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Another magazine is in the mail and we continue to receive responses to our recent issues. The new articles are below, and you can scroll down to see the line-up. Lots of good content, including articles that can help you make money and improve your practice.
Of particular interest to me is another installment about the use of Google Earth. This makes the fourth article from the folks at Metzger & Willis, this time detailing the use of tablets to allow field personnel to instantly communicate with the office.
Leading the Hit Parade for the new issue is the second article from Chad Erickson about the unwarranted use of proportioning to re-establish PLSS corners. FeedBack contains reader responses to Chad's first article. Another favorite of mine is Jerry Penry's article about firing tracer bullets into the air for triangulation.
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
Editor
The American Surveyor

[Send your comments, announcements, tips, gripes, or kudos to Marc]
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Editorial: Various and Sundry
There's something calming about cows. A small dairy farm flanks the road that leads into the densely populated subdivision where we live. Urban commuters buzz in and out, but the cows just graze on, unhurried by the rush on the other side of the fence. "Looks like an eighty percent ...
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Google Earth Goes Mobile
With the advent of accessible, Internet-connected, hand-held computing devices, the opportunity for using such devices to support fieldwork became a reality. Metzger + Willard, Inc. (MWI) began using smartphones in 2010 to bring construction ....
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John Hiatt 
When Inches Count
Today is another example of why I love my job. Surveying is everywhere and can be applied to just about anything. Whether you take advantage of today's technology or kick it old school, the end product is the same. Today was as simple as ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Tracer Triangulation
The concept of firing tracer bullets into the air for triangulation initially drew many skeptics, but for those who put it into practice the apparatus saved both time and money. Before the advent of the modern technology of satellites, a visible line of sight was critical for traversing or ....
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Erickson 
The New Science of Chaos and its Application to Surveying
"You don't see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it", so says Thomas S. Kuhn, he who made us aware of paradigm shifts and scientific revolutions. Physicists like Mitchell Feigenbaum and Albert Einstein spent years in contemplation, searching for the right ....
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Robert Galvin 
Power House Software—A Review of MicroSurvey embeddedCAD
Is your field surveying and drafting software bogging you down on client projects you're trying to complete? If so, you're part of a club, and membership isn't exclusive. Maybe the software tools you're using are simply designed incorrectly, or maybe they can accomplish some tasks ....
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Landon Blake, PS 
Footsteps: A Review of Nicoll vs. Rudnick
In this installment of Footsteps we will review a recent court decision from the appeals court in California, Nicoll Versus Rudnick. This case involves a dispute over the distribution of water drawn from the South Fork of the Kern River. Although it is primarily a water rights case, it has interesting ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: The Writing Process
Since commencing this series of articles on Curt Brown's work, several people have asked about my relationship with Curt. As these articles unfold, I will share reminisces with Curt as the subject permits. It is worth noting that the intent in releasing these articles serially is keeping with the ....
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Lathrop 
Vantage Point: The Business of Ethics
The recent news about American women now being permitted to serve on the front lines in combat raised some sharp debate in a few of my social circles. As a minority in a male dominated profession, life has not always been fair to me, and I can fully relate to the loss of esteem and of ....
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FeedBack
Einstein on Surveying and Angle Points: I am a proud graduate of the Troy University Geomatics Program in 2009, a PLS in Tennessee, and an assistant project manager of the Survey Department at Sain Associates in Birmingham, AL. I read "The American Surveyor" every month. I enjoy ...
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Angle Points: The Unwinding of the Cadastral Fabric
The single most important edifice to land surveying and property ownership, the foundation for the American way of life and the entire economy, is the monument; all things begin and end with a monument. It is interesting to see how various municipalities deal with the preservation and ....
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feature We hope you've noticed the changes we've made in the magazine content over the past year. Responding to reader requests, we have started including more boundary surveying. Whether it's an on-point case review from Landon Blake, a critical analysis from Mike Pallamary, or a heads-up on government affairs from Wendy Lathrop, we hope these articles will make you more succesful. And speaking of Landon, you can keep up with current and future Footsteps columns and more in his new blog.

And speaking of Mike, above he continues with his indictment of monument destruction, this time across the country. In his next column, he'll discuss the maniacal tendency of some surveyors to arrogantly place their monument right next to an existing one (for example, see image). Mike was involved in a project several years ago for which a client had to spend $15,000 to defend himself and his property, all over a hundredth or two.

Pincushion corners have received a lot of press in recent years, and I don't understand why surveyors would do something that makes us all look like idiots. In other news from Mike, he's working on a future article about a recent federal court decision that says the mere placing of a survey monument constitutes a taking. How's that for maniacal? Stay tuned...

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