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Hello Amerisurv user... I hope you've done all your Christmas shopping and are ready for the big day. Weather's been severe across parts of the country and I hope it hasn't impacted you too much.

Mergers and acquisitions are continuing in our industry. Recent announcements included the acquisition of NovAtel by Hexagon. As you know, Hexagon already owns Leica Geosystems. NovAtel has been making boards for Leica for quite some time, and is an OEM partner with Sokkia in Point. Topcon recently annouced that it will acquire Sokkia. So, it remains to be seen how it will all shake out.

Business-wise, it appears that surveying activity in many parts of the country is still strong. But woe to the companies who have concentrated their efforts primarily in the land development sector because that appears to be down across the country. It goes without saying that diversification is the key to a successful practice. Something else to consider: remember how hard it is to train and get up to speed on new software and hardware when you're busy? If you are seeing a downturn in your workload, and have been considering upgrading to newer technology, now is the time to do so, when you're not so busy.

Finally, in today's edition I've added a few links to news items that I have come across in my daily news gathering. Several of these links are below.

Thanks again for your support.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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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.

feature As part of my daily news-gathering, I come across many interesting items that involve surveying. Some are wacky, while others are sobering.

For instance, we take our system of land registration and land titling for granted. But in many parts of the world, this is not so, and ownership of land is often subject to corruption. The UN recently announced an initiative to combat this. You can read about it HERE. Corruption, especially in Africa, is rampant, as you can see HERE.

Under the category of odd, this newly-developed device might be a good thing, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to use GPS to track a simple letter through the postal system. But obviously, at least one company thinks this is something we need, and you can read about HERE.
And just today, an Escondido, CA newspaper reported about surveying and GIS is being used to retrace a 150-year-old wagon road through the town of Temecula. You can read about it HERE.

City of Encinitas Enhances GIS Basemap Using Cadastral Editor
Topcon Wins Handheld GIS Bid in Europe
Alberta Land Surveyors Support New Technology Research
Pennoni Welcomes Jeffrey A. Horneman, PLS, as Senior Surveyor
Optech Partners with Google Lunar X Prize Team
Fugro EarthData to Lead Development of Florida’s GIS Strategic Plan
Director Selected for National Museum of Surveying
Leica Geosystems Readies Latest Advanced Construction Solutions for 2008 World of Concrete
GPS-Photo Link Software Speeds Damage Assessment after California Fires
New Florida Parcel Mapping Database Released by Delray Mapping & Marketing
Blue Marble Releases Geographic Calculator 7.0 Featuring Many New Data Management Tools
Fugro Earthdata To Lead Development Of Florida's GIS Strategic Plan
WhiteStar and HPDI Integrate Oil & Gas Well Mapping Data with Nationwide Well Production Data
Intermap Technologies Signs Agreement With Magellan
Get Taxi Fare estimates and maps on your mobile with TaxiWiz
Blue Marble’s Geographic Calculator Features ArcGIS Extensions
Optech Partners With Google Lunar X Prize Team
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