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A Fallen Hero... The sad news of more fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan recently took on a much more personal note in our community of Frederick, Maryland when the photo of 24-year old Lance Cpl. Jordan Chrobot appeared on the front page of our local newspaper. While on patrol in Afghanistan on September 26, Jordan took a bullet just above his vest, and died in surgery shortly afterwards.
The stinging news of Jordan's death was driven deeper because we knew him personally. We watched him grow up in our church, and have enjoyed many years of friendship with many members of his family. During his first deployment to Iraq, and then his second to Afghanistan, his grandparents frequently requested that our Sunday School class lift his unit in prayer and to also pray for strength for Amber, his young wife of two and a half years.
feature Support from the community has been immense. Jordan's funeral was attended by more than a thousand people, including 80 members of the Patriot Guard, a Viet Nam veterans motorcycle group that held flags and saluted the casket as it passed by. The vest on one of the bikers (right) said it best: All Gave Some, Some Gave All. (Click on the link to see more pictures.)
Jordan's body was laid to rest at the cemetery across the highway from his grandparents' home. In that home, Jordan and his siblings and cousins, aunts and uncles spent many happy hours. Jordan and Amber were even married there in the back yard. Following high school he worked for his grandfather, who had served as a Marine in Viet Nam. He and his family all knew that Jordan wanted to be a Marine from the time he was young.
At Jordan's funeral, pastor Jimmy Inman said that Chrobot died doing something he loved. He fought for his country and to bring the hope of freedom to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. He knew what he wanted in life and pursued his ideals to the end.
feature While the current economy is ravaging this country in ways that nearly every American is experiencing, many of the families of our fallen and wounded military men and women are hurting even more deeply. I'm sure that many of you have been touched by the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier. Jordan's death brought the news headlines home for us. In spite of political upheavals and current events, it's good to know that there are so many heroes among us. Let's keep them in our thoughts and prayers. It's difficult to segue from something like this, but...

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Until next time,
Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Intergeo 2009
We recently attended Intergeo in Karlsruhe, Germany. Billed as the world's most important surveying congress, this year's show attracted more than 16,000 attendees--22 percent from outside Germany--and 475 exhibitors. For years, we've heard how nice it would be if we had a ....
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Rebuilding the Greens at The Olympic Club Lake Course
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Verdict at the Little Bighorn
There probably aren't many people alive today who have never heard of the name of Lt. Col. (Bvt. Maj. Gen.) George Armstrong Custer. Probably even fewer have never heard of the battle that made him famous (or infamous, depending on ...
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    Vantage Point: On the Waterfront­—or Not
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    Reconnaissance: Retracement Surveys and Undocumented Corners (Part 1 of 2)
    Recently I was dismayed by a discussion thread on one of the surveying bulletin boards that related to the perpetuation of a section corner and an undocumented monument that appeared to be ...
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    A Walk In The Park
    On a sunny day in the middle of May, two survey colleagues and I spent the day in Muskego Park along with five advanced high school math students. This was the second year the program was presented to a group of students. Our goal was to show them that there are ...
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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 Tons of new products were introduced at Intergeo in Germany. A buzz on the floor involved the new line of total stations from Spectra Precision and Nikon, in particular the Nikon Nivo series (right) and Spectra Precision Focus series. These full-featured "baby" total stations from Trimble stand less than 12 inches tall and weigh less than eight pounds! It is simply amazing that so much power and capability can be built into such a small package.

    feature Also creating interest at the show were the new Viva handheld controllers from Leica Geosystems (left). According to Leica, the controllers work with all its gear and integrate a 2 Mpixel camera for convenient field documentation. They also support a wide range of data storage and transfer capabilities such as wireless LAN, USB, Bluetooth and CF/SD-cards. Leica also released several other GNSS/GIS products.

    Bruce Carlson of Carlson Software gave a technical session about a new feature (a European resection) the company had coded for the European market. It was almost humorous, but Bruce said that one German surveyor told him that it would be illegal if they surveyed without starting from a resection! (See my last newsletter for an explanation of how European surveyors use control.)

    feature Many other companies released new products, including the APS-3 from Altus Positioning, and the VMX-250 mobile scanner from Riegl (right). Trimble released three new GNSS receivers, a new total station and new software. Pacific Crest released its new ADL Vantage datalink. Magellan Professional released the ProFlex500 Base Station. Hemisphere GPS released the new XF102 DGPS Receiver and two new dual-frequency antennas. Pentax released a complete new range of total stations. Finally, DataGrid, a Florida company with roots in Sweden and the U.S. space industry, exhibited its line of GNSS gear, including the Chamelon, a centimeter-level RTK system.

    The event was very well-attended (16,000+) with nearly 500 exhibitors. The reason why Intergeo is so successful is because Germany is the size of Colorado. If all the surveyors in the U.S. lived in an area the size of one state, they would likely attend such a show. If you'd like to read more about Intergeo check out my October editorial.
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    The following articles from our August, 2009 issue are also available on the Amerisurv website.


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