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Our October issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. A couple of the instructors at the University of Arkansas Monticello have written a great article about, of all things, digitizing and geolocating GLO notes. In addition to having the notes for the entire state of Arkansas available at a button push, anybody who has struggled to interpret the sometimes scrawly writing will appreciate what these guys have done.

Also in the new issue is a UAS application and another article about succeeding in the New Economy. Of interest are two new columns. The first is from Tony Cavell, the new president of NSPS. The second is from Jason Foose, and it examines interesting court cases. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

To see the flippy of the new issue click on the magazine cover, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
Thought Leader: Our Own Worst Enemy
These days, I spend more time trying to protect surveyors from themselves, than anything else. It is a new facet of land surveying I would prefer didn't exist. Unfortunately, it is expanding and it is a problem that is plaguing the land surveying profession and, regrettably, it is getting worse. In the ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations
This case is about a misunderstanding between the buyer and seller of land. Both parties took a different meaning of the word "half." The seller originally took title to the whole southwest quarter of Section 30 containing a generous 180 acres per the G.L.O. plat/patent. This quarter section ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Hazards and Risks
It is hurricane season again (June 1 through November 30), a time of anticipated deluges accompanied by high winds. But 30 parishes in Louisiana have just flooded disastrously after receiving more than 24 inches of rain in two days, and historic Ellicott City in Maryland has been destroyed ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: Comment and Discussion
One of the many things I admired about Curt Brown was not only his self-deprecating humor, but also the very character that made him up. He was a man by every standard of measurement and one of the measures of a man/woman is his/her willingness to accept criticism or corrections ....
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Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady
In 1996, I had the opportunity to attend my first Intergeo trade fair in Dresden, Germany. Intergeo has arguably become the most important global geospatial show. Last year its 17,000 attendees came from more than 90 countries, and the latest ....
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Field to Finish - Perpetuating the GLO Notes into the 21st Century
In their book 'Legal Principles of Boundary Location for Arkansas', Elgin and Knowles (pg 71) make reference to Clark's book "A Treatise of the Law of Surveying and Boundaries". Here, the authors quote Clark in regards to the function of the surveyor. They end their quote with the sentence ....
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Larry Trojak 
Economic Climate, New Tech, Fuels Carolina Firm's Shift in Focus
When the economic downturn hit in earnest in 2008, it came as no surprise to James "Jay" Langford. The owner of Langford Land Surveying (LLS) had seen the warning signs--phones that fell silent, pending projects canceled, etc.--appearing for about a year in advance. By the time the tailspin hit ....
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Vivienne Wallace 
UAS Data in High Demand on Australian LNG Construction Site
Western Australia's Land Surveys, provides surveying services on the construction site of the Ichthys Project's Onshore LNG facilities at Bladin Point, near Darwin. They regularly deploy an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to capture aerial photography and accurate spatial data of the ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Equal Chords
Given points A, B, and C with the cartesian coordinates shown and lines AB and BC extended to meet the larger circle at points D and E, what is The length of line DE? What is it if point B is moved to (8.883, 11.214)? ....
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J. Anthony Cavell, PS 
On the Level: An Informal Communique from the NSPS President
Recent years have been exciting for NSPS and for surveying and mapping. In my own roles as a plebeian, a professional, a member of local, state, and national organizations, and officer of same, I've seen what has the appearance of big changes in the practice of surveying. As a ....
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No matter what the future holds, prepare to meet challenges head on. Future-proof your resume by becoming a Certified Survey Technician (CST). This unique four-level certification program indicates official recognition by NSPS that a person can perform surveying tasks at a specific technical level.

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feature Still resonating throughout Europe and the world are the effects of WWII. For more than 20 years I have been following the reconstruction of a unique church in Dresden, Germany that was destroyed by allied bombing in February, 1945. To this day, there is disagreement as to whether Dresden should have been bombed. But as I say in this month's article, there was one reason why the bombing was carried out.

There is no doubt in my mind that the allies would have used an atomic weapon on Germany—nor that Germany would have used one on the allies had it developed it first—but to me, the $200 million reconstruction of the church stands as a shining example of some to forget the past and move toward the future.

If you care to read my 1996 article about the church, in which I go into great detail about the event and how surveyors were involved, it can be found HERE. Today, and triggered by the massive influx of refugees, Dresden is the center of ultra-right-wing politics in Germany. And indeed, a 1999 Letter to the Editor about my article takes me to task for what I wrote and even predicts that "neo-Nazis" would use the church for propaganda purposes. To my knowledge this has not happened.

In looking around on the web I checked out the maps app on my iPad. As you can see in the image to the right, an incredible 3D view of the church is freely available. For those of us who have watched technology sweep through our profession since the 1970s, the fact that up-to-date color imagery is available—much less in 3D—is mind-blowing.

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Topcon Announces Enhancements to UAS Packages
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