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Hello Amerisurv user... I'm finally back from my 24-day road trip. My, what a beautiful country we live in! ACSM was great, as was Trimble Dimensions. A highlight of my trip was a visit to Fred Roeder, a retired Forest Service surveyor who lives in Tularosa, NM. Fred's one of the best writers I know and has an extraordinary ability to turn historical events into fun-to-read articles. Fred provided me with nearly a hundred of his articles which I will post to our website. Meanwhile, here's my favorite: The King Who Had No Title
Our March issue will mail this week, and you can read my and Gavin Schrock's write-up of Dimensions by scrolling down. I've never been too keen on theme issues, but this issue turned out to be a scanning issue. Of course, the SPAR laser scanning conference will be held at the end of the month in Denver, so a scanning focus is a natural this time. And, it will provide another excuse for a road trip!
As in the last newsletter, there's not too much new to report on the economy, but I caught a press conference this morning on television that discussed the need for the banks to start loaning money to small businesses. This is encouraging, but as we all know, the single most important thing for getting surveyors back to work will be jump-starting the land development economy.
By the way, Steve Crowfoot, Director of Product Marketing for Geomatics at Leica Geosystems, took this month's pic of me at the ACSM/NGS/GIAA meeting in Corbin in December.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Thanks for your support.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Trimble Dimensions 2009
Defying the economy, Trimble's fourth annual user conference hosted more than 2,400 registered attendees from 67 countries. In his opening keynote, Trimble CEO Steve Berglund presented refreshingly candid remarks by saying that 15 months ago (at the last conference), participants were ....
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A Visit to Amberg Technologies
As I have written before, one of the things I enjoy most about my job as editor is bringing new technology to our readers, so it gives me great pleasure to present something entirely new in this issue. Last November we journeyed to ....
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Refined Dimensions - High-definition Scanning Helps Redefine Oil Refinery Fabrication
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A Line Runs Through It - PLSC Supports New 40th Parallel Exhibit
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ASTM E57 - 3D Imaging Systems
In 2003, in response to a request from the scanner manufacturers and consumers of scan data, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) agreed to develop standards and specifications for both equipment and methods. Subsequently, the American Society for ....
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Conference Review: Leica's HDS Conference Encourages New Scanning Companies
In past issues of this magazine, I have been intemperate in my praise of laser scanning's potential to remake surveying, engineering and, indeed, all of infrastructure. Or was I? Because the continued ....
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A Teen's Lunar Quest
Operation E.A.G.L.E is not a military project. It is a scientific endeavor undertaken by 16-year-old Rebecca England, a sophomore at Demopolis High School in Alabama. While many teenage girls are focused on celebrity ...
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Vantage Point: When Saving Is Not Equal to Preserving
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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 More about the road trip: Another highlight of my trip was a visit with Dr. Richard Elgin in St. James, MO. Dick has contributed many problems for the magazine in his Test Yourself column, and has always been a real asset for the profession. Look for a future article about his illustrious career. Something I found most interesting is the fact that although Dick and his recently-deceased father Bob were both PEs, the majority of their practice involved surveying, not engineering.

While in St. James, Dick took me to Fort Leonard Wood to check out the US Army Engineer Corps Museums. My flickr pics are HERE. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend these museums. In particular, the Temporary Buildings of WWII Museum brought back memories of the barracks during my days at Fort Polk in 1968.

Lest you think I was all alone on my trip, I did have a companion: Pee-wee Herman. He was such a hit at Trimble Dimensions they gave him a complimentary registration! You can see some of the places Pee-wee and I visited HERE. All in all, it was a great trip, with eight business stops along the way. Plenty of grist for future articles! And my next road trip will generate even more articles...
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