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Another great edition is in the mail and as predicted, response to our last issue has been huge. The new articles are below, and you can scroll down to see the line-up. Lots of good content, balanced between application articles and boundary surveying.
Leading the Hit Parade so far is Don Talend's article about the GIS program at Arizona State University in Tempe and how they are using mobile mapping. Also high on the hit count is the Planet Action story which I discuss further in the Spotlight below.
Rounding out the popularity contest is Bart Crattie's Part Two of Tree Law. We suspect that non-surveyors picked up on Part One of the article because that hit count is more than twice the next most-hit article. We've already had a response from a registered consulting arborist that will appear in a future FeedBack.
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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Editorial: Connections
Whether you're a liberal, conservative or an independent, I think it's safe to say that all surveyors share a deep respect for our environment, and I suspect it bothers most of us to see unwise uses of our resources. I recently watched a program on television that showed how ...
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Mary Jo Wagner 
A Classified Success
Energized by the launch of the International Polar Year in 2007, two companies came together that same year to initiate their own commitment to the planet: Planet Action (PA). Co-founded by satellite data provider Spot Image (now Astrium GEO- ....
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Benshoof and Gambale 
Filling the PNT Hole
Despite its impressive legacy of success driving many essential position, navigation and time (PNT) capabilities, GPS is not an infallible system and requires improvement to meet new threats, needs and PNT challenges, some of which go beyond GPS's ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
What To Do In The Aftermath
The tragic truth is that the best means of determining the accuracy of risk predicted by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is to have a flood. Post disaster verification in the form of flyovers, high water marks, and tidal gages are part of the process of ascertaining the true horizontal and vertical ....
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C. Barton Crattie, LS, CFM 
The Surveyor & the Tree—Part Two
In the first installment, we studied the distinctions of tree ownership and the specific ways they affect the surveyor's client. In this final installment, we will tell of the responsibilities and ramifications of tree ownership with damages and rewards being explored. The previous installment ended ....
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Don Talend 
A GIS Laboratory, Indeed
A good place to get a sense of where the geographic information system (GIS) field is headed is Lattie F. Coor Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. That's the home of the 30-credit-hour Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MAS-GIS) Program within ASU's School of Geographical ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: A Review of Christian vs. Flora
In this installment of Footsteps we will review a recent court decision from California, Christian v. Flora. This case involves a dispute over an access easements to three (3) parcels in a residential subdivision. It has lessons about the legal concept of estoppel, the relationships between maps ....
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Wendy, Great article. I read it, without realizing that you are the author, by clicking on the URL provided this morning by the American Surveyor newsletter. Only when I got to the bottom of the article, did I find that it is you who had, once again, stimulated my interest. I am happy to admit ....
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Stephen Blaskey, PS 
Real Time Networking (on a Budget)
Our company, Coastal Surveying of TX, Inc., is located in a Galveston County, Texas, which is about 40 miles south of Houston. We wanted to have the capability of using a Real Time Network for our GPS collections, but we are far enough away from Houston that the major RTN network ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Surveyors Service to Society
Technically, I have retired. From a practical point of view, I am still a land surveyor. Although my introduction may have given the impression that I spent more time in the office than in the field, it is not true. By far, the majority of my time was spent packing a transit, chaining lines, and ...
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feature It's always something. Publishing being what it is, toward the end of a production cycle, time speeds up, and sometimes eliminates the possibility of adequate fact-checking. You can read my editorial above to get the back story, but as I say, we visited Definiens in 2009 in Munich after Intergeo in Karlsruhe.

We never got to tell the story of our visit, and because the Classifed Success story (above) is about Trimble eCognition software, we thought it'd be nice to add something about the company that invented eCognition. Besides, for many of you, Oktoberfest is on your bucket list (image at right).

The trouble is, in my haste I got one of my facts wrong. And to make matters worse, all I had to do was check the press release on our website. Trimble did not buy Definiens, but rather only the Earth Sciences portion, which included eCognition. Definiens is alive and well and working on other things.

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Altus Supplies High-Precision GNSS Receivers to Terraview Surveys Inc.
Pennoni Hires Thomas M. Chicca, PE, as Office Director
Trimble Remote Assistant Improves Uptime through Real-Time Technical Support for Earthworks Machine Operators and Job Crews
Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.7 Percent in January
Thermal Imaging To Be Used in Crackdown on Illegal Outbuildings
John M. Palatiello & Assoc to Provide Government Relations Services to NSPS
Bentley Announces The Bentley LEARNing Conference, the First of a Global Network of Be Together Learning Events
Commercial Construction Stagnant in the Final Quarter of 2012
Colorado State University Scientists Identify Visible, Infrared Imagery Left by Meteor Across Russia
Trimble Acquires Penmap Software to Expand its Applications for the Survey and Cadastral Markets
Surveyor Mistaken for Gunman Outside School
Announcement of Sponsors, Events, and Speakers for RIEGL LIDAR 2013
Blue Marble Releases Global Energy Mapper Version 14.1 with New Additions to Site Planning Tool
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