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Our August issue is distributing with more great content for surveyors. Kicking off the new issue is an installment from Bob Foster in which he claims everything will be just fine in our profession. Lee Lovell provides a look at statistics and running a survey business. Jason Foose hammers home an all-too-often overlooked fundamental of boundary surveying. Wendy Lathrop implores surveyors to become better conversationalists with the public.

Massachusetts surveyor Pat Garner has written two articles for this issue. The first is a review of a book about Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau will figure prominently in this year's Surveyors Rendezvous. More about that in Spotlight below. Pat also weighs in with a review of the Javad Triumph-LS GNSS receiver.

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Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
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Robert W. Foster, PS, PE 
Thought Leader: What's Old - What's New
Forty-four years ago the US government introduced the Global Navigation Satellite System, aka GPS. I remember attending a seminar somewhere where this amazing technology was described with speculation about its application in surveying. It was to be primarily a navigation system but in its ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations - Applying Our Knowledge
We spent a lot of time on Wacker v. Price. I need a break! This month I want to focus on the overlying motivation of Decided Guidance. Hint: It's not just a collection of snappy Foosisms. Boundary retracement surveying is the component of this profession that sets us apart from all others ....
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Patrick Garner 
Book Review: Patrick Chura's Thoreau The Land Surveyor
Thoreau The Land Surveyor by Patrick Chura is a unique book that treats Henry David Thoreau, often called America's first environmentalist, as a man strongly influenced in his philosophy by his land surveying practice in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau practiced in the mid nineteenth ....
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Jeff Winke 
Pre-Construction Plan Helps Build Winery Visitor Center
In the world of fine wine there was a time long ago when those with sophisticated palettes would harrumph and turn up their nose at the thought of sipping an American-produced wine. It was harshly referred to as drinking swill. It was thought that ....
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Patrick Garner 
Product Review: JAVAD Triumph-LS Rover - Part 1
When Marc Cheves, the editor of American Surveyor, first approached me about doing a technical review of the JAVAD Triumph-LS, an RTK/RTN rover, I jumped at the chance--given that it included JAVAD's offer to loan me a full system ....
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Erik Dahlberg 
Rising Performance
Civil aviation is an outlier. It's among the few industries where tight government regulations are widely accepted--and with good reason. The aviation industry's exceptional record of safety and efficiency comes as a direct result of tightly defined and consistent regulations for ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Improving The Chances Of Success
Surveyors wrestle with a variety of situations which are vague and uncertain, yet decisions must be made and actions taken. The surveyor and those who rely on the surveyor understand the skillful application of specialized knowledge will carry the project forward, but an outcome cannot be ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Headlines Make Surveyors Conversationalists
Who says surveyors don't matter? I find myself explaining a variety of real property details to neighbors, township commissioners, family members, colleagues, and a host of others when certain headlines generate discussion. The topics of discussion are far ranging. What are the rights of a ....
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feature The mention of Henry David Thoreau brings to mind many things: author, naturalist, craftsman… but surveyor? Thoreau’s surveys of Walden Pond and many other parcels in the Concord, Massachusetts area will be studied in-depth at this year’s annual Surveyors Rendezvous, presented by the Surveyors Historical Society. Special displays of original plats, field notes and other artifacts, combined with fascinating classroom sessions and local tours highlight this once-in-a-lifetime event for land surveyors.

As part of the Rendezvous, Curt Sumner, Executive Director of NSPS, will be on hand Thursday, September 14 in Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to dedicate a “Final Point” at the site of Thoreau’s grave. This special recognition honoring Thoreau’s contributions to the science and art of land surveying is sponsored by the Surveyors Historical Society and NSPS.

The Rendezvous will be held September 13 - 16, 2017 in Concord, Massachusetts. Detailed information and registration materials can be found at the SHS website - www.surveyorshistoricalsociety.com. All are invited to attend the Rendezvous - SHS membership is not required to take part in this unique annual event dedicated to the history of the profession. Visit the website to learn more, and register today - space is limited! (Discounted registration is available until August 15 pending availability.)

The NSPS Final Point program offers an opportunity to honor a surveyor at their resting place. A partnership between NSPS and Berntsen International, markers are solid 4” diameter bronze and beautifully engraved with the name of the surveyor, and latitude and longitude of his/her final resting place. For every marker purchased, donations are made to the NSPS Foundation and the Berntsen/NSPS Scholarship Fund. To learn more about the Final Point project, visit www.nsps.us.com/?page=FinalPoint.

Visit INTERGEO: Berlin, September 26-28

Once again in 2017, the leading international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land managements hot topics will highlight ground-breaking developments and projects in a dynamic geo-IT sector.

At last years fair, more than 17,000 visitors discovered the latest innovations from 531 companies from 37 different countries. And the community is continuing to grow!


FARO Introduces SCENE 7.0 With Real Time, On-Site Registration
INTERGEO – Bridge to a Digital Future
Dewberry Hosts Fourth Survey Merit Badge Day
What Happened at YellowScan User Conference 2017
McKim & Creed Expands Houston Management Staff
SXblue Introduces Its Ultimate Survey Grade GNSS Receiver
Construction Input Prices Tick Higher in June, ABC Says
CGSIC Subcommittee Meeting to be Held at ION in Portland
Huron Geomatics Acquires Optech Maverick Mobile Mapping System
U.S. Labor Market Resurgent in June, ABC Says
Col-East to Perform Obstruction Survey at Massachusetts Airport
Septentrio First to Record Galileo Signals in Antarctica
senseFly Announces Worry-Free Service Package
Positioning-as-a-Service Now Available with Trimble Catalyst
Airbus Releases WorldDEM4Ortho
Nonresidential Construction Remains Stagnant in May, Says ABC
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