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Our October issue is distributing with more great content for surveyors. Kicking off the new issue is an article from South Africa where surveyors are using a new approach and precise GNSS positioning to cut time and costs in remote locations. This application was for wind turbines, but nearly any remote surveying can benefit.

Another feature pertains to the west line of Oklahoma where it adjoins the Texas Panhandle. This hot potato line occupied four different alignments before a Supreme Court decision and the granddaddy of western surveying, Samuel Stinson Gannett, stepped in to settle the matter. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

View the complete new issue by clicking on the cover to the right, or scroll down for the individual articles. And don't hesitate to contact me if you have a story you'd like to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Mike Pallamary 
Thought Leader: Statues
I attended a Final Point Ceremony in Concord, MA last week dedicating a monument in honor of Henry David Thoreau. NSPS executive director Curt Sumner presided over the ceremony and, as always, he did a wonderful job representing the profession. For me, the ceremony was significant ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations - Bryant v. Blevins
We are back in Northern California looking at Bryant v. Blevins. We have three topics to cover in this case, the opinion, the dissenting opinion, and the agreed boundary doctrine but first we need to talk about the survey and the surveyor. This case seems to be a rare bird. The retracement ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Radioactive
I am not a big fan of most spectator sports, preferring to be part of the action rather than sitting on the sidelines. The Olympics are an exception, presenting a different set of viewing options, allowing me to avoid ice and water and other uncomfortable settings while appreciating the ....
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Erik Dahlberg 
Remote Control
In the remote northern portion of South Africa, projects are underway to tap the region's rich resources for wind and solar energy. The work is fueled by the country's drive to increase the use of renewable energy. In 2015, renewable sources ....
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Joseph D. Fenicle, PS 
The Moving Meridian and the True American Surveyor
Between 1819 and 1929 the Texas - Oklahoma State Line, nicknamed the "moving meridian" would hold many positions. According to M.E. Melvin in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, this meridian was so bad it is said that the house of Mrs. Moss near Hollis, Oklahoma "...has not moved a foot, yet ....
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Larry Trojak 
Street Smarts
As part of a trade mission to New York City this past March, Llyr Lane, one of the principals from Wales-based Gwalia Surveyors, attended a presentation put on by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC). There, he became ....
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Lloyd Pilchen, PS, Esq. 
Parcels, Takings, and Environmental - Murr v. Wisconsin
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court turned its attention to property boundaries in a case that adds to its corpus on the Takings Clause of the Constitution. In Murr v. Wisconsin, a family challenged a regulation that fused or "merged" its ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 45: Simple as Cycling
Circles O & Q intersect at F and G. AFC is a common secant. AB is tangent to circle Q, BC is tangent to circle O. BG crosses circle O at D. CD extended crosses AB at E. AE = 500.000', EB =400.000'. What is the length ....
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Ken Smerz 
The Business of Laser Scanning: Surveyors & "Wedding Photographers"
Our story begins many years ago when surveyors ruled the world. The highly trained professionals who are an absolute necessity in a world of land ownership, wealth, and political control. After all, they're the ones responsible for accurately documenting the earth--right? Surveyors have ....
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feature Before I get to the new issue, I have some sad news to share. Well-known Gurley expert Bill Skerritt recently passed away. The obituary can be found HERE. Bill, a geologist whose specialty was in pavement aggregates, lived in Troy NY, the home of W&LE Gurley. Like Breithaupt, Gurley instruments were literally used all over the globe. Adding to my sadness is the fact that I was getting ready to drive to Troy to interview Bill and write the Gurley story. Now the enormous amount of knowledge he possessed is gone forever.

Mike Pallamary has launched another initiative: a new statue honoring surveyors. He says, "With all the talk about taking statues down, I would like to put one up." His idea was sparked by the placing of the Henry David Thoreau Final Point during the recent Surveyors Rendezvous in Concord, and consists of a statue composed of four famous surveyors: Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Banneker. You can read Mike's Thought Leader for more info.

Lloyd Pilchen a licensed surveyor and attorney who resides in California, weighs in again on parcel mergers and regulatory takings. This controversial Supreme Court case, Murr v Wisconsin, will impact land development. Lloyd last wrote about parcel mergers HERE. Elsewhere in the new issue, Jason Foose takes an entertaining look at another Californa boundary case, and Wendy Lathrop uses, of all people, Pete Rose to discuss reputations. Finally, a new columnist who has been writing for our sister pub LIDAR Magazine takes a provocative outside look at surveying and how it has evolved and will continue to evolve.

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!


Teledyne Optech and IGI Announce New Cooperative Agreement
Global Mapper v.19 Now Available
YellowScan and Quantum Systems Partner
Pix4D Announces Machine-Learning Point Cloud Classification
New Version of SphereVision 360 Imaging System
GeoSLAM Launching SLAM Software and Mobile Scanner at InterGEO
IGI Presents New DigiCAM Large-Format Aerial Cameras
Carlson Announces Atlas GNSS Correction Service
Tallysman Announces Compact GNSS Antennas
Noted W&LE Gurley Expert Bill Skerritt Passes
YellowScan Unveils Its New UAV-LiDAR Systems
SBG Systems to Launch the SBG +Services
senseFly to Launch Industry-Specific Solutions at INTERGEO
Teledyne Optech Showing Survey Instruments at INTERGEO
LizardTech Awarded U.S. Patent
Carlson Software Introduces Carlson iCAD 2017
Phase One Industrial Introduces 190MP Aerial System
ADW-Software Launches MyCumulus 1.1
SITECOS New Products at Intergeo 2017
Orbit GT to Showcase New v18 at Intergeo
SBG Systems to Demonstrate Qinertia Software at Intergeo
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