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I'm on the road, in Nashville for CGSIC. I've been coming to this event since 1996 and it's always interesting to see what's new and where GPS is headed. Even though a lot of familiar faces were missing due to the sequester, there was still plenty of news.
Giovanni Sella from NGS reported that CORS will make the transition from GPS only to GNSS (GPS+GLONASS) on October 1. OPUS Projects is close to release, and indeed, we have a great article about it in an upcoming issue, complete with a step-by-step video.
The constellation continues to perform incredibly well, with 31 healthy satellites on orbit, with four more in residual status, and one in test status. Remember, we only need 24 to consider GPS in full operational capability.
I'll write more about the meeting in my next editorial. Please scroll down to see the current magazine, and as always please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: Our Value to Society
I have just finished reading an article in The Economist titled "Thinking twice about price. -- In an age of austerity businesses needs to get better at charging more" (July 27th 2013 Issue). The article says that businesses coming out of the financial crisis have trimmed their workforce, and ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: Rules of Research and Evidence Evaluation for Conducting a Boundary Survey
In a society consumed by modern technology, computers, electronic map making and satellites, all too often, the basic art of boundary line determination is too frequently overlooked. Absent any guidelines or continuing education, many satellite surveyors rely on word of mouth ....
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Ground versus Grid: Low Distortion Projections—Part 1
According to an interesting read entitled Geodetic Surveys in the United States: The Beginning and the Next 100 Years1 and in a letter from January of 1937, presented by the Federal Board of Surveys and Maps2, the State Plane Coordinate System was developed in the early 1930's by a ....
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The American Theodolite
In 1939, the European continent was in the midst of a second major conflict after the passage of just two decades. There existed little doubt that the United States would be drawn into the war despite the nation's desire not to be involved ....
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Terri L Turner, AICP, CFM 
The Dawn of A New Day...Biggert-Waters-12 Part 1
Wendy Lathrop and Barton Crattie did an excellent job describing the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (what I lovingly refer to as BW-12) and its impact on land surveyors in the Vol 9, No 8 edition of The American Surveyor. I am not totally sure that anyone realizes yet the ....
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Larry Trojak 
LiDAR Hits the Rails
Much like the apps that proliferate on our smart phones today, LiDAR is one of those technologies for which the possibilities seem, quite literally, endless. Already proven in a host of survey and construction-based operations, LiDAR has also proven ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Notes on Swamp Lands, Navigable Streams, and Lakes
Recently I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak at the Eleventh Annual Surveyors Institute at the University of Wisconsin. During the course of the program, it was informative and worthwhile to note the ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS 
Vantage Point: Persistence
We are told constantly that persistence is a wonderful trait, one that is necessary to succeed in life and in business. Perhaps that's true to some extent, but let me tell you a story. I live in a house that is more than a century old. So when I started hearing erratic clicking noises a few ....
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Albert “Skip” Theberge 
Velocipedes, or handcars, as they came to be known, were a transportation mainstay for Coast and Geodetic Surveyors in the late years of the Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century. As they evolved, they became motorized by the ....
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The Royal Observatory: Your author Fred Roeder (who has written of the various Prime Meridians) may be interested to learn of the discrepancy between the Bradley Prime Meridian (in use until December 31, 1850) and the Airy Prime Meridian (in use after January 4, 1851). This is ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: Measurement Isn't Dead Yet
Is measurement dead? At times this expression is used to express the importance of evidence evaluation in boundary surveys. (This is in contrast to the survey that ignores evidence and pays attention only to measurements.) In this installment of Footsteps I wanted to talk ....
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feature Based on what I've heard at CGSIC, I have written about NDGPS many times. For several meetings, they even talked about High Accuracy NDGPS which would allow centimeter-level accuracies in static mode out to 50km from a single base station. It could also provide dynamic accuracies approaching a tenth of a meter out to 250km.

So it was with some surprise that I learned at this meeting that NDGPS will no longer be funded. The Federal Railroad Administration was always the biggest supporter for use with Positive Train Control, but they are saying they've found other ways. Likewise neither the Coast Guard nor any other federal agency is saying they need NDGPS beyond what they currently use.

On a later slide the DOT, under continuing responsibilities, promised uninterrupted NDGPS service to users as currently provided and listed 49 USCG/Maritime, 29 DOT/Inland, and 7 Corps of Engineer sites as continuing to receive routine operations and maintainence.

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