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Summer is winding down and I hope it's been productive and profitable for you. Our August/September issue is available online and a fascinating story about surveying in our nation's Capital is leading the Hit Parade. A surveyor-soldier was responsible for innovations that exist to this day. Tons of other great content, including a two-installment return of Dick Elgin's Test Yourself.

Of the new articles, probably the most important is Mike Pallamary's Revisiting Cooley. Folks, we have a problem with button-pushing. In the opinion of many, the art of boundary surveying is slipping through our fingers, soon to be replaced by GIS coordinates. You've probably noticed that, in addition to our usual new technology stories, many of the articles in the past two years have been about boundary surveying. The threat of button-pushing is the reason why.

To see the flippy of the new issue you can click on the magazine cover to the right, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a surveying story you'd like to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: The March of Progress?
Years ago, with the advent of photogrammetry, surveyors lamented the impending loss of work. Heretofore, large scale mapping projects involved multiple-person survey crews, working days and weeks on end, followed by days and often weeks of office work reducing the field notes and then ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Curt Brown: What Should be the Education for Land Surveying?
Curt Brown spent considerable time contemplating the education of land surveying and the relationship with civil engineers. His observations, nearly sixty years ago, regarding "a new era in land measurement" remain topical and merit contemporaneous consideration. And too, the same problems remain ....
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Dr. Richard L. Elgin, PS, PE 
Test Yourself: A Horizontal and Vertical Curve
For the horizontal circular curve shown, Delta is 52°52'37" and the Radius is 3738.39 feet and the direction from the PC to the PI is N49°18'07"W. The PT Station is 98+05.12 and its coordinates are 6234.98 North, 9339.93 East (feet). At Station 49+43.11 is the BVC for a vertical curve whose ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Revisiting Cooley
It is time to revisit Cooley. Over the last few years, there has been a precipitous and noticeable decline in the quality of boundary line surveying, evidenced by an upswing in these kinds of disputes, as well as anecdotal stories that travel across ....
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Brent Gelhar 
A Decade of Dedicated Mobile LiDAR
The thought that over a decade has passed since the first launch of purpose designed and dedicated mobile mapping systems sent shudders down my spine the other day. It's not a bad thing; it's the realization of the pace of passage of time. Let me start ....
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Gordon Wilson 
Setting the Pace in Regensburg
Bavaria has big plans regarding the collection of structural data from its towns, cities and municipalities. The largest of Germany's 16 states, Bavaria is steeped in history and is home to cities containing modernized residential areas as well as historical districts with structures that date back ....
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Chas Langelan, PS 
Surveyor-Soldier Henry B. Looker
Surveyor, soldier, civil engineer and visionary government reformer, Henry B. Looker helped shape modern Washington DC. More than a century later he still guides DC surveyors every day . . . but most of them don't know it. A West Pointer who unexpectedly ....
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Larry Trojak 
Fixing the Straight & Narrow
Carolina Environmental Contracting (CEC) has made a name for itself in the northcentral part of the Tar Heel State by successfully blending the old with the new. On a regular basis, the Mt. Airy, N.C.-based environmental contractor makes great strides in ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage—Part 2
The first day on the river in the Seloohge never fails to be memorable. This is because one of the worst stretches for navigation we expect to see all summer is located on the Tanana River only miles below Fairbanks. It's a 2500 mile marathon with Heartbreak Hill at the beginning. Unlike a runner's ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Writing Under Pressure
I recently returned from an Internet-free hiking trip to find that in my absence I had been assigned a major piece of writing for a report, and that my deadline was only four days away rather than the two weeks everyone else had for their contributions. Those four days included no weekend ....
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feature Nearly 40 years ago, your editor married a girl from northern Minnesota. The family owns fabulous property on Lake Vermilion, and we try to make it up for vacation every summer. This year was no exception, but I had an added business reason: an interview with Doug Carter, a forest management consultant who has not only carved out a cool niche for his company, but also works part-time for one of our major advertisers, JAVAD GNSS.

Those of you who have been following my 20 years of survey magazine publishing know of my fondness for Alaska and in general, working in remote areas. Because of Minnesota's thousands of lakes, Doug has been able to couple his love of flying with his job. The day I was visiting, the task he had for a timber company was so large and remote, it required three floatplanes (two of which are shown in the pic) and a massive amount of equipment and manpower. Without a doubt the commute to work is fun, and lucky for me, the one I flew in was capable of getting off the water with editor rotundus.

Always looking for more ways to profitably apply technology, just before I arrived, Doug and his son "D.A." (Doug the III) had purchased a Phantom drone. As soon as one of his clients found out he had it, he got a job for nearly three times what he paid for it. I was blown away by the stability and fidelity of the imagery from the drone. These are definitely a growth opportunity for our readers. Stay tuned for a future article about Doug's innovative company, the work it does, and its involvement with JAVAD GNSS.

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OGC Requests Comment on Standard Model and Encoding for Timeseries Data
Dewberry Awarded Task to Evaluate New Lidar Technologies for 3DEP
Federal Register Notice Regarding NDGPS
U.S. Software Integrator Fuels Australian Utility Automation
UTEC Survey and Teledyne Gavia Announce AUV Capabilities
Dr. Mark Whorton to Manage US Operations of Teledyne Optech, Inc.
55th Meeting of the CGSIC
New GIS 2go Release Masters Mobile GIS on Tablets and Smartphones
Trimble Launches VRS Now Service in Georgia
USIBD's 2015 Symposium—Where Technology Meets Business Reality
LAStools Toolbox now also for ERDAS IMAGINE 2015
Real Earth Partners with Velodyne for Creating LiDAR Maps Without GPS
Woolpert Selected by USGS to Evaluate New Lidar Technologies for 3DEP
Advanced Maptek Spatial Data Systems Target Mine Survey Productivity
Trimble Launches VRS Now Service in New Mexico
Speakers for CyArk 500 Annual Summit Announced
SP80 Bests GNSS Competitors in Rainforests of Southern Chile
Online B2B Equipment Rental Marketplace Launches RentNOW
Difficulty in Finding Skilled Construction Workers Evident in Jobs Report
Routescene LidarPod Maiden Flight Pushes Boundaries In Surveying
Siteco Announces New Road-SIT Software Release
Optech CMS V500 and ILRIS UAV coming to AIMS 2015 in Australia
Track Wildfires Across the Western US with Interactive Esri Maps
MicroSurvey FieldGenius 8 Survey Software Provides Unprecedented Control
Nonresidential Construction Spending Retains Momentum
Proteus Announces Launch of Professional Satellite Image Procurement Service
Leica Geosystems’ New Rental Program Provides Access to Equipment
Topcon Announces Partnership for UAS Worldwide Distribution
Hexagon Mining Introduces HxM Surveyor
Nonresidential Fixed Investment Falls in Second Quarter
New AUVSI Report: More than 20 Industries Approved to Fly Commercial UAS
New England Quad Maps Adding Trails
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