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Our latest issue is in the mail, and is tracking well on the website. Leading the Hit Parade so far is my story about a visit to Optech, and next is my story about the 3D digtization going on at the Smithsonian. Scroll down for the complete line-up.
We're at SPAR, the laser scanning conference, in Colorado Springs this week. The show has really grown over the years, a reflection of one of the bright spots in the geospatial technologies. For those of you unable to attend a national conference, Topcon has announced their 2014 roadshow with plans to reach 23 cities in the coming months. More on that in the spotlight below.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: GLONASS Has a Hiccup
On the evening of April Fool's Day, as I was writing this editorial, I received an urgent phone call from the folks at JAVAD GNSS. They had been receiving reports that the GLONASS satellite constellation was off the air. Sure enough, when I went to the Russian Federal Space Agency's 24 ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS
Angle Points: Land Surveyor Liability
A recent article by Geneau Thames, a brilliant attorney with the law firm of Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP out of Baltimore, Maryland, raises some troubling issues with regards to an increase in activity for real estate professionals. Ms. Thames notes that with the increase in real estate activity ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Letting Go
It's an inevitable cycle of the business world: people are hired; people leave (voluntarily or involuntarily). Only the terms of engagement and disengagement vary from one firm to another. Recently more companies are requiring new employees to sign what amounts to an oath of ....
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Rachel Schowe
New Record For Southeast Asia's Highest Peak?
Since 1925, the people of Myanmar have been taught from an early age that the highest peak in all of Southeast Asia was the great Mount Hkakabo Razi. Often swathed in stormy clouds obscuring it from view, Hkakabo Razi lies in the Himalayan ....
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Marc Cheves, PS 
Smithsonian X 3D
In 1985 I attended the ACSM/ASPRS annual conference held in Washington, DC. After returning home to Oklahoma I remarked to my wife that the Smithsonian museums in DC would be great for our three children. Little did I know that less than two ....
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Chad & Linda Erickson 
Land Locators & Claim Jumpers Part 1
True West Magazine has kindly given us permission to abridge and reprint a remarkable, autobiographical article of August 1970 titled "Claim Jumpers" by Walt Coburn. We have not yet found a more detailed account of a Land Locator's activities ....
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Larry Trojak 
Upgrade Up North
As the economic recovery plods along in the U.S., growth in the Canadian economy is continuing at the brisk rate that has been evident for quite some time. While certainly good news, there is something of a downside to that steady, ongoing progress. Companies working in support of it ....
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Marc Cheves, PS 
3D Pioneers—A Visit to Optech
It has been my privilege to visit the folks at Optech on three occasions, twice for company visits and once for the company's user conference. My first visit was in 2002, when the company was located in a business park mostly composed of one-story nondescript buildings. Subsequently ....
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Curt  Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Ownership Boundaries along Seashores
Circa 1965. As of the present time, the limit of demarcation between the riparian owner and the state can be in any one of several locations depending upon the general laws in force at the time of the alienation from the sovereign to the individual. These locations are: 1. Mean high ....
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James J. Demma, PS, Esq. 
Surveyors & Law: The Owner of the Property Is?
One aspect of my law practice has always fascinated me, and that is: The process which one must go through in order to determine the true owner of a parcel of land. It may sound easy--but it is not. What has brought me to write this particular article is an inquiry from one of my favorite ....
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feature Last week we were in Livermore, California at the U.S. HQ of Topcon for a sneak peek at the new 2014 Roadshow. For more than a decade, the Roadshow has reached more than 20,000 attendees with more than 300 events, but this year, the company has built a custom 18-wheeler with a classroom and all of Topcon's technology in one spot. Currently scheduled to visit 23 cities, the Roadshow takes the place of the national user conferences and doesn't require attendees to travel very far.

feature Of particular interest at the event was the new LN-100 shown on the left. This hybrid instrument is shocking at first glance because it doesn't have an eyepiece or an abundance of buttons, but it combines several technologies and has a cool auto-leveling feature. It's good out to 300 feet and when combined with one of Topcon's field controllers the unit is ideal for one-person BIM layout or curb and gutter stakeout. Also displayed was the new MAGNET Field Layout software. Topcon now has everything connected and I'll be writing more about this in the future.

Also part of the Livermore event was Topcon's wide offerings for machine control. For many years, the sensors have been added to existing machines, but companies like Komatsu are now adding them deep within, such as inside the hydraulic tubes. Another cool addition is sensors on the tracks that detect when the tracks are slipping and automatically raise the bulldozer blade. Everything Topcon makes will be part of the Roadshow, and experts will be available to answer any question. To see if the Roadshow is coming near you, click HERE.

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ZEB1 Hand Held Laser Scanner on US Tour
Autodesk Announces ReCap Connect Partnership Program
ClearEdge3D Announces the Release of EdgeWise Structure
RIEGL Announces 3rd International User Conference
kubit Announces New Product Releases And Functionality
Microsoft Adds to Ultracam Technical Support in Boulder, Colorado
Trimble Announces Updates to Simplify Geospatial Analysis and Modeling
Trimble Delivers 3D Scanning Extension for SketchUp
Advanced Research for Indoor GNSS Positioning Employs Spectra Precision
Neptec Technologies to Demonstrate New OPAL-120 Laser Scanner at SPAR
Psomas Chooses Optech Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper for Highway Surveying
Basis Software Releases “Entry Level” Surphaser
5th Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Joins Global Positioning System
Orbit GT to Showcase Volumetric Analysis using Various LiDAR Sources at SPAR
Construction Materials Prices Up 0.5 Percent in March
VeloDyne VeloView 2.0 Enhances Features Related to Positioning
Russia Plans to Install GLONASS Stations in More Countries
5th Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Joins Global Positioning System
MAPPS, NSPS Testify Before House Appropriations Subcommittee
Leica Geosystems Launches High Performance Entry-Level Laser Scanner
Dewberry Recognized for Innovation in Hurricane Disaster Preparedness
Gexcel Imaging Software Inroduces PixR³ for 3D Point Cloud Extraction
Optech to Showcase Airborne Terrain and Bathymetry Sensors at GEOINT
CompassData Buys Spatial Information Solutions Assets
Nation's Authoritative Land Cover Map New and Improved
ZEB1 Handheld Scanner Outperforms Terrestrial Laser Scanning in Chile
Orbit GT showcases Mobile Mapping Profiles & Cross Sections at SPAR
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