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Our October issue is circulating, and a cool Trimble monitoring story is leading the Hit Parade. A beautiful state-of-the-art New Zealand building has withstood repeated earthquakes by "floating," but liquefaction has caused the ground underneath to settle unevenly. Grout pumping and careful monitoring is fixing the problem.
Another cool application of our technology can be found in my editorial. Topcon RTK was used to set 18,000 points on the National Mall in DC to establish a giant face. If you check out the PDF of my editorial you can see the face in an oblique shot from the Washington Monument. Larry Trojak is writing the article about it for us and wait until you see the DigitalGlobe satellite shots!
Scroll down to see the rest of the new issue, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story you'd like to share. The new issue has something for everyone, from the only professional magazine dedicated to land surveying.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: facescapes
If you think gridlock exists within the political process in Washington, DC, you should see the gridlock that exists when it comes to changing anything around the National Mall. Not only is there a regulation forbidding a building taller than the Washington Monument, but any new memorial or change ....
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Field Tech
FieldTech—Surveying Technology Essentials
• Carlson BRx5 GNSS Receiver  • Javad Triumph F-1 UAS • Topcon MS AXII Measuring Station  • Topcon Sirius UAS • Topcon GLS-2000 Laser Scanner ....
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Wendy Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Cycling Plans
I recently took a bad bicycle spill on a rerouted stretch of a local trail that now features four changes of surface and three reverse curves in somewhat less than half the original horizontal distance for the same amount of elevation drop. The result for me was "ouch". At the final transition ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles—Proration—The Surveyor And The Law
Proration is applied whenever the intent of the original owner indicates that he created several parcels simultaneously with equal rights and there is no one parcel designated to receive a remainder. Simultaneous descriptions are as follows: 1. Wills and gifts wherein none of the heirs or benefactors ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion—Part 2
A Few Inner Workings Leading Up to Traverse. The development of these programs has been an evolutionary expansion of my personal knowledge regarding programming logic. The components of the traverse routine are among my earliest attempts at keystroke programming and appear ....
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Larry Trojak 
Technology Helps Broaden Capabilities
In the survey world, diversity of skill sets is more critical today than it's ever been. As GNSS technology continues to make inroads into traditional survey territory, survey professionals are being pushed to find new revenue streams, often in areas ....
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Ruth Wilson 
A Dam with a View
In March 1913, a devastating flood forever altered the landscape of the Ohio and Muskingum valleys. More than 400 people were killed, and thousands of homes were destroyed. In the wake of this disaster, state officials and government agencies ....
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Loane, Hoover, & Walker 
Land Of Enrichment
Just across the New Mexico border northwest of Midland, Texas, lies Eunice. The Midland area is known for being a longtime hotbed of petroleum production in the United States. Little known is the fact that Eunice hosts the only uranium ....
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Francis Mortimer 
Not Broken, But Slightly Bowed—Lifting a Landmark Gallery
Te Puna o Waiwhetu, the art gallery of Christchurch, New Zealand, is a striking landmark at the edge of the city's historic cultural precinct. Designed by the Buchan Group of Melbourne, Australia, it opened its doors to the public in 2003. The ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
Subdivided We Stand Part 2—The Housing Industry Villains
The Pseudo Land Boundary Surveyor as the Villain surveyor who re-stakes a lot corner by coordinates, without research and a thorough field search for the original monument, will inevitably cause boundary disputes in the neighborhoods where he surveys. How long will it be before the populous ....
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FeedBack—Thoughts From Our Readers
What Is An Easement and How Can One Be Created? Mr. Demma, I know that all States have different Laws and Statutes, I'm concern about Colorado. Our Town Attorney for the small Town of Pagosa Springs stresses that utility easements can be abandoned and/or vacated by Town ....
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Glen Thurow 
Tomorrow's CST—Certifying Essential Skills
Almost everyone I talk to about surveying education has heard of the National Society of Professional Surveyors Certified Survey Technician (CST) program. And why not! The nationally recognized CST program is a great success story. Inaugurated in 1988, the program has grown each year ....
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The Trimble R10 GNSS System now allows surveyors to measure points that are inaccessible with other GNSS surveying systems. With the Trimble R10, you can survey previously inaccessible points, reduce occupation time and record faster and safer measurements than ever before. New firmware gives automatic compensation for up to 15 degrees of pole tilt and RTK level precision anywhere. For more information visit:


feature We just returned from Intergeo in Berlin. According to show organizers, attendance was more than 17,000 this year. Because the United States has no equivalent trade show, we always go to meet with our advertisers, and to see what's new in geospatial. Even more than years past, the four giant halls were full of unmanned aerial vehicles. Shown to the right is the JAVAD GNSS F-1. Useful for FAA approval is the fact that unit is not controlled by a joystick: just select a flight pattern and hit Fly. Also unique are the detachable motor arms which means the unit can be used as a TRIUMPH-1 for field work as base or rover. Click on the image to learn more about the F-1.

feature Also making a big splash at the show was the new Riegl RiCopter, shown here carrying Riegl's new VUX-1 lidar sensor. According to Jim van Rens, Riegl USA manager, the company is evaluating five different metric cameras—capable of calibration—for photogrammetric use. The approach of the F-1 and the RiCopter is fundamentally different. With the F-1 everything is built-in, but with the RiCopter, the sensors are bolted on. Continuing to limit UAS mission duration is battery life, but both octocopter units are capable of thirty minutes of flying time. Click on the image for more info about the RiCopter.

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Introducing the Carlson BRx5 GNSS receiver, an integrated all-in-one pole-top GNSS receiver, from Carlson Software Inc. Each BRx5 contains a multi-constellation, multi-band 270-channel GNSS receiver, internal GSM cell modem, UHF radio, dual hot-swappable batteries and internal level sensors.

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Juniper Systems Announces Allegro 2
Machine Control Online Announces New Editor, Enhancements for 2015
INTERGEO 2014 – The Geo Industry is Ready for a Networked World
Altus Positioning Systems Partners with Entegra Technologies
Carlson Introduces GIS360 for Android
New, Improved LandXML-2.0 is Here
Carlson Software Introduces All New Surveyor2 Data Collector
Sokkia Announces Next Generation Geodetic Reference Receiver
Trimble Integrates its V10 Imaging Rover with R-Series GNSS Receivers
Trimble Announces Enhancements to Trimble Trident Software
Trimble Software Introduces New Laser Scanning Capabilities
Trimble Adds Satellite Imagery Data Support and Automation
Trimble Offers More Flexibility for Surveyors
Trimble Introduces eCognition Essentials Software
Trimble Expands its Geospatial Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry
Spectra Precision Introduces Optical Survey Solutions
Spectra Precision Introduces Spectra Precision Central
Nikon-Trimble Introduces New Total Stations
Topcon Announces New Geodetic Reference Receiver and Antenna
Topcon Announces Latest Addition to 3-D Layout Line
Topcon Adds Imaging Capability to DS-200 Total Station Series
Topcon Announces Next Generation 3-D Mobile Mapping System
Sokkia Introduces NET AXII Measuring Station
Velodyne Teams with QinetiQ with VLP-16 LiDAR Puck on TALON Robot
Hemisphere GNSS Announces New Survey Grade GNSS Antennas
DotProduct Debuts Phi.3D V2.0 at INTERGEO
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