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Our latest issue is distributing and as usual it's full of great content. From an interesting piece about duplicate corners by Dennis Mouland, to a story about a 95-year-old surveyor who believes in technology, the issue has it covered. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

The punishing economy continues, and reports from across the country are grim. The mid-sized and large firms seem to have plenty of work, but the small businesses—who have always been the heart and soul of surveying—are still struggling.

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 story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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John Stock, PS, CFM 
Thought Leader: The Back Story
As NSPS President in 1986, I was invited to the NCEES annual conference in St. Louis. Area 5 Director Chuck Tapley (now deceased) was with me. Wow! What a lesson for a dirt surveyor from Colorado. Black tie, buttoned down and totally controlled behind the scenes by ASCE (American Society of ....
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Daryl Moistner 
Survey Locales
I've surveyed all over Alaska and almost every place is pretty cool, interesting, and exotic in some form or fashion. But this is my favorite location to work... the Aleutian Archipelago. A true gem on earth, raw beauty. The weather can sometimes be ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Report on NCEES Symposium
On Friday, January 22, I had the distinct honor of participating in an NCEES symposium on the future of land surveying, a daylong session, driven by the underlying topic, the decline in applicants for the land surveying exam. My involvement was principally ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: The Feasibility of a Technology Program
The papers presented at the ACSM annual meetings have adequately proven the need for surveyor engineer graduates and have dramatically called attention to the deficiencies in surveyor engineer education in the United States. Professor Curtis in a recent paper, The Case of the Missing ....
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Chuck Whitten, PS 
"Lost" & Found in the Wy'East Country
The cover picture was taken along the east boundary of Township 4 North, Range 11 East, Willamette Meridian (Oregon) on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range with Mt. Hood in the background. Indian legend has it that the Great Spirit ....
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Dennis J. Mouland, PS 
"At the corner point..."
Not far into the history of the PLSS surveys, the General Land Office had to address the issues of perpetuation of evidence of corner points set previously. In early surveys we can see circumstances where the GLO crew found a previously ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage: Part 7
While waiting for TCC's other crews to finish up in the Kanuti River highlands, Alvin and I kept ourselves busy around Hughes working on some archeological surveys. For two surveyors in their mid sixties I can tell you it was a struggle to bushwhack ....
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Mary Jo Wagner 
"I'll Never Forget That". Recollections: 50 Years in the Field
Bob Vollmer's favorite television character is the Energizer Bunny. "Every time I see that ad, I say, `That's the way it should be,'" explains Vollmer in a subtle southern lilt. "You go until you drop. That's the way you do it." The Energizer battery bunny ....
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Daniels Govero's article hit home with me and I'm sure with us all, no matter what area of the country you live in. We are not mentoring enough new individuals to keep our profession viable. Our societies, while well-meaning in their pursuit of getting a well-educated profession, has also lost ....
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Dr. Richard L. Elgin, PS, PE 
Test Yourself 29: Prove It -Geometry v. Trigonometry
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Bad Decisions
Originally I was going to entitle this month's column, "When the Courts Get it Wrong." The problem is, depending upon which court we are talking about a decision we hate may be the new rule from that moment on. At that point "wrong" and "right" switch positions. Bad decisions happen. On the ....
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Two of the new articles (Pallamary and Stock) pertain to the recent NCEES symposium in San Diego. NCEES has prepared a 37-page PDF summary report of the meeting which you can view HERE. Dick Elgin is preparing an article about the subject for a future issue, and I will offer my opinions as well.

In discussing the future with the magazine's panel of experts, the concensus seems to be that, with one exception, the stakeholders will be happy: NCEES will sell more exams, the schools will sell more courses, and the manufacturers will sell more gear. Besides the public, the only stakeholder that is at risk is the boundary surveyor. And of course, property owners will always want someone to hang the liability on

As I mentioned last month, there are many reasons why survey licensing came to be. Granted, technology has changed the picture, but the need for the current system of licensing for boundary surveyors needs to remain. It could be that separate licenses/certifications for all the rest will satisfy the first three stakeholders, but unless we are ready to abandon the current system and move to GIS coordinates for property corners which anybody can set, the public still needs boundary surveyors.

Of particular note in the new issue is Chuck Whitten's detailed account of a PLSS retracement survey he did in Oregon. I know the magazine has criticized the BLM for its nasty habit of upsetting the neighborhood, so I was pleased to see that, when confronted with incontrovertible evidence, the BLM changed its corners. And that, folks, is how the system is supposed to work.

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Construction Material Prices Continue Free Fall
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Nine Courses by Gary Kent on 2016 ALTA/NSPS Topics
National Surveyors Week and National GPS Survey
Orbit GT Launches Disruptive Technology at Esri Partner Conference
New JRC 3D Reconstructor and LineUp Pro for Topcon GLS-2000 Users
Construction Employment Growth Slow But Steady
ILMF 2016 Hits Record Number of Attendees
AAGS Seeks Input on Geodetic Certification Program
Topcon Announces New Geodetic Antenna
FARO Announces 3D Cloud-Based Data Management System
Nonresidential Spending Regains Momentum in January
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