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Hello Amerisurv user... If you haven't received our new Spring issue, you should have it soon! As always, it's filled with tons of great content. We've posted all the articles to our website, which you can reach below. One of the most popular articles so far is the gorgeous story about scanning at Mesa Verde.

March was a very busy month for us, travel-wise. Our team covered three shows in two weeks, starting with the SPAR laser scanning event in Houston. After that, it was on to Washington state.. Along with nearly 1,400 people, we attended the ACSM Conference in Spokane. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet many of you for the first time. Many new article ideas come from these meetings, stay tuned for some great stories we picked up along the way.

After ACSM, the big news was ConExpo, the large construction show in Las Vegas. Attended by nearly 145,000 people, our equipment manufacturers and software developers used the show to introduce a ton of new products, mostly for the construction crowd. You can read these announcements in the News below.

Again, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share.

Thanks for your support.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, LS
The American Surveyor

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Editorial: The Need for Speed
Hard-wired into human nature is a fascination for speed—we like to go fast. In our March 2007 issue I wrote about FARO, a German laser company that had recently entered the U.S. market with their laser scanner. We visited their factory in Stuttgart, and along the way, took advantage of the opportunity to do some ....
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Point to Point: Waypoint Descriptions
It was only a matter of time, and we shouldn't be surprised, really. A couple of years ago in Monroe County, Wisconsin, someone transferred a tract of land described in the main using "waypoints" of latitude and longitude coordinates. Some have surmised that a handheld GPS receiver was....
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CyArk at Mesa Verde: Using Lasers to Help Save History
When the CyArk team was asked to fly to Mesa Verde National Park for an on-location shoot for PBS's WIRED Science, they brought the scanner along as a "prop" for the show. Upon arriving at the park it became clear that the National Park Service was ... "
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Conference Review: Trimble Dimensions 2007
I'm sitting at a table with one Uzbekistani and a bunch of Russians; the one seated next to me is named Vladimir. Ethereal blue patterns wheel softly across the ceiling of the cavernous dining hall and the chairs we sit in are swathed in shimmery fabric. During the course of our meal, a couple thousand of us are entertained by...
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RTN-­101: RTN Cheat Sheets (Part 11)
There you stand in the elements, satellites above, new rover in hand, batteries charged, and a new bag of sunflower seeds. Then KA-fizzle! Nothing is working! In a perfect world you should be able to press a button or two and then start gathering high precision positions with ....
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Illegal Fences of the Great Plains
One of the unforeseen downfalls of having the remote regions of the plains states quickly surveyed by the General Land Office was the slow migration of settlement that came to certain areas. In areas such as the Sandhills region of central Nebraska the GLO completed the...
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Equipment Review: Leica System 1200 (Part 1 of 2)
Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor once said, "You've got a jet engine and you've got a riding lawn mower. It was only a matter of time until someone put those two together." Jet-powered riding lawn mowers notwithstanding, many of the new technological developments going on around us are built on nothing more than ...
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Survey Reports: Preparing a Survey Report
In my previous article [February 2008], I discussed reporting opinions on the location of corners and boundaries. In this article, I will discuss how surveyors can communicate encroachments, gaps and overlaps in a survey report. Major encroachments and overlaps are ...
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Vantage Point: Insure and Regulate—­Elevation Matters
I receive a lot of e-mails and calls from surveyors and others working in floodplains. From the gist of their questions there seems to be little understanding that just because a structure is constructed in compliance with technical regulations does not mean that it will be exempted from...
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Day, night, week-end, holiday, you name it... Amerisurv is updated 24/7 with the latest news and announcements affecting today's Land Surveying professional. Below are some of the latest items of interest.

feature Tennessee Surveyor on Television - American Surveyor author Bart Crattie penned an article in our January issue about the water shortage in Georgia, the result of an inaccurate survey way back when. The article (which you can see by clicking HERE) attracted so much attention (having received nearly 2,400 hits) that both NBC Nightly News and The Weather Channel had segments. The Weather Channel has agreed to allow us to post the clips, which you can see HERE. Our congratulations to Bart, who was also recently selected as the Tennessee Surveyor of the Year.

Tripod Data Systems Trade-In Program Announced
ArcGIS Survey Analyst Adds Depth to City of Toronto's Cadastre
News from the Alberta Land Surveyors Association
National Geographic Maps and i-cubed Form Alliance to Provide Premium Topographic Maps
CyArk Announces the Addition of St. Sebald Church in Nürnberg, Germany
Bentley Publishes Digital Version of ‘The Year in Infrastructure 2007’
Bechtel Announces Record 2007 Business Results
Introducing All New Carlson Grade 3.0
Carlson Software and Prolec U.K. Announce OEM Partnership
Topcon GX-60 control box, MC-R3 GNSS controller integral to 3D-MC2 technology
Networks a boon for Topcon 3D machine control
Topcon Image Master modeler software captures ‘reality’ in the field
Grade faster with Topcon’s 3D-MC2
New Topcon IS robotic total station combines imaging and scanning
Topcon’s FC-2200: Full-featured, value-priced job site controller
TopSURV 7: Field solution software that is user-friendly, easy to learn and use
Leica Geosystems ScanStation Debuts on A&E Real-Life Series, CRIME 360
Leica Geosystems Announces the Leica Sprinter 50, the One-button Electronic Digital Level
Leica RedLine delivers seamless performance with Total GPS and Dual GPS for improved workflow
New Leica RedLine Cuts Survey and Layout Costs from Design to As-Built
Leica Geosystems readies to launch 10 new products at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
Adobe Reader LE 2.5 - The Mobile Acrobat (Spotlight Article)
Wayfinder Introduces Free Mobile GPS Application for Outdoor Activities
A Billion GPS Chips Expected to Ship in 2013, According to ABI Research Partners with RealtyTrac to Offer Foreclosure Property Information and Maps
ArcGIS 9.3 to Offer Full Support for Vista
World Satellite imagery shows Antarctic Ice Shelf Disintegration
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