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Welcome to our mid-November newsletter. Our latest issue will reach you shortly, and it's got a lot of great content. Of particular note is a different kind of road trip taken by a large contingent of surveyors who made a massive canoe voyage down the Columbia River from Canada to the Pacific Ocean. There's lots more in the new issue, which you can see by scrolling down.
LightSquared continues to be in the news. If you want to keep up, I have created an area on our website called LightSquared Watch. Last week, the Positioning Navigation & Timing (PNT) Advisory Board met in Alexandria, VA. Part of the meeting was a LightSquared panel consisting of Javad Ashjaee from JAVAD GNSS, Martin Harriman from LightSquared, and Jim Kirkland, who represented the Coalition to Save Our GPS. You can read about the meeting in my editorial below. In the Spotlight below, I delve into Javad's presentation.
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,
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The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Polarization
The ninth meeting of the Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing advisory board, held in Alexandria VA on November 9, 2011 was widely anticipated as a "showdown" between the anti- and pro-LightSquared forces. While the meeting scored points for both sides, it left ....
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Voyage of the Koo Koo Sint & Paddle Song
In 1811, David Thompson, surveyor and fur trader for the North West Company reached the Pacific Ocean, adding the Columbia River as the final leg of the Fur Trade Highway from Hudson's Bay and Montreal to the Pacific Ocean and becoming the ....
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Rendezvous 2011—Altered Contours
From sometime around 1000 BC through 500 AD, natives piled great quantities of dirt into all shapes and configurations within the valley of the great river. What was the purpose of these mounds of fill shaped over fifteen hundred years in the ....
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Vantage Point: A Homeowner's Setback
Minnesota's Supreme Court recently struck down earlier decisions favoring a homeowner's complaint against the local city for errors related to the homeowner's shed. While Dr. Rajbir Sarpal and his wife Dr. Carol Sarpal had prevailed in the district and appellate courts, this May 2011 opinion ...
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Footsteps: Finding the Courage to Say "No"
My father died in May. He was 52. The loss of someone close to you, especially your father, forces you to examine your life. You ask, "Am I following the moral principles that I was raised with, even when I'm under pressure to compromise?" This loss in my life and three recent situations ...
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Conference Review: CGSIC and ION 2011—GPS-Greater than the Sum of its Parts
The 51st Meeting of the CGSIC and the ION GNSS 2011 was held September 19-23, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. I can think of no better combination of conferences that serves to illustrate (to paraphrase Aristotle) how the ...
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Data Mine—From Limestone Mine to National Archives Storage
Imagine you are charged with this task: Accurately survey the interior of a limestone mine cut into the base of a bluff­a cave with vast expanses, irregular surfaces and no light. Collect ....
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A Colonial Surveyor in President Jefferson's Public Lands
My apologies to Mark Twain, as in parts of my journey to obtain CFedS Certification I felt like the Connecticut Yankee, in King Arthur's Court, but in reverse. That is, I was the learner and my predecessors were the teachers. Also, my appreciation for American Surveyor Magazine's motto "A Foot ....
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feature The LightSquared panel at the PNT Meeeting gave all sides an opportunity to state their case about the broadband initiative and its potential to affect GPS. Panel Moderator—and long-time industry expert—Tom Stansell lauded Javad's efforts to solve a complex problem, and described him as a pioneer in GNSS. The image shows Javad patting Stansell on the shoulder for his kind words. Flickr pics are HERE.

I have written a detailed account of the Javad portion of the presentation which can be viewed HERE, but suffice it to say that Javad views his solution to the LightSquared issue as the culmination of his 30+ years in the GNSS business. Javad is well-aware of the risk he is taking by standing alone on the issue, but is proud of the fact that, when confronted by both public and private sector experts at the meeting, he answered every question. We don't yet know where this will all end up, but in my opinion, Javad gets points for stepping up to the challenge.

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Javad Ashjaee’s LightSquared Solution Presentation at the PNT Meeting
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Coalition Members Tell PNT of Immense Costs, Disruption if LightSquared’s Plans Allowed to Go Forward
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Leica Geosystems Announces New Machine Control Partnership with Northwest Iowa Community College
DeLorme Named a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for inReach
FCC Should Promptly Rule that LightSquared Cannot Use Upper MSS Band for Terrestrial Operations
Old Aerial Photographs Help Defend Land Owner’s Rights in the UK
Bentley Makes Point Clouds Valuable Across Full Infrastructure Lifecycle Through Acquisition of Pointools Ltd
DGT Survey Group Announces the Hiring of A. Wayne Harrison
President and Founder of SDC Survey Robert Kan Joins Carlson Software Development Team
Allpoint Systems Releases Automated Bridge Inventory Survey Solution
GPS Industry Created Smokescreen to Hide Its Failures
Construction Unemployment Rises To 13.7 Percent in October
Russia Launches Three GLONASS Satellites
Blue Marble Geographics Acquires Global Mapper LLC of Parker, CO
GeoSpatial Experts Introduces Enterprise Licensing in GPS-Photo Link 5.1
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