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Another issue is in the mail. Mike Pallamary continues with the San Diego saga. After being responsible for getting the city to start the process of cleaning up the city's survey section, Mike is now excercising his freedom further by being involved in an effort to recall the Mayor. The Mayor's shenanigans have been in the national news.
Continuing with our focus on ways to make money with all things flood, Wendy Lathrop does just that by providing several opportunities for revenue. Chad and Linda Erickson are back with another in their excellent series that examines who we are and why we do what we do when it comes to original corners.
Rounding out the issue is a great story about how Gary Jeffress is using the Corpus Christi surveying program to garner more respect for our beloved profession. Also, Gene Roe, the editor of our LiDAR Magazine, provides a recap of the Survey Summit. I suspect his remarks might ruffle a few feathers.
Please scroll down to see the rest of the line-up, and 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
The American Surveyor

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Gene Roe, PS, PE, PhD 
Guest Editorial: Survey Summit 2013
Here in the United States the surveying profession has been under tremendous pressure for a number of years as it struggles to cope with a poor economy and a rapidly changing technology landscape. The small land surveying firms that had more work than they could handle during ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The City of San Diego Begins to Restructure
For many years, the City of San Diego has neglected and dismissed the role land surveying plays in the development of America's seventh largest city, an otherwise enviable metropolis with wonderful weather and a population of 1.3 million hard working, taxpaying individuals. Over the last few years ....
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Wet Work
In the aftermath of hurricane and flooding damage from storms, opportunities exist for surveyors to be part of the planning, mapping, recovery, and construction. Locations are everywhere the water touched, and even higher in the watershed, as cumulative effects of non ....
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Fulvio Bernardini 
Survey on a Quad
Renewable energy--including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and solar--is big business in Italy. The country ranks among the world's largest producers of electricity from solar power. The photovoltaic (PV) solar sector has dramatically increased over the past five years, due in part to ....
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Locators: The Lost World
The following is a synopsis of an account of a homesteader and locator at the Broadview Homestead near Post, Oregon. The author, Alice Day Pratt, used her 1910-1916 journal to compile her 1922 book, A Homesteader's Portfolio, published by ....
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Don Talend 
Seeking Respect—Surveying's Societal Value
Some lament the fact that many young people are pursuing career paths outside the realm of math and science these days. Prof. Gary Jeffress, Ph.D., chair of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's GIS Department and director of its Conrad Blucher ....
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Jay Satalich, PS 
Surveying the Southern California Coast—Part 2
During the classical era of geodetic surveying, triangulation was the most efficient method to both extend and densify horizontal control networks over large areas. Positions can be determined mathematically through such a system if one knows the ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: Otay Mesa Properties versus the United States
In this installment of Footsteps we'll consider a court case from Southern California, along the US-Mexico border. This case has some important lessons about the ability of the United States Federal Government to take and use private property for the public good. Before we examine the ....
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Flood Openings: Ms. Turner's article in the recent American Surveyor was quite comprehensive cataloging surveyor's issues with flood vents. Thank you for covering these topics. There is one technicality I must make mention of, otherwise we surveyors may be filling out our elevation ....
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Curt Brown 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Curt Brown in the 21st Century
Curt Brown's influence upon the legal community and American jurisprudence remains unprecedented and impressive. Over the years, as various courts across the country wrestled with complex boundary conflicts and the need for an authority to consult with in adopting its decisions, many judges ....
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feature The Surveyors Rendezvous will hold its 17th event in Philadelphia at the end of August. I have attended almost all of these events, and each one has created special memories, both for the programs and the people. If you are anywhere in the region, I highly recommend attending.

This year's program promises to be one of the best ever, with presentations not only about local surveying such as Mason and Dixon, but also several field trips to various places in the birthplace of democracy. These include Independence Hall, Carpenters Hall, Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, and the US Mint.

Of particular note, one of the events will honor the memory of Charles Mason, who lies buried in an unmarked grave two blocks from Independence Hall. Centuries after his death, that great astronomer-surveyor-geodesist will receive at last a fitting Memorial Stone — not a carved tombstone, but an authentic 1766 Mason-Dixon Stone, quarried in England — which once stood marking the famous Line that is his greatest monument.

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