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Our latest issue is in the mail, and full of great content. Leading the Hit Parade is Rj Zimmer's article about land records research from the field. Jerry Penry provides a fascinating history of Invar. Justin Height discusses a very large boundary in Southern California, and Bart Crattie provides another great recap of the recent Surveyors Rendezvous.
The most significant installment in the new issue, however, is Letters to the Editor. Because of tremendous response, FeedBack occupies more than five pages in the new issue. Our new writer, Mike Pallamary, got a lot of people's attention with his San Diego shenanigans article, and much of FeedBack revolves around that.
In a guest editorial in #8, we ran a shortened version of an education/future of the profession article Mike has written. I have posted the unexpurgated version HERE. Likewise, Landon Blake's IBLA article in issue #9 generated responses from other surveyors who have had trouble with the IBLA and the BLM. Look for future articles about this topic as well.
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: Intergeo and Breithaupt
We recently returned from our annual visit to Germany for Intergeo. As the largest show of its kind in the western world--535 exhibitors, 16,000+ attendees from 80 countries--Intergeo provides an opportunity for us to meet with technology-creators and implementors from around the ...
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Justin Height 
The Tepusquet Boundary Survey—­Part 1
The JET Investment Trust is the owner of 900 acres of rugged, undeveloped land in the Tepusquet Canyon area, approximately 10 miles east of Santa Maria, California. Surrounding parcels in the area vary from ten acres to several hundred acres, some of which are developed with single ....
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Jerry Penry 
Invar—The Breakthrough for a Low Expansion Alloy
The discovery of the low expansion alloy, Invar, established a new standard in the way precise surveying measurements were made, both in reliability and accuracy. It became the first successful attempt to produce a metal alloy exhibiting ....
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Barton Crattie 
Rendezvous 2012—Toward the Western Horizon
We've always been an innovative bunch. The Surveyors Historical Society (SHS) met in mid-September in Council Bluffs, Iowa to discuss and study the exciting and unique ways we, as a country, pursued the western horizon. The Lewis and ....
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Landon Blake 
Footsteps: Best Practices for Very Large Boundary Surveys
In the March 2012 installment of Footsteps we outlined best practices for research and data management on very large boundary surveys. In this installment, we will return to the topic of very large boundary surveys, but this time we are going to discuss best practices for selecting and ....
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Bilby Tower and San Diego. It's not often that I write to Editors of magazines but after receiving my recent issue of The American Surveyor I felt compelled to make a few comments. First, the cover photo. I'm sure the guys in the photo are all hard working, upstanding individuals but do ...
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Chuck Karayan 
Record Title—Part 2­: Land Record Systems
This is the second of a three part series examining Record Title which essentially was the subject of both of Curtis Brown's books (Boundary Control and Legal Principles, and Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location). Black's Law Dictionary defines Record Title as: title to ....
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Rj Zimmer 
GIS Matters: mLSIS, a Mobile Land Surveyors Information System
Wouldn't it be convenient to be able to do research while in the field? Surveyors often need information from existing records while in the field. Existing records for things such as surveys, control points, land ownership, floodplain, and others are needed while in the field in order for a ....
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feature Wendy Lathrop, our goverment affairs expert, reports that FEMA has finally issued the new Elevation Certificate. As Wendy says, "In general, the form does not change substance, and primarily tweaks language." More information can be found HERE, as well as links to download the form, either from FEMA or from Wendy's website.

By the way, Wendy's website is a real resource, as evidenced by this message from Jim McDaniel, a Washington surveyor: "Thank you so much for your informative article in The American Surveyor and also for making the 60 pertinent pages available on your website. I prepare quite a few ECs and find your monthly articles very informative. I appreciate you sharing your expertise with the profession and working to make me a better surveyor."

The election is finally behind us, and roughly half the country voted to continue with another four years. Reports are that housing starts are up, but given four years of pent-up demand, I'm not sure this is surprising news. I continue to hear horrific stories about surveyors who have gone out of business, but I'm also hearing reports of companies that have survived by getting rid of most of their people and adopting technology. In any event, I hope construction activity will increase.

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Measurement is Dead; Long Live Measurement
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QPS Bundles Esri Technology for Bathymetric, Charting, and Survey Solution
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Merrick Projects Receive Awards
New FEMA Elevation Certificate Now Available
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ASPRS 2013 Fellows Named
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