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Hello Amerisurv user... Sorry for the delay with this newsletter. We were at the annual ESRI Survey Summit and user conference last week in San Diego. Each year the Summit has been held, it has grown stronger. With the economy, attendance was down 16 percent this year, but as with other conferences I have attended, many of the same companies attended but sent fewer people. The Summit was great, full of success stories about companies that wisely diversified before the current land development downturn.
Our July issue is full of great content, the kind you have come to expect. I'm particularly proud of our ASPRS 75th Anniversary article. As surveyors, we certainly utilize photogrammetric products, and as time goes on, will be increasing our use of remotely sensed products as well. There's tons of other articles, including a new column about building 3D models, and a visit to Hemisphere GPS.
As I have been saying for years, diversification is the key to withstanding the cyclical nature of our economy. Surveyor Terry Bennett has a superb article about another new area for surveyors, Building Information Modeling. You can see the rest of the new articles by scrolling down.
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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    Guest Editorial: The Sky Is Falling!
    Whoa! Let's take a few deep breaths and calmly assess some of the news hype over April 30, 2009 Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on GPS. Firstly, read the actual report ( and not the wildly imaginative interpretations recently spewed out by a ....
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    ASPRS 75th Anniversary
    Without a doubt, photogrammetry has been an essential part of the mapping and land development process. Without it, the completion of our national topographic quadrangles would have been impossible. And I'm sure most of our ....
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    Aerial Imaging Technology Spotlight
    The vision of the founding members of ASPRS was farsighted indeed. Their 1934 mission to advance knowledge and understanding of the mapping sciences today encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific, social and commercial enterprises. To complement the timeline in ...
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    BIM and Laser Scanning for As-built and Adaptive Reuse Projects:The Opportunity for Surveyors
    In his inaugural speech the new President made many references to using our natural resources more wisely, to reducing our carbon and water footprints, and investing in ...
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    Rapid-Fire Surveying
    When the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) set out to rebuild Interstate 15 south of Salt Lake City, the department needed accurate one-foot contour interval mapping and a digital terrain model (DTM). With accurate maps and models of the 20-mile stretch of ....
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    A Visit to Hemisphere GPS
    In keeping with the magazine's mission of presenting new technology and introducing our readers to the people who make it happen, it was with pleasure that I recently visited Hemisphere GPS (Hemisphere) in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company is headquartered in Calgary, but most of ....
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    Vantage Point: Phasing in the New Elevation Certificate
    At long last, the revised Elevation Certificate arrived on April 2, 2009, bringing with it new building diagrams and new instructions designed to further the goals of sound floodplain management. No doubt, by now many have seen the memo issued by FEMA a month after ...
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    Model Behavior: The How-To Guide to Successful Surface Modeling
    I'd like you to take a moment to think about what it is we do in this (not so very) new digital world as it relates to our traditional work products, specifically making maps. I realize many of you may perform boundary surveys, write legal descriptions, and engage in ...
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    Surprise Bridges the Gap between CAD and GIS
    Located in Arizona's Sonora desert, the city of Surprise is a booming Phoenix suburb with a small-town feel and big city amenities. One of those amenities includes the city's GIS, which has helped meet the technology requirements of one of America's fastest-growing cities. At the peak of ...
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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 ESRI Survey Summit As I mentioned above, the Summit was very successful. NGS sent a large contingent, and is evidence that the GIS crowd understands the need for accuracy. And as we surveyors know, this accuracy has to start in the field. ESRI has done its part by educating its users on the need to move away from cartoon data, and I believe we are fortunate that ESRI President Jack Dangermond has high regard for surveyors and surveying.

    Of particular note was the introduction of the JAVAD GNSS ArcPad extension for handhelds. ArcPad is one of ESRI's field tools, used to gather GIS locations. For years, ESRI has pleaded with software manufacturers to create a direct link from ArcPad to the ESRI geodatabase, ArcServer.

    At the recent ESRI Developers Conference in Palm Springs, Javad Ashjaee met with Dangermond and Survey Industry Manager Brent Jones (Javad and Jones are pictured on the right with a Triumph-1 and JAVAD's Victor handheld). On a napkin, they developed the workflow, and in three months, Javad's software engineers—along with an ESRI software engineer sent to Moscow from Egypt—kicked out the new extension. ESRI is very excited about this development because it means, for the first time, office people can see, real-time, what is going on in the field.

    feature Also of note at the conference was Topcon's introduction of its new mobile mapping solution, the IP-S2. As I have written many times, I believe mobile mapping will play a large part in our future, if for no other reason than because it, like regular laser scanning, offers millions of data points as opposed to one angle-one distance locations.

    I asked about pricing, and was told that the unit will be in the $200K range, which makes it about half what competing systems cost. I had the pleasure of riding around San Diego in a pickup fitted with the new unit, and must say that it's very impressive. Topcon says the unit will reach 30 meters each way at a typical accuracy of ±45mm. You can learn more about the IP-S2 HERE

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    Did you know that the easiest way to get news updates from amerisurv is by using an RSS feed? By clicking on the orange RSS button below you can have the latest news delivered to your desktop in an e-mail. Because we only post selected news items, this will not result in a flood, but rather will easily keep you up to date on industry news.

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    Topcon 3D Mobile Mapping Ride & Drive at ESRI Conference
    Topcon’s IP-S2: Combining GNSS Positioning Capabilities, Inertial Sensors
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    This section is an update about surveying and other geospatial conferences, training, seminars, webinars, and relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration. For more events, please visit our online calendar HERE.

    54th Annual Florida Surveying & Mapping Society Conference - August 19-23, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. More information HERE.

    2009 Maptek Users Conference for North America - August 24-26, 2009, Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, Inglewood, Colorado. Contact:
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    The following articles from our June, 2009 issue are also available on the Amerisurv website.


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