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Our latest issue is in the mail and we continue to provide the kind of content you have asked for. The new articles are below, and you can scroll down to see the line-up. Leading the Hit Parade so far is Wendy Lathrop's article about zombie subdivisions.
Near and dear to me in this issue is my article about Breithaupt, the eighth-generation German instrument manufacturer that recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. The problem I had in laying out the article was an overabundance of cool photographs. Be sure to click on the PDF version, and if you want to see more images, check out our flickr posting.
Also popular in the new issue is Larry Trojak's article about how Dow Corning is using GIS to manage a huge silicone plant in Michigan. Next is Shawn Billing's review of Carlson's SurvPC software and Supervisor field controller.
As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
Editor
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: Carlson’s 30th Anniversary
Downtown Cincinnati was the site for the recent Carlson User Conference and 30th Anniversary celebration. Held in the Netherlands Plaza, a gorgeous art deco building built during the Depression, the conference was another success. I found it interesting that the developer of the Netherlands ....
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Cheves 
The World's Oldest Instrument Manufacturer
I've long had a soft spot in my heart for Germany. My German grandfather emigrated to this country as a child in the late 1800s, his family possessing little more than the knowledge of raising Holstein cows and the strong work ethic, one of ....
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Larry Trojak 
GIS Enhances Safety + Efficiency at Dow Corning's Midland Plant
While the concept of using GIS to accurately identify and map physical assets is widely accepted in cities, towns and municipalities throughout the country, that approach has not yet found the same level of broad acceptance within private industry. Perhaps because of a misplaced ....
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Huls & Rager 
Trails of the Mesoamericans in Lakkin Itza (Florida)
Lakkin Itza is the author's play on words, comparing Florida to the more famous Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula. Florida being east of Yucatan, the author located this Mayan glyph representing east in the John Montgomery Dictionary of ....
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Gary Kent 
Reconnaissance: ExpressMap--The End of Surveying?
There has been a tremendous flurry of emails flying back and forth across the country over the last few weeks regarding ExpressMap™ and how First American Title is using it to try to put surveyors out of business. This column will try to separate the myths from the facts of ExpressMap ....
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Shawn Billings, PS 
Product Review: Carlson SurvPC and Supervisor
In 1983, Dad founded J. D. Billings Land Surveying Company. Survey software development was a burgeoning market with the relatively affordable and easily obtainable personal computer suddenly available. That same year Carlson Software was born. In 1985, because Bruce ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The $15,000 Question
The fax arrived at my office on one of those fine, sunny afternoons, one of those days you get up early just to stretch your legs and feel the warmth of the sun. It read: "Finally, it's over!!!!! The Court entered Judgment last Friday...!!!!! I'm faxing it to you--of particular interest to you should ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: The "Weight" of Monument Placement
The placement of a property corner monument seems like such a simple act. If your land surveying practice is like mine, you may not remember the last time you set a property corner monument. Or, if your practice is focused on small property surveys, you may set property corners frequently ....
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Freedback 
FeedBack
Einstein on Surveying: I find "The American Surveyor" a must have publication. However, I am troubled that so much emphasis is placed on the technology and so little is placed on Boundary surveys. I believe the licensing of surveyors is for the express purpose of protecting the ....
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Curt Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: A Lasting Legacy
Curtis Brown served as the elected president of ACSM in 1965 and 1966. He also served as ACSM's Chairman of the Task Committee on Education. All the while, he continued lecturing extensively across the country. Amongst his many endeavors, he returned to Purdue University where he ....
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Lathrop 
Vantage Point: Haunted by the Past
They never die. They continue to haunt us long after they should have been retired once and for all. But once approved, old subdivisions and developments often manage to sustain a faint heartbeat years beyond changes in zoning, changes in topography, and changes in how we ....
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feature As I mentioned above a problem we had in laying out the Breithaupt article was too many great images. Shown at right are marvelous astrolabes, mounted in a glass cabinet so both sides can be easily seen. The building in which the exhibit is housed is called the Orangerie, so named because, back in the day, orange trees were moved inside for the winter.

I first wrote the Breithaupt story fifteen years ago, and I was surprised the see the same exhibit still on display in the Orangerie. When I moved to the DC area in 1987, our Smithsonian museums had several displays of surveying equipment, including cabinet after cabinet of transits, and dioramas with Ellicott and Banneker. Now, there's hardly any. I mentioned this to Hans Friedrich Breithaupt and he said that a continued interest in astronomy and cosmology by the German people is why. I suspect it's also an indication of the PR problem we surveyors have in this country.

In one section between the permanent exhibit and the new Breithaupt 250th Anniversay exhibit several antique telescopes are set up in such a way that people can look through them without touching them. In additon to the upside down images, the quality of the lenses we use today are readily apparent. In any event, if you're ever in Kassel, I highly recommend visiting these over-the-top exhibits. Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of navigation and positioning can be found there.

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