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Greetings from The American Surveyor! I hope your summer is going well, and that things are continuing to improve work-wise. Our latest issue is in the mail. You can get a sneak-peek of the individual articles by scrolling down, or you can view the flippy version HERE. It's been a very busy two weeks...
JAVAD GNSS new product roll-out...As mentioned in the last newsletter, we attended the JAVAD GNSS new product roll-out in San Jose. The 32-minute video of Javad's presentation, broken into four parts, can be found on YouTube HERE.
Javad surprised everybody with his latest offering by combining three new developments—antenna, receiver and handheld—into one unit, the Triumph V.S. Javad does an excellent job of explaining all the new features, as well as his personal GNSS history, in the video. Look for an in-depth look at the V.S., which has the look and feel of an iPhone married to a pro camera, in our next issue. Meanwhile, you can see many shots of the unit in use in our flickr set HERE.
Esri Surveying and Engineering Summit & User Conference... Also as mentioned in the last newsletter, we attended the annual Esri events in San Diego. ACSM Executive Director Curt Sumner announced that ACSM and Esri have entered into a three-year agreement to hold the annual ACSM conference in conjunction with the annual Esri Survey Summit. It is hoped by everybody that the synergy between these two organizations will be beneficial for both events. I discuss the Summit in more detail below.
One of the highlights of the Esri UC was the opportunity to interview Esri president Jack Dangermond. I last interviewed Jack 10 years ago, and because so much has happened since then, was eager to get his latest take. An ongoing outreach from Esri to our community is geo-design. Dangermond feels that there's a major disconnect between how we design nowadays and what's going to be needed in the future for sustainability. I'll write about the interview in a future issue. Meanwhile, you can see our flickr pics of both the Summit and the UC by clicking on the pic of Jack and myself.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
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Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: Aphorisms for the Surveyor
In place of my editorial in this issue, I thought our readers would enjoy these words of wisdom shared by Dr. Dick Elgin. "For many years I have delivered to state surveyor association meetings a seminar on how to improve one's surveying business. Its current revision is based on my 36 years of ....
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Longstreet - Murtha 
Big Ship {Tight Squeeze}
With a clearance of about 226 feet between Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) and the span underside of San Francisco's Bay Bridge, there's usually plenty of room for the world's biggest ships to pass through on their way to the Port of Oakland. But ....
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Herr Niebuhr and the Remarkable Traverse
So began a personal adventure that continues to this day. Who was this Carsten Niebuhr chap? This we know: Born March 17, 1733, he was a farmer in the moist marshlands of coastal northern Germany, a fellow first learning alphabets and mathematics at 22 years of age, a student ....
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The Largest Non-BLM Cadastral Retracement in History
Maricopa County, Arizona, is the 14th largest county of roughly 2,950 counties in the country. It contains roughly 5,904,616 acres within its bounds, over 25 municipalities and communities and more than 3.5 million people who call it home. It is ....
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GIS Matters: The Power of Place
Geographic Information Systems--the powerful combination of visualization tools and spatial data--are ubiquitous today. People use GIS for many applications such as online searches for retail sources of products and services, as navigational aids in cars, planes, and boats, for ....
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Model Behavior: The How-To Guide to Successful Surface Modeling, Part 4
We've been examining some of the pitfalls in surface modeling based on differing source information. The last article [Dec. 2009] dealt with the common errors associated with using drawn contours as source ....
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Vantage Point: Beating Axles into Plowshares
As businesspeople, we have always been warned to diversify our clientele and services so that we don't suffer so badly when one client or one line of work no longer provides us the same (or any) income. But the fortunes of communities and cities often rise and fall due to a single ....
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Survey Affidavit Of No Change
Many professional land surveyors know all too well about the survey affidavit of no change, its negative effects on the surveying profession, and the impact it has on the public. If a land surveyor's primary duty is to safeguard life, health, property and promote the public welfare, then perhaps an ....
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feature Esri Surveying and Engineering Summit... In addition to Trimble's new offering for mobile scanning (pictured), Topcon and its partners made several major announcements about its IPS-2 (all of which are in the news below). Several things caught my attention at the Summit, including the fact that 20 geodesists were in attendance. As part of its drive for accuracy in GIS, Esri has heavily promoted the understanding of datums and coordinate systems, and the need for surveyor involvement. As I have written many times, the GIS community is reaching out to our community because it realizes that without accuracy, its maps do not have as much value.

As in years past, Esri's Marketing Manager for Survey, Engineering and Cadastre Brent Jones presented several enlightening factoids, all of which surveyors can relate to: 85% of data in modern organizations is unstructured, and 40-60% of time is spent locating and validating relevant information. Because of these time-wasters, 30% of project cost is wasted, and finally, a 14% savings can be realized from proper data management. All this tells me that surveyors, with all of our data, have a vital role in information management and supply. Brent summed it up by saying "Maps are a metaphor for organizing spatial data."

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Juniper Systems, Inc. Introduces the Mesa Rugged Notepad
On Surveying, Engineering and Ethics
MAPPS Asks Congress to Revise Legislation Limiting Use of "Geolocation Information"
First-Ever 3D Survey of Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Microsoft’s Vexcel Imaging Announces Release 2.1 of UltraMap and UltraMap/AT
Useful AutoLISP Routines for Surveyors
Topcon Selects Blue Marble’s Coordinate Transformation and LiDAR Processing Solution for IP-S2
First Look Technology Video from ESRIUC - Ashtech Mobile Mapper 100
Getac Upgrades Its Popular V100 Convertible PC With Up To 47% Higher Performance
Optech Adopts Blue Marble’s Coordinate Transformation and LiDAR Conversion Solutions
Topcon Announces IP-S2 HD Mapping System
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Modernizing a Campus Icon with Help from Leica Geosystems HDS Technology
Avenza Introduces Geospatial PDF App for Apple iOS
Blue Marble Announces Release of Desktop 2.2 with New Support for DEMs
Topcon releases Spatial Factory Software for Managing IP-S2 3D Mobile Mapping Data
Trimble Introduces State-of-the-Art Mobile Spatial Imaging System
FARO Introduces World’s Most Accurate Break Resistant Retroreflector
Ashtech MobileMapper 100 and MobileMapper 6 Support ArcPad 10
Ashtech Introduces the MobileMapper 100, Handheld GNSS Accuracy for GIS
Munsys, Inc. Announces the Release of Munsys 10.3
Avenza Announces Geospatial PDF Export from Adobe Photoshop
Wacom Simplifies Creation and Use of GIS Data within Esri's ArcGIS 10
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