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feature Hello Amerisurv user... I hope you've had a fabulous summer! The construction economy, at least the non-residential variety, is still perking right along, so I hope you've had your share of the work. I just returned from two events: the JAVAD GNSS User Conference in Moscow and the ESRI Surveying Summit in San Diego. Both events were great!
JAVAD displayed his new gear, and the attendees were quite impressed with the 3-5 second time to recover lock after losing it. You can read the press release HERE. Look for an article written by me later on in the year.
Because of my bum knee, I hadn't attended the ESRI event for a few years. I was impressed by the fact that people have moved on and are no longer trying to get surveyors interested in GIS, but rather just using it. ESRI has steadfastly reached out to surveyors and those efforts are paying off. My September editorial will contain a recap.
Lots of other great content in our new August issue, including another cool, blue North article (this time from Maine). Scroll down to see the August line-up. 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: Machine Control Redux
I have received a fair amount of response to my July editorial about machine control. Responses included those who agree with me as to the inevitable impact it will have on the future of surveying and those who accuse me of selling out. Notwithstanding those states such as California that require a ....
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Point to Point: The Pincushion Dilemma
Pincushion corners result when two or more markers exist identifying the same property corner. If set by surveyors, they are invariably the result of different interpretations of evidence, whether justified or not. The measurati have almost universally denounced them as further evidence of rank-and....
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The WowFactor: OfficeSync
Drastic changes in the U.S. economy, including the recent runup in the price of gasoline, have had a direct effect on how firms use technology to remain competitive. Civil engineering and land surveying firms have had to make serious decisions, and time management is ...
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In Search of Monhegan's Letters
Monhegan Plantation is an island ten miles off the coast in the Gulf of Maine. An artists' haven with a rich history in fishing, the island's average population of 75 residents explodes each summer with the opening of ...
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Towers of Power - Surveyors Locate Next Generation Transmission Lines
As originally planned, the Eastern Plains Transmission Project, one of the country's largest power expansion projects in progress, is expected to ultimately deliver about 1,000 miles of ....
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A Visit to the South Carolina Geodetic Survey
One of the hold-ups in the implementation of Real Time Networks (RTNs) for machine control has been the vertical accuracies. That being the case, when one of our writers, Joe Betit, told me that he had heard that the South Carolina ....
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In Memoriam: John E. Chance, 1924-2008
A legend within surveying circles along the Gulf of Mexico and in the petroleum and pipeline industries worldwide, John Chance died May 1, 2008 at his home in Lafayette, Louisiana. "Mr. John," as he was affectionately known by his friends, was born John Edward Chance on ...
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More on the Schuylkill Center Wendy Lathrop's valuable article "Where There's a Will... " [Sept. 2007] couples the Orphans' Court activities of the Barnes Foundation and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE). From a legal point of view the breaking of ...
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Software Review: General CADD
Backward compatibility has always been one of the things that make a good solid product. General CADD started out as an inexpensive CADD program working in DOS. Generic CADD was the name and it made it possible for surveyors who could not afford the very...
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Survey Reports: Preparing a Survey Report - Part 4: FAQ
This is the fourth 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]; and limitations of of the surveying ...
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Vantage Point: Water Over the Dam and Down the River
What's old is new, and it's all wet. It may seem to be a "modern" approach to look beyond our own municipal boundaries to see what is happening on the other side of an invisible jurisdictional line that will affect flooding and stormwater on our side of that line. But awareness of ...
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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 Videos! - We finally have something we've wanted for a long time: short videos about the content in our magazine. Former stand-up comedian Gavin Schrock, the manager of the Washington State Reference Network, and the author of our popular RTN-101 series, kicks off the new video series. Parlaying his comedic skills (particularly in Part 7), Gavin Schrock presents short, hilarious explanations of Real Time Networks. The series is up to Part 15, but Gavin has chosen to start his video production with Parts 3, 7 and 10. You can see his first efforts HERE. Look for more videos as time goes on. This being the YouTube generation, we'll try to keep them informative while still being funny.

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Construction Economy Update
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2008 ESRI User Conference - The Numbers and some notable quotables
The Fourth O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference Reveals Explosive Future for the Geo Field
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A few Fun Moments Captured at the 2008 International ESRI User Conference
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    Each week in this section we'll update you about Surveying and other Geospatial conferences, training, seminars, webinars, and relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration.
    Surveyors Review Course, Campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) Rolla, Missouri, August 19-22, 2008

    15th Annual GeoTech - October 7-8,  2008, NOAA’s Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring, MD. Hosted by Potomac Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and co-hosted by the NGS, 1 day of Workshops taught by experts, and 1 day of Technical sessions.

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    GITA's First Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference - Calgary - Nov. 6-7, 2008, Calgary Marriott Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The GIS for Oil & Gas Calgary Conference will build on the momentum from GITA’s GIS for Oil & Gas Conference held in Houston, Texas, every September.

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    California Land Surveyors Association 2009 Conference - March 28-April 1, 2009, Hilton San Diego Resort (Mission Bay)., (707) 578-6016.

    SPAR 2009 - March 30- April 1, 2009, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Denver, Colorado. SPAR 2009 will focus on best practices for using 3D imaging technologies to design and deliver capital projects as well as operate, modify and maintain production, manufacturing and infrastructure assets.

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