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Our December issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. The election is over and the people we're talking to are excited about our economic prospects for next year.

Our lead cover feature, written by Mike Pallamary, pays homage to all our veterans. Jason Foose is back with another court case, this time in Minnesota, and again a state Supreme Court decision. More about both of these 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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Marc S. Cheves, PS 
Please, Not Another Boom
Excitement is growing for the new year. Regardless of where you stand politically, there is new-found hope that progress with much needed infrastructure spending and the expansion of small business-friendly policies in Washington will support renewed vitality in the land surveying sector ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Discovering a Plat on the Ground
The case of Dittrich v.Ubl 216 Minn. 396 was presented to the Minnesota Supreme Court (the Supreme Court) in 1944. The lower Court found that the defendant's barn was in trespass and ruled in favor of the plaintiff. The defendant appealed the case and the Supreme Court overturned ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Mount Soledad Cross
North of downtown San Diego, and just east of La Jolla, sits a prominent hill, 822 feet in height, known as Mount Soledad, a prominent feature in the San Diego landscape, a pleasant rambling mound of earth with commanding unparalleled views in every direction. When the Kumeyaay Nation ....
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Erik Dahlberg 
Rapid Data for Rapid Transit
When California's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) first opened to passenger traffic in 1972, it was the first new rail rapid transit system built in the U.S. in over 60 years. Traversing complex geography and varied population densities, BART used ....
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This article by Michael Pallamary is applicable far beyond just surveying. As a society we have become altogether too dependent on technology, which is spelled out so clearly in Neil Postman's little book entitled Amusing Ourselves to Death. So, what applies to surveying knowledge, legal language ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself 37: Box Corner
A-B-X-C is the corner of a "box". AX, XB, and XC are mutually perpendicular. What is the area of face A-B-C? What is the sum of the squares of the areas of the other three faces? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: Playing the Game of Risk
As a child, life was all about taking risks, everything from "I Dare You" to "I Double Dog Dare You". We even had a board game (long before the days of video games) called "Risk!" in which we strategized how to take over continents. As an adult, the games have changed, but I now see ....
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J. Anthony Cavell, PS 
On the Level with NSPS: Keep Up the Pace...
October 1st saw the close of the Fall 2016 meeting of NSPS. It took place in Chandler, Arizona. As should be expected, the members of NSPS were well represented on the Board of Directors and by other interested attendees. The gathering included meetings of the NSPS Young Surveyors of North ....
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feature If you examine the PDF of Jason Foose's latest installment, you'll notice two things in the pull quote. First is the Chinese character for wisdom. Second is a hilarious play on words wherein Jason identifies himself as Confooseus, as in Confucious says.

Pallamary's Soledad Cross article serves two purposes. First is the aforementioned shout out to our military and the incredible job it has done to preserve our freedom. I'm proud of the fact that my Dad served as a Seabee in the South Pacific during WWII.

Second is something near and dear to me, and that's freedom of expression. If you notice in the pic to the right, the base of the cross is surrounded by a heavy-duty fence. This is to keep idiots from climbing it, or in my opinion, from defacing it.

If we look back in time, atheists have attacked the presence of the cross nonstop since 1989 (and before). Nobody has tried to force anyone to believe anything (which is what was meant by the separation of church and state clause), but the opposition to the cross strikes me as a thirty-minute obscene phone call: If you don't like what the caller is saying, simply hang up. Likewise, if something offends your eyeballs, simply look away. The fact is, religious symbols bring comfort to many people. Why should a small percentage of the population be allowed to prevent this enjoyment?

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Qatar Rail Applies Maptek Eureka Software to Geological Investigations
Esri Creates First Global Map of the Catholic Church
Woolpert Contracted to Rehabilitate and Protect Covered Bridges
UK Leading the Way to a 5G Future
Topcon Accepts Wichmann Innovations Award for Falcon 8
Construction Input Prices Remain Flat in October, ABC Says
East View Launches MapVault Online Access to Raster Maps
Second Edition of Commercial UAV Expo Hits it Out of the Park
AeroVironment Launches Quantix Drone and Decision Support System
Woolpert Expands Fleet of Aircraft to Support Emerging Technologies
Orbit GT and CycloMedia Join Forces with Product Integration
Asteri Navigation Launches X-Series of Wearable GNSS Receivers
Global Mapper SDK and LiDAR Module SDK v18 Released
Trimble Business Center Adds Scanning Module and More
Veterans Day: Honor Our Veterans through this Story Map
Trimble Unveils Software GNSS Receiver
Construction Growth Modest in Jobs Report, ABC Says
Bentley Systems and Topcon Advance Cloud for Constructioneering
Launch of Commercial UAV Expo Europe Planned for June 2017
Nonresidential Construction Spending Down in September
Topcon Announces Distribution of the New Intel Falcon 8+ Drone
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