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Our September issue is distributing and it contains more great content for surveyors. Jerry Penry, who does more field work looking for historical monuments than anybody I know, writes this time about a legendary tree that supposedly marked the location of highjacked Black Hills gold.

Also of interest in the new issue is something that Mike Pallamary ginned up: a crossword puzzle just for surveyors. More about the new isue in Spotlight below.

To see the flippy of the new issue click on the magazine cover, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

[Send your comments, announcements, tips, gripes, or kudos to Marc]
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Thought Leader: NCEES Forum on the Future of Surveying
On June 10-11, 2016, the Forum on the Future of Surveying (Forum) under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) was hosted by the Louisiana Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Board (LAPELS) offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
The Gold Tree
The Wildcat Hills are a scenic area of buttes and canyons forested with pine and cedar located in the Panhandle region of Nebraska between the North Platte River and Pumpkin Creek. In the 1830-60's, early emigrants passed through the northern ....
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Fulvio Bernardini 
Catching the Right Train
At work in his ground floor office in full view of passers-by, Diego Callegari had no idea that his career would take a new turn that day in 2001. Pictures of a survey that Zenit Topografia--the surveying firm owned by Callegari and Nicola Rebora ....
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Lieutenant Charles Pierce Part 1: The California Coast 1932--1933
During the 1930's there was a huge geodetic surveying effort as thousands of men were hired on various federal projects meant to help mitigate the high unemployment of the Depression Era. Charles Pierce (not to be confused with the great Coast Survey scientist and philosopher Charles Sanders ....
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Eric Stahlke, PS 
The Final Voyage Part 12
I kept a journal on the Seloohge, these are the final pages: August 16: The area we are working now, on the Yukon between Ruby and Tanana, is a remote and beautiful stretch of river with a different climate than we experienced on the lower Yukon ....
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Dr. Mathias Lemmens 
EDM Without Reflectors
A total station is an angle measuring device, also known as theodolite, integrated with an electronic distance meter (EDM). The integration provides the ability to measure angles and distances by the same instrument which gives the surveyor a leap in portability, convenience and speed ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: A Surveyor's Crossword Puzzle
2. Unit Of Measurement    5. A Measuring Component    7. In The Hills    9. River Component    10. Four Parts    12. Publisher    16. Line Of Elevation    18. Chaining Pin    19. Map By Colors    22. Way To Map    23. Geometric Shape    26. Above The Center    27. Rotation Of Flight Line ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Angles, Angles, Angle
Given: parallelogram ABCD, AE bisector of angle BAD, AE & BC extended meet at F, Q is center of circle passing through points F, C, and E, angle BQD is 1120. What is angle QBD? ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Line Trees
When the original section lines of the U. S. sectionalized land system were run, especially in forested areas, it was not uncommon for original surveyors to mark line trees in accordance with the instructions issued by the Surveyor General. The following question was raised by R. E. Schmeling on ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Pop-Ups and Zoning
The term "pop-up" has several meanings, but is not widely known outside of urban areas. As I'll use it today, it will not be the compact expandable camper. It also will not refer to adding a story to crown a row house (currently the source of a great zoning battle in Washington, DC ....
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Become a Certified Survey Technician (CST)

No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level.

Show what you can do! Decide between the field or office track. Visit the NSPS site for details.


feature I don't know if you have enjoyed Eric Stahlke's Alaska series as much as I have, but we know that the #1 reason why surveyors go into surveying is to work outdoors. I suspect most surveyors who are stuck working in town sometimes wish they worked farther out in nature, and how much more "natural" can you get than Alaska? This issue marks the end of the series, but for those of you who are interested, I have compiled all twelve episodes into a 53-page flippy which you can view HERE

Also of interest in the new issue is another installment from the Coast & Geodetic Survey Historian Skip Theberge. In this two-part series, he starts with surveying along the California coast (Big Sur) back in the 1930s. Folks, surveying was a lot harder then than it is now, as evidenced by the trials and tribulations these control crews endured. Part 2 will discuss working in the deserts of the southwest.

Continuing with our coverage of the NCEES Future of Surveying confab, Tony Cavell provides details about the second meeting in Baton Rouge. Rumor has it that NCEES feels their work is done and has handed off future meetings to NSPS. Rounding out the new issue is an application article about working around trains, and an interesting article from a Dutch friend about EDMs and the accuracies and errors derived from different surfaces.

INTERGEO 2016: Hamburg, Germany, Oct 11-13

Visit the world's largest trade fair in the field of geodesy, spatial data and land management and immerse yourself into a world of innovations and forward-looking technologies.

Digitization permeates all areas of government, economy and society. BIG DATA, DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION and SMART CITIES therefore mark the key topics of this year's INTERGEO.


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2016 Public GPS Interface Control Working Group
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iSTAR 360 Degree Measurement Module Integrated
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