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I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend, and that this summer will include work for you. Even though they're still shell-shocked, we're continuing to hear that work for surveyors has picked up. Let's hope the return to normalcy continues!
We're hard at work on future issues. Our next—at the printer now—will include a story written by me about the guy and the company that gave me my start in surveying nearly 50 years ago. Believe me, the company founder, John Keating, has seen more than his share of ups and downs in the economy. And because his company has always depended on oil and gas surveying and mapping, he's had to remain extra-focused. More about this in the Spotlight below.
As always, I hope things are well where you are, and that you are sharing in the uptick of work. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a project or story you'd like to share. We appreciate your support.
Until next time,
Marc Cheves, PS
The American Surveyor

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Guest Editorial: SPAR 2012 Recap
As they say, everything is bigger and better in Texas and SPAR 2012 was no exception. With a theme of "End-to-End 3D", 850 participants were educated by 60 exhibitors and 100 presenters over three and a half days. The conference program had 5 tracks--Industrial Facilities, Civil ....
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Monitoring a Cruise Shipwreck
With 14-decks, the Italian-made Costa Concordia cruise ship was a gargantuan-size vessel by any accounts. It measured 290 meters (950-feet) long, 35.5 meters (116 feet) wide, and weighed 114,500 tons. It was the biggest of a half ....
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Getting in and outa Dodge
The Port of Miami seaport is located on Dodge Island in the waters of Biscayne Bay in the City of Miami. It is the busiest passenger cruise seaport in the world, having handled over four million passengers in each of the past four calendar ....
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Frames for the Future—Replacing NAD 83 (Part 4 of 4)
The Need for a New Geometric Datum. To support improved GNSS positioning a new geometric datum is required. An excerpt from the aforementioned NGS 10-Year plan states "NGS [will redefine] the national horizontal datum to remove gross ....
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Connecting the Dots—An Interview with Tom Greaves
At a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs told the students, "... you can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards." He was referring to the fact that he had dropped out ...
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Product Review: Champion TKO GNSS Receiver
In a sea of seemingly sameness among GPS receivers, it can at times be difficult to wade through and find much of a reason to be excited over newly announced RTK devices. Humanity has managed to bridge the technological hurdle of putting all of the necessary components for RTK ...
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Footsteps: Fripps Versus Walters
In 2005 a California court case involving the boundary common to portions of a PLSS ¼ section was decided. In this installment of Footsteps we will examine that case for lessons we can glean as boundary surveyors. We'll start with a discussion of the timeline for the events in the case ...
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Blazing the Trail for Advanced Cadastral Mapping
Alberta, Canada has a long history of providing reliable, accurate and high-quality digital mapping data that has been achieved through the province's commitment to an advanced cadastral mapping system. Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the system has flourished, leading to ....
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Vantage Point: The Future of Riverbed Ownership
In December of 2011, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments about who owns the beds of three Montana rivers. Since the Supreme Court does not hear ownership cases very often, that in itself is of interest. But more importantly to surveyors, the outcome could possibly alter ....
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feature Without a doubt our civilization runs on oil and gas. Literally everything you see or touch has in some way invovled the use of hydrocarbons. Understandably controversial because so many believe that its use is ruining our planet, the simple fact is that, until we can find a replacement, we will continue to use oil and gas.

In the next magazine, I have written an article about Topographic, Inc. and its founder John Keating. In true entrepreneurial fashion, and in response to a surveying and mapping need by oil companies, John started his company in 1958. Since then, the company has staked more than 200,000 oil and gas wells, and more than 75,000 miles of pipeline.

As mentioned above John—who recently turned 90 and is still active in the company—has seen a lot of economic ups and downs during his career. Surviving and thriving has required an intense focus on people and technology. Since the first of this year, the company has hired more than 100 people.

The Topographic story has been captured in a biography titled Beyond Metes and Bounds–The Life of John Keating. The book is avilable at online booksellers, and I highly recommend it, especially in light of the horrific past four year downturn. You might benefit from learning how Topographic dealt with the repeated economic roller-coasters over the years.
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