backgrounds, and the ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 10
Distance dependent intersections are complimentary tools for the retracement surveyor. When contemplating intersection methods one should consider whether or not the values were actually measured in the field. Such might be the case with a radius point for example. Last month we ....
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FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
I appreciate your interest and understand that you are one of the "old hands" I referred to in my article. I take a lot of pride in the fact I have made my living as a professional surveyor and feel an obligation at this stage to give something back by sharing my views with, especially, the younger ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: Lender's Certificates—The Ridiculous & the Ludicrous
Recently I heard from a surveyor who had performed an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey on a property three years earlier. The lender--who shall remain unnamed-- now wanted an "update" with a certification that included the following clauses: 1. [T]he undersigned certifies that [choose one of the ....
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feature Without any intention aforethought, this issue ended up being an Alaskan issue. In addition to Eric's barge saga, we have a cool application article about the use of TerraGo technology in remote Alaskan villages, and another one of Daryl Moistner's great Alaska pics. In the pic to the right, one of Eric's crewmen, Todd Jantzi, has a moment of relaxation at the upper McKinley Crossing on the Tanana River. Click the pic (right) for Part 1.

Eric first wrote about the barge when I was the editor of another magazine, and it instantly resonated with me. As I have written before, because surveyors like working outdoors, and because most of us spend our careers in urban settings, stories about Alaska cause a farway look in our eyes, and a wish that we were there instead of staking curb and gutter for another box store. Eric's a great writer and has written other stories for the magazine, such as the wandering Arctic Circle. Unbeknownst to many people is the fact that, before becoming a surveyor, Eric spent time in a rope factory on the East Coast. I'm sure many of our readers can share similar stories about what they did before becoming a surveyor.

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