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Hello Amerisurv user... Our August issue is in the mail, and it's full of great content. Most magazines follow an editorial calendar. My philosophy on these "theme issues" is that they run the risk of not being read by a large chunk of readers. In my 14 years of magazine publishing I've always preferred to have a little bit of everything in each issue, and the August issue is no exception. You can scroll down to see what I mean. And as always, we innovate, the others imitate.
I'm encouraged by what I'm hearing about the construction economy and am hopeful that we've hit the bottom for the kind of work we surveyors need. The most common phrase I'm hearing is that "things have picked up a bit." We recently met with Ray O'Connor, the CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems, and he had some very encouraging words about surveyors and surveying. Scroll down to see an exclusive five-minute video.
We're on another one of our giant road trips, this time with stops in Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado and several more states on the way back to Maryland. All the visits we're making will result in future articles about our industry. Yesterday, we visited with John Keating of Topographic, Inc. in Oklahoma City. John's the guy who gave me my start in surveying back in 1963. He's seen a lot of these up and down cycles since the 1950s and has a lot to say about where we've been and where we're headed.
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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One Company Two Brands: The Future of Topcon & Sokkia
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    A Fresno State Surveying Student Exercises Leadership
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    Vantage Point: Why Do the Research?
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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 Interview with Ray O'Connor As I mentioned above, we recently traveled to Topcon's headquarters in Livermore, CA to interview the President and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Topcon's acquisition of Sokkia and what that means for the surveying industry worldwide. Our interview lasted for an hour, but you can see the five-minute video excerpt by clicking HERE.

    I have written a two-page article about the interview in our August issue (scroll up to see this), but of particular note was Ray's statements about the economy and how it is affecting surveying. Demand still exists for new construction, but instead of greedily overbuilding (as we've always done) it'd be nice if we could have steady growth instead of boom and bust.

    One thing that Ray said really jumped out at me: we've heard a lot about surveying being a dying profession, but Ray thinks that not only is it not dying but that there will be more demand for surveyors and surveying. I think it's safe to say that when we finally pull out of the current mess, things will not be the same, but this is nothing new: technology has the ability to radically change things. Or, as American Surveyor Publisher Allen Cheves puts it, "Anything that can be reduced to ones and zeroes has the potential to eliminate the need for humans."

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    Did you know that the easiest way to get news updates from amerisurv is by using an RSS feed? By clicking on the orange RSS button below you can have the latest news delivered to your desktop in an e-mail. Because we only post selected news items, this will not result in a flood, but rather will easily keep you up to date on industry news.

    Longtime Sokkia Employee Dies
    ESRI to Host GIS Pavilion at 2009 APWA Congress Featuring Infrastructure Solutions
    Map Giveaway for Scottish Schoolkids Gets Underway
    Optech Incorporated and Network Mapping Collaborate to Improve Vegetation Management Practices
    Carlson Software Aug. 20 Webinar: Urban Hydrology
    KS Associates Awards Fourth Annual Akron University Scholarship
    NOAA and Oregon State University Map Oregon’s Seafloor
    Javad GNSS Receives Highest Score in Japanese CORS “GEONET” Selection Process
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    Projecturf Brings Affordable and Simple Project Collaboration to Engineers and Surveyors
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    C-Nav Introduces Next Generation High-Performance GNSS Receiver
    Hornstra Joins Topcon as Product Planning Senior VP
    Sokkia SDL1X Digital Level with 0.2mm Precision Sets the Ultimate Benchmark
    Dewberry Joint Venture Awarded $600 million FEMA PTS Contract
    Sewall Launches New Webinar Series on Geospatial Solutions
    ASPRS Board Approves LAS 1.3 Specification
    Surv-Fi - Surveying Science Fction - Gavin Schrock
    Merrick Collects LiDAR Data for 17,677-Square-Mile Rainwater Basin Project
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    This section is an update about surveying and other geospatial conferences, training, seminars, webinars, and relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration. For more events, please visit our online calendar HERE.

    54th Annual Florida Surveying & Mapping Society Conference - August 19-23, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. More information HERE.

    2009 Maptek Users Conference for North America - August 24-26, 2009, Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, Inglewood, Colorado. Contact:
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    The following articles from our July, 2009 issue are also available on the Amerisurv website.


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