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Our June issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. Our lead cover feature is another article from Trimble, this time about future growth opportunities for surveyors: BIM. Like all new technologies, the growth will be incremental, with big projects leading the way. But the writing is on the wall.

Continuing with his economics of surveying series, Colorado surveyor Lee Lovell delves into the State of Recovery in Part 4. By downloading an Excel spreadsheet, you can see how your state stacks up. From what I'm hearing, the recovery across the country is spotty, with some states doing better than others. Everybody seems to be waiting for the big infrastructure spend.

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

Until next time,

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Thought Leader: Preparing Surveyors for the Future
The decline in the number of individuals seeking licensure has raised concerns about the future of the profession. A logical solution to this problem is to find ways to make more surveyors. Some say the requirement for a BS in Surveying should be dropped. After all, there are few colleges ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations: Wacker vs. Price
We are back in Phoenix, Arizona this month. The Arizona Supreme Court went all gunsa-blazin' in Wacker vs. Price. I highlighted the decision and facts last month. This month we'll dissect the concurring opinion by Justice Phelps. So we get a bonus second set of eyes on the matter. Let's dive right ....
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Ron Bisio 
A New Model for Surveyors
It's one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a model-based approach that combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Surveying & Mapping Industry Economics: Part 4 - State Of Recovery
This article continues an inquiry into the economic conditions of the Surveying and Mapping industry (NAICS 541370) using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The prior articles presented information on the industry at the national level. This article is based on the County Business Pattern ....
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Heather Smith, Ph.D 
Whale Watching: Tracking Marine Mammals at Sea
Determining the location of marine mammals at sea is a challenge that must be overcome in order to study many aspects of their behaviour. There are a number of methods that biologists employ to determine marine mammal locations, which include ....
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Jeff Lock 
Installing David Rittenhouse's Transit Telescope
After having completed several restorations on instruments owned by the American Philosophical Society, I was appointed to the Committee on Museum to review the condition of current instruments in its collection and to contribute to the vetting process of new acquisitions. After the ....
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Edgar T. Bristow, PS, Esq 
The Longest Footbridge in the World
One of the most unusual wild animal sanctuaries in the world is located in Keenesburg, Colorado, where visitors stroll high above the animals on what has now been certified as the world's longest footbridge by the Guinness World Records organization ....
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Lee Lovell, PS 
Test Yourself: Hint - Harmonic Conjugates
Lines emanating from the vertices of triangle ABC (called Cevians) meet at point Q and are extended to the sides of the triangle at points D, E, and F, respectively. Line AC is extended to meet line FD extended at point G. If AE = 500 and EC = 300, what is CG? ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: What We Don't Plan For
We are now in the aftermath of a phenomenal series of rain events in northern California, where my early April vacation plans to Yosemite National Park were affected (but not destroyed). A little flexibility and patience were all that was required from me, unlike the demands, both physical and ....
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feature In Thought Leader Lee Lovell provides us with his take on the future of surveying. Because it parallels what I've been saying for my 22 years in magazine publishing, I'm encouraged by all the articles I'm seeing about this topic in both the national magazines and the state newsletters. Unlike other professions, surveyors seem to have difficulty banding together, but Lee's thoughts again point the way. But as always, my opinion is that a healthy construction economy will solve a whole host of problems. My wish is for there to be a shortage of surveyors!

Elsewhere in the new issue is a cool article from instrument expert Jeff Lock about a reconstruction project he recently completed for the American Philosophical Society in Philadephia. People had no real idea what the bracket shown in the photo was for. Parts of the original telescope that mounted on the bracket existed, but Jeff had to create missing pieces to make it all work. We take time for granted, especially since our civilization (banking, Internet, etc.) now rests on GPS atomic timing, but in 1700s Philadelphia, the midday meridian transit of the sun was used to set the clocks.

Rounding out the new issue are a couple of interesting articles, one about the use of total stations to track whale movements. This non-contact method avoids spooking or disturbing the animals as is done when a boat is used. Also, we have an article about a Guinness World Record footbridge in Colorado. As surveyors we sure do get to work on an interesting variety of measurement and positioning projects! And as always, we have contributions from Jason Foose and Wendy Lathrop. Jason continues with his Arizona case examination, and Wendy reminds us that there are water-caused events we don't plan for.

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Swiss-Based Aeroscout Introduces Scout B-330 UAV Helicopter
Dutch Start-Up Launches Next Generation Mapping Drone
CyArk and FARO Announce Partnership
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Satlab Geosolutions Announces SLX-1 Receiver Mobile Upgrade
Arithmetica Showcases Pointfuse Point Cloud Conversion in Arena4D
57th Meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC)
TerraGo Releases New Version of Zero-Code Platform
Commercial UAV Expo Europe Announces Drone Conference Program
Berntsen's InfraMarker Solution Wins Top RFID Journal Award
Icaros Releases Version 5.0 of Drone Image Software
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