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Our latest issue will mail soon, and as you can see by scrolling down, it's got a lot of great content. When it comes to measurement, surveyors can be a creative bunch. In particular, two articles in the new issue illustrate this. The first, by Alaska surveyor Martin Gutoski, details a multi-year project that parlayed Martin's astro knowledge into a cool sundial. But this is no ordinary sundial: it also shows the equinoxes. You might recall Martin's first article back in 2008 about Icehenge, the re-creation of Stonehenge out of ice.
The second article, from North Carolina surveyor Ken Mills, provides a fascinating and innovative technique Ken developed for using old photographs to extract information about what was where and when. This makes Ken's second article for the magazine, and his first—Using Google Maps—still leads the Hit Parade for Issue #2 on our website.
As surveyors, we all share common bonds: in addition to a love of the outdoors, we get off on measurement and strive to make the most accurate and precise measurements possible. I know for me, one of the most enjoyable parts of field work was not so much the actual angle turning and distance measurement as much as it was the logistics of setting the job up: what setups—and where—would result in the least amount of measuring time while still providing the highest amount of accuracy?
The cover story is a great article about something all surveyors are intimately familiar with: cutting brush, this time in Arkansas. Rounding out the issue is my recap of SPAR 2011; Gavin Schrock's excellent recap of the recent Trimble Dimensions; Part 2 of Landon Blake's title industry article; an informative article from Wendy Lathrop about floodplains; and finally, an article by Georgia surveyor Trent Turk about the opportunity the new ALTA Standards present for surveyors. You might recall Trent from our Charter Issue back in 2004, when he wrote about the Field Of Flags, and again that same year when we did a ProFile on him.
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: Spar 2011
Gene Roe, the editor of LiDAR News, and I attended the eighth annual SPAR, held outside Houston, and as always, it was well worth our time. A record 800+ attendees, 20 percent of whom were from outside the U.S., met and learned about the latest and greatest in scanning. Under the banner ....
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Wienhenge: The Weeks Field Sundial Project
How do you make a clock that has a four-foot dial, a seven-foot hour hand, no moving parts and is solar powered? Make it a heliochronometer and it'll tell time all year long except on cloudy days and at night. But will a sundial work near the Arctic ...
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Conference Review: Trimble Dimensions 2010
"Ten years ago Trimble was proud to be known as a GPS company," said Steve Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble, in his keynote address at Trimble Dimensions 2010 world users' conference. Berglund went on to highlight the eventful ...
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Look Closer: Using Pictures in Boundary Research
A number of months ago I began a personal search for the two meridian monuments set in Marshall, North Carolina in 1898 by the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. The monuments were used by local land surveyors to test their surveying compass on a ...
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Boundary Hunters
When David Webb describes a place called Andres Thicket, he calls it a "10 to 12-year cut-over," meaning the stretch of land was last cut 10 to 12 years ago and then left in order for the vegetation to grow back on its own. As president of Webb Surveying in Hope, Arkansas, David knows quite ...
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Vantage Point: Future Tense
Surely the economy makes us all tense about our future prosperity. At least we as surveyors in the United States do not suffer the fate of Romanian gypsies, who are not only taxed for predicting the future but also imprisoned if their prognostications fail to come true. Our futures are somewhat ...
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Footsteps: Title Industry Changes Affect Surveying, Part 2
Part One of this article focused on three major changes in the land title industry and what caused them. This article will focus on three areas in which those changes have impacted the boundary surveyor and how they can be mitigated. Preliminary Title Reports: The poor quality of many ....
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Changes in ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Standards for 2011
Surveyors now have an opportunity to take a big step toward resolving issues about certifications thanks to the new 2011 ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey standards. Effective February 23, 2011 all ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys must conform to the new Standards. While there have been ...
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feature As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we have recently launched a new digital magazine that focuses on machine control. You can check it out by clicking HERE. Like surveyors, contractors have been whip-sawed by the poor construction economy, and you better believe that they, like you, are looking at anything that will improve the bottom line. Machine control is one of these things, so my recommendation continues to be to look into this. And lest you think that Machine Control Magazine focuses only on the contractors, the charter issue contains two articles written by licensed surveyors, another about survey monuments, and also one about 3D models, so there's plenty for surveyors.

feature Upcoming is another digital magazine, LiDAR Magazine. The website we launched last Fall, LiDAR News, has proved to be very popular, even on an international basis. Like machine control, scanning is a growth area, and with at least one scanner selling for the price of a high-end total station, the technology is within reach. For more on this, check out my editorial in the new issue. In it, Tom Greaves and I discuss SPAR 2011, and all the new tech and trends we saw at the conference. Personally, I don't think we have a clue about the impact 3D is going to have on our lives and businesses. But then, back in the 1970s, who knew what computers would ultimately do for us? And remember what futurist Daniel Burris said at Dimensions several years ago: there's a visible future based on trends we can see happening around us. Based on what we can see today, scanning and 3D appear to be one of those hard trends.

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Trimble Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Ashtech to Expand its Spectra Precision GNSS Portfolio of Survey Solutions
Latest ArcPad Release Makes Fieldwork More Efficient
Surveying And Mapping, Inc. Expands Senior Management Team
DigitalGlobe and Extreme Ice Survey Partner to Monitor World’s Glaciers
Civil Engineers Deploy Teams to Study Impacts of Japanese Earthquake
TECTERRA Funds $6.3-million for Geomatics Growth in Canada
GeoSam Oy Wins Ashtech Machine Control, GIS, GNSS Contract
Optech to Host Aerial Digital Camera Workshop at ASPRS
Aero-Photo (1961) Inc. Purchases Microsoft UltraCamLp Digital Camera
Accuracy Analyst 3.0 and Topo Analyst 1.0… Push Button Accuracy Verification and Reporting
Geodetic Surveyor Certification and/or Professional Registration
The Schneider Corporation Announces Beacon Upgrade Program
Virginia Surveyors Foundation Increases ETSU Foster Scholarship Endowment, Names Dean and Orrison as Recipients
50th Space Wing Accepts GPS Ground System Upgrades
Septentrio AsteRx3 Receiver Tracks First GLONASS CDMA Signal on L3
Construction Materials Prices Jump 2 Percent in March
ITT’s Commercial Imaging Payload Passes Major Milestone
Topcon Tracks New GLONASS K1 Satellite Signals
Topcon Introduces New GRS-1 GIS Sub-decimeter RTK
Esri Signs Strategic Contract with GeoEye
Magellan Introduces a Rugged Handheld GPS for GIS Professionals
Geosan Purchases First Microsoft UltraCamXp Wide Angle Camera in Mongolia
Colorado Attains 100 Percent Engagement in eRecording
China Sends Beidou Navigation Satellite to Space
New Topcon Field Tools for ArcPad Available
New Perspectives for Existing Buildings
Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture Recommends Ashtech MobileMapper CX
Microsoft to Unveil New Technologies at ASPRS 2011 Conference
JAVAD GNSS TRIUMPH-VS Software Updates Released
Leica Geosystems Announces New HDS7000 Ultra High-Speed, Phase Scanner
Leica Geosystems Announces More than 50 Presentations at Hexagon 2011, June 6-9, Orlando, FL
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