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Our latest issue will mail soon... and it's another great edition! Leading the Hit Parade on our website in John Stenmark's excellent account of how GPS is being used to help in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Shown here, a GPS technician climbs a partially-fallen tower to reach a UNAVCO receiver on a rooftp. More about this below in the Spotlight.
More on the Hit Parade... Other articles receiving good traffic include Shawn Billings' review of the Hemisphere GPS R220, my article about the new JAVAD VS, one company's success with mobile scanning, and another company's successful decision to jump into terrestrial scanning. As expected, we received several letters to the editor about Dave Gibson's four-year degree requirement article. You can check out all of these by scrolling down.
And speaking of the four-year degree requirement, you might want to consider joining our LinkedIn Surveyors group of nearly 900 members. On it, there's a polite and reasoned discussion about the degree requirement, started by Texas surveyor Robert Young. Another group you might want to consider joining is the LSACTS group on LinkedIn. It, too, has a thread about the degree requirement. Finally, Robert posted a short video of the degree requirement thoughts of Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors Chairwoman Nedra Foster on his GeoExperts site and I reposted it HERE
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
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Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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"I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us--everything that exists--proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision." There are many surveyors and mappers and members of the precision ....
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Measuring a Caribbean Disaster
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the city of Port-au-Prince, the capital and largest city of Haiti. Tens of thousands of buildings collapsed, and more than 200,000 people died in the disaster. Earthquakes are not unexpected ....
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3D-Laser Scanning and Surveying Collide
LandAir Surveying started business in 1988 performing site surveys and topographic surveys for contractors in Georgia and surrounding states with two survey crews and a total staff of less than 10. By 1998 the firm expanded to surveying ...
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Another Triumph!
He's done it again. Javad Ashjaee has released an impressive state-of-the-art product that enables surveyors to expand their GNSS capabilities. On June 29, 2010 Javad unveiled the Triumph VS at the company's 40,000 square foot newly designed ...
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Product Review: Hemisphere GPS R220
One of the recent trends in precision GPS manufacturing is the enclosed, fully integrated receiver. This is no doubt in response to market demands by surveyors in the field for gear that offers more durability and less complexity in setting up and getting to work. This trend has certainly offered ...
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Comprehensive Collection
Recording the location, dimensions and physical attributes of every piece of equipment constituting rural utilities throughout the United States might seem like a tall order. But information tools used to build a GIS have advanced so much in recent years that the endeavor is not only ....
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Doing a Proper Job: I have a better reason for the legal profession insisting on a metes and bounds descriptions for dependent resurveys than clerk mentality or ancient check lists. In his article "Rewriting Legal Descriptions" [Vol. 7, Num. 4], Gary Kent's example of "the most ...
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Vantage Point: "Just" What?
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feature Haiti Earthquake... Here, Estelle Chaussard, a PhD student from the University of Miami, tends to a rooftp UNAVCO GPS receiver. Note the solar array, necessary because of the unreliability of electricity. Also, rooftops provided the most-secure locations for the receivers, hence the need for ladders to reach them. In the PDF of the article you can see a technician scaling a precarious two-story ladder.

As Stenmark says, "In the coming months, the researchers will rely on the newly-installed GPS receivers to study post-seismic deformation as the earth's crust recovers from the large earthquake and readjusts to a steady state. The data provides information about the mechanical properties of the crust. Periodic measurements will be made at the 35 survey sites...This data will help determine the longer-term buildup of strain on the fault, from which the scientists can create forecast scenarios for future events...It remains impossible to predict exactly when and where an earthquake will strike. By helping to understand the forces that are at work far beneath the Earth's surface, GPS surveying plays a key role in assisting Haiti to mitigate damage when a quake does occur."

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Merrick Awarded New Contracts
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Hemisphere GPS Supplying TECHNOMASTER with LV101 GPS Compass
Government Imaging Contract Will Hasten New Satellites
Coming to a City Near You: Esri Hosts Seminar on How to Increase Productivity with ArcGIS 10
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GeoEye Wins $3.8 Billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency EnhancedView Award
CartoPac Field Solutions Releases Version 3.1 to Provide Even Greater Ease of Use and Time Savings
Merrick Providing LiDAR Acquisition for Nebraska Iowa Regional Orthophoto Consortium (NIROC) Project
Blue Marble’s Minor Appointed Chair of the CRS Working Group for OGC
Construction Unemployment Falls to 17.3 Percent in July
CartoPac Field Solutions Adds Precision Laser & Instrument, Inc. to Distribution Channel
Longtime Industry Veteran Dennis Nardoni Dies at Age 67
Topcon Corporation Appoints Di Federico to Executive Committee
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