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LightSquared continues to be in the news. Our new issue will mail soon, and in my editorial I frame the issue as simply as I know how: money. If you make money with GPS, you would be strongly advised to go directly to your Congressperson to let them know how important GPS is to us. There's a lot more in my editorial, including talking points.
Speaking of the new issue, which you can see by scrolling down, we've got another great line-up, including an ALTA Standards update, a review of the JAVAD GNSS Triumph V.S., Parts 2 of both the Crattie/Lathrop Elevation Certificate article and the NGS experts' How Accurate is OPUS series.
Gene Roe, the editor of our LiDAR News website and LiDAR Magazine, weighs in with his recap of the Optech user conference, a surveyor provides his view of the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, and Tony Cavell presents some ideas on a new national organization for surveyors.
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: Editorial: Do You Depend on GPS to Make Money?
The LightSquared issue refuses to go away. After the presentations by LightSquared and the Coalition to Save Our GPS at the Survey Summit in July, it seemed that if LightSquared stayed in the lower band of the two bands adjacent to GPS, its plan might work. Since then, it has ....
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Surveyors on a Busman's Holiday
What surveyor is not fascinated with quad maps? How about a 2000' offset in a state boundary? Add some neat labels like "Montgomery's Corner" and "30 Mile Post", a few good friends, a love of the mountains, and a plan is born. This "offset" is ....
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The Elevation Certificate {translated} Part 2
In Part 1 of this article we explained Section A of the Elevation Certificate (EC) after underscoring the significance of filling out the form correctly in the big NFIP arena, aside from the surveyor's professional responsibility. In Part 2 we offer ....
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GNSS in Music City: Surveying with Javad's Triumph V.S.
While I've been using GPS equipment professionally since 1997, seeing the Triumph V.S. GNSS system gave me reason to pause. Gone are the days when setting up a receiver in the field was a job better suited for two people rather than one. The ...
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Conference Review: The Second Optech Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference
Optech's CEO Don Carswell opened the second Innovative LiDAR Solutions Conference by noting that their timing was much better than two years ago when the inaugural event coincided with the depth of the worldwide ...
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How Precise is OPUS? Part 2: Available Precision Estimates
This is the second of three articles discussing the precision obtainable with the Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) offered by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS). The first article appeared in the immediately preceding issue of this magazine. OPUS is a Web-based utility available ...
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Reconnaissance: Developments and Questions Regarding the New 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards
After more than two years of diligent work on the part of a number of persons and with the passing of February 23rd, the effective date of the new 2011 ALTA/ACSM Standards, one could have mistakenly thought ....
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Earthquake in Christchurch
The scale of the astounding and tragic events in Japan on March 11, 2011 very quickly eclipsed news of the February 22 earthquake in New Zealand. Since my wife and I were on holiday in Christchurch at time the latter will always remain a deeply....
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Surveyors Report: The Face of Surveying
The fable of The Six Blind Men and the Elephant tells of the 6 mutually exclusive opinions describing an elephant. So it has been with surveying. For thousands of years the profession has included any and all technologies available. Leading observers from different perspectives have come up ...
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feature A Busman's Holiday. I've actually had a few people tell me they didn't know what this means, so I'll explain: if a guy drives a bus for a living and then takes a holiday in a bus, he's said to be using his vacation to do the same thing as his job. My apologies to those of you who already knew this!

The story appealed to me not only because Paul Hoinowski has a way with words, but also because it illustrates many of the reason why we surveyors love surveying so much: Outdoors in beautiful country, camaraderie with friends, map investigation, a mystery about a state border, and more.

Something else that caught my eye was Paul's bio. In it, he declares that he "is currently pleased to be surveying for the Bibb County Engineering Department." In this horrific economy, this struck me as Paul's simple gratitude to be working.

Being as we're in uncharted waters with the lack of construction in our country, we have no way of knowing what the future holds. It is my sincere hope that you are employed and keeping your eye on better days. By the way, the image above was taken in the area where the guys embarked on their adventure.

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