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Welcome to our mid-issue newsletter. The partisan politics that's filling the news aside, it's hard to get a read on the economy. Some indicators look good, while others don't. Obviously, all we can do is soldier on, hoping for positive change, change we can believe in.
Response to our current issue has been encouraging. Dave Wooley wrote from California, saying "The traditional land surveying focus, as opposed to a technology focus, is greatly appreciated." You'll see the rest of Dave's response in the next Letters to the Editor. Of course, we will continue delivering the kinds of technology that will allow you to be successful, should you choose to adopt it.
Leading the Hit Parade so far is Gary Kent's article about ExpressMap. I suspect that the high hit count is the result of news of the article circulating through the title industry. Next most popular is Larry Trojak's article about Dow Corning's success with GIS and positioning technology. Rounding out the top four are Shawn Billing's review of the latest software and gear from Carlson, and Wendy Lathrop's piece about zombie subdivisions.
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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Editorial: Carlson’s 30th Anniversary
Downtown Cincinnati was the site for the recent Carlson User Conference and 30th Anniversary celebration. Held in the Netherlands Plaza, a gorgeous art deco building built during the Depression, the conference was another success. I found it interesting that the developer of the Netherlands ....
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The World's Oldest Instrument Manufacturer
I've long had a soft spot in my heart for Germany. My German grandfather emigrated to this country as a child in the late 1800s, his family possessing little more than the knowledge of raising Holstein cows and the strong work ethic, one of ....
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Larry Trojak 
GIS Enhances Safety + Efficiency at Dow Corning's Midland Plant
While the concept of using GIS to accurately identify and map physical assets is widely accepted in cities, towns and municipalities throughout the country, that approach has not yet found the same level of broad acceptance within private industry. Perhaps because of a misplaced ....
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Huls & Rager 
Trails of the Mesoamericans in Lakkin Itza (Florida)
Lakkin Itza is the author's play on words, comparing Florida to the more famous Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula. Florida being east of Yucatan, the author located this Mayan glyph representing east in the John Montgomery Dictionary of ....
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Gary Kent 
Reconnaissance: ExpressMap--The End of Surveying?
There has been a tremendous flurry of emails flying back and forth across the country over the last few weeks regarding ExpressMap™ and how First American Title is using it to try to put surveyors out of business. This column will try to separate the myths from the facts of ExpressMap ....
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Shawn Billings, PS 
Product Review: Carlson SurvPC and Supervisor
In 1983, Dad founded J. D. Billings Land Surveying Company. Survey software development was a burgeoning market with the relatively affordable and easily obtainable personal computer suddenly available. That same year Carlson Software was born. In 1985, because Bruce ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The $15,000 Question
The fax arrived at my office on one of those fine, sunny afternoons, one of those days you get up early just to stretch your legs and feel the warmth of the sun. It read: "Finally, it's over!!!!! The Court entered Judgment last Friday...!!!!! I'm faxing it to you--of particular interest to you should ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: The "Weight" of Monument Placement
The placement of a property corner monument seems like such a simple act. If your land surveying practice is like mine, you may not remember the last time you set a property corner monument. Or, if your practice is focused on small property surveys, you may set property corners frequently ....
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Einstein on Surveying: I find "The American Surveyor" a must have publication. However, I am troubled that so much emphasis is placed on the technology and so little is placed on Boundary surveys. I believe the licensing of surveyors is for the express purpose of protecting the ....
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Curt Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: A Lasting Legacy
Curtis Brown served as the elected president of ACSM in 1965 and 1966. He also served as ACSM's Chairman of the Task Committee on Education. All the while, he continued lecturing extensively across the country. Amongst his many endeavors, he returned to Purdue University where he ....
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Vantage Point: Haunted by the Past
They never die. They continue to haunt us long after they should have been retired once and for all. But once approved, old subdivisions and developments often manage to sustain a faint heartbeat years beyond changes in zoning, changes in topography, and changes in how we ....
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feature We are pleased to announce that our FEMA expert, Wendy Lathrop, will be presenting a free webinar on May 29th at 1PM EDT. Wendy's article in our #3 issue, titled What to do in the Aftermath, is about flood mapping and the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Most impactful for me was her opening line about how we don't know if the flood maps are correct until we have a big storm. In her one-hour webinar, she will explain the changes in FEMA mapping.

The reason why the magazine has articles about flood certificates, flood vent openings, and Wendy's Aftermath article and webinar, is for those of you who are pursuing this arena to make money. And as I have repeatedly said, the folks who consume this information are looking to surveyors to provide it. We are the experts, and for sure, we need to NOT turn our back on this baliwick.

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