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Our February issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. Excitement about the economy cotinues to build, and I'm even hearing about a shortage of skilled tradesmen and surveyors!

We have a new contributing writer, Lee Lovell. He has written two articles in the new issue: an insightful response to Pallamary's Our Own Worst Enemy and an indepth analysis of surveying and mapping economics. More on the new issue 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
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Thought Leader: Our Own Worst Enemy
I admit to being a novice when it comes to ancient Greek philosophers, however they seem to speak to some contemporary issues. In the Phaedrus dialogue, Plato expresses concerns that an information technology called writing might weaken a person's mind and cause trouble in the ....
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Gary Kent, PS 
Reconnaissance: A Land Title Survey in 15 Hours? LOL
Many readers will recall the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE competition that Scaled Composites won in 2004 by sending a space ship to an altitude of 100 kilometers and bringing it safely back to earth twice in a two week period. Well, in 2013, Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: In and Out of the Box
We seem to live in a world defined by boxes, being either inside or outside of them. Most of the time we hear that we should think outside the box more frequently, but there are positives and negatives for either side of the walls. On the one hand, we want to stay within our expertise and avoid ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Staying Within Your Survey
The Case of Erickson v. Turnquist was brought to the Supreme Court of Minnesota in 1956 as an appeal of the District Court's order denying the plaintiff's motion for a new trial. This is a classic "mano a mano" Land Surveyor cage match. As usual we will pick through the Court's bundle of ....
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Lee Lovell, Ps 
Surveying & Mapping Industry Economics
Thirty years ago I was about to complete a BS in Surveying. I was not looking forward to graduation because surveying jobs were scarce due an economic downturn caused by the "Savings and Loan" debacle. I was taking a course in small business ....
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Joseph D. Fenicle, PS 
Captain James Riley - The Sea, the Sahara, and the Swamp
When Deputy Surveyor Benjamin Hough crossed the Maumee River in Ohio on September 29, 1815, Captain James Riley was half way across the world stripped naked and tortured into what seemed to be a life of slavery. Hough along with 12 crew members ....
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Walt Robillard, PS, Esq. 
I Think I Will Never See A Tree That Cannot Be—Part 2
One of my last jobs as a contract administrator for the U.S. Forest Service was the administration of a 500-mile and 2,000-corner boundary retracement. One of the contract requirements was the creation of new bearing or witness or pointer trees at each corner. This was not an urban survey: it was ....
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Albert Skip Theberge 
Notes: Lieutenant Charles Pierce Part 2: Southwest Desert & Mountain
Charles Pierce and his triangulation crew had just finished work on the California coast extending from Monterey to the Mexican border when he moved on to the desert and mountains east of the Coast Ranges. Some of his experiences are recounted here. "The country through which this ....
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J. Anthony Cavell, PS 
On the Level with NSPS: Constant Progress - New Beginnings
Being alive means living through episodes. Episodes are experienced once. Infancy, youth, adolescence, and adulthood are episodes. Days, weeks, months, and years are cyclic. Cycles are repetitive. Life is made from both. As NSPS president with a 1-year term these truths are magnified ....
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feature It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that surveying has "collapsed" over the past 8-9 years. In the early 2000s I warned that because the runup had lasted so long, the inevitable downturn was going to be sharper and longer-lasting than anything I'd seen in my decades of surveying. In looking at the chart, you can see the the 1989-91 downturn. But you will also notice that the recovery occurred much faster.

With extensive data mining Lee shows exactly what has happened. We can debate the reasons why (you can probably guess my opinion), but coupled with Lee's Thought Leader, these articles also point out the endemic reasons and more important, a way forward.

In other news, the BLM has proposed a GIS solution to the problem of how to get the remaining PLSS lands in Alaska surveyed. As you can imagine, this has caused another kind of derangement amongst surveyors who understand the importance of case law. In the next issue, Jason Foose will weigh in with a piece on the subject titled The Death of the PLSS and after that a Decided Guidance that discusses Alaska case law on the subject.

Elsewhere in the new isssue is a piece by Gary Kent that details the HeroX initiative to "automate" (eliminate surveyors) from the land title survey process. I have long been predicting these insidious attacks on our profession, and more important, extolling the service we provide to protect real estate. Rest assured the magazine will continue to shine the light of day on the subjects that illustrate the importance of surveying to our society.

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Construction Input Prices Firm in December as Energy Prices Surge
Keynote Speaker at Carlson 2017 User Conference
Woolpert Signs 6-year Deal to Map Maine
International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2017 Keynotes Announced
Acuity Technologies Introduces the AL-500 Lidar System
Caltrans Takes Delivery of the RIEGL VMX-1HA
LizardTech Receives U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness
Construction Lost Jobs in December, Says ABC
Woolpert Contracted to Collect Orthoimagery for Ohio
Nonresidential Spending Strong in November Spending Report
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