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Our July issue is distributing with a special focus on drones. A UAS expert from our sister publication, LIDAR Magazine, told me he recently gave a seminar at an annual surveyors meeting. He asked for a show of hands as to who was using drones. Not one hand was raised. More writing on the wall. Somebody is going to do this work...

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Jerry Penry has shared another of his important lines and points series this month. This time about a point on one of the base lines for the 6th P.M. The 6th P.M. controls more land area than any other principal meridan in our country. Jerry recently had a catastrophe: his house burned to the ground. More about this in Spotlight below.

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Until next time,

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Editorial: Helping a Surveyor
In the early hours of June 6, Jenny & Jerry Penry experienced a devastating loss. A fire started in their garage and destroyed their home and most of its contents. Jerry, a licensed surveyor and author, lost 30 plus years of collected items and a lot of historical research. I've known Jerry for ....
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Daryl Moistner 
Survey Locales: Seek Your Bliss
Seek your Bliss ... that's a surveyor's creed, yeah? ... Well in this case it's also an aviator's creed. This photo is of me and Alex Shapiro the helicopter pilot. Setting control points along the Noatak River. The helicopter pilot is about the most integral ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Wacker vs. Price: Part 3-Conclusion
We are back in Phoenix, Arizona again this month. The Arizona Supreme Court went all guns-a-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price. I highlighted the concurring opinion last month. This month we'll dissect the dissenting opinion by Justice Udall. I guess the best place to start is near the end of Justice Udall's ....
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Ruben Blom 
Innovation in a Traditional Catalan Wine Company
Tradition meets innovation in the beautiful Mediterranean landscapes of Catalonia. This autonomous region in the northeast of Spain is perhaps best known for the lively capital of Barcelona. But another thing that should come to mind is the cuisine ....
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Matt Wade 
Right On Track
For its first professional drone deployment, transportation engineering company J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP, now part of Jacobs Engineering Group) surveyed a 30-mile rail corridor with an eBee RTK. Its team reported "phenomenal" data accuracy, completed the job in a ....
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J. Anthony Cavell 
On the Level with NSPS: Closing Corner - Epilogue
It is March. The baton is passed. I ran my leg as President and it is now in the care of President Jan Fokens. The baton of NSPS, however, is in your hands. In fact, it is a race that never ends. As professionals, as surveyors, we must run our leg, our debt to the profession. Our colleagues ....
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Jerry Penry, PS 
Cast Iron Monument of the 6 P.M.
Hidden from view among the trees on a high bluff along the west side of the Missouri River is a monument on the Kansas/ Nebraska state line that has been overlooked in terms of importance. It was the beginning point for the surveys of the 6th Principal ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself 43: Thinking Outside the Triangle
Given the excircles (or escribed circles) of triangle ABC of radii 1.000, 2.000 and 3.000, what are the lengths of the sides (a, b, and c) of the
triangle? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: A Tale of Two Townships
While looking for a recent example of boundary line commissions in action for a workshop I was to present, I came across a 2015 case that not only illustrated the application of a particular statutory procedure but also presented some fine support of basic boundary principles. The process ....
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feature The image of the alidade should resonate with most surveyors. In the early hours of June 6, Jenny & Jerry Penry experienced a devastating loss. A fire started in their garage and destroyed their home and most of its contents. Jerry, a licensed surveyor and author, lost 30 plus years of collected items and a lot of historical research. I've known Jerry for more than 16 years, and although there are a lot of surveyors in our country involved in restoration and perpetuation of important survey points and lines, only Jerry has written extensively about his efforts.

You can find his many survey writings and pictures here: http://www.penryfamily.com/surveying/main.html. He's also written about Nebraska's fatal air crashes of WWII, which can be found here: http://www.nebraskaaircrash.com/

Like so many of the authors in the magazine, I've only met Jerry once in person, and found him to be a humble guy, and like so many Midwesterners, fiercely independent. Although profoundly appreciative, he expressed reservations about accepting money. I explained that GoFundMe is how folks do it nowadays, it's not welfare or a handout, but rather just the recognition that catastrophic recovery can use help. Jerry admitted that even though insurance will cover a lot of the damage, there will be an enormous amount of out-of-pocket expense. If you have enjoyed his writings, please consider visiting https://www.gofundme.com/jenny-jerry-house-fire and expressing it.

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Reports Confirm Performance Record for Civil GPS Service
Renishaw Releases Updated Void Scanner Cavity Monitoring System
Seiler Instrument Chooses TerraGo Magic to Build its Mobile GNSS App
INTERGEO: Digital Image Evaluation Heading for New Markets
Spanish Language Version of Global Mapper Now Available
Septentrio Winner of Galileo Masters (Flanders Challenge)
EngineerSupply Announces New Line of Nedo Surveying
Orbit GT Releases UAS Mapping v17.1
Trimble Adds Galileo Support to its VRS Now Correction Service
Spectra Precisionís New GNSS Receiver
Septentrio Introduces 4.2 Firmware
Orbit GT Updates 3D Mapping Cloud
Carlson Software Adds Point Cloud Viewing in LandXML Viewer
Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring Capabilities Highlighted
Blue Marble to Conduct LiDAR Workshop at Esri UC
RIEGL Receives JALBTCX Technical Award
SITECH Releases Guide to Drones
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