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feature Hello Amerisurv user... About all I can say about the current economic situation is, Yikes! It's easy to believe that the sky is falling, but anybody who's been doing this for awhile knows it'll come back. Question is, when? A couple of the news releases below discuss building activity. I sincerely hope that you have properly diversified your practice.
You can check out our October issue below. Lots of great content again, including the final installment of Knud Hermansen's Survey Reports series, a FOCUS 10 product review, inexpensive handheld GPS units and SPC, a great ProFile of a West Virginia surveyor, and more.
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,
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The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Setting Our Sights
Years of planning and construction went into Beijing's iconic bird's nest stadium that is now synonymous with 2008 games. With Vancouver slated to host the Winter Games in 2010, surveyors have been hard at work helping to ready the infrastructure. Diversifying: For those of you looking for ....
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Point to Point: Boundaries by Acquiescence
We retracement surveyors, for the most part, labor within a stable and consistent part of the law. By this, I mean that from place to place, and over time, there is little variation in the doctrines defining correct practice. Monuments, everywhere, trump courses and distances, in the event of ....
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WowFactor: The Trimble VX Spatial Station
It's not unusual to find a digital camera as standard equipment for a survey crew. Providing photos of monuments, project sites and other evidence is a routine part of the surveyor's work. Now­instead of a flat drawing and some simple snapshots­imagine giving your client a 3D walkthrough tour of ...
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Vancouver Trains For Olympic Games
More than one million athletes, judges, volunteers and visitors are expected to converge on Vancouver, Canada, and surrounding areas during the 2010 Olympics. Yet many of these visitors won't realize the Olympic-sized engineering and ...
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Tips & Tricks: Getting More from Your Handheld GPS Unit
Are you getting all that you can from your handheld unit? Are you able to directly observe State Plane coordinates with your handheld? Although inexpensive units may not have a selection for the State Plane coordinate grid that you use in your state, if your State Plane ....
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Survey Reports: Preparing a Survey Report—Part 5
This is the fifth and last article in a series of articles suggesting formats and contents of a survey report. Previous articles dealt with opinions on the location of corners and boundaries [Feb. 2008]; encroachments, gaps and overlaps [Mar. 2008]; limitations of the surveying ....
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RTN­101: Monitoring with RTN (Part 15)
Monitoring is essentially tracking movement over time and is often part of a surveyor's regular line of business. Such tasks are known by many names: subsidence monitoring, deflection monitoring, deformation monitoring, structural integrity monitoring, compliance monitoring, and ...
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Product Review: Spectra Precision FOCUS 10
The Spectra Precision's FOCUS 10 brings back a lot of memories from an instrument I reviewed several years ago. Without a doubt, the FOCUS 10 has benefited from the former, but is updated and less expensive even in terms of 2002 dollars. And that's a good thing, since ...
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ProFile: Marshall Robinson
We allow little time in our day-to-day schedules to get to know people much beyond their shells. It was therefore a pleasant change of pace when I received a phone call awhile back from Marshall Robinson, who was calling to order a map ...
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Vantage Point: Tough Times
The construction slowdown has hit different parts of the country with varying ferocity. The latest jolt to "life as we know it" is a uniform blow to businesses of all sorts, and has the potential to change the financial plans of a number of surveying firms. Within a week, three U.S. motor vehicle ...
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Surveyors Report: Mimi the Elephant
Years ago I worked for a medium-sized private engineering firm in Denver. We negotiated a continuing services contract with the City and County of Denver for surveying services, and my crew was elected to conduct this work. The City was understaffed by one crew for ...
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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Amerisurv is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting today's Land Surveying professional. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature Intergeo 2008 - We just got back from Intergeo in Bremen, Germany. This annual surveying show is the largest in the world, with nearly 15,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors, all in four giant halls. Bank rescues all over Europe notwithstanding, there's no signs of a slowdown on the other side of the pond! I've posted our show photos HERE on flickr.

Here I am with Hans Hellmut Breithaupt, the seventh-generation owner of the world's oldest instrument manufacturer. The company will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2012. I wrote a two-part article about the company in 1998. Hans Hellmut's son, Hans Friederich, will take over operations, becoming the eight generation owner of F.W. Breithaupt & Son.
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The National Museum of Surveying Announces “Museum Preview Night”
Trimble and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company to Bundle Products for the Utilities Market
Magellan Announces New Features For the ProMark 500 Multi-Constellation GNSS RTK Receiver
Magellan Enriches MobileMapper 6 With New Post-Processing Option and Value Features
Trimble and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company to Bundle Products for the Utilities Market
Optech Announces Fully Integrated Shallow-Water Processing for SHOALS
NOAA Expands International Reference Network Adding 43 GPS Stations
PrimaCode Releases Calibrate for NGS-level EDM Calibration
Caterpillar and Trimble Form New Joint Venture to Improve Productivity on the Construction Site
Ken Mooyman Promoted to President and CEO Leica Geosystems, Inc.
September Nonresidential Construction Job Market Shows Decline
David Evans and Associates, Inc., to Provide Hydrographic Surveying Services for NOAA
Private Nonresidential Construction Inches Down in August
Leica Geosystems Introduces the Leica Flexline Series
Maptek Tells Story of Innovation with a New Corporate Identity
Spectra Precision Introduces New Office Software Suite to Support Optical and GPS Survey Systems
Trimble Announces Real-Time Corrections Service for In-the-Field, High-Accuracy Mapping in FL & CO
Trimble Introduces Enhanced Solutions for Survey, Engineering and Spatial Imaging Applications
SiteComp Software Version 7.0 is Released
Trimble Sets Date for International User Conference in Las Vegas
Applanix Launches POSPac MMS Software for Land Based Mobile Mapping Operations
Optech Releases its new ALTM Orion
Optech Announces New ILRIS-3D Geo-Referencing and Target Finding Controller
Russia In Talks With Cuba, Venezuela On Joint Use Of GLONASS
Trimble Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire TopoSys to Extend its Geospatial Solutions
GeoEye Releases First Image Collected by its New GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite
DigitalGlobe Announces New Content Partnership for Virtual Earth With Microsoft
Open location services improve logistics in disaster management
Croydon steps back in time using Bluesky historic photomap
Karen Siderelis Selected as Interior Department's First Geospatial Information Officer
Map Your Miles per Gallon using ESRI's MapMPG (Beta)
3D Laser Mapping Launches StreetMapper 360
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